How to size children's tennis rackets

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How to size children's tennis rackets
A properly sized racket will help your child excel at tennis. (kid playing tennis image by Xavier MARCHANT from Fotolia.com)

When buying a children's tennis racket, pay attention to the size of the racket in relation to the size of the child. A child using a tennis racket that has not been sized properly is at risk for injury. An incorrectly sized racket can also hamper skills development, because the child will overcompensate for the racket, according to the website e-tennis.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Read the racket manufacturer's recommendations. Each brand is made differently, so the best guidelines to follow are the ones provided by manufacturers.

  2. 2

    Judge your child's skill level. A child with tennis experience may be able to use a lightweight adult racket, according to the website Tennis Coach Dave.

  3. 3

    Remember the child's age. A child that is 5 years old or younger should use a 23-inch racket or smaller. A child between the ages of 6 and 7 should use a 25-inch racket. A child between the ages of 8 and 10 should use a 26-inch racket. A child can use an adult racket once they have reached 11 years old, according to the website Tennis Coach Dave.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't worry about the grips. Junior tennis rackets all have the same grip size.

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