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sonicboi21
03-10-2008, 03:09 PM
I have two wilson n6 rackets. One is 4 1/4 and another is 4 3/8. The feel of the 4 3/8 is much better, but how much does the grip affect my play?

morten
03-10-2008, 04:24 PM
It affects me a lot!

Rafael_Nadal_6257
03-10-2008, 04:31 PM
I am not sure about this, but this is what I think. I have heard somewhere that the smaller the grip, the more spin and racquet head spin you can get, the larger the grip, the more stability and 'weight' behind the racquet, this is why nadal, who disregarding your like or dislike, hits heavy topspin, and uses an extremely small grip for his hand size. I have also heard that many other pros do the same thing for increased topspin. However, at the same time, too unusual a grip (large or small) can cause wrist and other injuries. Just what i think...

kungfusmkim
03-10-2008, 04:35 PM
WEll IMO when i hold on to a Smaller grip or larger grip the grip feels lighter or heavier. Yeah Rafael Nadal 6257 is right i heard both federer and nadal using 4 1/4 grips even if they are suppose to use 4 3/8 or 4 5/8. I play with a 4 1/8 racquet but my hands are suit to be 4 3/8 but i feel i can produce more spin with the smaller grip.

bagung
03-10-2008, 07:13 PM
i tend to spin more with the smaller grip... but it does not volley well

ramseszerg
03-10-2008, 07:16 PM
What about the other pros? Do they generally use smaller grips as well?

Double Fault
03-10-2008, 08:21 PM
Smaller grips usually end up in racket twisting. I cannot use anything smaller than 3/8 and I think Im a 5/8, but use a 1/2.

Julieta
03-12-2008, 09:55 AM
Everyone is talking about this and lots of pros are recommending it to people who are buying racquets. I heard a guy the other day saying he ordered new sticks and they are backordered in the smaller grip size.

fuhzball
03-12-2008, 10:05 AM
After playing with a 4 1/4 grip forever, I switched to a 4 3/8s vantage for about a month and now have the first case of TE ever. Frame specs were about the same and strung identically. The proper size to avoid injury is more important than spin production, IMHO.

saram
03-12-2008, 10:11 AM
Rumor is that Guga uses a small grip with only two overwraps instead of a grip and wrap to get a small grip for spin. I agree that the smaller grips produce more spin while larger grips are much better for stability at the net.

el sergento
03-12-2008, 11:17 AM
WEll IMO when i hold on to a Smaller grip or larger grip the grip feels lighter or heavier.

I agree 100%. I initially hated the N6.1 because the only time I used it was when my friend lent me his 4 1/2 and I'm a 4 3/8 and it felt as heavy as a dump truck. Now, after using it at my proper grip it feels much lighter.

SempreSami
03-12-2008, 11:30 AM
Federer uses grip size 4 3/8, he says so on his website.

kungfusmkim
03-12-2008, 11:39 AM
I guess it was a rumour that both nadal and federer using 4 1/4 grip sizes.

kungfusmkim
03-12-2008, 11:41 AM
I agree 100%. I initially hated the N6.1 because the only time I used it was when my friend lent me his 4 1/2 and I'm a 4 3/8 and it felt as heavy as a dump truck. Now, after using it at my proper grip it feels much lighter.

Ya i know i tried playing with my captains 4 1/2 dunlop AG300 and i almost died cause i couldnt hold the racqket better. I know there 2 different racquets but how i had to hold the racquet was different i couldnt even do a eastern onehbadned backhand cause I couldnt hold on to the grip tight enough LAWL