As you get older, tennis changes into a different game. So here are some hints on how to play as good or ever better than you did in your younger days.
1_ Strategy is all important. Use your experience to try to predict where a serve will go or whether your opponent will hit that ground stroke cross-court or down the line. Make up for loss of speed with smarts.
2_ Focus on fitness. Get regular exercise to stay fit. If you just go to the tennis court on Saturday and play hard you risk injury. So hit a few times a week, or do a few miles on the elliptical at nights.
3_ Remember good nutrition and hydration. Younger bodies can take more abuse, but older folks need to treat their bodies with tender loving care.
4_ Use the right equipment. The right shoes (see our article on “Gamechanger Footgear”) and the right tennis racket is a must. So, follow the advice above and secure the right racket below, and enjoy tennis for years to come!
OK…now here is my top ten list of rackets for senior players (over age 50). These rackets are also the best to protect even younger players from tennis elbow (and golfer’s elbow which is a major problem for some senior tennis players). And after the descriptions, make sure and click on the pictures and descriptions of these, and some other great products as well!
Volkl V Sense V1 OS. Precise engineering.
Yonex Ezone DR 100. Great for mitigating vibrations in the hand and arm.
Head Graphene XT Prestige. Large head and sweet spot.
Wilson Clash 108. – Great for senior players, men or women. Big sweet spot. Miss-hits still go in a lot!
Babolat Pure Drive 107 – A great all-around tennis racket.
Donnay Formula 100 Hexacore – For Donnay fans, this racket is built for comfort and has a flexible frame.