Thick vs Thin Beam Tennis Rackets

The beam width of a tennis racket plays an important role in its playability and is often overlooked by recreational players when they are buying a new racket.

This article will look at what the beam width of a racket is and at the pro and cons of using a thick or thin beam tennis racket.

Thick vs Thin Beam Tennis Rackets

Tennis Racket Beam Width

The beam width of a tennis racket refers to the thickness of the frame at three different points on the racket: Head, Side, and Throat.

Beam widths generally range from 18mm to 28mm with beam widths under 23mm considered a thin beam and beam widths over 23mm considered a thick beam.

An example of a thin beam racket would be the Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph which has a beam width of 21.5mm while an example of a thick beam tennis racket would be the Wilson Clash 100 which has a beam width of 24.5mm.

Thick vs Thin Beam Tennis Rackets

Below we will look at the pros and cons of thick and thin beam tennis rackets so that you can get a better idea as to which may suit your game better.

Pro and Cons of Thick Beam Tennis Rackets

The main pro to playing with a thicker beam is that it is easier to generate power on your shots, which makes them ideal for beginner to intermediate tennis players.

They are also a bit more forgiving than a thin beam racket as they usually have a bigger head size and a larger sweet spot.

The main con to playing with a thicker beam is that the extra power you get comes at the cost of control so if you are more of an advanced tennis player then you may have a tendency to overhit your shots when playing with a thick beam tennis racket.

Another con is that thick beam tennis rackets tend to be stiff so they may cause arm issues or tennis elbow.

Pro and Cons of Thin Beam Tennis Rackets

The main pros to a thin beam tennis racket are that you get more touch, feel and control on your shots when compared with a racket with a thicker beam.

They also tend to have flexible frames with a stiffness rating in the 55-65 range so they are a good option if you have had tennis elbow in the past.

The only real con to a tennis racket with a thinner beam is that they are usually low powered rackets so you will need a full swing with good technique if you want to hit your shots will power.

Recommendations

If you are a beginner to an intermediate player then I think a racket with a thicker beam width e.g. Wilson Clash 100 is the better option for you as the extra power you get on your serve and groundstrokes will do more for your game that having a thinner beam racket that gives you more control.

However, once you develop into more of an advanced tennis player then it is likely you will want a tennis racket that gives you less power and more control so you are likely to switch to a tennis racket with a thinner beam width.

My recommendation for a thin beam tennis racket for advanced players would be the Wilson Pro Staff 97.

As always, I would recommend that you demo any tennis racket before making your final buying decision.