Tennis is a really demanding sport since you use both your body and your mind a lot. This is why you have to make sure you work on them, so you can get to the ball on time and then get it where you want it in order to beat your opponent. Nevertheless, it doesn’t matter how well you are prepared if your racket does not serve the purpose, it should.
There are many rackets all over the market, many brands, many sizes, many weights and many prices, so how do we decide which is the best for us?
The first thing we need to know is that an expensive racket is not necessarily better than a cheap one. However, we cannot abuse this idea because it is true that many times the cheapest rackets are those for children to play in their houses just as a recreational activity but nothing more. This is why it is advisable to buy from a well known tennis brand such as Babolat or Wilson, so you can make sure the strings are properly tensed and you avoid vibration for example, which is a common problem among pretty cheap rackets.
Another thing to take into consideration at the moment of buying a racket you can afford, is the grip. As I stated before, actually you do not have to worry about this if you are buying from a recognized tennis brand but if you are not, then make sure it does have a grip and it is not just the racket handle. Otherwise, you would find it pretty uncomfortable and even hurtful while playing.
Finally, another important difference is that usually cheap rackets are “generic” ones. What I mean by this is that they have not been created to be strength rackets or control ones, instead they probably do not even have a proper balance, which may harm your game.
To sum up, if you have already realized that it is kind of impossible to buy a really cheap racket and make sure it serves its purpose and now you are looking for the cheapest one among the “expensive” ones, then you won’t have to worry that much about the previous differences. Instead, now you just have to go to the store and try them all, which weight you prefer, which headsize, etc. There are several options you will like and a wide range of prices. The best part is that even though the racket you may choose will not be that cheap I guarantee you it will be worthy because it will improve your game.