Tennis Equipment For The Budget Player
Tennis was a sport originally targeted at the upper strata of society. Tennis clubs were elitist institutions and its evolution into a sport for every income level is still not complete.
If you don't have a large amount of money to spend on equipment, lessons and court time don't let that discourage you. You can still find ways to play the game you love.
The racquet is the single most expensive piece of equipment you will have to invest in. High-end graphite and titanium tennis racquets can cost as much as $300 while aluminum ones as low as $10. Beginners can start off with aluminum racquets. They are not as rigid as the professional graphite and titanium racquets and can affect accuracy when the ball is hit hard. However, beginner tennis players generally neither hit very hard nor very accurately so it's not an issue.
For serious players of the game the former, more expensive racquet is the only competitive option. However, there are many ways to get the racquets cheaper. Closeout sales are a great place to get the graphite titanium racquets cheaper.
Another piece of equipment you need to buy is the tennis balls. Unlike racquets, balls wear out quickly. The air seeps out of the pressurized ball and it looses its bounce. The way to save money on tennis balls is to buy the cheaper balls for practice. You can get a can at $2.00. The new, extra-durable balls are slightly more expensive but loose air less quickly so make up by lasting longer.
Pressureless balls are also an option. Remember to store your tennis balls in a cool area in a pressurized container to keep them lasting longer.
Another great way to save money is to get good deals on equipment by buying the demos. The demos are slightly used racquets but you can get them for as less as 50% of the original price. They are generally a great buy. Your local shops are likely to store some demo pieces as well. Online auction sites also have great deals sometimes. Keep a constant eye out for good buys at low prices and make bids that suit your budget. You never know when you'll get lucky.