The Different Parts of A Tennis Racquet
Let’s break down the individual components of a tennis racquet with a brief explanation of each part.
The head of a tennis racquet is where the strings are placed, creating the primary hitting surface. Head sizes can vary significantly from racquet to racquet. However, generally speaking, most head sizes will typically fall between 95 and 110 square inches. For beginner racquets, we recommend 100 square inches or greater, which allows for a higher margin of error.
Generally, the size of a racquet head has a direct influence on the overall power of a racquet. A racquet with a larger head will give a player more power, while a racquet with a smaller head will lend less power – but more control.
The beam of a tennis racquet is simply the thickness of the racquet head, which tends to differ between the three different types of tennis racquets. Perhaps one of the most overlooked parts of a racquet is the beam, which can have significant implications on overall racquet performance.
Often, power racquets will have a wider beam, which allows the strings to move more freely and therefore help generate additional power. On the other hand, with control racquets, the beam is often smaller, allowing for less movement (or less power) and more control.
You can easily compare the beams of various racquets by placing them on the ground side by side. It’s another component that you may want to consider when purchasing a new racquet.
While not directly connected to a racquet, your tennis strings are a core component of a racquet. When strung, they provide the flat trampoline-like hitting surface.
Tennis string comes in a variety of gauges, or thicknesses, and materials, and it can have a tremendous impact on overall racquet performance. Strings and the tension you string a racquet can directly impact power, control, spin, and vibration.
At the top of a racquet’s head, covering the beam, a bumper guard protects the impact zone of a tennis racquet, which is often scraped across the ground when hitting groundstrokes.
Typically, bumper guards are made from durable plastic. Over time, they will require replacement to avoid scraping the frame of a racquet, which eventually may lead to a cracked frame if not addressed.
Tennis racquet grommets are plastic inserts that extend through the string holes around the entire head of a tennis racquet. Grommets help protect the strings from the typically harsh surface and edges within string holes.
In addition, the thickness of the grommets often comes in a specific width per tennis racquet to allow for or constrict movement of the strings. With power racquets, you’ll often find that the grommets are wider, allowing for free movement of the strings, while control racquets will have narrower grommets to help prevent too much movement.