Learn More About Tennis Racquets
Serve Up Top Performance with Tennis Racquets
Step up your game with top-quality tennis racquets at DICK’S Sporting Goods.
A good tennis racquet can make all the difference in your performance and enjoyment of the game. Whether you’re looking for a mid-sized or oversize racquet, you’ll find dozens of high-performance tennis racquets to choose from from top brands you trust including Wilson®, HEAD®, Prince®, Babolat® and more.
With strung and unstrung racquets in a range of sizes and materials, DICK’S Sporting Goods carries tennis racquets for players of all ages and abilities. Choose from racquets with mid-sized, mid-plus sized, and oversized racquet heads to find the right combination of power and control for your playing style.
How to Buy a Tennis Racquet
When shopping for a tennis racquet, decide whether you are looking for a pre-strung racquet or an unstrung racquet. Pre-strung tennis racquets are a good choice for most beginner and intermediate players, as they are highly versatile and allow you to focus on the fundamentals without added complexity. Advanced players often prefer an unstrung racquet, which allows them to tailor the string type and tension to their swing and playing style.
It’s also important to consider the size and shape of the racquet head. Oversized and mid-plus sized heads have larger sweet spots, making it easier to hit the ball with power, while smaller head sizes allow for greater control. Tear-drop shaped heads also provide a larger sweet spot, while traditional oval heads are valued for their feel and control.
Your swing style is another important factor to consider when shopping for tennis racquets. If you have a fast and long swing, you are likely able to provide all the power you need and may want to consider a racquet with a mid or mid-plus head, which can help you control your shot. If you have a shorter and slower swing, an oversized racquet head may be a better choice as it can increase the power of your shot.
You will also want to make sure that the grip of the racquet, as well as the weight, offer a comfortable feel. Using grip tape that is designed to absorb sweat can help improve your overall handling during your swing.
Tennis Racquet Sizing Charts
Note: Adult racquets are sized by thickness of grip. Junior racquets are only available in one grip size.
|Junior Tennis Racquet Chart|
|Racquet Length (in.)||Age||Ball Type|
|21"||7–8||Foam or Red Felt|
|26"||11–16||Regular Tennis Ball|
|Adult Tennis Racquet Grip Size Chart|
|Grip Size||4||4 1/8||4 1/4||4 3/8||4 1/2||4 5/8|
|Hand Measurement (in.)||3.93"–4.05"||4.05"–4.17"||4.17"–4.33"||4.33"–4.45"||4.45"–4.65"||4.65"–4.69"|
|Hand Measurement (mm.)||100–103 mm.||103–106 mm.||106–110 mm.||110–113 mm.||112–118 mm.||116–119 mm.|
How to Measure Tennis Racquet Grip Size
- With your playing hand, fully open your palm and extend your fingers while keeping them close together.
- Take a ruler and vertically align the edge with your third (ring) finger and the bottom of the ruler in line with the joint where your thumb meets your hand.
- Your grip size is then determined by the length between the tip of your finger to the point where your thumb meets your palm.
|Tennis Racquet Head Size Chart|
|Sq. Inches||85–94 sq. in.||95–105 sq. in.||106 sq. in. or More|
|Features||Smaller Sweet Spots, More Control, Added Feel||Combination of Control and Power||More Forgiveness and Power, Larger Sweet Spot|
|Tennis Racquet Balance Chart|
|Balance||Head Light (HL)||Even||Head Heavy (HH)|
|Player Type||Baseline||All Court||All Court, Servers, Volleyers|
|Benefits||Adds Maneuverability in Heavier Frames||Combination of Maneuverability and Stability||Increases Stability and Momentum in Lighter Frames|
|Tennis Racquet Frame Type Chart|
|Weight||9–10 oz.||11 oz. or More|
|Swing Type||Short and Compact||Fast and Long|
|Tennis Racquet String Pattern Chart|
|String Pattern||Open Pattern||Dense Pattern|
|Size||16 x 19 (or less)||18 x 20|
|Features||More Power, More Spin, More Rebound, Less Durable||More Control, Added Durability, Less Rebound|