Tennis is definitively a sport which cannot be played and trained without proper equipment. It is true it asks a lot of investments, but if you go high at the rankings, it may return and you may become a millionaire. It is a sport where you simply have to gamble – all or nothing. Focus everything on your career, fight until you have no energy left. Champions will always be remembered. Buying this equipment requires some money, but you may have 100 times more if your career is successful. The decision is up to you. So here are my take on the different types of tennis equipment.
Of course, beginner or not, you will not be able to play without a proper good tennis racquet. There are many players related to specific racquet brands, however, when you are beginning, the best choice will be to measure the proper grip size, which is in adults mostly 4 to 4,625 inches. It can be measured from the middle line in your palm to the top of your middle finger. Make sure there is no too much grip. Always choose the smaller one.
It is always better to buy more tennis balls at once because it will spare you a lot of money. There are packages of 3, 12 or 48 tennis balls. Currently, the leading brand in tennis balls is Wilson, whose balls are mainly used in the best competitions. However, the ball quality is not always strictly related to the brand. There are other brands like Penn, Dunlop, Slazenger and Tourna – those brands are known for adult tennis balls. If you aim for kids balls, definitively the best option would be GAMMA. However, tennis balls for kids are less pressured, when you buy the balls, always test if it jumps properly, or you will waste your money.
Tennis stringing machines
In this part of equipment are string tension tester, string meter, progression tennis stringer and stringing machines. GAMMA is definitively the best brand in this area. Stringing machine is definitively the most expensive, but one or two per club can do the job. The most important for any player are string tension tester or string meter. If you turn pro, you’ll notice that every little detail plays a crucial role, as well as adjusting the racket.
Tennis bags are designed by the shape of the racket. Usually look like a regular bag, but you can also buy a backpack. Regular sports bag gives more possibilities for supplies. The leading brand is Wilson.
Grips, Tapes, Dampeners
There are many various ways to improve your grip during the match, especially if your hands are sweating a lot. Professional players, especially with good rackets, are trying to lessen the vibrations as much as possible. If they are found between two sizes, the grip can help to occur less sliding movements in the hand during the match, someone simply doesn’t like too soft or too hard racket. Tapes are also used as sweat protection.
This is very important in tennis since this part is related to the part of the racket which achieves contact with the ball. There are many properties which are important, like dynamic stiffness, thickness, string texture and tension retention – every professional has its own settings.
Tennis nets and court equipment
Despite every tennis club should have few, it is definitively worth of mentioning. The ball hoppers and ballports are important for training when a coach has to take a big amount of balls and throw it towards the player, especially with technique training. There is also a ball hopper travel cart bag – amazing for often location changes. The leader in production is GAMMA. Tennis nets are usually made from vinyl or polyester, the double braided ones are better.
Tennis ball machines
An amazing choice if you want to train player reaction time, movement and net performances. A good machine is a vital part of any tennis club. Volley performances can be trained accordingly. Every machine can be set to the specific speed, the time between the balls, part of the court to aim and lot more. Currently, the leader in this production is Lobster. There are also remote controls for the machines, just as external power supplies. It is very important this machine can be charged without needed cable contact with the electrical outlet because the valuable time of training may be lost.
Many players are blackmailed by their sponsors if it is about their outfit. However, sometimes colors can be chosen, or the specific outfit related to the player individual needs.
Dresses are worn by female competitors and are usually sleeveless, length up to one-third of the thigh or shorter.
Jackets are improving elegance when the player goes out on the pitch, or are protective in the breaks between games and sets when the weather is too cold.
There are various types of tennis shirts and tops, however, mainly male competitors wear it. Shirts can be both sleeveless (mostly females) or with sleeves (mostly males).
Pants are very rarely worn, but skirts and shorts definitively are. The length of male shorts is mostly above the knee, and female skirts and shorts are usually length up to one-third of the thigh or shorter. A fashion detail that is mostly looked by sponsors and players is that colors run – dress, shirt, shorts, socks, shoes.
Tennis socks can be high or low, but in most cases low is chosen. High tennis socks can be good for clay when dust is in the air and may threaten to infect cuts or blisters if previously occur.
The most important thing for tennis shoes is comfort and durability in order to avoid possible injuries. It is preferred that the upper surface is of good quality, synthetic materials that allow the skin to breathe, while from the inside should have a lining that maintains the foot dry. The sole role is to absorb the shocks of the surface, so as not to hurt ankle. Search the shoes where the heel is filled fluffy cushions. The recommended weight is 320-420 grams. There are many models, but currently, top rated are Nike, Asics, Prince, Adidas and K-Swiss.