Do You Need a Tennis Bag? What kind?

askidelsky

New User
Do I need a tennis bag? Just some background information, I've been playing for a couple months consistently between going to clinics at a club and hitting at public courts. My wife and I will now be joining me for a few private lessons for the two of us and I still plan on playing at the public courts when I can. Is it worth it to buy a tennis bag as opposed to a regular gym duffel if I'm going to be carrying at least a couple rackets and maybe some balls, shoes, and other miscellaneous things? Currently just using a regular gym duffel I've had for years to walk to the public courts with my rackets sticking out but I don't think that that's the most practical solution long term.
 

Curtennis

Hall of Fame
This is a really weird question. A tennis bag is a bag same as any other. How organized do you like your stuff? I like having one specific pocket for my racquets as I don’t like the idea of all my other stuff rubbing on them.
By purchasing a branded Yonex bag my UTR immediately went up .37 points as well.
 

askidelsky

New User
This is a really weird question. A tennis bag is a bag same as any other. How organized do you like your stuff? I like having one specific pocket for my racquets as I don’t like the idea of all my other stuff rubbing on them.
By purchasing a branded Yonex bag my UTR immediately went up .37 points as well.
I like the idea of protecting my rackets from dirt or damage from any shoes or if I'm putting some balls back in my bag after playing on outdoor public courts, any specific recommendations or does it not really matter so long as it's compartmentalized?
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
I like the idea of protecting my rackets from dirt or damage from any shoes or if I'm putting some balls back in my bag after playing on outdoor public courts, any specific recommendations or does it not really matter so long as it's compartmentalized?
How bout any TW bag? https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Tennis_Warehouse_Bags/catpage-TWBAGS.html

I still use an Adidas Lendl bag,
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Purestriker

Legend
I like the idea of protecting my rackets from dirt or damage from any shoes or if I'm putting some balls back in my bag after playing on outdoor public courts, any specific recommendations or does it not really matter so long as it's compartmentalized?
If you prefer substance over style or band equity, I would recommend getting Geau Sports bags. They are very durable, have a duffle option, a traditional backpack or a locker style bag that stands up. All solid choices.

If you want style, you could move away from the brand options but they are pricey.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
I have an ancient Wilson 6-pack bag which I'd like to replace with a Head red bag but I never see any for sale. I prefer a tennis racquet bag as I put the racquets in one compartment, most everything else in the other and flat stuff in the zip-in side pocket. The one thing I'd like is two-handles instead of one. The reason I keep using my old bag is the cost of new bags.
 

Bagumbawalla

G.O.A.T.
A duffle bag is fine, or a backpack (let the handles stick out the top), I once toyed with the idea of using a small guitar case.
One really good player that shows up where I play carries one racket and a can of balls, another guy has a wheeled cart with
a chair, a cooler for food, a bag that matches his rackets, a ball hopper, some kind of rack that hangs on a fence, an umbrella with a stand,
four rackets, a change of shoes...It all depends on what you want to do.

Since you've just been playing a short time, start small. Throw your stuff in a tote bag or that duffle and, as you progress and your needs change,
you can upgrade as you see fit.

I probably have 10 or more bags- most from thrift stores, where a $100 bag might go for $4.99.
 

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
Public Courts usually have very little in the way of amenities. The more you play and the hotter it gets, the more water, dry clothes, tape, etc etc etc you will actually fin yourself needing.
The TW bags are fine and pretty darn cheap. I personally don't like the backpack style, (exposed handles, too easy to accidentally close the car door on your racket and literally snap one)
But that may be fine for you. My mantra is, " it's far better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it".

Consequently, my advice is go bigger and go bigger early. This is your first bag, TW is fine as a brand. If you and your wife truly get bit by the tennis bug, then you can get a 15 pack for you and
she can get a smaller much more stylish bag (OK, OK, OK, that may be sexist, but whatever).
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Public Courts usually have very little in the way of amenities. The more you play and the hotter it gets, the more water, dry clothes, tape, etc etc etc you will actually fin yourself needing.
The TW bags are fine and pretty darn cheap. I personally don't like the backpack style, (exposed handles, too easy to accidentally close the car door on your racket and literally snap one)
But that may be fine for you. My mantra is, " it's far better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it".

Consequently, my advice is go bigger and go bigger early. This is your first bag, TW is fine as a brand. If you and your wife truly get bit by the tennis bug, then you can get a 15 pack for you and
she can get a smaller much more stylish bag (OK, OK, OK, that may be sexist, but whatever).

15 packs are a thing?

I have an old Adidas bag from the 1970s. It's a long duffel tube. I stopped using it because the tube was fine for 65 square inch racquet heads but not big enough for 95s. It's a great-looking bag with the big Adidas logo and the little striped flower.

I usually only carry two racquets with me but I've been carrying three lately as I have a set of strings to break in. I don't see myself ever carrying more than three and will go back to two soon.

I do always carry a second bag which is my cancer kit.
 

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
I obviously don't recc. carrying 15 sticks, it is just a size measurement. I'm like you, I carry 3.
But with all the other stuff (even a pair of vise grips to tighten/raise the net with),
it can get real crowded real fast.

there is an extensive thread on this very subject elsewhere on the forum
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
I obviously don't recc. carrying 15 sticks, it is just a size measurement. I'm like you, I carry 3.
But with all the other stuff (even a pair of vise grips to tighten/raise the net with),
it can get real crowded real fast.

there is an extensive thread on this very subject elsewhere on the forum

I don't expect folks here to be carrying 15 racquets - carrying $3K in racquets boggles my mind.

But how is such a bag laid out? and I imagine you have to put the heavier items to spread the weight out to the sides and longitudinally - else the material would have to be fairly heavy to maintain rigidity. This is why I like the 6-pack as you have the racquets on one side, water bottle, tennis balls, snacks, overgrips on the other. If I have to carry shoes and clothes, then I bring a small Ogio duffel.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Public Courts usually have very little in the way of amenities. The more you play and the hotter it gets, the more water, dry clothes, tape, etc etc etc you will actually fin yourself needing.
The TW bags are fine and pretty darn cheap. I personally don't like the backpack style, (exposed handles, too easy to accidentally close the car door on your racket and literally snap one)
But that may be fine for you. My mantra is, " it's far better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it".

Consequently, my advice is go bigger and go bigger early. This is your first bag, TW is fine as a brand. If you and your wife truly get bit by the tennis bug, then you can get a 15 pack for you and
she can get a smaller much more stylish bag (OK, OK, OK, that may be sexist, but whatever).
Definitely carry water. Recall the line to a water fountain was headed by a players dog......................................it was a short line that got shorter quickly.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
It's all over the place. Some people spend $2-$3 for a bottle at the vending machine.

One of my tennis partners brings bottled (as in Aquafina or Dasani). I don't think that he reuses the bottles. Most people I play with bring a vacuum water bottle to the courts.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
It's all over the place. Some people spend $2-$3 for a bottle at the vending machine.

One of my tennis partners brings bottled (as in Aquafina or Dasani). I don't think that he reuses the bottles. Most people I play with bring a vacuum water bottle to the courts.
My doubles partner brought a 5 gallon Gatorade jug to the courts. Doubled as a seat. BITD when MickeyDs filled ice chests for free we would fill these jugs with ice on Saturday and add a quart of orange drink or Gatorade concentrate since our park has no fountains. Rest rooms either. Pretty crazy when Disc Golf started.
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