How much do kids’ tennis racquets cost?
Most kids’ tennis racquets will fall in the $20-30 range. You’ll find a few tennis racquets priced lower and some larger tennis racquets priced higher, but parents should be able to find a racquet at these price points.
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Where can I buy kids’ tennis racquets?
Kids tennis racquets can easily be found online, at big box stores, and at your local tennis shop. Here are a few where you’ll typically have luck:
- Dicks Sporting Goods
If you’re looking for some in-person advice, you’re most likely not going to find that at the above stores, but your local tennis club or retailer will be more than happy to lend a helping hand.
Of course, feel free to comment at the bottom of this article if you have any questions, and we’ll be happy to help there as well.
What else do I need for my child to play tennis?
For many kids, the only thing you’ll need to get them started in tennis is a racquet. However, depending on where they’re learning or taking lessons, you may find they need non-marking shoes as well.
Kids require non-marking shoes when instruction occurs on full-sized hard courts, where footwear can leave undesired marks or skids on the court. It’s worth checking with your child’s instructor or tennis club beforehand to see if this is a requirement.
Luckily, top shoe brands all offer non-marking soles, so it’s not particularly challenging to find a pair that will be suitable.
Can you demo kids’ tennis racquets?
Typically, you’re not going to find demo racquets for kids. Your local tennis club may have a few on hand to help you find the right size, but it’s not common because of the simplicity of kids’ racquets and low price points.
What are the differences between kids’ and adults’ tennis racquets?
There are a host of differences between kids’ and adults’ racquets, but here are some of the key differences:
- Price: While affordable adult racquets are on the market for beginners, most popular racquets for adults are significantly more expensive.
- Size: Adult tennis racquets are full size or 27 inches in length. Some extended-length adult racquets can be as long as 28 inches. On the other hand, kids’ tennis racquets can be as small as 15 inches.
- Materials: Racquet manufacturers use advanced materials to provide adults with a selection of different racquets that each offer unique attributes and feel. Kids’ tennis racquets are typically made of inexpensive aluminum to keep the price down.
At what age should a child use a full-size tennis racquet?
Most kids won’t graduate to a full-sized 27-inch tennis racquet until they’re age 13 or older and roughly 60 inches or five feet tall.
With that said, it’s important not to rush your child into a full-sized racquet. I find it’s the kids that are eager to upgrade their racquet, so it’s good to know when it’s time to make the transition.
Of course, every child progresses differently, so this is a great decision to make with the help of your child’s tennis instructor.