When it comes to shopping for sports equipment for kids, choosing the right size can make a world of a difference. In Tennis, an inadequate racket could have bad consequences, could slow down progress or even lead to injuries. Most importantly, there's the "hidden" consequence of kids losing their confidence because they feel they are just not good at the sport, when in reality, they were using the wrong size equipment for their body size.
So what should you look for in a racket?
Size of the racket is the most important factor for kids. A racket for an adult would make it extremely difficult for a young child to have any success. One that's too small would make it hard for the child to use any of their own power. The way to know the right size for your child is to have them stand up still with the racket in his/her hand and arm along the body. If the racket doesn't touch the ground then it's too small. If it touches the ground too much, then it's too big.
Typical Age and Racket Sizes
The easiest way to choose a racket is to go based on age. If your child is taller or shorter for their age, adjust accordingly. Below is a chart to show typical ages and their racket size.
|4 & Under||Under 39″||19 inches|
|4-5 years||40-44 inches||21 inches|
|6-8 years||45-49 inches||23 inches|
|9-10 years||50-55 inches||25 inches|
|10 or older||55 inches or taller||26 inches|
Pickup Sports Tennis Starter Kit
To make it even easier for you, our Pickup Sports Tennis Box includes the right sized high-quality racket for your child (and other fun stuff you'll need to get them started with playing Tennis!). Our virtual coaching is also a great way to explain all the basics and help you be your child's coach!
Which Brand Tennis Racket Is Best For Kids?
When it comes to Tennis racket brands for little kids, particularly beginners, we really think it doesn't matter too much! All of the top brands are wonderful but you'll find a lot of unknown brands make high-quality rackets as well. Kids grow like weeds at a young age, so think about how much of an investment you want to make before you'll have to get a new one.