View Full Version : Best racquet for a 10 years old kid, that just started playing

05-30-2005, 11:00 AM
its for my brother, he currently owns this ****ty racquet, and hes looking for a new one, hes looking to spend about 100 dollars, any suggestions?

05-30-2005, 11:14 AM
It will be hard to get a newer racquet for 100 dollars. You should look at the older models at TW that are for beginners. Look at Head Intelligence, Prince Triple Threat, or Wilson Prostaff/Hyper-Hammer models.

tricky nicky
05-30-2005, 11:17 AM
check ot the liquidation stock or special offers on older models.

couldn't go too wrong with a wilson surge.



05-30-2005, 11:23 AM
hmm, i looked at all the junior racquets and they all seem to be around 79 dollars, so why would it be hard to get a new one for 100?

05-30-2005, 01:27 PM
I think he meant it's hard to get a new model for 100 dollars. However, it's not difficult to find a new racquet of an older model.

05-30-2005, 01:44 PM
well, recommend me some newer models then, if the racquet is good, i can cover the rest for him

05-30-2005, 01:58 PM
Are you looking for a standard-size racquet or a junior-size one? All the junior ones are basically the same, so it doesn't really matter which one you get.

If you want a standard-size one, I'd say any racquet with a low swing-style rating (more powerful) would be good, like a Prince TT Warrior ($70) or a Prince Thundercloud ($60).

gary p
05-30-2005, 02:33 PM
have a very nice prince graphite II jr widebody power 41/4 oversize for under $30 and
some others if interested let me know thanks


05-30-2005, 02:41 PM
i know a few 8-11 year old kids who have been playing for years and are very advanced for their age using dunlop 300g's (100), babolat pure drive's (170-180) and wilson nsix-one 95, but i would not suggest the nsix one 95 to ur bro unless he is quite advanced

05-30-2005, 02:42 PM
nah, hes not that advanced.

He just started playing like 3 weeks ago, not sure if i should get him a junior size racquet or a regular size

05-30-2005, 04:14 PM
Don't get him a junior size racket, go to the local proshop and look for discontinued rackets, or old demo's. They would probably be happy to get rid of some of them cheap...

05-30-2005, 04:27 PM
Well, when I played back when I was 10, I used a ThunderCloud, and it worked out fine. I think a good racquet you can have him use would be the Prince Beast; it costs 100 new, but you can probably find it cheaper. Seeing as how he is 10, I think he's enjoy the colors on the frame as well.

You do mention that he just started playing however; perhaps you should hit up the local Walmart and just buy one of those cheapo frames to see if he enjoys it first. No need to make a 100 dollar investment if he's not sure to keep playing.

05-30-2005, 04:30 PM
I've shopped extensively for jr racquets. The most expensive one Ive found was $99 and that was the Wilson ncode jr26 (at another site). Click on the jr racquet link on the TW homepage there are more than a dozen 26" racquets in the $40-80 range. I recently posted looking for a jr racquet in the classified section. I had several replies including a guy with a Wilson 26" in good shape that his player outgrew for about $16 including shipping. I you want I can forward his email addy to you.

If your brother is 10 yrs old he will have alot more control with a jr racquet than a adult one.

Skip the Wal-mart specials.

05-30-2005, 04:56 PM
why would someone who played for only 3 weeks need a $100 racket.... kids today (sigh)....

05-30-2005, 05:25 PM
Prince Thundercloud at $50 should serve him well for the next few years.

05-30-2005, 06:14 PM
you don't want to get him a junior racquet and find out that he needs a standard length, or visa(sp?) versa. have him try to swing a standard length racquet and see how it goes. as for which racquet, i don't know, but i used the prince thundercloud until i was almost 15.

05-30-2005, 07:04 PM
I'd recommend getting him the correct racket size and weight for his height, something that he feels comfortable with. Expensive rackets won't do your brother any good if he's only just started playing.

Correct racket size will help develop his strokes. Don't worry about the power a racket may give. Once he's got the strokes and the mechanics, power will come from he himself.

Well, I started training my son when he was 9 with 24" conventional wood. Now he's 12, 5'2" tall and playing with my PS Tour 90. I love it when he pass me with his 1HBH.

05-30-2005, 07:23 PM
i want to get him an expensive racquet because its his birthday. I was looking at this one:

05-30-2005, 07:27 PM
i 100% agree with anirut
it might be kind of wierd starting him off with a wood, since all the other kids have the new tech, but if he's serious about tennis, it'll pay off in the long run

05-30-2005, 07:41 PM
May I add just a little more ...

Even if he's not going to be playing serious tennis in the future, having classical, graceful strokes will show that he is "well-educated".

You could get your brother a classic wooden racket for his birthday. The value of the racket may not be in the money spent, but it's your concern about his future that values most.

My 0.02

05-30-2005, 09:01 PM
Oh, I had never even considered recommending a woodie. That's another good option you should consider, but I don't think you should get him a junior frame, but that really depends on his height, I guess.

I think there isn't really anything to consider except...
-ThunderCloud type racquet that's around 10oz, but he can grow into it just fine.
- or better yet, a woodie.