Tennis racquet “fitting”

Maverick13

Semi-Pro
This may be strange but why don’t racquet “fittings” exist similar to how people are fit for golf clubs. You hit some balls and it can tell you what headsize, weight, swing weight,flex, grip size, etc that you need based on the data. The technology is clearly there so I’m just curious why this isn’t a standard practice.
 

Lorenn

Hall of Fame
It kinda exists in demoing/coaching. Having said that...Question is it untapped demand or lack of demand for such services.

Basically Golf clubs tend to cost dramatically more and can easily hide the expense. Person is buying multiple clubs so the cost can be divide by the number of clubs purchased. Golfers are willing to spend a large amount of money to help their game. Less variability of swings. Tennis the person will buy one to four racquets. Racquet performance is heavily based on strings. Restring is costly compared to golf test runs. Variability of swings needed in tennis is quite high so how to you measure which swing you should focus on. I think it would take much longer to truly test a racquet for most people.

In the end it is basically a unproven market as how much would a player be willing to pay for such services. Would there be enough demand? Players who care either hire a coach or using available tech and analyze themselves.
 
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esgee48

G.O.A.T.
Golf requires a repeatable swing. The innocent golf ball is sitting there minding its own business until a brute comes up and whacks it with a club. In tennis, your opponent is trying to make life very difficult for you. You are on the move attempting to return a ball that is moving and spinning. There are models of standardized swings, but no definitive swing for every situation. Because of this, the issue is a non-starter.
 

vandre

Hall of Fame
i'm no golfer, but it seems as if height (of the player) would be very important in the fitting process. is that true?
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
i'm no golfer, but it seems as if height (of the player) would be very important in the fitting process. is that true?

Yes, height and wrist to floor measurements as well as a few other factors. In golf you're hitting a ball on the ground, in tennis the ball is at varying heights.
 

joah310

Professional
I've seen videos of a store in japan that kinda had this, where it basically has tons of demos and a playsight like system. It was part of the store and I'm bout sure hitting against a ball machine is comparable to hitting against a person.
 

Steve Huff

G.O.A.T.
I think Bosworth did this for a while. I doubt enough people would pay for this service though. It's more feasible for both parties (buyer and seller) to have an excuse to buy a new racket.
 

Darren72

New User
There must not be much money to be made by selling racquets and tennis shoes. Like many clubs, my club has a racquet demo program. That's it. It's a wonderful club and they find a lot of ways to make money. They sell and string racquets, and sell a few types of shoes, but don't have any dedicated salespeople for this. If you happen to catch a stringer when they are working, they know a lot about racquets and offer advice. If you have a relationship with a tennis pro, some of them know a lot about racquets. But I've always wondered why they don't make it easier to test racquets and shoes, especially with knowledgeable sales people. So I can only conclude that there really isn't that much money to be made off this.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
The big problem is that in tennis you have one racket for all swings. In golf I have different clubs for different strokes so I can set up each club for that particular swing. If I "fit" my tennis racket for serving, it may not function as well on volleys and forehands.

Tennis rackets are always a compromise because every stroke is different and may perform better with entirely different specs. I wouldn't want to putt with a 3 iron nor would I want to drive with a putter. But I have to hit volleys, serves, forehands, backhands, slices, overheads with the same frame.
 
PGA Tour Superstore in Atlanta (since closed) had an indoor tennis court and tons of different racquets available to demo in the store. No incremental charge, but you could try racquets prior to purchase. Tried it a few times. Trick was that you had to bring someone to the store to hit with you - they didn’t have a pro there.
 
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