There is a number of ways that a tennis racquet is measured – based on its head size, the thickness of the strings, size of the grip, weight, swing weight, and others. These measurements are important to help you choose the appropriate racquet. So, the question is: how to measure tennis racquet?
Tennis is a racquet sport played individually against an opponent on the other side of the court or between teams of two players. Each player uses a racquet to strike the ball over the net and into the opponent’s court.
It is the major instrument that defines the performance of the player. You might not notice it at first, but using a good quality racquet appropriate for your hands and performance will help you win the game.
There are several factors that a tennis racquet is made of. These include the head size, weight/balance point, string pattern, string material grip size, and more. They contribute to your performance and comfort on the tennis court.
Swing weight refers to the weight of the racquet when you swing it. It is often seen as more important compared to the weight of the strings or face.
The measurement is labeled from 0-1000 and the higher number indicates that a racquet is harder to swing. Most racquets today has swing weight that ranges from 280 – 350.
There are different advantages of swing weight. Heavier or higher numbered swing weights, usually 330 and above, provide more power and stability.
Lighter or lower numbers, 310 or below, allows you to swing faster and have more spin. Medium swing weight, between 311 and 329, provides you balanced power and speed.
How to measure the swing weight? The number is determined by the balance point, racquet weight, head size, and length.
The head size of the racquet refers to the size of the racquet face that makes up the frame and strings. It determines the power that you can create when you strike the ball. So, it is worth noting that a bigger head size provides a bigger hitting area and sweet spot, hence it is easier to strike the ball.
The head size ranges from 85-135 square inches and comes in three categories.
The measurement of head size is indicated on the racquet label. Look for this label or ask the salesperson to determine the head size of the specific racquet.
The grip size is basically determined by the hand size. People have different hand sizes so grip sizes vary too. The grip size defines how much space you can grasp and play with comfortably. Too big or too small grip size can cause problems like poor performance and hand injuries.
In the US, grip sizes are measured from 4 inches to 4.75 inches. In Europe, grip sizes are between 0 – 5. The grip size is usually indicated at either the frame’s throat or the butt.
Grip size is measured by holding the racquet grip and deciding whether it feels comfortable. For more specific grip size measurement, perform a ruler and finger test.
Place the end of the ruler under the lateral crease of your palm. Determine the ruler number on the tip of your ring finger. This number corresponds to your exact grip size.
String gauge is the string’s thickness, which affects the racquet’s comfort and spin. It usually ranges from 15 – 18, with half sizes labeled with the letter L.
The lower number signifies a thicker string. Thinner strings provide more control, feel, power, and spin, but they are less durable than thicker ones.
You don’t have to measure string gauge by yourself. It is already indicated on the racquet’s label. You can search for the string gauge appropriate for your level and performance by using a thin string. If it breaks, use a thicker one until a specific string gauge works for you.
Now that you know how to measure the different factors in a tennis racquet, you will be able to determine the right tennis racquet that you need. Happy playing!
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