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Selecting a racket to match your game

There are quite a few new tennis rackets on the market. The trend has been to make these newer rackets more stable than rackets have been in the past, instead of going for all-out power.

Over the past few years, beginners have had some problems keeping the ball in the court with the more powerful rackets. With more stable rackets, beginners should be more successful in keeping the ball in play and have significantly more control.

Tennis rackets geared for average tennis players are called "tweeners." The term is used for rackets that are not really low power, but don't create power like the really powerful ones do.

Rackets for advanced players are noticeably heavier than rackets that beginners and intermediate players use, weighing as much as 12.5 ounces strung. These rackets are more flexible and have more control than lighter rackets. However, they have a smaller head size and a somewhat similar feel to what wooden rackets had years ago. But, if they're good enough for Roger Federer, they should be a good choice for most advanced players.

After consulting with sales personnel at JB's Tennis Shop and the owners of the Village Glen's pro shop, we've compiled a list of rackets that could be extremely beneficial for each level and style of play.

>Beginners

Wilson K4 Mid Plus Racket: The racket is medium powered and made for players who have a medium swing. The racket provides a good combination of control and power. The racket is 105 square inches, weighs 10.1 ounces and has a suggested retail price of $199.99.

Prince Aero Scream: The medium-priced racket has an extended "sweet spot" that greatly helps with mis-hits off the center. It is virtually shock-resistant and is a good choice if you suffer from tennis elbow. The racket comes in 100 and 110 square inches, weighs 9.4 ounces and has a suggested retail price of $99.99.

Head Flex Point 1: This racket is a little more flexible than other rackets for beginners. It is very light and maneuverable compared to other beginner rackets. The racket is 110 square inches, weighs 9.3 ounces and has a suggested retail price of $89.99.

>Intermediate players

Babolat Power Drive with Cortex: This is an excellent racket for junior players who need more control. Adults with a fast swing will like the feel and stability of the racket. They will also find they will be able to produce topspin more easily with this racket. The racket is 100 square inches, weighs 11.2 ounces, and has a suggested retail price of $179.99.

Wilson K Zen: For players that are extremely aggressive and swing hard at the ball this could be the racket. It provides extra control, and its stability should greatly cut down on errors. The racket is 103 square inches, weighs 11.2 ounces and has a suggested retail price of $169.99.

>Advanced players

Wilson K 6 1 Tour 90: Has a 90-square-inch head size and weighs in at a hefty 12.5 ounces. It is also the racket of choice for Federer, and has the feel that is somewhat similar to the old wooden rackets. The smaller head size and weight definitely make this a racket for players at the advanced level. The suggested retail price is $199.99.

Prince 0 3 Tour: It is 27 inches long and has the same feel as the Federer racket. It has a slightly larger "sweet spot" than the Federer racket due to its 95-square-inch head. The racket weighs 12 ounces and retails for a suggested price of $179.99.

If you are considering a new racket in the near future, be sure to demo at least two to three of them first. Practice with each one using all of your strokes for at least 45 minutes to an hour. If you're not sure which racket is best for you, hit with a knowledgeable friend who knows your game and who will be able to help you in your final decision.

Or, if you're willing to splurge a little, you may be wise to take one or two lessons from our many fine teaching pros in the area playing with each racket for a reasonable time.

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Club owner dies

Dorothy Krasner, a Buffalo Tennis Hall of Famer and the owner of Amherst Hills Tennis Club with her husband, Marvin, passed away on April 1 at age 75.

Dorothy and Marvin have owned the Amherst Hllls Club for almost 30 years, which is unparalleled in Western New York tennis history.

She had an insatiable love for the game of tennis and greatly enjoyed the camaraderie of her fellow players and club members. She was still playing six times a week up until a few days before her passing.

"She touched the lives of so many players, both young and old, in our tennis community," said Todd Miller, the club's executive director and head pro.

"It was extremely important to Dorothy that everyone, both young and old, enjoyed their matches and that the children had fun while they learned and played."

e-mail: thegreatgar@cs.com

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