This article will look at the 5 Common Mistakes recreational players make when Buying a Tennis Racket so you can avoid making those same mistakes too.
5 Common Mistakes When Buying a Tennis Racket
1. Buying a Tennis Racket Endorsed by Their Favourite Player
This is the number one mistake I see recreational players make as they want to emulate their favourite player so they go out and buy whatever racket that player is endorsing without considering whether that racket is a good fit for their game or not.
If you are a beginner then the rackets endorsed by the likes of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are likely to be way too heavy for most beginner tennis players to use effectively. The extra weight of these rackets can also lead to arm and shoulder issues. This is especially true of the Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph (endorsed by Roger Federer) as it weights around 356g once it is strung.
If you are just starting out with tennis then I would recommend that you go for a racket that will help you generate some free power and is more forgiving on off center shots. In terms of weight, I would stick to rackets that weigh less than 300g strung.
2. Buying a Tennis Racket with the Wrong Grip Size for your Hand
Buying a racket with the wrong size grip for your hand is another common mistake I see. It is an understandable mistake for beginners to make as it probably wasn’t the first thing I thought about when buying my first tennis racket.
If you buy a racket with a grip that is too big or too small for you then this can lead to issues like tennis elbow, so it is important that you pick a racket with the correct grip. You can find out how to measure the grip size for your hand by checking out our Tennis Grip Sizes Guide.
If you find that you are in between two grip sizes, then it is better to go for the smaller grip size as it is much easier to increase the grip size on a racket using an overgrip than it is to decrease the grip size of a racket.
3. Not Considering Your String Setup
If you ask most recreational players what their string setup is, they will look at you with a blank look on their faces as they have no idea what kind of strings are in their racket because they just went along with whatever the guy in local tennis pro shop suggested.
However, having the correct string setup can make or break a racket. I have often played with a racket with one set of strings and absolutely loved playing with the racket and other times I have played with the exact same racket but with a different string setup and have found the racket nearly unplayable.
There is a mountain of stringing options out there so you will have to do some research to find out what strings will suit your game. You can also check out our article on the Best Wilson Tennis Strings and our guide on Restringing Tennis Rackets.
4. Not Getting a Demo Racket
As tennis rackets can be a substantial purchase with many rackets costing well over $200, I am surprised by how often people do not take advantage of demo programs run by the likes of Tennis Warehouse and Tennis Express.
It is quite easy to be taken in by the hype around a new racket technology so demoing a racket can help you decide whether the racket is worth your money. I know there is the extra hassle with returning the demo rackets but I definitely think it will save you money in the long wrong as you will avoid purchasing rackets that are completely wrong for your game.
5. Buying a Tennis Racket Based on Price
Tennis is an expensive sport so I can understand why some recreational players might opt for a cheaper racket but often cheaper tennis rackets or used tennis rackets will have poor control and come with a poor string setup that can lead to arm/elbow issues down the road.
I hope you enjoyed our article on the 5 Common Mistakes When Buying a Tennis Racket. If you want to read more tips on what to look out for when purchasing a new tennis racket, then check out our Tennis Racket Buying Guide.