In our lobby Pro Shop you will find:
- The latest Adult & Junior Tennis Racquets from Babolat and Head
- A full range of tennis balls, including junior low compression and premium yellow
- Pickleball paddles and balls
- A full line of accessories including sneakers, grips, dampeners, bags, hats, and more!
- Racquets, Stringing, Re-Gripping and customization.
We offer custom racquet stringing and re-gripping. Pricing is dependent on the choice of string. Next day service is available upon request.
We have demo racquets available from Babolat and Head anytime you come and play.
We sell racquets at internet pricing. The benefit of purchasing a racquet though TSR is that you can demo it on the court before you buy it, and your purchase includes a free custom stringing.
Pro Shop FAQs
You are welcome to check out a racquet or two while you play here. Demo racquets are the property of Taconic Sport and Racquet and must never leave the premises. Please sign the racquets out and in every time you borrow one.
Absolutely! Whether you forgot your own or you want to test drive a new one, we would love for you to try out one of our demo racquets! All we ask is that you sign demo racquets out and in every time you use one.
The front desk has a sign out sheet that you must fill in before taking a demo racquet on court. When you return, please let the desk know and they will check it off the sign out sheet.
Yes! We would love to help you pick out some racquets to take for a test drive. Don’t hesitate to ask!
Yes! Every year the racquet companies bring out a new line of racquets, the Taconic Sport & Racquet Pro Shop sells discontinued models of demo racquets until they are gone. We cannot sell a demo racquet for a current model.
Stop in and grab a demo racquet. We would love to help you pick out some racquets to test drive!
For adults, we carry a large variety of high-performance racquets ranging in price from $99 to $229.
For new junior players, we carry 19 inch, 21 inch, 23 inch and 25 inch Head aluminum frames for $20 each. For intermediate to advanced junior players, we carry a variety of 25 inch and 26-inch high-performance frames from $55 upwards.
It is always best to ask your child’s coach which size would be best. Generally, up to age 5 uses a 19-inch racquet, ages 5-6 use a 21-inch racquet, ages 7-8 use a 23-inch racquet, ages 9-10 use a 25-inch racquet, ages 10-11 use a 26-inch racquet and ages 11 and up use a full-size 27-inch racquet.
Most high-performance racquets come with a one-year warranty. If you have purchased your racquet from Taconic Sport & Racquet Pro Shop less than one year from today’s date, your racquet may be eligible for a warranty return. Stop by the shop to see if we can send it back for you. Sometimes, the company will send back a replacement racquet if the damage is not too severe.
Generally, our racquets do not go on sale. If you purchase a new racquet from the Pro Shop, we can offer the first stringing free.
- Check whether any of the strings have frayed. A frayed string will be close to breaking.
- A loss in string tension is another reason to consider restringing. A loss in tension will reduce the amount of control and power you can generate which will affect the performance of the racket.
- Generally with polyester strings, once they start to eat away at each other (picture example) it is time to consider restringing.
- Your racquet is beginning to feel ‘dead’ or lifeless
- You have to swing harder to get the ball to go deeper
- You make good contact with the ball but aren’t getting as many solid contacts
- The sound has changed when making contact with the ball
We recommend you:
- Have your racquet restrung after every 40 hours of play.
- Have your racquet restrung depending on how often you play.
|Number of times you play per week||When you should restring|
|1||every 6 months|
|2||every 4 months|
|3||every 3 months|
|4||every 2 months|
|5 +||every 1 months|
It is worth noting that different types of string lose tension at different rates.
A polyester string will lose tension faster than a synthetic gut string. Your style of play will also affect the lifespan of your strings.
The general rule is: lower tension for power, higher tension for control. If you are buying a new racquet, start by stringing it at a tension in the middle of the manufacturer’s recommended range. You can then raise or lower the tension when it’s time to restring it, depending upon whether you want more power or more control.
A thinner gauge has a crisper feel and more bite on the ball, but the down side is it has less durability. Overall it has more feel, comfort and power because the string is more elastic.
A thicker gauge has more durability, less spin, less feel, less comfort but more control.
- Produced to compensate for the lack of durability from natural gut and comes in a variety of colors.
- Used in many factory strung rackets as it is well suited for many playing levels.
- Provides a good mixture of power and control but does not offer a lot of spin potential: unless used with a textured or spin synthetic
- Can be used on its own or with a more durable string
- Created to replicate the characteristics of natural gut.
- Thin Strands are wound around one another to create variations of power, control, spin and durability
- Popular choice for many players as it provides a great mixture of playability and durability.
- If you suffer from tennis elbow or have any arm injuries, then this is the best string for you.
- Provide the highest level of power, control, and spin.
- Primarily used by professionals who want durability and tension retention during matches.
- Often used with another type of string such as a synthetic gut or multifilament creating a hybrid system.
- Has a high impact on the arm and not recommended for juniors.
- The majority of players use polyesters on the main strings and anything else on the crosses.
String Comparison Chart:
|WILSON EQUIVALENT||HEAD EQUIVALENT||BABOLAT EQUIVALENT|
|Wilson Synthetic Gut||Synthetic Gut PPS||Spiraltek|
|Big Banger Alu power||Hawk||RPM Blast|
Most styles of tennis court shoes come with a 6-month outsole warranty. If you have purchased your shoes from Taconic Sport & Racquet’s Pro Shop less than six (6) months from today’s date, your shoes may be eligible for a warranty return. Stop by the shop to see if we can send them back for you. Sometimes, the company may send back a replacement pair.