New Tennis Year, New Tennis Gear!
December 29th, 2015
by Do It Tennis
filed in Tennis Product Reviews, Tennis Lifestyle
The New Year marks the start of new resolutions, and all the hopes and dreams that come with them.
If your big goal is to play more tennis and improve, here are some suggestions to help get you there.
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Wherever you are in the way of experience, it is never too early or too late to freshen up your tennis gear or stock up on other equipment and accessories you may need to reach your goals.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
It’s not always the skill, but the tool you use that can make drastic improvements. If you feel like your tennis game has hit a wall, take a look at your racquet. If you are playing with a tennis racquet that isn’t right for you, you could be at risk for injury and even worse… poor play! If your racquet isn’t very old and you don’t want to replace it just yet, consider making some customizations to better suit your goal. A new string job can not only freshen up your tennis racquet, but also protect you from injury. Choosing the right tennis racquet string for your style of play might be just what you need to get the right feel you’ve been looking for. If your racquet is older, you should consider replacing it. But, before you decide on which new tennis racquet exactly, make sure you demo several different racquet models and brands. When it’s not the string, a new tennis racquet can be just what the doctor ordered to get you back to the top of your game and to help you make continual progress towards your tennis goals.
Sometimes shoes get overlooked, but they are a very important part of your tennis game. If you are playing tennis in old shoes, you probably don’t have the cushion and support you need to carry you through long practices and to protect your bones from constant impacts on the hard tennis court surface. If you have played with the same tennis court shoes for more than a year, REPLACE THEM. Some people – those who play more often – should replace their tennis shoes way sooner. If you are an avid tennis player or if you wear them all the time, then you should be replacing your shoes every few months. If you start getting aches and pains, try switching out your tennis shoes. Even if your shoes aren’t very old, it would be a good idea to buy a new pair to cycle in with your current tennis shoes so they’ll last longer. If you are just starting your tennis journey, make sure you get properly fitting tennis court shoes that will also fit your lifestyle. If you know you play hard or you’ll be wearing them for more than just tennis, opt for a more durable pair. If you have quick feet on the court and don’t mind replacing your tennis shoes often, you should try lighter tennis shoes.
If you plan on playing a lot of tennis next year, you will need plenty of tennis clothing to get you through each week. If you are new to buying athletic clothes and don’t know where to begin, start with moisture wicking clothes. Moisture wicking materials will really help keep you dry and reduce stink. You may not think this matters much, but if you are out playing and sweating a lot, you don’t want to wear tennis clothes that retain the moisture because you will feel wet and heavy. You’ll also want to look for more breathable tennis apparel options. If your body typically runs warm, breathable clothing with added mesh will really save you on hot days.
You can never go wrong with a new case of tennis balls. It’s never fun to play with deflated tennis balls because you ran out of fresh ones. It can also affect the quality of play on the tennis court and even the technique while swinging the tennis racquet. Keep an extra can of balls in your car ready to swap out when you need to freshen things up. Depending on how much you plan to practice you may want to bring a bunch with you in a tennis ball hopper.
This one is more optional than a necessity, unless you are just starting to play tennis. Tennis bags are a much more convenient way to carry your tennis racquet and other tennis accessories than carrying a small drawstring bag or even a duffle bag. Your tennis racquet bag should be able to fit everything you will need on the court. Look for one that can store all of your tennis racquets, extra tennis gear and even a bit more. You may even want to find one that has a molded shell to better protect your tennis racquets. A thermal protective pocket also comes in handy for more humid/hot climates while playing on outdoor tennis courts. The thermal pocket will protect your tennis racquet strings from loosening and your racquet from warping. If your shoes tend to stink or you change out of your sweaty tennis clothes at the courts, look for a tennis bag with a shoe tunnel and/or wet clothing compartment to keep them separate from all your clean stuff.
To start your new year strong, you’ll want to include training equipment. Depending on the level of investment you are willing to make in your tennis game, there is tennis equipment to fit your training needs and capabilities. If you are looking to make a solid, long-term investment in your game, check out a ball machine. There are many portable options that can help you practice for hours without a tennis partner or coach. Or, perhaps you are looking to practice at home. This is where a rebound wall comes in handy. You can fit it in your backyard or even your driveway. If you just want more efficient practices, you could get a tennis ball mower to make the clean up quicker so you can get back to playing.
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