Basic Racket Guide

Whether you are a tennis player or tennis parent, buying a racket can be daunting. There’s a lot of confusing terminology, some of which is meaningless marketing nonsense, which confuses the whole process. Just knowing a little bit of the terminology can put you firmly on the right track.

In this guide I will cover the most important specifications that you should look at when buying a racket, what they actually mean, my recommendations and give an insight into how the different specifications would make the racket play.


When choosing a racket, there are three main elements which affect power and control: headsize, weight, and string patterns.


  • Larger Headsize = More Power

  • Smaller Headsize = More Control


  • Lighter Racket = More Power

  • Heavier Racket = More Control