So you decided to take tennis seriously. First thing’s first. In order for you to become a really good tennis player, you must have the equipment. It is like a knight marching off to a battle with the best weapons.
The basic tennis equipments are racquets, balls, shoes, socks, caps, hats, sunglasses and towels.
This article will share tennis equipment tips a newbie has to know:
1. Save Your Strings
String savers are those tiny plastic pieces inserted in the section where the strings touch the racquet’s sweet spot. These prevent the strings to rub against one another. It also aims to achieve a long string life.
In a tennis match, having string saver are not illegal because the ball does not really touch these.
String savers are used by players that have gut strings. These are effective in prolonging string life. But there are those players who don’t like String Savers primarily because it gives their racquets a stiff grip.
If you wish to prolong the string life of your racquet, use a thick gauge string. We highly suggest that you replace your strings many times in a year, that is if you frequently play.
2. What You Should Know About Your Strings
- Lower string tensions equate to more power
- There is more ball control with higher string tensions
- Lower string density caused by fewer strings equate to more power
- the thinner the string, the more power
- the more elastic the string, the more power
- the softer the coating, the softer the string, therefore the less tendency to vibrate
- thinner strings produce more spin
- fewer strings equate to more spin
3. What You Should Know About Your Tennis Racquet
The general rule for tennis racquets is that the stiffer the frame, the more power it generates. This is because:
- the heavier the frame, the more power it generates
- the heavier the frame, the less it vibrates
- the stiffer the frame, the more power it generates
- if the frame is stiff, then it transmits more to the arm
- a stiff frame entails a more uniform ball response against the swing of the racquet
- the larger the frame, the more power it generates
- the larger the frame, the more resistant it is to twisting
4. Safe Racquet Storage
It is necessary that you do not leave your tennis racquets in the car. If your racquet has synthetic strings, then it begins to lose its tension at about 43 degrees C or 110 degrees F. Always leave your racquet at a cool storing place in order for the strings to stay intact.
5. Racquet Stringing Frequency
Tennis players wonder how often they must have their racquets re-strung. Answer it should it must be re-strung at least twice a year, even if the string remains in tact or it breaks. The player must always restring his racquet as many times in one year as he plays in a week. For example, you play four times a week, then have your racquet re-strung four times a year.
Tennis is a sport worth investing on. Whenever you play, it keeps the blood pumping and also exercises your reflexes. Just stick to these tips and soon enough you’ll notice what a better tennis player you’ve become from the time you first held a racquet.