Racquest.com: Find Your Perfect Racquet

  • Finding a racquet can be hard
    • There are hundreds of racquets with different specifications
    • Your local pro shop typically carries only one brand and has a small selection
    • You can try ordering demos but it can take a long time to find the best one for you
    • Remember, your friends racquet or one used by a tour player is rarely going to work for you
    • If you are adjusting your stroke to compensate for your racquet, you are using the wrong racquet
    • Even if you like your current racquet, as you age, your requirements will change
  • Racquest provides a better way
    • It uses analytics to create a unique visualization of racquets to help you locate the racquet thats right for you
    • It requires elementary knowledge about what makes a racquet, described in the 'Raquet Specs' tab
    • Click the "How To" tab to learn how to use it
    • Click Start to begin exploring racquets

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Racquet Specs

Every racquet has different characteristics that affect the power, feel, and playability of a racquet. Here, we focus on technical specifications. We describe some of the main characteristics.
Please feel free to send us suggestions to add or modify this content.

Power

Power is mainly affected by the weight, balance, and stiffness of a racquet. A heavier racquet will add power, but a lighter racquet can be made more powerful by making it stiffer. A head heavy racquet, a longer racquet, and those with a larger head size will be more powerful as well.
The power rating of a racquet takes these into account. Racquets used by touring pro's tend to have low power, below 2000, because such players generate a lot of power by swinging hard.

Weight

We show the weight in ounces.
Heavier racquets tend to be more powerful and more stable. But they require more effort to swing and can tire your arm and shoulder. Lighter racquets tend to be more maneuverable but less stable.
Heavier racquets give you more control, but are less maneuverable.

Stiffness

Stiffer racquets create more power by redirecting the energy of the incoming ball, allowing lighter racquets to match the power of heavier racquets. For the same reason, they tend to be strung more tightly. But they also transmit more vibration to your arm.
Less stiff, or flexible racquets, absorb more of the energy of the ball.
The stiffness rating of a racquet is a number; a racquet with a number of 60 or less are flexible. Racquets with a stiffness rating of 70 or more are extremely stiff.

Balance

Balance refers to the point on the racquet frame where the weight of the racquet is equal above and blow that point. If that point is closer to the head than the handle end, the racquet is head light. Otherwise, it is head heavy.
A head heavy racquet tends to be more powerful and stable but less maneuverable. A head light racquet can help your serve but will probably hurt your return.
We show the balance as a positive or negative number. A racquet with a balance of 4 is 4 points head heavy; a racquet with balance of -2 is 2 points head light.

Head Size

Racquets with a large headsize tend to be more powerful and stable, and could be less maneuverable. They tend to have a larger sweet spot, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your level of control.
We show head size in square inches.

Length

Longer racquets tend to be more powerful and give you extra reach. But they require more effort to swing, and tend to be less maneuverable.
We show length in inches.

Swingweight

Swingweight is a measure of how heavy a racquet feels when you swing it. Higher swingweight contributes to stability and power, but makes the racquet harder to maneuver into position.

Help us Gather Data

If there is a racquet you want included in this application, please send an email to Racquest@outlook.com. The more information you can include about the racquet, the easier it will be for us to add it.

How to use it

  • Its simple: just click on the boxes and you will see how it works!
  • Each racquet spec is divided into boxes. If you click on a box (it turns green), you will see the racquets that fall in that box.
  • If you click multiple boxes, you will see racquets that satisfy are in all the boxes that are green
  • If a box turns red, it means the racquets in that box are not consistent with your other choices (for example, if you pick a very light racquet, then the box with the most powerful racquets may become red)
  • The little images at the top allow you to resize the displayed area, clear your selections, and start over. Click them and you will see.
  • Click on the name of a couple of racquets and you will see dots appear on the grid; this aloows head-to-head comparison of racquets

About us

We are two tennis players, Elvin and Sanjay. A few months ago, Elvin was looking for a tennis racquet. After trying out demo racquets for several months and not finding anything suitable and getting frustrated by the experience, he aproached Sanjay: surely there must be a better way of doing this. This led us to learn more about racquets and to think of a way to make the search easier.
Along the way, we learned that many people we play with are reluctant to change racquets: racquets can be expensive and since they are mostly available online, you need to narrow down the choices to decide what to try out.
Of course, we tried out online sites and used different filters to narrow down the search and so on. But this proved to be difficult: you would have to choose some filters, then write down the results, change them, write down the results, and then manually compare what you found. It soon became infeasible.
The problem was that it was difficult to see the implications of a choice. For example, Sanjay had a serious tennis elbow problem a few years ago, and so requires a racquet that is not very stiff and that is not very head light. It also has to be reasonably heavy, but not too heavy, but he has a pretty big swing so the racquet should not be too powerful. How can he easily see what is available and compare racquets?
Thinking about that led to RacQuest. It provides a simple and intuitive way
We would love to hear your feedback, please send an email to racquest@outlook.com

The Racquet Data

What you see here are racquets on which we have hand collected data over the past two years. Please help us by sending us corrections and information on any new racquets that become available by sending an email to racquest@outlook.com. Thank you.