Beach tennis, or simply rackets, is a typical beach sport that in summer finds its maximum peak in the seafront: of course, fans will play it even in the coldest indoor season, but when the sun is warmer, many people approach this game.
Among the questions that can afflict a beginner, here is that the choice of racket becomes a fundamental question to start playing beach tennis with a certain regularity.
To understand the characteristics on which to base the choice is appropriate to distinguish the various parts of which constituted the racket:
- The head (or tip), which is the upper part of the instrument, is involved in some strokes
- The racket plate is the central part that is used for most balls.
- The heart of the racket is the part that determines balance and balance.
- The handle corresponds to the handle
Whether you’re an amateur or a beach-tennis champion, buying the racquet is an important moment because having the right tool in your hands can allow you to make a difference in the game, in terms of results and especially fun. Here is a short practical guide to the choice, based on the advice of experts.
Key features: here’s how to choose your beach tennis racket without neglecting any details
Let’s start with the length of the racquet: the maximum length allowed in tournaments is 50 cm. Keep in mind that longer racquets will give you more leverage when serving, as you will have more body extension and therefore more force to put on the ball at impact.
And take into account the fact that the use of a shorter racquet is recommended especially for those who are approaching this sport for the first time because it is easier to maneuver (and is always advisable for children and women who in theory can give a lower force to the gesture).
As for the size of the head, the width of the racquet should give you the feeling of holding a robust yet easily controllable tool. The advice is to opt for a racquet with a rounded or rounded shape, because even if the ball should always be hit in the center, playing with racquets with a less rounded shape increases the difficulty.
The racquet’s balance point determines the weight balance: when the weight is unbalanced towards the head the game is faster at the expense of maneuverability. Racquets with a low head weight are easier to handle but transmit a lower speed to the ball. It should also be borne in mind that the unbalanced weight towards the tip makes the arm’s movement more difficult.
The choice of materials is decisive for the quality and wear of a racquet because the mechanical reaction is linked to flexibility, weight, elasticity, absorption, release of the energy impressed, resistance to temperature.
The outer material of the racquet can vary from graphite to glass fibre to hybrid alloys containing titanium. Depending on the material, which is more or less valuable and resistant to time, we will have a racquet with different flexibility and strength, which will also correspond to a more or less important cost.
The surface finishes can be smooth or rough depending on the consistency of the coating grit. A rough surface improves control and allows special effects to be given to the ball; however, the weight of the racquet is sometimes increased by this coating, modifying its balance and handling.
The flexibility of the racquet is linked to the material and allows you to have proportionally more energy during the impact: so at the expense of control, we will have a racquet that almost completely transmits the energy we impress through the arm. On the other hand, a stiffer racquet absorbs most of the ball’s energy, helping the defensive phase a lot but providing the opponents with balls that are easier to counter-attack.
Finally, the weight of the racquet determines comfort and, more generally, fun: more skilled and experienced players tend to buy heavier racquets, but preference is strongly linked to individual tastes.