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Purchasing Tennis Equipment

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How to 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.

AGE TYPICAL SIZE
4 to 6  21 inch racquet
6 to 8 23 to 25 inch racquet
8 to 11 25 to 26 inch racquet
11 and over Move to 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.

For a beginner 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.

How to 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.

AGE GRIP SIZE
Junior 4 inches typically
Women 4-1/8 to 4-3/8 inches
Men 4-1/2 to 4 3/4 inches

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 Tennis?

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 durable.

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.