As surely as Picasso had his paints, Jimi Hendrix had his guitar and Micheal Jordan had his basketball, tennis players in Hong Kong, both young and old, need a racket (or racquet, to some!). It may seem like a racket is just a handle, frame and string, but it is so much more than that.
Take the string, for example. You can choose to go with a nylon solid core, which is both inexpensive and durable but does you no favours in the performance department.
Or perhaps you would like a nylon/polyurethane option? This top shelf synthetic costs more, but works wonders on the court. Polyester can help you hit harder, but loses tension quickly. Natural gut, which is made from cow intestine, is the premier option, but it is quite expensive and breaks frequently.
Once you’ve chosen your string material, you then need to decide between an open pattern (improves topspin/power) or a dense pattern (improves control). Do you want a pre-strung racket, or are you comfortable paying for a premium stringing? Decisions, decisions!
As you can see, there is a lot of thought that goes into choosing a racket…and so far, we’ve only even mentioned the string! There’s still the grip, the frame, the company…all sorts of things!
The truth is, every tennis player is different. The best way to choose the right racket is by talking to a professional, at either a tennis school or a shop specializing in tennis gear, and by playing tennis and to discover the strengths and weaknesses in your game.
There are, quite frankly, too many different player types, ages, skill levels and other factors to write one all encompassing article on ‘finding a tennis racket in Hong Kong’!
We would be doing you all a disservice if we tried.
“Jack of all trades, master of none.”
Isn’t that the saying? Instead, we will be periodically releasing tips and suggestions, so be sure to follow us on social media if you’re not already!
And remember, the best way to find your perfect tennis racket is by trial and error. Get out there and play!