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Learning The Basic Tennis Racquet Parts Before Investing In A New Purchase

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Last Updated: June 10, 2024

Whether you have been playing tennis for a long time or just recently started learning it, this guide about the important parts of a tennis racket is all you need to excel in the sport. 

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If I’m honest, I never found playing tennis very difficult- but deciding which equipment suits you the most can take ages.

Below I will be discussing several tennis racquet parts and accessories that may come in handy for you to decide what racket to invest in. I’ll also be inserting a tennis racket diagram to help you identify the functions of the tennis racquet parts.

Anatomy Of A Tennis Racket

parts of tennis racket

Head

If you’ve ever wondered what part of the racquet holds the strings in place, the answer to your question is the head. 

The head also comprises the most important aspect of the tennis racquet which is the striking surface. It is where you see a labyrinth of strings that creates the surface for striking the ball. Head size of 95-110 inches is considered as an average size but the size varies according to the need of the players.

However, I have to admit that there is a trade-off while determining the best size for the head of a racket. 

The overall power indeed increases with the size of the racket, but for players who prefer more control, it would not be a good choice.

red and black tennis racket

Bumper

The bumper of a racket is the width of the racket’s head. The frame or bumper of the racket is also related to increasing the power or the control of the racket. Bigger frames can bring more power into your shots. If you’re a weak mortal like me, this can make all the difference.

However, if you wish to have superior control over your racket and consequently your shots, you won’t go very far with a heavy, bigger frame. This trade-off must be carefully dealt with according to your needs while buying the racket that best fits you.

Strings

Some parts of tennis rackets, such as strings are more commonly recognized. You might know the basics of what strings are and what they do, but the truth is this tennis racquet part is much more important than we give it credit for.

Contrary to popular belief, the best tennis string provides more than just a ball striking surface. They come in a variety of sizes each having different thicknesses and materials. Needless to say, this plays a crucial part in determining the power and control of the racket. Like the best multifilament tennis strings which can give a boost to every shot.

Along with size, string tension can be one of the most important factors to look for while buying a racket. It determines the vibration and power in the racket.

Tennis ball on a tennis racket

Grommets

The tunnels around the entire head of the tennis rackets through which the strings insert through the frame are called grommets. The design of the grommets plays a vital role in determining the movements of the strings.

If you wish to have more control over your racquet, then you must go for a racket with narrow grommets while wide grommets are preferred by people who want power over control while buying their rackets.

Grommet of tennis racket

Bumper Guard

A bumper guard is an added protection placed over the head of the tennis racket covering the bumper. It protects the racket which very often gets scratched against the ground. You would need to replace it after some time as it gets scratched enough to not be able to protect the frame anymore.

black tennis racket with tennis ball

Shaft

The part which eventually joins the head of the tennis with its handle and often has an open throat is called the shaft of the racket. One might consider it as the axis around which the racket rotates as this throat provides for the racquet's flex.

A powerful racket would provide less flex to generate supplementary power while hitting the ball.

blue and red tennis racket

Handle

This is the part that will be physically attached to you while playing tennis. The handle of the tennis racket is perhaps the most important component of tennis. The length, even for the women's tennis racket, must be carefully chosen as it varies for players with different tastes and needs.

A player opting for power would ask for a long handle that would provide more leverage compared to a handle of average size and consequently, lead to generating more power in the shot. The average size of the handle varies from 4-4.6 inches.

Here, comfort is key; if you aren’t careful about choosing a handle, you may end up injuring your hand in the long run.

white handle of a tennis racket

Grip

The outer ribbon of the handle is called the grip of the racket. It provides the player with comfortability while playing the shots and handling the vibrations and rotations of the racket. It also protects the player from the rough surface of the handle.

Butt

As the name suggests, this is where your encyclopedia of the tennis racket concludes. The butt is a part where the logo of the racket and the size of it is placed.

This guide will help you understand more about rackets and how to pick one:

Concluding Remarks

One might ask what would be the one thing you must look for before buying a racket. The recommended answer to that question is your desirability. Everything about these options revolves around what kind of racket you feel comfortable with, especially tennis racquets for kids.

You don’t always have to spend money on a brand-new tennis racquet- sometimes, it makes more sense to just get your current racquet fixed.

Now that you know about the parts of a tennis racket, you can easily figure this out by visiting your nearby tennis racquet parts and accessories store.

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