The right racket

Clinic

Howard At Play

July 02, 2000

No-gripe grip: Grab the handle and place your opposite hand's index finger between your fingers and palm. If the index finger fits comfortably, that's probably the rip for you.

Head size: Because of their power and forgivingly large sweet spots, "oversize" rackets are best for baseline or doubles players. "All-court" and "serve-and-volley" players pften prefer midsize or "midplus" rackets.

Length of racket: Long or short? Racket length is the main factor to consider when buying for a child. and the right length relates more to the child's height and hand-eye coordination than to age.

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