One of the most important things in tennis is having the right equipment. After all, you probably can’t improve your game and win matches if you’re not adequately kitted out – even the accessories are important. The equipment you need will also depend on the type of game you’re playing and the court you’re playing it on, so it’s crucial you give it plenty of consideration.
This blog from Sportsmark Group Ltd takes a look at some of the essential items every tennis player should have from the very beginning of their tennis journey.
This one might go without saying – of course you need a racket in order to play tennis! However, you should also be sure to always carry one or two extra rackets during an important training or match day.
There are different types of rackets available, so you need to make sure you’re choosing the right one. Tennis rackets are usually tailored to different playing styles, meaning you’ll need to choose the one that favours your kind of game the most.
Think about how you play and determine whether you need a player’s racket, a power racket, or something in between. If you’re unsure, there’s no harm in trying out a few types before you decide.
Many people assume that the venue they’re playing at will have plenty of tennis balls to go around, but this isn’t always the case. It can never hurt to carry your own tennis balls, both for training sessions and matches. You should try to carry at least 6-8 balls in your tennis kit bag so that you’re sufficiently prepared should the venue run out.
If you’re a beginner, you may not realise that there are also multiple types of tennis balls. There are heavy-duty balls, grass court balls, regular duty balls, pressureless balls, and even small-sized balls. Take the time to make sure you’ve chosen the right kind for your playing style and venue, and that your kit adheres to any regulations.
If you’re playing in a particularly long match or having an especially long or intense training session, the chances of the strings on your racket getting damaged are fairly high. To ensure that you can continue playing and that your equipment is in good enough condition for gameplay, it’s a good idea to carry spare racket strings in your kit bag, just in case. As we mentioned before, you should bring at least one spare racket with you, too.
Overgrips are the extra layer of tape on the handle portion of your tennis racket that helps you hold the racket comfortably and absorbs any sweat that might affect your game – for instance, your racket slipping and causing unnecessary errors, or falling out of your hand completely.
An overgrip will not only allow you to play much more comfortably, but it is also a cost-effective option as it can help to protect your racket and ensure it remains in great condition for a lot longer.
If you’re in need of tennis equipment or other sports equipment, Sportsmark Group Ltd can help. As a leading supplier of sports products, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality, reliable and affordable products throughout the UK. Get in touch today to find out more.