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Which tennis racket is best for me?

Choosing a racket can be a daunting task if you don't know what you need. A lot of time it can be trial and error however if you just look at the following basics you will eliminate and narrow down your choices.

We have standardized all the rackets in a in a easy info table format as follows:

Brand: This shouldn't really affect your choice unless you brand loyal.

Model: This is the specific identifier name of the model.

Orientation: Junior,Beginner, Defensive, All-round, Offensive (attacking). This is the type of player you are or want to be.

Weight manufacturer: The weight given by manufacturer, these vary as some will give frame weight only, some with strings, grommet, grips etc.

Weight Racketlon: This is our standardized weight where we have weighed all the rackets in store to best compare all the different models.

Balance: Head light, Even, Head heavy. Refers to where the weight of the racket lies. General speaking head light more control less power, Even is all round, Head heavy will be power but less control.

Head size: 95 inches, 98 inches, 100 inches etc. This refers to the size of the head and the bigger a head the more surface area to hit the ball with and sweet spot, so bigger is good for beginners and control, smaller heads more power and maneuverability for attacking players.

String Pattern: String patterns vary, but the more strings the more touch on the ball therefore control. Less strings means strings can stretch more freely hence more power.

Strung: This merely identifies if racket come pre-strung with manufacturers strings and tension. You will be able to add strings and tension at product selection should you wish to customize. Please check our full guide on string selection here: https://racketlon.co.za/store/content/10-string-tech-talk

For a full comprehensive tennis racket buying guide including grip sizes, strings, composition etc visit our guide page here: https://racketlon.co.za/store/content/7-tennis-racket-buying-guide


Which squash racket is best for me?

Choosing a racket can be a daunting task if you don't know what you need. A lot of time it can be trial and error however if you just look at the following basics you will eliminate and narrow down your choices.

We have standardized all the rackets in a in a easy info table format as follows:

Brand: This shouldn't really affect your choice unless you brand loyal.

Model: This is the specific identifier name of the model.

Orientation: Junior,Beginner, Defensive, All-round, Offensive (attacking). This is the type of player you are or want to be.

Weight manufacturer: The weight given by manufacturer, these vary as some will give frame weight only, some with strings, grommet, grips etc.

Weight Racketlon: This is our standardized weight where we have weighed all the rackets in store to best compare all the different models.

Balance: Head light, Even, Head heavy. Refers to where the weight of the racket lies. General speaking head light more control less power, Even is all round, Head heavy will be power but less control.

Head size: This refers to the size of the head and the bigger a head the more surface area to hit the ball with and sweet spot, so bigger is good for beginners and control, smaller heads more power and maneuverability for attacking players.

String Pattern: String patterns vary, but the more strings the more touch on the ball therefore control. Less strings means strings can stretch more freely hence more power.

Strung: This merely identifies if racket come pre-strung with manufacturers strings and tension. You will be able to add strings and tension at product selection should you wish to customize. Please check our full guide on string selection here: https://racketlon.co.za/store/content/10-string-tech-talk

For a full comprehensive squash racket buying guide including strings, composition, head shape etc visit our guide page here: https://racketlon.co.za/store/content/6-squash-racket-buying-guide


Which blade is best for me

Choosing a blade is dependent on how fast you want the ball to come off the bat.

We have standardized all the blades in a in a easy info table format as follows:

Brand: This shouldn't really affect your choice unless you brand loyal.

Model: This is the specific identifier name of the model.

Orientation: DEF, ALL-, ALL, ALL+, OFF-. OFF, OFF+, OFF++ This is the type of player you are or want to be. DEF = Defensive, ALL = All-round, OFF = Offensive.

Weight manufacturer: The weight given by manufacturer of the blade.

Weight Racketlon: This is our standardized weight where we have weighed all the blades in store to best compare all the different models.

Blade size: This refers to the size of the blade head and the bigger a head the more surface area to hit the ball with and sweet spot, so bigger is good for beginners and control, smaller heads more power and maneuverability for attacking players. Most are however average size.

Material:  Not only will we let you know if wood or carbon, what kind of wood but how many layers or "ply" of wood and carbon the blade has.

Stiffness: Flex, Ave, Stiff. The softer or flexible  a blade the more feel and defensive characteristic. Stiffer blades offer quicker and harder shots.

For a full comprehensive blade buying guide including grips type and benefits of wood or carbon etc visit our guide page here: https://racketlon.co.za/store/content/8-table-tennis-equipment-guide


Which rubber is best for me?

Choosing a rubber is dependent on how fast you want the ball to come off the bat and how much spin you want to generate if any.

We have standardized all the rubbers in a in a easy info table format as follows:

Brand: This shouldn't really affect your choice unless you brand loyal.

Model: This is the specific identifier name of the model.

Orientation: DEF, ALL-, ALL, ALL+, OFF-. OFF, OFF+, OFF++ This is the type of player you are or want to be. DEF = Defensive, ALL = All-round, OFF = Offensive.

Speed: The speed at which the ball comes off the rubber.

Spin: The amount of spin rubber is able to generate. Remember, the more spin a rubber can generate the harder it is to control opponents spin.

Control: This refers to how easy the rubber is able to aid you in placement of the ball.

Hardness: Flex, Ave, Stiff. The softer or flexible a rubber the more dwell time and spring off the rubber. Harder rubbers less dwell time.

Type: Short pimples, Long pimples or Inverted. 3 completely different types of rubbers, please refer to guide below.

For a full comprehensive rubber buying guide including thickness visit our guide page here: https://racketlon.co.za/store/content/8-table-tennis-equipment-guide


Which darts are best for me?

Coming soon


Which dart flights and stems are best for me?

Coming soon


Which racket bag is best for me?

How much stuff do you have?. The size of your bag really depends on how much kit you drag around with you.

The unit of measurement we use for bags is #r = 3 racket or 6r, 8r, 9r, 12r and 15r. 15 racket being the biggest. Not to say you going to have 15 rackets but its a good way of knowing how much space the bag actually has. Take into consideration how many actual rackets, shoes, change of clothes you need with you. 3r is normally 1 main zip, 6 r is 2 main zips and from 9r up 3 main zip compartments. Then the bags also have smaller compartments for keys, wallet, cards, change etc. The new snazzy ones even have a space for your shoes to keep them separate, smalls like a brilliant idea.

Bags lifespans are pretty long considering how much you use and abuse them, anything from 2-7 years.


Which strings and tension are best for me?

The million dollar question.

You should ask yourself or your stringer will ask you the following questions, think about it for a bit answer honestly. This way you and your stringer can best advise on the closest suitable option for you for a string and tension.

What you would like to achieve in your game ie; more power, more control or a mix of both. How often do you play and go through srtings?.

For an in depth and detailed look at strings please visit our string tech buying guide here: https://racketlon.co.za/store/content/10-string-tech-talk