2013 Tennis Racquet Guide
Refers to the actual strung area of the racquet’s head, and is usually expressed in square inches. Head size is a determining factor in frame power and stability, as longer strings in a larger racquet head will have a higher “trampoline effect” (which can increase power). A wider head will have a larger “twistweight, ” and will resist torque on off-center hits. A smaller head size can increase control (all else being equal), but will reduce sweet spot size, power, and torque resistance. There is no industry standard for head size classification, but a common range would be as follows:
Midsize: 85-95 square inches (550-615 square centimeters)
Mid Plus: 96-105 square inches (621-680 square centimeters)
Oversize: 106-115 square inches (686-744 square centimeters)
Super Oversize: 116 square inches and above (750+ square centimeters)
Pre-Strung vs. Performance Frame:
As the name suggests, pre-strung racquets come with string already installed. These racquets tend to have less in the way of cutting-edge technology, but they are also less expensive than the performance or “premium” frames. Pre-strung racquets can be a great option for recreational players or those new to the sport. Premium racquets are ideal for those looking to take their game to the next level. With the best in technology, these racquets are designed to help enhance your game. They do not come with string, so you’ll have to choose that with the help of one of our string experts at Tennis Express.
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