I'm just getting back into playing and have no idea how technology has changed since 1991 -- when I was last in the game.
I vaguely recall that I had an oversized Head racquet that was super light and with a bit of bounce (could be that was simply a matter of lower string tension), back in the day. In about 1990, the racquet cost around $180-230. I hear that things are a lot cheaper now (I hope?) I'm female, petite (so I could probably use a bit of power). I lettered in high school and have some basic ability but it really has been a loooooong time. I'm not THAT serious, not at all looking to compete or anything like that. Just wanting something that fits me properly -- something to support my game (any edge I could get now would be great!). :)
Notably, I played recently and borrowed an old racket, which was ... fine, but a bit heavy for me. As I get more excited about playing more regularly, I'm very curious what folks recommend -- and why.
Thanks in advance!
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This is helpful. Thanks so much for taking time to respond. I really appreciate it! :)
Great! Thanks so much for everyone's responses. A lot of factors to consider. Yeah, it'd be ideal to be able to demo a few!
I like dudley's comments. I would like to add that the aeropros (Nadal) are more spin friendly while the Yonex e-zones offer more pop for flatter hitters. So maybe try both and see which suit your game a little better.
Dudley- Does tennis-warehouse allow you to pick the tension for the demos?
The thing about demoing rackets is that you will need to purchase rackets from them at full price if you don't want to lose your credit. I guess that's okay too, but there are better alternatives.
What I did was I just tried my friends' rackets or any people that I met that would let me use their rackets for a while. Then I looked at ebay or forums for better prices once I found the ones I like.
Check out these links to help you get started (no I'm not affiliated with TW):
Selecting racket: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/SelectingRacquet.html
Also TW forum has pretty good deals. I got 2 Wilson Kobra Tours for $85 shipped. On ebay they're like $80 new each.
But yeah, make sure you try it somewhere else first.
Cool. Thanks for ALL of the feedback, folks! I stopped by Sports Authority because it happened to be near where we were today and learned that I have a Size 2 grip. They showed me a few Prince, Head and Babolat -- all of which felt nice. I don't have the specs with me now...I'll report later when I locate them.
From what I gather, I think that I'm enough of a non-expert who needs power, such that I could use an oversized head.
In any event, I'm not in a big hurry and so will definitely continue to do research, check out TW, find friends that will let me borrow their racquets (although that's tough because my grip size is so small).
I'm very excited to be playing again and being part of this online community is definitely helping that excitement along!