purchase youth tennis racquets?
A child's tennis racquet must be
small and light in weight. The age of your child will determine the
length of the racquet.
4 to 6
6 to 8
23 to 25 inch racquet
8 to 11
||25 to 26
11 and over
adult size of 27 to 29 inch racquet
Many companies make racquets specifically for children so it is
recommended that you bring your child with you to allow them to hold the
racquet and see if it is light enough.
you do not have to spend a lot of money on a racket. The cheaper rackets
start from $20 to $40 dollars and are ideal for students just starting
out. They normally come with the string already threaded into the
tennis racket and most come with a carrying case. As your child advances
to an intermediate level they will want to purchase a better quality
racquet. More expensive tennis rackets are normally sold un-strung and
you have a choice of the type of string to use and the tension.
determine tennis racquet grip size?
The grip is the area that you hold on
the tennis racquet. This is measured in eighths of an inch, and
needs to fit your hand properly for the greatest comfort. To find out
what size grip you need, place your palm upward and extend your fingers.
With your fingers closed together, measure the distance between the top
of your ring finger and the last lateral crease on your palm.
||4-1/2 to 4
Note: If you measure
between sizes, buy a tennis racquet with the smaller grip
Purchasing Tennis Balls…
Balls are purchased in a set of three
and they are usually in an air-compressed can. This packaging is
important for the life and bounce of the ball. Stay away from unsealed
balls found in plastic bags. For best results play with new tennis
balls. A can of tennis balls should cost around two dollars.
Manufactures make balls for specific surfaces including outdoors and
indoors. If you are playing outside purchase tennis balls with
extra-felt. This type of tennis ball will take longer to fray when used
on hard courts than regular-duty felt tennis balls.
What Should My Child Wear For
Times have changed
and so has tennis apparel. The customary white clothing on the tennis
courts is no longer a requirement. Hats, warm up outfits, shorts,
collared shirts, and skirts worn with tennis sneakers are among popular
to wear. A cap or visor is helpful to keep the sun out of your eyes when
playing outdoors. In addition, you should consider head and wristbands.
Purchasing Tennis Shoes...
Make sure to get
sneakers that are specifically designed for tennis because
they are created for the stop and go/ side to side actions required with
playing tennis. A secure feel and lateral stability should be two of the
main considerations when purchasing tennis shoes. Shoes that are not
designed for tennis may result in ankle injuries.
The shoe should be
reinforced in the top of the toe, which is a high-wear area used for
quick stopping. Competitive players often will prefer a
lightweight shoe that is tailored specifically for grass, clay or hard
courts. Most recreation or practice shoes will be heavier and more
You should purchase
tennis shoes in your regular shoe size; your foot will slip in the shoe
if it's too big. Kids tennis shoes will run from $25 - $60.