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A Tennis Racket Can Make Or Break Your Game

Tennis RacketYou are in love with the game of tennis and can not get enough of it. Starting off in school learning to play on basic gym equipment was the beginning-then in college you made sure that you took tennis as your required physical education classes.

The time has now come for you to get your own personal equipment and you want to get a tennis racket of your very own. To make a personal statement to everyone that you have come of age, are serious about this sport, and want to compete with your friends evenings and weekends.

What type of tennis racket are you going to purchase? They vary in length, weight, and head size, and you will need to figure out which one is the best for you. Think back to your beginnings playing this sport-what did you like or dislike about the different tennis rackets you used. This can be a starting point to begin narrowing down your choices.

A very important component for the tennis racket is the head size as the power behind your swings is directly affected. A larger head will give you with more power than a small head and also provides you with a larger hitting area making it a little easier to hit the ball. Generally speaking, a smaller racket head appeals to more accomplished players seeking more control, while larger rackets appeal to beginning and intermediate players seeking more power and a larger head.

They range in length from 27-29 inches with most people selecting the 27 inch ones. However, a longer handle provides more reach on ground strokes, adds leverage on serves, and slightly more power, than one with a standard length.

The weight has also been reduced making them lighter and easier to hold.
If you have friends or co-workers that also play, ask them about the type they use and why. They will enjoy talking to you about the sport and in providing you with information and advise. And, there is nothing more flattering than to ask someone for their opinion on a topic that they really enjoy and believe that they are an expert in.

Some of these people might even loan you some of their equipment so that you can try it out and find out whether or not you like it. No matter what your preference for a tennis racket is, you have to find the best one that meets your needs. This may even mean renting them and testing them out for a few games. This is probably the best way to have an opportunity to use many different types, styles, models and different manufacturers without spending a lot of money on ones that will just end up collecting dust in the closet.

Get out and play every weekend. The exercise is good, you will meet new people, and be out in the fresh air. This is much better than spending your weekend sitting in front of the television or going to the office to catch up on work.

Enjoy yourself, life is too short.

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How To Choose A Tennis Racquet

Tweener Rackets
When thinking about how to choose a tennis racquet a popular option is the tweener racket. Tweener Rackets are for intermediates are designed for players who hit with enough pace and placement to want good control, but don’t mind some modest power contribution from the racquet. Rackets designed for players between the intermediate and advanced levels are often called "tweener rackets." Tweener and intermediate rackets tend to be somewhat lighter in the 9.5-11 ounces range, stiffer, and less head-light, with larger heads (95-102 square inches) than advanced racquets.

Babolat Pure Drive Roddick Plus Racquets

In an update to the immensely popular Pure Drive, Babolat introduces the Andy Roddick signature racquets. Stiffer and heavier than the regular Pure Drive, the Pure Drive Roddick offers a tad more power and improved stability. This is the standard length version of Roddick’s racquet - Roddick actually plays with the Plus (27.5) inch long version. Designed around the actual weight of Andy Roddick’s racquet, the Pure Drive Roddick swings with noticeably more heft than the regular Pure Drive and offers a solid feel at impact. In true Pure Drive tradition, spin potential is impressive and players with aggressive swings will love the response off the stringbed. We found some added weight to groundstrokes, making both topspin and slice shots more penetrating. At net the Pure Drive Roddick retains a maneuverable feel, while offering some added punch and a crisp yet solid feel. We found some nice weight, plenty of pace and ample access to spin on serves. Our testers found some added kick on spin serves and a firm response that offered accurate targeting. Best suited to players at the 4.0+ level seeking a racquet that offers some solid punch from all areas of the court.
Headsize = 100 sq inches
Length = 27 inches
Weight = 11.7 oz


Prince O3 Hybrid Hornet Racquets

Prince O3 Hybrid Hornet Racquets
The tradition of the Prince Hornet continues with the O3 Hornet Hybrid racquets. Offering noticeably more power and a more dampened and comfort oriented response, the O3 Hybrid Hornets set themselves apart from their Triple Threat predecessors. The "Hybrid" in the O3 Hybrid Hornet name refers to the combination of existing Prince grommet technologies with Prince’s O Ports at the 12 & 6 o’clock racquet head positions.


Wilson nTour Two Midplus 105Wilson nTour Two Midplus 105
A great intermediate doubles stick and ideal for players looking for access to power and spin from all areas of the court. Players at the 3.5 level and above will find maneuverability and plenty of power for attacking play with this racquet. We found this one to play very similar to the nTour 105, but with a more dampened and solid feel on all shots. At 105 square inches, this racquet is still a Midplus (Oversize designation is for 106 sq. in. and up), but it offers the playability of an Oversize - larger sweetspot and more power. A versatile racquet from all areas of the court, the nTour Two 105 offers controllable power for both flat and spin hitting. We especially liked this one on those tough mid-court volleys where the light weight and adequate power level helped make it possible to hit deep and penetrating volleys. Only a moderate swing speed is required to find plenty of pop on serves and groundstrokes.



Head Flexpoint 4 Racquets
The Flexpoint 4 won Editor’s Choice in Tennis Magazine. It offers a great mix of power and control. Flexpoint racquets have specifically engineered holes at 3 and 9 o’clock to increase frame flexibility at those points. This new ‘flexpoint’ allows the racquet to cup the ball resulting in greater control, feel, and a larger sweetspot.

The Head Swing Style Rating for this racquet is S4. Head Recommends that this racquet be strung by a USRSA Certified Stringer.

Headsize: 107 sq. inches / 690 sq. cm.
Weight: 10.3oz / 292g strung
Length: 27.3 inches

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Choosing A Tennis Racquet

Power or Game Improvement Rackets
Generally when choosing a tennis racquet in the game improvement or power category, tennis rackets that fall under this category are oversized or super oversized tennis rackets. They can range anywhere from 108 to 135 square inches, weigh merely 8 to 10 inches unstrung and are longer. Longer tennis rackets are 27 to 29 inches. These tennis rackets are stiff and are either head heavy or evenly balanced to keep most of its weight in the sweet spot hitting zone. They help players with short, less powerful swings, requiring that extra little advantage out of a tennis racket. Players suffering from slight tennis elbow or lack basic techniques will find these rackets forgiving and perhaps what they are looking for when choosing a tennis racquet
Here are some of the top game improvement racquets:

Choosing a tennis racquetBabolat Drive Z Oversize
Head Size:110 sq. in. / 710 sq. cm.
Length: 27.5 inches / 70 cm
Weight: 9.3oz / 265g
CLUB PLAYERS with a short swing looking for both power and maneuverability – as well as comfort.
CORTEX SYSTEM: FILTER+ DAMPENER Filters and dampens vibrations for maximum comfort



Prince O3 Silver
Headsize:: 118 sq in OVERSIZE
Length:: 27.75
Weight:: 8.8oz / 250g unstrung
Powerful racket with larger hitting spot, helpful for players with short swings.



Wilson n1 nCode Rackets
An ultra stiff game improvement racquet designed to offer the kind of power slow swinging beginners need. The n1 features Wilson’s nCode Technology. nCode takes the construction of racquets to the molecular level and nCode racquets are said by Wilson to be twice as strong, twice as stable and up to 22% more powerful than ordinary racquets. The n1 definitely delivers a lot of power and the 115 sq. inch, Oversize head features a large sweetspot. The open (16/19) string pattern makes spin easy to generate on faster swings and offers a lively feel. Even though the n1 is light and maneuverable, its head heavy balance provides good stability on both groundstrokes and volleys. With plenty of pop at net, this is a great choice for both singles and doubles players who like to finish the point with a winning volley. Best suited to 2.5-4.0 NTRP level players.


HEAD METALLIX 10 Tennis Racquet
Strung with Head Synthetic Gut PPS 17.
Full cover included, Plastic still on handle.
Made of a specially designed Matrix of carbon fibers and a new crystalline metal alloy.
Metallix is one of the lightest and strongest new materials today.
No chain is strong enough to harness the power of HEAD Metallix.
HEAD Stabilizer that eliminates racquet vibration and ensures the ultimate in comfort on every shot.
Flexpoint system: Power. In control.
Head size: 124 (800 cm2).
Weight (unstrung) 8.6 oz (245 g).
Length: 27 1/3 in. (695 mm).

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Prince Tennis Racquet

Prince Tennis Racquet

Prince Tennis Racquet Milestones
1970 Working in his garage, Bob McClure invents Little Prince, the first tennis ball machine for home court use, and Prince Manufacturing - named after the town of Princeton, NJ, is born.

1976 As Prince’s Ball Machine prospers, Howard Head struggles with off center hits and lack of control, motivating him to invent the first patented Prince oversized racquet, the Prince Classic. At 110 square inches, its revolutionary design changed the game and became the most successful racquet of its time.

1977 The Prince Graphite becomes the first "top players" graphite racquet and quickly becomes the standard by which all others are compared. Today it is still the choice of many top pros.

1978 Prince Tennis racquets develops its first multi-filament string which becomes the top selling string that very same year.

1980 Prince begins designing functional sport bags and ultimately becomes the leader in this important category.
1984 Prince introduces its first line of tennis wear, continuing its commitment to serve a tennis player’s every need.

1985 Prince sees the need to go beyond the all- purpose tennis shoe and develops a lightweight and durable shoe for tennis, the TPU-4000.

1989 Prince creates the Constant Taper System (CTS), the revolutionary "tip to Grip" racquet performance system that delivers more power without compromising control or comfort.

1999 Prince introduces the Triple Threat Racquet Series, which offered a revolutionary new weighting system. Triple Threat technology was the game’s first and only racquet technology to offer perfect balance and stability.

2005 Prince introduces O3 engineered racquets, which transforms traditional pin sized string holes into revolutionary giant O-Ports, providing total string freedom for a livelier response across the entire string bed. This expands the conventional sweet spot by up to 54%, turning it into a Sweet Zone. O-Ports also act as ‘wind tunnels’ to reduce aerodynamic drag, creating a fast and maneuverable frame which produces a faster swing speed for more aggressive play.

Prince introduces the Tour tennis ball, a Premium tennis ball designed for top players who demand high quality, performance products. It’s made with a durable Hi-Vis woven felt for optimum playability and visibility. Covered by hand for exacting consistency and a Dynamic Core with PURE rubber compound that provides longer ball life.

2006 Prince introduces O3 Hybrid Series, the synergy of ordinary racquet technology enhanced with O3 Engineering for improved performance. The O3 Hybrid Series has giant O-Ports at 6 and 12 o’clock around the perimeter of the frame, enlarging the sweet spot and increasing stability for a racquet that is WAY PAST ORDINARY.

James Blake signs on as the newest member of Team Prince and agrees to a long term endorsement deal to develop and launch a new racquet.

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Prince Tennis Racket

From its origin as a manufacturer of tennis ball machines, Prince has proven itself to be an industry leader in the development and manufacturing of performance racquet sports equipment. Prince has revolutionized the game of tennis with its introductions of the "Oversize" and "Longbody" and today, O3 engineered racquets. Prince’s expanded tennis line outfits players from head to toe, with shoes, apparel, balls, accessories, and more.
Prince has leveraged its international exposure by sponsoring some of the sport’s most elite athletes, including Maria Sharapova, Guillermo Coria, Jennifer Capriati, Patrick Rafter and Martina Navratilova. Their success in Grand Slam competitions has heightened consumer interest in the Prince brand as well as the sport of tennis.
Today Prince maintains a strong presence on the professional tennis circuit through sponsorships and events, working closely with local programs throughout the country, and developing grassroots opportunities for the sport’s next generation of stars. Some of Prince’s notable partnership endorsements are:

- Official Racquet of Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy
- Official Racquet, Ball, Strings, Bag, and Accessory Partner of Tennis Europe
- Exclusive Racquet of the Family Circle Cup
- Official Racquet of Saddlebrook Resort
- Official Sporting Goods Supplier of the SAP Open
- Official Racquet of the RCA

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