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Guest Post: 5 Mistakes You Should Avoid When Choosing a New Tennis Racket

It has been a long time since I've posted a blog but to be fair, I wasn't going to just post for the sake of it but rather give some worth while information to you all. It's been quite a busy summer of tennis instruction and plenty of questions about tennis rackets. The timing is perfect to start thinking about trying out a new racket as the weather is still agreeable for tennis playing and you have an idea of where your game stands after a summer to play as many matches as possible. Who better to give you advice but one of the directors of the website: www.thetennisbros.com. Below is a guest post from Will who helps run the website and has extensive knowledge on the subject of rackets. In fact, the website is dedicated to providing you the most current information on any racket that hits the market.

Check out his blog post below and don't forget to check out his site for more information!

Introduction

Picking out a new tennis racket isn’t easy. You go into a store and you’re faced with a wall of hundreds of rackets to choose from, and sometimes you just don’t know where to begin.

However, it doesn’t have to be hard and if you can avoid these five common mistakes, then you’re going to have a much better shot at finding the right racket for your game.

#1: Writing-Off Your Current Racket too Quickly

We get a lot of people who write to us with a message that goes something like this “I really like my racket except it’s missing (insert quality here), so what do you recommend I switch to?”

Our answer is always the same - your racket is highly customizable so before you look at new rackets you should see what you can do to get your current racket playing exactly how you want it.

If you’re happy with the weight of your racket, then you can change power, spin, control, and feel all through your strings. This is the area that actually contacts the ball, and a change in tension or string can make all the difference to the performance of your racket.

Even if you feel you’re missing something in terms of the balance or weight of your racket there are still things you can do. Lead tape is a great option for customizing your racket and by adding a little bit of extra weight you can make a big difference (both Ben and I have done this with our rackets, so it goes to show there are always things you can do to get your racket performing.)

Here’s a great resource for using lead tape.

Before you spend the best part of $200 on a new racket you should be looking at what you can do to your current racket to get the most out of it.

#2: Trying to Copy Your Favorite Pros

It’s easy to watch the Fed and think he must have the perfect racket setup. The thing is, Federer and all the other guys probably do have the perfect setup, but it’s very personal to them.

These guys have been swinging a racket thousands of times a day since they were kids, so they’re much more capable of using a heavier racket that allows them to get tons of power and control. The average player just isn’t capable of doing this though and so heavier doesn’t necessarily mean better.

You’ve got to find the balance that works for you, and this is probably going to look nothing like the actual specs the pros use.

#3: Not Demoing the Racket Enough

At thetennisbros.com we’re all about racket reviews, but we don’t do them so people can skip the demoing stage. We do them to make it easier for people to narrow down their selection of rackets so they can demo each one properly and make the best decision.

As we mentioned earlier, a tennis racket is a very personal thing. My racket is perfect for me, but when I give it to other people to try they often tell me it feels like a plank of wood - that’s just the way I like it. You can read everything you want about a racket, but you won’t know how you gel with it until you’ve got it in your hands.

You’ve got to demo your potential racket as thoroughly and seriously as you would train or play a match with it, and only then are you going to know if it’s a good fit.

#4: Ignoring Comfort

This is something lots of us are guilty of!

It doesn’t matter how great you play with a racket - if you can’t last more than a few sets with it then it’s not going to help you. In fact, it’s just going to put your game back because you’re going to pick up injuries and spend more time away from the court.

Tennis is a great sport for keeping you healthy, but even at the best of times, it does put some extra strains on your joints and muscles. You don’t need to be damaging your body by playing with a racket that you don’t feel comfortable with no matter how well you might be playing with it.

There is a racket out there with the perfect sweet spot between comfort and performance, you just need to find the one that fits your body and your game.

#5: Over-Estimating Performance Gains

When you’ve had a bad day on court it’s tempting to wonder about all the amazing gains the latest new racket will offer you.

Finding the racket that fits your game can make a difference to your performance, but there’s no substitute for practice and hard graft. Lots of people switch rackets constantly, looking for the next performance boost from the latest racket, but it never materializes.

If you’re switching rackets, then make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons - to find a racket you feel comfortable with and that suits your game style. If you’re looking for it to completely change the way you play then you’re going to be disappointed.

Want to see how body posture impacts your tennis game? Check out the video below!

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