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Tennis Racket CategoriesTennis rackets generally fall into three categories: power oriented rackets, tweener rackets, and player's rackets. Power rackets are lightweight (usually under 10 ounces), have large heads and are longer (27 inches to 29 inches) to improve the beginner's chances at hitting, and they have a head-heavy balance point. The momentum created by a heavy head allows the ball to be hit with more power, and the lighter racket may be swung faster with less effort from the player. However, on impact with the ball, the sharp decline of the racket head's speed causes the remaining momentum created in the swing to transfer to the player's wrist, arm, and shoulder. This physical stress is likely a major factor contributing to tennis elbow.
Tweener rackets are intermediate rackets that are nearly evenly balanced, have mid-range lengths (27.5 inches or 28 inches), and weigh around 10 or 11 ounces. The head size is smaller than a power-oriented racket, attracting intermediate players who are more accurate hitters and desire better control.
Player's rackets are for advanced or professional players who do not need additional power from the racket head's momentum. These rackets are head-light, usually weigh over 11 ounces, have small heads, and are 27 inches long or slightly longer. Although a heavier racket takes more human power to swing, a player's racket requires less speed in the swing and offers a more balanced momentum, which contributes to greater accuracy and control.
Other racket considerations include string pattern density and frame stiffness. A dense, close string pattern lasts longer, but does not rebound or create spin on the ball as well as a wider, open string pattern. A stiff frame absorbs less shock from impact with the ball, allowing the ball to be hit with more power and control, but it also causes more shock to be transferred to the player's arm. A flexible frame is preferable for players who want to avoid shock to their wrists, elbows, and shoulders. Tennis Warehouse has detailed specifications for many different tennis racket models.
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