4 Questions to Ask Yourself
These four questions will help guide you as you choose a racquet.
What’s your budget?
If you’re on a tight budget and want to spend less than $50, no worries, head on over to our guide for inexpensive tennis racquets to find yourself a great racquet to get yourself started.
In this article, we focus on the best tennis racquets for women that are ideal for beginner and intermediate players. As a result, our recommendations feature racquets that are $150 and up.
If you’re a beginner and willing to spend a little extra, but you’re not quite ready for a high-end racquet, then be sure to also check out our article on the best tennis racquets for beginners for more options.
What is your long-term goal as a tennis player?
Knowing your long-term goals are can help you choose the right racquet. If you’re committed to the sport and looking become proficient enough to compete or join a local women’s league, then you may want to choose a higher-quality racquet that you can grow into as your skills evolve.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to play casually with friends or infrequently, you may want to stick to a less expensive frame.
What type of stroke do you have?
Beginners and older players tend to have compact strokes and swing the racquet slower. If you fit into this category, you’ll want to look for a lighter racquet with a large head size that is easy to maneuver, offers you more power, and increases your margin for error when swinging.
Intermediate and advanced players often tend to have full swings and faster strokes that they’ve developed over time. At this stage, increasing your racquet’s weight and decreasing the head size will offer players power that’s derived primarily from their technique combined with the weight of the racquet, while also increasing control.
Which style of play do you have?
As your skills develop, your game will fall into one of three primary styles of play. If you’re an intermediate or advanced player already, then you likely know which category you fit:
- Aggressive baseliner: You like to hang out on the baseline and hit with a ton of topspin.
- Net rusher: You enjoy moving to the net and hitting volleys to close out points.
- All court: Your comfortable and enjoy playing from all areas of the court.
Different types of racquets are more conducive to these styles of play, but it’s worth noting you can use any racquet for each style.