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newplayer
04-04-2006, 06:32 AM
I have had some experience playing tennis but have not played in over ten years. Need some advice on buying a new racquet. I am not too experienced so nothing too advanced but I would still like a nice racquet. Any suggestions? Any help would be appreciated. Feel free to ask questions.

Marius_Hancu
04-04-2006, 06:33 AM
FWIW
check my posting here:

Best arm friendly racquets?
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=77937

Marius_Hancu
04-04-2006, 06:34 AM
also, get in shape:

check my signature here:

Great fitness sites
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=33800

esp the Racquet Specific and Footwork
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for technique:

check the Sticky (topmost thread in the Tips forum)

Midlife crisis
04-04-2006, 07:23 AM
I have had some experience playing tennis but have not played in over ten years. Need some advice on buying a new racquet. I am not too experienced so nothing too advanced but I would still like a nice racquet. Any suggestions? Any help would be appreciated. Feel free to ask questions.

Are you a man or woman? How much do you weigh and how strong are you relative to your weight? What is your age, and how many similar physical activities to tennis do you do (for instance, do you play baseball)?

Otherwise, it's impossible to make any kind of good recommendation. For instance, there'd be a different racquet recommendation for someone like Shaq versus a 60 year old, slightly built, sedentary woman.

newplayer
04-04-2006, 08:32 AM
I am a woman, 28 years old, 120lbs. I workout on a regular basis. I am decently strong, well I am not for sure, I curl 25lbs. No baseball, I do aerobics but that is about it. I hope this helps.

newplayer
04-04-2006, 08:51 AM
and I am 5'6"

Midlife crisis
04-04-2006, 09:12 AM
I'd say look for a racquet in the 10-11 ounce range, the heavier the better as long as you can play well with it. Look for something that is evenly balanced to headlight, probably between 100-110 square inch head, length between 27 and 27.5 inches. Here is what TW's racquet finder says (of current models only):

http://www.racquetfinder.com/FMPro?hsMin=100&hsMax=110&lMin=27&lMax=27.5&wMin=10&wMax=11&swMin=280&swMax=400&fMin=55&fMax=65&rbMin=-10&rbMax=0

Others will have direct playing experience with some of these and can offer more information.

jck01
05-14-2006, 05:13 AM
Since you haven't played in awhile, I recommend you start with a racquet made for beginner-intermediate level player. I think Head Ti.S6 ($78 at T-W) or Head Liquidmetal 6 ($230 at T-W) would be appropriate. I guess the tennis racquet you get also depends on your price point. If the cost is not a problem, I'd get the Liquidmetal 6. Depending on your level of improvement, you can move up to an intermediate-level player's racquet quickly or slowly.

If you go with an intermediate-level racquet right from the get-go, you might not enjoy playing tennis too much because you won't get a lot of balls over the net, you won't be hitting it with much power, you won't have a lot of control, you'll be picking up balls most of the time, etc.

One important thing is make sure you get the right grip size. If you don't, regardless of how good the racquet is, you might not like it. Check the link below on determining the right grip size.

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/Gripsize/Gripsize.html

Good luck!