Choosing a Racket Headsize

Generally, the oversize (110-115 sq. in.) or super oversize (116-135 sq. in.) rackets are best suited for baseline players or doubles players because they hit many strokes and tend to utilize the extra area to help with topspin production.   These rackets can lead to sloppy stroke production and can be too powerful for some players.  This is usually not a big problem for most players. An oversized racket means you have more area to hit the ball (larger sweet spot), and the racket is more forgiving on off-center shots.

The midsize (less than 89 sq. in.) or midplus (90-105 sq. in.) rackets are often preferred by all court or serve and volley players.

A midsize racket is usually a little better for volleyers who play against hard hitters because it provides a bit of control.  On the other hand, the oversized racket still provides more area to hit with, and some serve and volleyers will use oversized rackets.

The midplus is a compromise - more powerful than the midsize but not as powerful as the oversized.  These rackets are becoming more popular than midsize rackets.

Some companies have introduced super-oversized models, which are a bit larger than oversize (typically about 116-120 sq. in.).  There are even a few models around 130 sq. inches, which are probably much too big for reasonable play and should be avoided.

Racket Headsize
Standard
Mid-Size
Mid-Plus
Oversize
Super Oversize
sq. inch
66"
70 - 89"
90 -105"
110 - 115"
116 - 135"
sq. cm
426
452 - 574
580 - 677
710 - 742
748 - 871

If you are confused about headsize, the best thing to do is to try two of the same kind of racket in different headsizes and see which one you are most comfortable with.