Racket Head Size. Whether it be for control, balance, power or stability, the size of the head racket determines what the player is looking for. Most head sizes range from 85 to 135 square inches. Larger racket head appeals more to beginner up to intermediate players who are looking for power and stability.
A mid-sized racket will have a head size in the range 80-94 square inches. Mid-plus rackets are roughly 95-105 square inches, and oversized rackets will be over 105 square inches. Typically, the larger the head, the faster the ball will rebound from the racket and the larger the ‘sweet spot’ will be. The sweet spot is the area of the racket face where the ball bounces off most quickly and precisely, so inexperienced players benefit greatly from this area being as large as possible.
Sizing a tennis racket correctly is one of the most important aspects of racket selection. It doesn’t matter how good or expensive a racket is, if the sizing of the racket is off, it will affect your game in a negative way. Arguably the most critical factor when sizing a racket is getting the grip size right.
What tennis racket size should I get? Racquets that measure between 19 and 23 inches tend to be best for players age 8 and under. Racquets between 23 and 25 inches long are the best for players at the 9 and 10-year-old age level. The 26-inch racquet is best for players adjusting to the 78-foot court.
Head Size Rules. The official rules of tennis state that a racquet should not exceed 12.5 inches (31.75 centimeters) in width overall. Moreover, the hitting surface cannot exceed 15.5 inches (39.37 centimeters) in length and 11.5 inches (29.21 centimeters) in width.
Yes, tennis rackets do make a difference. Most rackets targeted at advanced players have a smaller head size and heavier weight. For a beginner, a size reduction can have a large impact as the sweet spot is reduced.