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Head MicroGel Radical MP Tennis Racket View

Head MicroGel Radical MP Tennis Racket

Exclusive to Sweatband.com, the Head MicroGel Radical MP is a head light tennis racket with a smaller head size of 98in2 (632cm2) and a frame weight of 295g (10.4oz) to provide a great combination of precision, control and manoeuvrability. The racket is very much suited to intermediate and advanced players and has been made using revolutionary, silicone-based MicroGel™ material delivering a rock-solid feel, exceptional touch and impact absorption. A closed 18x20 string pattern causes the ball to travel deeper in the court, whereas Sonic Pro string guarantees higher levels of feel, comfort and playability.

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Head Ti S6 Titanium Tennis Racket View

Head Ti S6 Titanium Tennis Racket

The Head Ti S6 was first launched in 1996 and is still the best selling tennis racket in the history of Head. The racket is ideal for intermediate players looking for maximum power in an easy-to-manoeuvre light frame that weighs only 225g (7.9oz). The racket utilises the Ti technology which weaves titanium into the graphite construction creating much lighter racket without compromising its stiffness or power offered. The racket’s open 16x19 string pattern is perfect for spin shots and all-court game while its oversized 115in2 (742cm2) head with large sweet spot allows for powerful hits and makes this 27.75” (704.8mm) long racket more forgiving on off-centre hits. Due to the head heavy balance the racket can be a great choice for baseline players with compact to medium stroke styles.

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Wilson Burn 100 LS Tennis Racket View

Wilson Burn 100 LS Tennis Racket

Made using Spin Effect technology, the Wilson Burn 100 LS tennis racket allows for maximizing ball rotation without changing your swing and has been designed for intermediate level players. This light and speedy racket with a good-sized 100in2 (645cm2) head and a head light balance ensures easy handling and offers livelier, more comfortable string bed thanks to Parallel Drilling technology. With a grippy 18x16 string pattern and arm-friendly Wilson Sensation string, the racket provides plenty of bite and great playability. It is best suited to baseliners and guarantees increased frame stiffness and power with High Performance Carbon Fiber technology.

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Head Graphene Touch Instinct PWR Tennis Racket View

Head Graphene Touch Instinct PWR Tennis Racket

Offering a larger sweet-spot for more comfort and forgiveness on the off-centre strokes with an oversized head of 115in2 (740cm2), the Head Graphene Touch Instinct PWR tennis racquet is a powerful frame designed for heavy hitting players. It’s designed with super light frame utilising Graphene Touch material ensuring great dampened feel, and abrupt end to ball impact vibration. The weight of the frame and head heavy balance, poises the racket for a complete on-court experience with good power potential and exceptional handling. Also, it offers a slightly lengthier build, and comes strung with Velocity 16 black string in an open, spin-friendly 16x19 pattern delivering great opportunities for tricky shots and a more technical approach during rallies.

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Head Graphene Touch Speed MP Adaptive Tennis Racket View

Head Graphene Touch Speed MP Adaptive Tennis Racket

The Head Graphene Touch Speed MP adaptive tennis racket is a customisable frame that belongs to the Speed range endorsed by a star player Novak Djokovic and has been designed for advanced and intermediate level players. The racket is head light balanced, therefore grants more mobility, speed and improved handling, and with Graphene Touch technology it’s capable of producing fantastic shot sensation with a dampened feel on top of that. Furthermore, the frame can be modified in multiple ways with Head’s Adaptive Tuning Kit (32 tuning possibilities in total). Starting from grommet sets, you can switch to another stringing pattern easily e.g. from a heavier one to a light, more spin-friendly option. The length of the frame is customisable with three spacer rings (5,10 and 15mm) and the end cap can be replaced with a heavier one to ensure a more balanced feel of the racket. By default, the racket is shipped strung with Lynx 17 string in a light 16x19 string pattern, and fitted with Hydrosorb grip to provide enhanced comfort and moisture absorption.

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Wilson Blade 101L V7.0 Tennis Racket View

Wilson Blade 101L V7.0 Tennis Racket

The Wilson Blade 101L V7.0 tennis racket is best suited to advanced players looking for a blend of power and accuracy. A larger head (652cm2) and a thicker beam (23mm FB) make the racket perfect for big hitters, whereas the use of a Top Grip Taper results in a better feel on two-handed backhand strokes. This performance racket is head light balanced for speedy handling and offers an open, spin-friendly 16x19 string pattern. It weighs 274g (9.7oz) and boasts Parallel Drilling technology delivering a consistent and more forgiving string bed response. Plus, there is Wilson Pro Performance grip ensuring a tacky surface and an ultimate feel, and the racket is supplied strung with an arm-friendly Wilson Sensation string.

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Head Innegra Challenge Pro Tennis Racket View

Head Innegra Challenge Pro Tennis Racket

Arriving with a supreme combination of control and power, the Head Innegra Challenge Pro tennis racket comes out as a suitable pick for recreational tennis enthusiasts with a flair for aggressive plays. With a good-sized head of 100in2 (645cm2), the racket ensures more forgiveness on poorly aligned swings, as well as more power and consistency. Additionally, with a slight head light balance it remains highly mobile and swift during long rallies. On top of that, it boasts Innegra technology for a top-notch vibration attenuation, and overall impressive playability. The racket arrives pre-strung with synthetic gut string in an open 16x19 pattern for more spin potential, and it’s shipped with a full-length cover for proper protection and storage.

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Yonex VCORE Game Tennis Racket View

Yonex VCORE Game Tennis Racket

The Yonex VCORE Game is a lightweight (270g) performance tennis racket designed for intermediate level players who want a spin-loaded weapon with decent power. Increased manoeuvrability comes from Aero Fin technology and a head light balance, whereas a 100in2 (645cm2) head delivers improved control. The frame flexes more optimally at impact thanks to Nanomesh Neo material and there is Aero Trench technology making the racket faster through the air. The Game is pre-strung with durable Polytour Strike string in an open, spin-friendly 16x19 string pattern. It is supplied with a full protective cover.

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In the early era of tennis rackets were crafted individually, but as the game grew in popularity and means for manufacture were improved tennis rackets became more standardised.  High tech materials are now commonplace and extremely affordable, and a good racket, if re-stringed regularly, can last several years. Obviously frequency of play, power behind your play and the climate in which you play will all impact on your racket’s lifespan.

 

So if you’re new to the game and need advice on what to buy or if your last racket has lost its edge, here’s a short sharp guide to help you find the best for you….

 

The main aspects to consider are head size, length, weight distribution, grip size and material.

 

Head size
The head size is the area occupied by the strings, and the sweet spot is that area of the racket that the ball just flies off it effortlessly.


The categories are:

• Midsize (80-94 square inches)
• Midplus  (95-105 square inches)
• Oversize (110-115 square inches)
• Super oversize (116-135 square inches) 


There was a time when Prince manufactured one even bigger than this but the International Tennis Federation responded by imposing a limit on head size before things got out of hand!


Larger heads suit beginners best as they generate more power and have a larger sweet spot while smaller head sizes offer more precision and control.


Length

Racket lengths vary between 27 and 29 inches in length, the majority are around the 27 inch mark.   Longer rackets are typically lighter and give greater reach and power when serving.

 

Weight distribution

There are two types here: head heavy and head light.  Beginners favour the head heavy ‘power’ rackets as the extra weight at the tip can provide greater power for a shorter, weaker, underdeveloped swing. More experienced players utilise the head light ‘control’ rackets which absorb more of the shock generated by their powerful swings.
   

Grip size

There are five Grips sizes; 1 is the smallest and 5 the largest, the most suitable for you is simply a matter of hand size. 

 

Materials
The list of racket materials these days sounds like a new age periodic table, but the variety in choice does affect how stiff the racket is when it connects with the ball – the stiffer it is the more power the ball retains and the more shock your body absorbs.  Aluminium is a popular choice for players wanting flexibility, although players who hit hard can find it too flexible and unpredictable. If you’re new, but a quick learner,  you’re probably better off with a graphite racket.

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