Finding the right size racquet for your kids
I’m sure we’ve all learned to dread the phrase “it’s too small for you”, when shopping for clothes. However, hearing that a racquet is too small for your child is good news. It means that your child is growing and ready to develop a killer game. Most children between the ages of 7-10 are playing with a racquet that is too small for their height. Many of them are playing with the introductory racquet that they began using when they first started playing tennis. You know, those cute, bright colored racquets, with cartoon characters emblazoned on them. Even though, at age 8, the racquets may be aesthetically appealing, It’s time to hang up those racquets for a more lethal ones. I had a pupil who seemed absolutely hopeless a t tennis, his form was deplorable, he sometimes would completely miss the ball, and his swing was shall we say unconventional. Then, I lent him an adult racquet and he suddenly exhibited significant improvement.
There are several reasons why using a small racquet is harmful. (1) A child cannot achieve optimal reach if he has a racquet that it is to small for him. The bigger the racquet, the longer the handle and the longer the child can reach. With a longer reach, a child can return more balls and can get to balls that are hit away from them.
(2) Smaller sweet spot- If a child has a racquet that is too small for them, then they wont be able to hit the powerful shots that someone with their size, power, and stature should be able to hit.
(3) Children will be using a racquet that their hand is too big for, then the kids will not be able to grip the racquet tightly and this will impair them from refining and fine tuning their strokes.
Essentially, kids should be using a racquet that is the correct size for them. Expect for kids to change racquets every 2-3 years. When kids reach the age of 10 or 11, they will be using a transitional racquet that is a hybrid between an adult racquet and a junior racquet. They should be able to stick with this racquet for 4-5 years. To monitor if your child is using the correct size ask them to grip the racquet for you, if it looks close to dropping out of their hand, then they should probably think about getting a new racquet.
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