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BERDI4
03-08-2005, 12:19 PM
Does anyone know?

gmlasam
03-08-2005, 12:49 PM
L3 and L4 in mens. Not sure about in womens.

BERDI4
03-08-2005, 12:59 PM
Federe uses 4 3/8 or 4 1/2?

ferrari_827
03-08-2005, 01:01 PM
This is really strange to me. I would say my hands are a bit smaller than an average male, but I use 4 5/8". 4 3/8" seems really small, and while I can serve very well, it makes groundstrokes really tough to hit.

gmlasam
03-08-2005, 01:18 PM
This is really strange to me. I would say my hands are a bit smaller than an average male, but I use 4 5/8". 4 3/8" seems really small, and while I can serve very well, it makes groundstrokes really tough to hit.
I'm 6'-3"with very large hands and I use L4 (4-1/2). I prefer the smaller grip, helps with getting extra wrist snap on my serve and forehand. I use full to extreme western grip on my forehand and the smaller grip size help with the whipping motion.

tom-selleck
03-08-2005, 01:49 PM
i've been all over the place with grips (and lead tape, but that's a different topic).

i have big hands as i am 6 foot 2....

i've gone back to smaller grip 4 1/2 as with larger grip, you can't get the snap/spin on serves or groundstrokes.... to hit the ball completely straight easily, then bigger grip is better...

also, i got tennis elbow from larger grip. here's my theory: with bigger grip, you can't use wrist for spin too much, so i think you use "elbow snap" or something like that.....

it is strange as i always liked bigger grips as it's pretty straight-forward to hit the ball straight, but i really think i need more SNAP and SPIN on my power shots.

just my two cents...... and from all the reading i've done, seems almost all pro's play smaller grips, except maybe pete sampras, which i find surprising (how's he getting massive spin on his serves???)

gmlasam
03-08-2005, 01:56 PM
I thought Sampras used L4?

need2paint
03-08-2005, 04:21 PM
I'm a guy, about 5'10", but I have very small hands for my height. I know some short women who have bigger hands than I do. Even so, I'm going to switch from size 3 plus overgrip to size 4-no overgrip. FWIW, I hear that the western grip players prefer smaller grips.

tom-selleck
03-08-2005, 04:36 PM
I thought Sampras used L4?

i keep reading 4 7/8, and pretty sure you can find that on internet pretty easily.... but i've always seen that sampras used an unbelievably large grip (can't understand it, especially given his huge spin on serve, obviously very heavy racquet).

NoBadMojo
03-08-2005, 04:59 PM
typically i believe pro's use grip sizes smaller that what would be considered the correct size. michael stich at around 6'4 used a 4 1/4 size. traditionally smaller grips helps your serve and larger help your groundstrokes...smaller grips are harder to volley with. wrist snap in tennis is a fallacy (sp?). you dont snap your wrist on the serve, you pronate, and there really is no wrist snap on the groundies anymore..not before the hit anyway. for less than good ball strikers, they should stick to the right gripsize for their handsize...both too small and too large isnt so good.

tom-selleck
03-08-2005, 05:13 PM
not sure of difference between snap and pronation.... but my thought is that there is heavy wrist action in big serves, and that "wrist action" is much easier with a smaller grip.

somewhat curious on this wrist stuff....... i know some people say that sampras had very little "wrist action".....

can someone explain SNAP vs. PRONATION???? i'm sure there have been big threads on this but i don't wade thru them for the definition.

i was thinking that pronation is just more of a lengthwise SNAP with some circular movement (like a judo chop with more circular movement) .... definitely not a downward snap in the direction of the wrist's greatest movement....

Fatmike
03-08-2005, 05:14 PM
??? How can grip can affect spin or volleys?

I'm 6 foot tall and have extremly large hands... I use 4 5/8 and it's still small for me... my middle finger almost touch the base of my palm with a 4 5/8

paintjob
03-08-2005, 05:24 PM
i was thinking that pronation is just more of a lengthwise SNAP with some circular movement (like a judo chop with more circular movement) .... definitely not a downward snap in the direction of the wrist's greatest movement....

That is absolutely correct Selleck! Do a judo chop with you thumb pointing up...before you finish the chop, turn your hand so you thumb points down. Do not break your wrist while you do this. Since I don't have high speed cameras, the wrist problably breaks a little or a lot depending on the person serving, type of serve, etc., or it might not break at all. But, you get the essence of pronation from that description.

BERDI4
03-08-2005, 05:27 PM
I started using a 4 3/8 which was good for my topspin forehand, but I had to go back to my 4 1/2 as I started having tennis (golfers side) elbow. 4 1/2 is better for flat strokes and volleys. You have more control too as your wrist is more stable.

paintjob
03-09-2005, 03:55 PM
My grip size is 4 3/8, if you go by the stanard way of measuring it. But, I prefer 4 1/4 because I have my grip in my fingers more than in my palm. I definitely feel like I can whip the racquet around faster by doing this. But, I can tell you that grip size does make a difference with racquet twisting. Smaller grip sizes tend to allow for more twisting. Bigger grip sizes are more stable in the hand. I do notice more twisting on miss hits with the 4 1/4 but I do get more action on the ball and can produce more topspin than with a 3/8 grip. I guess I do get more racquet speed but that could just be that I am mentally more comfortable with smaller grip. So whatever is more comfortable is always better.

Marius_Hancu
03-09-2005, 05:13 PM
Federe uses 4 3/8 or 4 1/2?

4 3/8, as per his interview at his site. And he seems to have large hands ...

Tried that (am using 4 5/8 usually), works very well you're getting lots of wrist mobility, except one thing: my tennis elbow gets excited.

BEWARE: grips too large (yes, Pete was 4 7/8 ), or too small, can generate tennis elbow.

gmlasam
03-09-2005, 06:27 PM
4 3/8, as per his interview at his site. And he seems to have large hands ...

Tried that (am using 4 5/8 usually), works very well you're getting lots of wrist mobility, except one thing: my tennis elbow gets excited.

BEWARE: grips too large (yes, Pete was 4 7/8 ), or too small, can generate tennis elbow.
How tall are you Marius if you don't mind me asking?