What player has never considered their racket's balance? Just like racket weight and stiffness, balance is a key feature when choosing a racket to get the feel you want.
Surely every player has gripped the throat of a racket and said, "Hmm, feels head heavy…"
Balance is measured in centimetres from the start of the handle to the balance point.
Balance is generally somewhere around 30 cm to 34 cm, but on rare occasions may fall outside this range.
It can be easily measured using a ruler and an object on which to balance it.
Simply adjust the racket until it balances and check the measurement on the ruler.
• Grip-biased, head-light or handle-heavy balance: Used exclusively on heavy rackets for intensive use. It offers more manoeuvrability, but you'll need a strong arm. (< 32 cm)
• Even or equal balance: This is the most common type of balance on tennis rackets. It offers players more versatility. (between 32 cm and 33 cm)
• Head-heavy balance: This type of balance is used for lighter rackets for young players or women looking for power. (> 33 cm)
And that's everything you need to know about balance! It's important to keep balance in mind when choosing your racket:
Do you play tennis between one and ten times a year?
Artengo recommends using a head-heavy racket for maximum power.
Are you a regular player? Do you play at least once a week?
We recommend a racket with an even balance. You'll get better manoeuvrability and versatility.
Do you play a lot, more than twice a week, and competitively?
We recommend a racket with an even or grip-biased balance for control and precision.