Caps and Visors
An accessory that is often used by frequent tennis players is a cap or visor. Tennis pretty much invented the “tennis visor”. This cap with the missing top is well known as a hat used for tennis. Other sports like golf or even sometimes baseball use these visors. But, the primary sport for these types of hats is tennis.
Some use the cap or visor to keep their hair out of their eyes during play. Others use it to try and get a little more protection from the sun. Others use it to try and keep the glare of the sun out of their eyes so it doesn’t affect their ability to see the ball during shots.
Should you be fortunate enough and talented enough, you might find that companies are wanting to sponsor you. The sports visor is one way they might get their name or logo onto you for advertising. Typically in these cases, you won’t be needing to shop for those types of visors as the company will be happy to pay for and provide the visor with their name and logo.
The Rest of Us
The rest of us that will never be good enough to warrant a sponsor will have to shop around if we want to have the latest and coolest cap or visor.
One of the most important features of a good cap or visor is the type of band that it has. Here are some of the various types we’ve researched:
- Clip on
An elastic visor just has material around the band that stretches and “grips” your head. These types of visors are fine for looks. But, a serious player will likely have problems keeping one of these on their head. Over time elastic visors tend to lose their elasticity and just can’t continue to do the job.
The “tabbed” type of band has tabs on one side of the back of the band, and holes on the other side. This give the wearer the ability to adjust the tightness of the band by sliding the tabs over to the holes that provide a tighter setting. Typically these types of hats last longer than the elastic hats. Most of these type of band clasps have close enough tabs that one of the choices can work for you. But, occasionally the tabs are too far apart and you can’t quite get the tightness you want without giving yourself a headache.
A Velcro band has become more popular than the tabbed, because it provides the ability to set the band circumference to what ever length you need. With this type of band you can put the visor on your head and just pull each of the sides to exactly the level of tightness that you want. The down side of Velcro is that it can sometimes become “dirty” with hair or threads or other “litter” that makes the Velcro attachment less strong. Once the Velcro becomes “dirty”, you can sometimes clean it to get it back to the “tackiness” that it had before. But, occasionally, the Velcro can become tattered enough that it just doesn’t keep it’s hold anymore.
A clip on visor is one that doesn’t wrap all the way around your head. Instead it has a firm structure where the form of the “clip” keeps the visor on your head. Typically these types of visors are not good for a competitive type of tennis game as they just can’t be kept on your head as you run around the court stopping fast as you play the game.
Where to Buy
These place have a good variety of caps and visors:
The bottom line is that the choice for you cap or visor is a choice of style and comfort. But, if you’re buying online, and you are the type of tennis player that will be playing hard, then you should be aware of the type of band that the visor has or you may find yourself leaving the visor in the bag because it just doesn’t work well while playing.