Tennis Buyer Guide

Choosing a racquet to best compliment your game and style of play can be intimidating and difficult. With our knowledge and your shared experience, wants, and needs we can make recommendations to get you to the best pairing to compliment your style of play.

Our demo program will allow a fun process for you to not only make a confident choice, but learn a lot about your equipment and your specifics likes and dislikes. Engage in a demo day and you can likely accomplish satisfaction in one day.


Factors in choosing a tennis racquet

Head size, Beam thickness, weight, balance (headlight or head heavy), string pattern, racquet stiffness, and materials used to control vibration

Each of these has an affect on power, control, and feel which ultimately are the characteristics that we need to find the perfect balance for you.

This may sound like a lot, but come into the store and in minutes we can have you paired with some great starting options!

BEFORE YOU BUY A RACQUET, strings and a fresh grip are often the most overlooked parts of many recreational or novice to intermediate players

#1 Question around strings, how often should they be restrung

Beginners: generally use synthetic gut (maybe a multi), every 3-4 months

Intermediates: poly hybrid, mutli, or synthetic, every 1-2 months

Advanced: poly or poly hybrid (w/gut), usually by breakage, but poly will often go dead before you break so every 3-5 weeks is recommended, multi’s and synthetic is still for popular with advanced players, especially aging ones like myself

Factors in choosing a tennis string

Strings can have as much to do with your experience on liking your racquet than many players pay attention to. The selection is overwhelming, but the goal is similar to racquets in finding what traits you like and narrowing down the options because reality is you may have one set up you like in one racquet and a completely different set up in another.

Power, control, and feel are the key here, but other factors like age or injuries can come into play as well. For example, someone with tennis elbow, wrist, or shoulder issues should play with a softer more forgiving string to avoid exacerbating their injury.

Tension and string compounds are the whole story. Options include poly, co-poly, multifilament, synthetic gut, and natural gut. These have very different playing characteristics. Choosing the right one paired with the appropriate right tension can be the difference in enjoying any of these or having a very negative experience.

Hybrid stringing is the hottest trend and request. This is any combination of two of the above compounds, one for the main strings (up and down) and one for the crosses. This makes for infinite possibilities, but there are some very great choices depending on your goals and feedback.

Often players give up on their racquet searching for something their current racquet might be able to give them with the right string set up so come in and ask, experimenting with strings can often be a better first choice!