Toalson Sweet Area Training RacquetMatt Steverson
Toalson (originally Toa Strings) has been around the tennis business for over 70 years now and has some interesting products for tennis training. Today, we’ll look at the Sweet Area training racquet.
In the past, there were other “sweet spot”-type racquets where only the center mains and crosses were used, encouraging the player to hit in the center of the string bed. Toalson has taken a unique approach and actually reduced the size of the racquet head to 60 square inches (even smaller than a wood racquet), but using a full (14×17) string bed, allowing for a more “normal” feel on contact, but still making the user focus strongly on hitting the center of the strings. Footwork is even tested, since you must get in optimal position to make a good stroke with the Sweet Area racquet.
Useful in training as well as for a pre-match warm-up, the Sweet Area racquet is available in 280 (26 and 27″) and 320-gram (27″ only) versions, and all of our IART members who coach should get one. I have had good success with it in a short period, as all my players using it have shown better focus on contact and cleaner ball-striking. With a MAP price of $120, it’s a good, cheap training aid.