Tennis is a great sport, especially if you don’t mind scraped knees, muscle spasms, and a crooked back.
We played tennis all summer when I was a kid. Our snowshoes were not a rich boy variety. They were from Hey! Look what I found in the trash variety.
We didn’t know there were things to know when choosing a tennis racket. It was more like the racket had chosen us. But I remember after WWII a local hardware store had a huge sale of tennis rackets.
You could get one for $ 5.00 if you could find the cash.
Somehow we got the money and a number of kids got new rackets. We were surely all on our way to the pros.
These rackets were not of the best quality.
One day, a label paste came out of my racket. Under the label sunk into the wood above the handle was the word REJECTED.
Everything could make me laugh at the time.
As I rolled over the concrete tennis court, a small crowd gathered around me. They quickly understood why I was laughing because I was pointing over the handle.
They took the labels off the rackets. Of course, they were all rejected. This is why the strings came loose, they were deformed and the material of the handle fell off.
We had an emergency meeting on how we could sue the sporting goods store, but we all knew how it was going to turn out. None of our fathers were lawyers. They all lived on the east side of town.
Some of us returned to the store. The store played dumb! “Gee, we didn’t know they were rejects!”
I love to watch the pros play tennis. But tennis is a game that you can also play even in your later years. Some tennis players are even older than me and it’s damn old.
A good Samaritan pig donated their aortic valve to me this spring and maybe I’ll pick up the game again. That’s if I can get a gazelle to give me a new pair of legs.
Choose a racket
There are many sites such as http://www.tennisracquets.com that help you select a racquet. The articles cited come from this site.
Too small a grip can cause “wrist and elbow injuries”.
Too wide a grip will cause you to “squeeze the grip more tightly. This will put extra strain on your arm preventing relaxed swinging.”
“There is a way to measure your grip size with a ruler. Your correct grip size is basically the distance between the tip of your ring finger and the main vertical line furthest from your hand. I wouldn’t advise counting. on the rule in this case case.
“The best way to determine the correct grip is to measure it while holding the racquet. Hold the racquet with one hand and slide the index finger of the other hand between the tips of your fingers and the base of your palm. the grip is too small – there will not be enough room for the index finger. If there is more room – the grip is too large. The correct grip is when the index finger fits perfectly. “( see illustrations on http://www.tennisracquets.com).
Starting at 60 square inches in wood frames, it could be as large as 145 square inches in some exotic frames. There is a legal limit of 135 square inches for playing official tournaments.
The “sweet spot” in a racquet is larger if the size of the head is larger. This is where you get the most power. So what does this tell you?
Weight and balance
Your frame can be heavy or light.
Remember this: part of the racket’s swing is transferred to the ball. The total momentum is the same before and after hitting the ball. Where do you want most of that final momentum to be? I guess you want him on the ball. But what good is it for you if your head is too heavy. You will probably miss the ball. The racket might make you spin in a tizzy.
o “Lighter, head-heavy racquets are better for slower play because they provide more power. Heavier, even balanced or headlamp racquets are better for advanced players to have faster play without injury. and to have more control.
o “Tourism professionals use balanced and generally heavier personalized frames.
o “Any frame can be made heavier and balanced as desired with the lead tape, but be sure to check the facts about stiffness and flexibility.”
Go to the site http://www.tennisracquets.com for more information and references.
It’s time to get down to the meat of this article
Here are some things that I have noticed that the pros like to do with their racquets.
o The pros like to look at the sweet spot in a way of worshiping. Therefore, you should have your favorite religious icon embedded in the channels.
o Pros like to throw their racquets on the court. Therefore, you should have it designed by an aerospace engineer for smooth navigation and landing.
o Pros like to crush their rackets against the ground. You should have several rackets designed by a mechanical engineer that will withstand concrete, asphalt or grass.
o Pros like to yell at linemen. Therefore, you should have a bull’s horn mounted on your racket so that you can really tell him Why!
You may want to practice your temper tantrums in front of a full-length mirror. You don’t want to look bad on the court, do you? This raises the point of the dress. Well, you’re alone there. Try to smile when you practice this racquet with your new aero racquet!