Choosing the best tennis rackets for kids may be a very tricky thing. A child can yawn for hours if it wants the racket of its favorite player, and their awareness is not developed to understand the fact that the specified racket is not suitable for their needs. No matter, beginner or not, a child definitively wants to be just as its idol. The psychology of a child is more built on imagination and fantasy world than realistic facts, so you will have to be very careful and patient in persuading your child it is wrong. Maybe some games or rewards may help you overcome this step.
On the other hand, some children may hate some color because their cartoon character is different. Some children may be related to the specific brand manufacturer. Children, before the age of 12, mostly don’t have playing style developed, so this also has to be considered, you are aiming for something with good general performances. These are all obstacles which simply have to be overcome. When all those obstacles are behind you, it is time to choose the best racket.
Measuring your child and obtaining proper dimensions
The first step would be measuring the height of your child. A child should stand with the back against the wall, the spine should be straightened, with toes making contact with the ground. Measure the height with your hand and draw a line with the pencil. Take a tape and measure the distance line-floor.
The second step would be comparing it to the size and age chart. There are values that need to be followed:
- Children under 5, with the height 119 cm or smaller, the proper racket would be 19-21 inches
- If the child is 6-8 years of age, with the height 119-137 cm, the proper racket size is 23 inches
- 8-10 year old child, with the height 127-140 cm, the proper size is 25 inches
- Height of child is taller than 142 cm and age 10-12, choose 26 inches racket
The third step would be measuring child’s hand. This is the most important part. The distance middle crease in the palm to the tip of ring finger has to be written. This may improve child’s performances significantly. However, most rackets for juniors are having a grip size of 4 inches. Nevermind, if your child has bigger or smaller hand, try to find the proper racket if you want better results.
The fourth step is to know your child well. If the child’s age is 12 or less, no playing style should be developed. But if your child plays like a pro for a long time, for example, training since the age of 5, better take a professional with yourself. Do not be related to the brand, this is the biggest error, you want the best for your child, not the specific brand. If your child’s style of play is developed, better tell this to a pro. They will be able to determine which is the proper size, proper grip and proper string correction for the best performances possible. If your child is very tall with long extremities, you may even buy senior racket at the age of 14 (if your child is taller than 185 cm).
The best brands and products
There are top rackets, but always remember – your child has a specific needs. Make sure to arrange all the pieces before shopping for one.
1. Babolat Aeropro Drive 26
This is an awesome racquet designed especially for kids with Active Cortex System. It is designed for better feel, comfort, and grip. The racket is around 250 grams heavy, its length is 26 inches, balance point 330mm, and head size is 100 square inches. If your child is a fan of Rafael Nadal, or wants to be a fast runner with brutal top spins and slices, and prefers a slice serve, this is a great choice.
The topspin and slices of this racket are a lot better than at the other ones. This racket is manufactured both in 4 and 4.125 inches sizes, so adjustments are easier to be made. This racket gives more sensation and balls are a lot more precise, cause specific technology enables fewer vibrations during long rallies or hard baseline hits. It provides a longer string contact. Three types of dampeners are possible with this racket, which enables a very wide variety of sensation, feel and vibration – it makes it suitable for at least 70% of children. If your child is a serve and volley player or big server, don’t buy this racquet.
2. Graphene Instinct
This is an awesome racket with very light construction made of graphene. It offers flexible construction, 27 inches in length, head size 100 square inches, its weight is 260 grams, string pattern 16×19, the width of the beam is 21-25 mm. Provides good reach and increases the power in baseline rallies, so if your child’s playing style is powerful shots, aggressive baseliner, hard hitter or any similar, seriously think about the purchase.
This racket also offers good net performances with amazing ability to cut passing attempts. The biggest advantage of the racket is its light construction which enables faster swings, reduced torque, and improved stability during risk shots. If your child plays too many safe shots, this is definitively a wrong racket.
3. The Technifibre TFlash 25
It is suitable for children older than 9. It has graphite design and gives an ability to deliver powerful shots. Its weight is only 225 grams and the length is 637 mm. The main specification of this racket is brutal attacking power, which will boost the confidence of your child.
Durability and strength of this racquet are also supreme. It is, surprisingly, pre-strung with Synthetic Gut String, so no additional settings with dampeners or strings are needed if your child is a beginner or advanced player. This racquet is good if your child’s playing style is various shots or tactical player. However, it may be suitable for all-rounders, too.
Other models available are Wilson US Open Junior, Hello Kitty Sports, Head Instinct Junior Prestrung, Wilson Junior Burn, Prince Junior, Head Speed, Gamma Sports Quick Kids, Le Pettit and lot more.