Head Novak Tennis Racket Review

Kids are often attracted to the sport through a famous player. That is the reason a lot of brands are using the most prominent names to endorse products for kids. Tennis rackets are not an exemption. Babolat Nadal Junior is the most sold junior tennis racket. We can just argue if that is the result of its unique playing characteristics or because of the Rafael Nadal name on it. The Head decided to apply the same strategy. Head Maria and Head Novak kids tennis rackets got their names after two most prominent users of Head tennis rackets: Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic.

Head Novak Tennis Racket Review

We got a chance to test the Head Novak tennis racket personally (with the help of my nephew). And I decided to share the thoughts from this experience with you.

Kids’ tennis rackets purchase is a bit tricky issue. You need to match the kids’ height and skills with an appropriate racket. Moreover, you do not want to spend too much in case your kid will not find joy in playing tennis.

Children look on the racket is different. First of all, the design has to be appealing. Secondly, they like to impersonate a racket with someone. And last but not least, the racket needs to fit their physical strength.

Read more about how to choose kids’ tennis rackets.

Available sizes

The good thing about the Head Novak series is size range. It is manufactured in five different length versions: 17″, 19″, 21″, 23″, 25″. That means that you can start with Head Novak 17″ racket at an early age and then move on with the same type of the racket later. The transition to a bigger racket would be very smooth as playing characteristics of the rackets stay the same.

HEAD MARIA Tennis RacketHEAD NOVAK Tennis Racket
size 17” for 2 - 3 years old
size 19” for 2 - 4 years old
size 21” for 4 - 6 years old
size 23” for 6 - 8 years old
size 25” for 8 - 10 years old
for BOYS
size 17” for 2 - 3 years old
size 19” for 2 - 4 years old
size 21” for 4 - 6 years old
size 23” for 6 - 8 years old
size 25” for 8 - 10 years old
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The design is the thing adults do not value too much, but kids would so. The Head Novak comes in neon red color with cartoons of little monsters on the frame. The red is very popular with kids (do not ask me why), so the success of this racket is guaranteed.

I was a bit surprised when I found out that Head Maria’s racket for girls has a blue colored frame. I would do it the opposite way, but I am not an expert on kids’ color emotions, so I take what Head is offering.

Playing with Head Novak

The playing part of kids racket reviews is the hardest one. You will hardly get a deep and insightful opinion on the ability to serve or play volleys from a kid. The more critical factor for any kid is how his arm handles the practice. Any fatigue or even pain of the hand, arm, or shoulder gives a warning sign that the weight of the racket is not appropriate. The change to a shorter racket would be needed.

Head Novak tennis racket has embedded damp+ insert in the frame, the technology for decreasing vibration. That seems like a good idea as vibration can deteriorate the playing experience for any kid.

Overall, my nephew likes the Head Novak tennis racket. The racket is light and easy to swing. He got used to the racket very quickly, and I did not hear any complaints about it. He is still looking forward to any tennis practice and became a big fan of Novak Djokovic. I have already decided to go on with a bigger Head Novak racket once he reaches the appropriate age.

The other thing that will make you happy is the pricing. The Head Novak price is in the range of $20 to $40, depending on the length.

Overall, I consider the Head Novak (and also Head Maria) series as a good move by Head. The racket fulfills the playing expectations, and the price does not empty your wallet. And that is all you want from any tennis racket for a kid.

Check the availability and the price of Head Novak on Amazon here.

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Tennis Pro Guru

Simon is the leading editor of TennisProGuru.com from 2015. He is an avid tennis player from age of 5, however, he never reached the pro level. Still, he likes playing tennis on different courts, with different rackets, and against different opponents. In his free time, you can find him watching all possible tennis matches he can find on the web or tv. Challenger or Grand Slam? It does not matter, just tennis matters.

He currently plays with:
Racket: Wilson Shift 99 V1
Strings: Babolat RPM Blast
Grip: Head Xtreme Soft
Shoes: Asics Gel Dedicate 7 (for hard outdoor and indoor courts) & Asics Gel-Game 5 Clay (for clay courts),
Balls: Dunlop Fort All Courts and Head Championship
Bag: Axiom Backpack

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