When talking about tennis rackets, we are often faced with the eternal debate about weight. A bit too light, a bit too heavy, not enough here, too much there... it's a real puzzle!
So what are the keys to understanding racket weight? What things do you need to know? We have all the answers here.
Let's go through it step by step. With a 300g (unstrung) racket for intensive use such as the Artengo TR990, for example, the weight is distributed across its various sections as follows:
NB: When we talk about adjusting the mass and balance, we're referring to adding material to meet the product leader's specifications.
The addition of an overgrip (3-4g) and a dampener (3g for a conventional round one) slightly changes the weight of a racket.
Please note that racket weight is measured without the strings.
Strings significantly alter racket inertia, by 35 percent or more (see the article on tennis racket inertia). It is for this reason that they are not included in racket weight.
Now that you know how much each part of a racket weighs (using a TR990 racket with 16 mains and 19 crosses), it's time to choose the right weight for you.
Do you play tennis between one and ten times a year?
If so, Artengo recommends you use a racket that weighs less than 290g for maximum manoeuvrability.
Are you a regular player? Do you play at least once a week?
Then we recommend you use a racket weighing between 270 and 285g. It should be comfortable, manoeuvrable and give you the power you need.
Do you play a lot, more than twice a week, and competitively?
We recommend a racket that weighs more than 295g to give you power and accuracy.
You now know everything you need to know about the weight of your racket. Be mindful of it when choosing your next racket. It'll help you enjoy your tennis more!
Have a good game!