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Demo Racket Service

Try Before You Buy

Wilson clash - demo racket service

At Herne Hill Sports, we understand that choosing a new tennis racket can be tricky. Whether you are a seasoned pro or just a beginner, choosing a new racket is a very personal decision and not one to take lightly! There are loads of rackets to choose from with many different characteristics to consider, which many people understandably find daunting! But don’t fear, because we offer a racket demo service!

This works exactly like it sounds and allows you to try out any of our Tour frames from Wilson, Head, Babolat, and Yonex for up to a week, making the service a great option for tennis players based all over London. What makes this service so uniquely useful is that it allows you to truly see and feel the difference that exists across the different racket families.

The service is remarkably simple and works as follows:

Each Demo Racket costs £10.

You can take up to 3 at a time.

You can have the rackets for up to a week at a time.

Once you decide which racket you like, any money you have spent on the demo scheme will come off the price of your chosen frame.

See the FAQ at the bottom of the page for any further inquiries, or ask us here!

 

We now offer a Padel Demo Service! See below for details!

Demo Racket Service London

Tennis Rackets Available to Demo

Padel Rackets Available to Demo

FAQ

DO YOU HAVE ‘X’ DEMO?

All the demos we stock are listed above. We make every effort to keep all the major racket brands and their key lines in store, however, it is impossible to stock everything simply due to the sheer volume of rackets on the market. We apologise if the frame you are looking for isn’t available!

WHAT GRIP SIZE ARE THE DEMOS?

The demos range in grip size. Typically, lighter frames (<280g) will have smaller grip sizes (L1-L2) and heavier frames (>300g) will have larger grip sizes (L2-L3). Our most popular models will have multiple demos available in differing grip sizes (although please note we don’t offer demos in L4 or larger). When you come to purchase, you may select any grip size you like!

WHAT ARE THE DEMOS STRUNG WITH?

The demos are all strung with a polyester string. The majority of frames are strung at 55lbs with either RPM BLAST, ALU POWER, or YONEX POLYPRO TOUR. Feel free to ask a member of the team when you pop in about the string and tension of any specific frame you may be interested in.

CAN I GET THE DEMOS RESTRUNG?

We restring the demos as and when needed. If you think a demo needs a restring, let us know and we can check. As a general rule, we don’t offer restrings for demos on an ad hoc basis. We keep a very close eye on the demos and restring when we deem it needed. We ask customers not to restring the rackets themselves – any customer who does will be charged for a full restring.

CAN I GET THE DEMOS POSTED?

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to offer a postal service at this time – but never say never!

CAN I RENT THE DEMOS FOR MORE THAN A WEEK?

If no-one else has asked for them, then sure! An additional fee will need to be paid but you are more than welcome to extend the demos if needed. All we ask is you call us beforehand to check that no-one else has booked them out already.

WHY DON’T YOU OFFER MORE PADEL DEMOS?

Our Padel demo service is very much in its infancy and will continue to grow as we see an increase in popularity. To start with, we have selected some of the most popular models currently on the market. Padel has exploded in popularity over the last few years and we fully expect to see that trend continue – and the number of demos will increase at a commensurate rate!

Please be advised that our demo rackets are subject to availability as they are in constant use. In case you have a particular model in mind that you’d like to try, we suggest giving us a call beforehand to check if it’s currently in-store. If it’s not available then rest assured that we can take your contact details and notify you as soon as it becomes available again.

Polly JC
Polly JC
2024-02-03
Great tennis racket stringing service. The guys know what they're doing, turn rackets around quickly and let you know when they're ready.
Tom Yan
Tom Yan
2024-01-20
Amazing service. Especially the demo for 10 pounds per racket is insanely good. Will always take my racket needs in the future to the folks at Herne Hill Sports.
Isaac Verkaik
Isaac Verkaik
2023-12-08
Staff are incredibly knowledgeable, great range of products too, especially tennis. I come in whenever I can.
Joshua Birkett
Joshua Birkett
2023-10-08
Really friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Will definitely be going back when I need my next pair of running trainers.
Ivan Iacono
Ivan Iacono
2023-09-29
This place is a hidden gem. I demoed and later bought a racquet. Everything was simple with no fuss. Shop is well stocked with top of the range products and the staff is very knowledgeable and polite. I feel lucky that places like this are still around. Completely opposite from the cold experience you get from big sport chains where staff has no knowledge and you’re on your own. Will definitely be back!
Katherine Sloggett
Katherine Sloggett
2023-06-25
Brilliant sports shop, have just bought my first proper tennis racquet from there..really helpful, especially to someone like myself who knows very little about what to get..
Thomas Yaman (Boardybuilding Fitness)
Thomas Yaman (Boardybuilding Fitness)
2023-05-10
Great place for runner 🏃‍♂️
Thomas Rozycki
Thomas Rozycki
2023-04-29
Excellent service from the team down at herne hill sports today. Bought two new rackets for a great price and the team re-strung them the same day. Friendly and knowledgeable as always - thanks guys - would definitely recommend
Stuart Allan
Stuart Allan
2023-02-13
Handy local sports store, excellent staff who are very helpful.