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CV1
06-18-2007, 08:31 PM
Is there a measurement I can do to see what the right size would be? I have pretty small hands for a man. It is 7 inches from the tip of my middle finger to my palm.

Spector
06-18-2007, 08:37 PM
Theres a whole page on it at TW
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/Gripsize/Gripsize.html

Or you can use the Wilson hand chart (download and print it)

BUT a lot of it comes down to personal preference. I myself am theoritically a 5/8 but pratically I like using a 4/8.

CV1
06-18-2007, 09:00 PM
Or you can use the Wilson hand chart (download and print it)



Do you have a link for this? Thanks.

Spector
06-18-2007, 09:18 PM
They don't seem to have it on there site anymore. It was called the Wilson Easy Grip selection system. I can't find it anymore.

However it correlated with the other measurement nearly perfectly. It was just easier.

origmarm
06-18-2007, 11:51 PM
When I was first buying racquets I used to use the TW method with the finger. Now I find that they tend to vary between racquet manufacturers by up to what feels like a grip size so I have a rough idea but I always go down to the shop and actually hold it. For me between Head and Wilson for example it can feel almost a whole size different because of the shape

ps60
06-19-2007, 08:28 AM
grip size is still a trouble to me.

i can play L2 to a little more than L3. Sometimes i like it smaller, sometimes i like it bigger. The grip shape and the racket balance seem to have some influence on me. With a lighter racket, i can use a smaller size. But the best thing must be "tailor made" with some kind of plastic wrap.

dirk85
06-19-2007, 08:45 AM
Do you have a link for this? Thanks.

http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/8555/ishackimagenq3.jpg

SHUNGO
06-19-2007, 01:48 PM
Hold the racquet with your playing hand.

The index finger of the free hand should fit at your playing hand space, easiest way I believe.

Pleepers
06-19-2007, 05:38 PM
Its better to go with what is comfortable, if you're still not sure go with the smaller size that still feels "comfortable" because in all cases a grip can be built-up, but in many cases it is difficult/expensive to go down a size after you figure it all out.

Spector
06-19-2007, 05:48 PM
A word of caution though, don't go too smaller size.

I remember I played with a 3/8 for awhile and on any returns of big shots the racquet would just twist in your hand. If I solved this problem by holding the handle tighter then it would lead to elbow pain.

I then changed to 5/8 with a wilson pro overgrip and it was good, very stable. But wrist snap was diminshed.

Thus I know go for a 4/8 with overgrip on it.

LarougeNY
06-19-2007, 06:08 PM
http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/8555/ishackimagenq3.jpg

My hand fits perfectly on the 3/8 size, but I use a 1/2 (less twisting).

The_1337
06-19-2007, 10:33 PM
if you pick a size too small, you can always build up, but it's very hard to make a lot smaller.

Ripper
06-20-2007, 05:11 AM
For me, the right grip size is the one where I can just barely touch the palm of my hand with the tip of my finder when gripping the handle.

Pleepers
06-20-2007, 09:39 AM
For me, the right grip size is the one where I can just barely touch the palm of my hand with the tip of my finder when gripping the handle.

wow -that's a tight grip for most.