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Finding a suitable racquet
In order to reduce the risk of Tennis Elbow and to optimize your stroke efficiency, it is important to make a proper choice of racquet. Take a look at the following three animations in order to determine the type of player that you are.
The table below assesses your power and provides a Lucien Laverdure rating for every racquet sold on-line. Happy shopping!
Typing speed
Your power
Raquet sought to give
Rating Lucien Laverdue
You build some strength
acceleration at impact
Slow
Less than average
Maximum power
Maximum
LL5
LL4
You build a good acceleration
force of the impact
Medium
Medium
Power
Medium power
LL3
LL2
You build a very good
acceleration force of the impact
Fast
More than average
Control
Maximum Control
LL1
LL0
Racquet weight
HEAVIER: Will procure you more power.
LIGHTER: Will procure you more handling.
Younger layers will do better with a lighter racquet. Ask about the newest state-of-the-art models combining a light feel and great stability. Indicated weight excludes stringing.
Racquet length
LONGER: Will procure you more power, especially for your serve.
SHORTER: Will procure you more handling and game smoothness.
Children should calculate their ideal racquet length by holding the racquet in their hand along the side of their body; there should be no more than five centimeters between the ground and the head of the racquet.
Racquet balance
In order to avoid elbow injuries, choose a racquet balanced to your game. If you like going to the net you are most likely looking for HANDLING rather than power. Choose a racquet balanced in favor of the SHAFT.
If you prefer having control of the court depth you are most likely looking for POWER. Choose a racquet balanced in favor of the HEAD.
The racquet balance point is defined as the distance between the racquet’s shaft extreme and its centre of gravity (racquet must be strung).
Head size
Most players prefer a larger head size. A larger head size will favor stroke power and help better center the ball. A smaller head size, however, will offer better control.
Beam width
WIDER: Will procure you more POWER.
NARROWER: Will procure you more CONTROL.
Racquet beam width is defined as the width of the racquet head as viewed from the side. It is measured in millimeters.
Racquet material
Aluminum is light, robust and cost-effective, while graphite is light and stiff. Fiberglass is light and strong, while carbon is synonymous with lightness and power.
Grip size
For optimal grip and lower tendon risk, make sure you choose the right grip size. As you hold the racquet firmly in your hand, the space between the tips of your fingers and your palm should be equivalent to the width of one finger.
There are currently 6 types of grip size on the market ranging from 4 to 4 5/8:
JUNIOR: usually take a grip of 4 or 4 1/8.
WOMAN: usually opt for a grip of 4 1/8 or 4 1/4.
MAN: usually opt for a grip of 4 3/8 or 4 5/8.
Stringing
You should never overlook stringing. After all, one hits the ball with the strings, not the racquet. There are two main stringing characteristics: gauge and tension.
Gauge
Lower gauge: Although they provide less feeling, THICKER strings last LONGER. Beginners, who usually want stringing durability, should therefore avoid high-gauge stringing.
Higher gauge: THINNER strings are FRAGILE, but they provide more FEELING and greater repulsion power. Thicker string is represented by a lower gauge, while thinner string is represented by higher gauge.
Tension
Higher tension: Basically, HIGHER string tension provides more CONTROL and less power.
Lower tension: Conversely, because of its ability to strech and create a «trampoline effect» (or resilience), LOWER string tension gives more POWER, but less control.
Experienced players usually prefer low-gauge string, and high-tension stringing.
 
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