Entry-level tennis racket recommendation
I guess you are looking for some pre-strung rec racquet which would be hard to "recommend" as most regular players probably never really used that before. When I started out in high school I just got a cheap Wilson at costco. I would just go to costco, target or something.
Or go to a tennis store website and they usually have recommendations on beginner racquets but most might not have strings.
You can't go wrong with a Wilson racquet. I still play with a 20 year old Kramer as a second racquet. You might consider picking up a used recent model on Ebay, but do yourself a favor and go to a pro shop and have it strung properly - it makes all the difference
Edited by Dudeasincool - 3/31/13 at 12:13am
If you have a tennis shop that offers trial racquets in your area I would go and see if you can buy the testers. Yes, I could have paid $50 for a brand new racquet somewhere else, but then I would have had a $50 racquet. Instead I have a $200 racquet.
Anyway, get something that's not hyper stiff as they tend to be hard to learn with and boring to play with. The only time these stiff ass racquets serve a purpose is when you serve.
The guy I coach with uses a Babolat and rates them highly, maybe the Drive Z 118 or something. Look at their stiffness ratings to key you in.
I use a Head myself.