How to Buy a Paddle Tennis Racquet

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Paddle tennis is fast-paced racquet game that the whole family can enjoy. You play the game on a court similar to a tennis court, but smaller, with a 31-inch high net. The smaller court makes for longer rallies and exciting play. Many seasoned racquet sport players believe that paddle tennis is easier and more fun to play than tennis.

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    Choose the weight of your paddle, from 11.8 oz. to 14 oz. A heavier paddle is more stable but less maneuverable, whereas a lighter paddle is less stable and more maneuverable. If you're unsure about what best suits your game or are new to the sport, pick a midrange weight paddle for a good compromise.

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    Decide if you want a low-density or high-density paddle. A high-density, also known as firm core, paddle provides more power. A low density, also known as soft core, paddle provides more control. A soft core paddle also provides more comfort and is a better choice for a player with tennis elbow.

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    Choose a paddle that fits your criteria for size and weight. There are several different model paddles from manufacturers including Wilson and Viking.

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    Check prices at your local racquet sports pro shop and at online retailers. You may find a better price online, but if you are unsure about what to choose, your local pro shop is your best source for info.

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    Look at customization options for your paddle tennis racquet. Many online retailers and local pro shops can make minor adjustments to the weight, grip and texture of your paddle to give you that extra edge.

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