Q. HOW DO I CHOOSE A RACQUET?
Racquets range in weight, head size, grip size, balance and overall quality. If you plan on getting serious with the sport you should make the trip to a tennis specialty store to demo racquets and talk to a specialist. Most stores will even let you take racquets home to demo. If you are not wanting to spend a lot of money, but want a high quality racquet you can find great deals on Amazon. We like this Wilson racquet for players without a lot of racquet sport experience. If you’re confident with your hand eye coordination skills, you are better off with a smaller head size.
We strongly discourage buying the $20 to $30 racquets you can find at Target, Walmart, etc. Poor quality racquets can lead to injury and poor ball control. You also want to make sure the racquet is not too heavy or too light.
A heavy racket weighs more than 11 ounces (312 grams), midweight rackets weigh between 9.8 and 10.9 ounces (278 to 309 grams), and superlight rackets weigh between 9 and 9.4 ounces (255 to 266 grams). Generally, heavier rackets produce more power, less torque, and better control.
Q. WHERE CAN I FIND PRACTICE PARTNERS.
A. When you are ready to hit the courts to play casually or competitively you can create a free account on our sister site, Houstontennisconnection.com to search players by location, level and age.
Q. DO YOU OFFER LEAGUES?
A. We do not, but no matter what area of Houston you reside, there are two main league options: “Flex Tennis” & “USTA Tennis”.
Flex leagues are extremely popular in Houston because they are FUN & convenient. To join, all you do is create an online profile & register for singles, doubles, or mixed doubles. The league manager then matches you up with players at a same level and location. From there, you contact your weekly opponent to agree on a time & day to PLAY. HTL’s favorite ‘FLEX’ provider in Houston is LeagueTennis.com – they have great customer service and offer weekday and weeknight leagues in every area of Houston. They even offer new players a discount on their first year of league play: When checking out, use the code HOUNEW5.
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