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Tennis racquet for dd starting tennis in hols

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lexcat Sat 11-Jul-09 17:55:03

DD really begged to do tennis in the summer so had a taster session and loved it and have sign her up for a summer course.

She's 8 and playing with a 21in racquet which is way to small for her. So was thinking of getting a bigger one 25in, or do I stick with her small one for now.

Don't really know so any advice would be great.

Simples Sat 11-Jul-09 17:55:36

ask the coach. that is how we always knwo when to move up and tbh ds always wants a new one the minute he has his old one!

lexcat Sat 11-Jul-09 18:07:01

She doesn't want a new one, she loves her old one but we looked in the sport shop and she between a 23in and 25in with the 21 been to small.

Does the size really matter when they are just starting out with tennis.

Simples Sat 11-Jul-09 18:07:35

yes.
but the coach will tell you and or they will have one to borrow on day one.

lexcat Sat 11-Jul-09 18:11:12

It not a club only the local leisure centre so need to have your own racquet.

Simples Sat 11-Jul-09 18:16:14

Oh i see.
Is there not a local sports shop with a tennis section near you.JJB etc is crap.

Simples Sat 11-Jul-09 18:17:29

ooh look at this

"Children's rackets start at 19 inches long, but bear in mind that anything below 25 inches is made of aluminium, designed for kids aged three to eight to use with a soft foam ball. Babolet does a good series for youngsters called the Ballfighter.

As your child becomes a stronger player, they should move on to a 25-inch graphite racket. Competent eight- to nine-year-olds should usually use a 26-inch frame, and 10- to 11-year-olds should progress to a 27-inch adult frame.

Intermediate and advanced junior players should use a graphite frame, which they should have restrung with multifilament strings by a professional. Never use monofilament strings on a child's racket as they're too stiff and may cause injury. Vantage does the best rackets for children at this level, but alternatives include the Prime Team 25 and the Wilson Six One 25. "

lexcat Sat 11-Jul-09 19:19:34

Anyone view on these racquets

Wilson federer or Prince air o team or Wilson venus & serena

lexcat Sat 11-Jul-09 21:00:09

bump

lexcat Sun 12-Jul-09 10:01:06

bump again for the morning crowd. Any words of wisdom grateful.

pigswithfludontfly Mon 13-Jul-09 18:29:05

Hi,
Simple's info from the internet is okay but actually things have moved on since graphite and there are titanium rackets now too.

Any of the rackets you linked to will be fine at her age.
Prince, Babolat, Wilson and Yonex are all good makes.

It's important to get it restrung straight away rather than using the shop bought strings as these are invariably rubbish! If she's just having a bit of fun it probably won't matter but a bit further down the line if she gets into it more do bear it in mind.

And I agree with what someone else said about going to a proper sports shop (or buy from a coach) not JJB or a department store as she needs to ensure the grip is the right size.

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