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What is the ideal weight for a tennis racquet?

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Question: What is the ideal weight for a tennis racquet?
Answer: The ideal racquet weight depends on how you play, but the range of suitable weights is considerably smaller than the range of weights on the market. For a thorough discussion, see How to Choose the Best Racquet for Control and Power. Generally, racquets weighing less than 10 ounces don't make sense for any adult, because they're too light to protect your arm from even the lighter shocks of infrequent doubles play. As long as you can wield it, more weight is advantageous, but most players find more than 12 ounces too unwieldy.

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