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What makes a tennis racket so suitable for tennis? Well, all the processes and materials. Those materials and also processes are vital key in producing good tennis rackets and good performance of a player. Not only that, the materials and the strings also affect the overall quality of the rackets.
For example, more and more rackets’ frames nowadays are made out of composite materials. Common mixtures of alloys in composite frames are silica, boron, kevlar, fiberglass and graphite. Graphite is the material that gives the frame its sturdiness and agility. Composite frame is lighter but it does not compromise the stability, control and the maneuver of player over the racket. Other than that, composite frames are also more durable and long-lasting.
Aluminum frames on the other hand, are easily scratched and dented. Not to mention the weight. Aluminum is also made of several alloys such as zinc, magnesium, sillicon, chromium and copper. Zinc alloy is more brittle while silicon is easier to work with since it is malleable.
In the old days, the handle of the rackets are covered and layered with leather. However, since the technology has evolved, more and more grips are being covered with nylon and some also use cow or sheep intestines. No matter what material is being used, the most important thing is the strength of each grip. As long as it keeps the player’s hand to the handle, then it is good.
Thirdly, look at the size of the head of the tennis rackets. The size of the head is directly linked to the power. Larger head also offers a larger hitting area and more reach. However, just as in the length aspect, professional and seasoned players always opt for smaller or standard sized head in order to get the control and more stability. As for beginners and intermediate players, they go for the larger heads so that they will be able to have larger sweet spot and area of serving.
Next is the nylon. Nylon is one of the easiest material to find and use. The nylon strings are measured in gauges of 15 to 18. 15 is the thickest while 18 is the thinnest. The rule is, the thicker the gauge is, better durability but less feel will be obtained by the player. Nylon is easy to clean and maintain.
Lastly is the handle of the rackets. Regardless your level of playing, be it beginner or professional, a good handle will help you by giving you extra strength and control of the racket. Plus, a good handle will also absorb the shock and impact from the ball when it hits the string, reducing the risk of hurting your shoulders and arms.
Finally, polyester. More professional players are opting for this material due to its exceptional durability and also good sense of control and sensation. The strings tend to have little movement, frictions and also breakage. This is not only a good point in a game, it also gives any player a good feeling to start playing and hence, affecting their performance.