From a nine year old girl using her dad’s Tennis racket, to a forty five year old male using a racket best suited for a 12 year old junior. I’ve come to see this scenario a lot in the five years of assisting people with Tennis equipment. Even at provincial level you would think that players have easy access to the correct information and advice but this is not true. My estimate is that over 50% of Tennis players in South Africa, both seniors and juniors, are playing with the incorrect racket and strings or even both. Tennis is undeniably one of the greatest sports there is on this planet challenging both extreme mental and fitness levels. Talent is set aside by sheer determination to climb the Everest mountain of success. The way I see it is there are certain critical factors or items that a Tennis player needs in their armoury: Determination, technique, fitness and…
The factor that most people are getting wrong in SA:
Rackets and strings. Many battle is won with the correct weapon. Don’t pitch up to a gunfight with a pocket knife. The correct tools make for light work. OK, you get the idea, but it’s sad to say that in our country there are not many people that offer the equipment that can tell you what you need and back it up by facts.
Tennis is a hundred times more technical, in terms of equipment, than most other sports. Take rugby, soccer or even hockey the variables for equipment are far less complicated. In tennis you need to have a good understanding of the equipment to make the correct decision when buying a racket and strings in particular.