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jackzon
03-26-2006, 07:26 AM
My 12 year old is just starting to play. He's about 5'3" tall. He's using some of my older racquets which were state of the art 5 to 10 years ago. The grip size is 4 5/8. He's fine with it.

Should I buy him his own racquet with a smaller grip or just let him use my old ones for the time being.

Shinichi
03-26-2006, 07:36 AM
if you want your son to play for tournaments and stuff at school, you should buy him a new one. plus it might give him problem with his arm since the grip is too big for him.

d_frank
03-26-2006, 07:52 AM
Do the grip size tutorial thing on the TW site. Im using 4 5/8 + a wilson overgrip (so its really 4 3/4) but Im 17 and 6'4, so i have fairly large hands. He could injure his wrist from using a grip that large while still developing

Midlife crisis
03-26-2006, 12:50 PM
My 12 year old is just starting to play. He's about 5'3" tall. He's using some of my older racquets which were state of the art 5 to 10 years ago. The grip size is 4 5/8. He's fine with it.

Should I buy him his own racquet with a smaller grip or just let him use my old ones for the time being.

My 12 year old son and daughter both are about 5'2" to 5'3" and both use about a 4 1/2" grip. My daughter has really long, slender fingers and it fits her just fine. My son has a really meaty hand and is using a 3/8's built up to just under 4 1/2". It would probably still be good to get it measured and fitted, but it does sound like 5/8's would be a bit on the large side.

How heavy are the racquets?

jackzon
03-26-2006, 02:21 PM
Thanks for the advice.

vinnier6
03-26-2006, 02:28 PM
My 12 year old son and daughter both are about 5'2" to 5'3" and both use about a 4 1/2" grip. My daughter has really long, slender fingers and it fits her just fine. My son has a really meaty hand and is using a 3/8's built up to just under 4 1/2". It would probably still be good to get it measured and fitted, but it does sound like 5/8's would be a bit on the large side.

How heavy are the racquets?
kids that are 5'2" are too small for a 4.5 grip...get them a 41/4 or get them measured up for the correct size...

anirut
03-26-2006, 02:58 PM
My son is 12 & 5'5". He plays with my 4 1/2 grip.

IMO, get your son a 'proper racket' (whatever that may mean) and a good coach that will drill (no pun intended) your son the proper classical tennis basics.

And I do insist that it should be classical tennis basics, just like how one would start learning the piano with proper hand placement, finger movements and note-reading. This classical tennis training will allow him to 'improvise' when he gets better.

As the old saying goes: "Well begun is half done".

eLterrible
03-26-2006, 03:02 PM
i have to agree, i dont think he could have such a large grip for being so young and small. I tried using a 4 5/8 racquet when i first started because it was the only racquet i had, and i developed wrist problems fairly quickly.

if you think he'll continue with tennis seriously, i suggest buying him a new racquet in his grip size, and the best control oriented light racquet i've ever played with was the 300g, plus they're really cheap now.

anirut
03-26-2006, 03:06 PM
Agree with eLTerrible. The 300G would be a good start.

Midlife crisis
03-26-2006, 06:05 PM
kids that are 5'2" are too small for a 4.5 grip...get them a 41/4 or get them measured up for the correct size...

Measured up several ways, including the printable hand chart, the finger in the gap bit, and some others. These are the correct measurements.

You know how dogs that are going to grow to be really big have huge paws even when they're puppies? Same for my kids. My daughter is going to grow to 5'8" or 5'9" and my son to about 6'2" or 6'3", so I guess they're just like puppies.

jackzon
03-26-2006, 07:11 PM
i have to agree, i dont think he could have such a large grip for being so young and small. I tried using a 4 5/8 racquet when i first started because it was the only racquet i had, and i developed wrist problems fairly quickly.

if you think he'll continue with tennis seriously, i suggest buying him a new racquet in his grip size, and the best control oriented light racquet i've ever played with was the 300g, plus they're really cheap now.

Who makes the 300G?

jackzon
03-26-2006, 07:18 PM
Never mind, just found it. Love the Internet.

calabi12
03-27-2006, 07:43 AM
The new WIlson nSix-Two will be perfect for him.

tonysk83
03-27-2006, 08:25 AM
I say Head Liquidmetal Radical Oversize. They are 100 bucks here at TW, and 80 at Sports Authority. Great beginner racquets, the characteristics will also set him up for using a smaller head size racquet in the future.

SC in MA
03-27-2006, 08:39 AM
As others have said, get a racket with the proper grip size.

As for a specific racket, I would recommend the Volkl Tour6 GenII

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCVOLKL-VT6G2.html

It's light, manueverable and stable. TW offers it at a sale price of $79.99