Rackets are one of the most common pieces of sports equipment that is used in a great variety of sports. Rackets seem very simple – structured as a handling frame with an open hoop, but can be very tricky to learn to finesse. Across the hoop frame (the shape of the hoop depends upon the kind of game) a network of chord is stretched to give a rebounding effect. The type of materials used will greatly affect that rebound effect and power.
Racket sports are very popular across the globe. For almost every game the purpose of the racket is the same. The racket is used against the ball (to hit it back to the opponent).
Rackets are used in recreational as well as professional sports like squash, lawn tennis, racquetball, lot-ball and badminton. Collectively these games are known as racket sports. Ideally, for many sports, the frame of the racket is made of wood or aluminum and the strings are made up of catgut. A wood frame racket is best suited for lawn tennis, and squash. Other racquets are made of different synthetic materials like carbon fiber, ceramics and other alloys (that provides extra strength and lightness).
Rackets are also used in both indoor and outdoor games. Racquetball is an indoor game played with a racquet and a hollow rubber ball. The racquetball court is an enclosed room (open with two sides) where floor, walls and ceiling acts as rebound zones. Racquetball is very popular at health clubs and athletic clubs and is an excellent way to get and stay fit.
Choosing a racket plays an important role in playing the racket sports. You should keep some vital aspects into consideration before choosing a racket.
Tennis rackets are the most popular rackets sold in the US and in Europe. Choosing the correct tennis racket for your size and skill is important to prevent pain and injury and develop an effective swing.
When selecting a tennis racket or other racket equipment, you’ll want to observe the following:
Grip: If you select a racket grip that is too small, there are chances of you getting injured (wrist and elbow injuries). A racket grip that is too large for you will put extra tension on your arms and the balance will be disrupted. Selection of the grip has to be proportionate to your hands and wrist size.
Head size (in lawn tennis): Starting from 60 square inches (in wooden frame) the head size can go up to 145 square inches (synthetic and alloy frames). The head size of the tennis racket determines the extent of power of the racket.
Weight and balance: Different sports rackets, esp. tennis rackets, have different weight and balance. A tennis racket is heavier than a badminton racket. You should select the racket according to the ball that is to be hit with it and the comfort that you experience. Heavier rackets are more powerful than the lighter ones but every sportsperson is not able to balance the heavy rackets.