3/8 gripsize

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  1. yaha21

    yaha21 New User

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    is it allright for me to use 3/8 gripsize if my real gripsize is 1/4?? because most of the people here sell 3/8 gripsizes and it's hard to find 1/4... is it gonna affect my game drastically?

    thanks
     
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  2. racquet_jedi

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    It depends, it could/could not affect your game and it's completely fine if you like it...Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both play with smaller gripsizes (supposedly)...
     
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  3. RoddickistheMan

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    It could. I read that incorrect gripsize can cause wrist and arm problems. Only way youll know is if you try. ZI would demo something in 4 3/8 first and see what happens. Make sure the racquet is similar to one you are using now. Also make sure you keep the overgrip in mind too which increases grip size.
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  4. Alafter

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    Yeah it wil suck.

    Use Prince or Head. For whatever reasons, their 4 3/8 feels the smallest.
     
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  5. Matt21

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    I've used them and I think the Dunlop 3/8 grip feels smallest of all.
     
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  6. CAM178

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    If your normal grip size is 1/4, why on earth would you play with 3/8?
     
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  7. In D Zone

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    I hear your struggles.... hard to find a 1/4 grip in this forum.

    If this will affect your game? , I'd say a little but .....you'll play fine for awhile but as the game progress you'll notice you start to tire because of the grip resulting to sore wrist and/ or arm.

    That's from general experince including me, however, there may be others perhaps you woud not feel the difference.

    I normally play 3/8 and found playing a smaller grip (1/4)is much easier and alot better that going up 1/2.
     
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  8. johnv_pr

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    Arm pain will probably follow use of a larger grip size. I have read about it and experienced it. I think it is better to go down than up. Who knows?...Maybe it'll work for you. Good luck!
     
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  9. Gmedlo

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    Depends on what type of hand you have. I have huge palms and a 4 3/8 prince feels that same as a 4 5/8 Head (the opposite end of the spectrum in roundness) to me.

    I recommend asking wherever you buy from if they can order a 4 1/4 for you, or just order one from TW when you know what you want.
     
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  10. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    I use a 3/8 grip..
     
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  11. mdjenders

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    To the OP, don't do it. Your frame will feel like a redwood with the larger grip, and most likely you will end up getting another new racquet due to it.
     
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  12. LanEvo

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    yea for grips sizes wilson has the biggest grips, while all the others are pretty small, my M-Fil 300 is 4 1/2 and its like smaller than a 4 3/8 by wilson
     
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  13. Vin2

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    hmmm... u can get the 3/8 grip then get it trimmed to 1/4... so no big deal... :)
     
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  14. Maestro Nalbandian

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    How do you trim the grip? What kind of tools do you need?
     
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  15. roller~

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    IMO, it depends on your style.. :)
     
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  16. MichaelChang

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    To the OP:

    If you have to get a 4 3/8 because it is the racket you really want and you can't get it elsewhere, then here is my suggestion:
    1. Do not get WIlson 3/8. It is gonna be big.
    2. (for other brands) after you get the 3/8, remove the original grips, put on a really thin replacement grip, such as the Laserfiber Tourfit, then put on a thin overgrip, such as the Babolat VS grip. You will most likely be fine.
     
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  17. Doc Hollidae

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    If it's a Head racket, **** tennis does pallet installation for $40 per racket. Just e-mailed them.
     
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  18. wao

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    **** does a great job. Custom shops are the only ones that HEAD will send pallets.
     
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  19. svebriyos

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    $40 for installing pallets :shock:
    Sounds like a rip-off to me. Takes 5mins to change them and staple the BC back on and re-grip it. Shouldn't be more than $10.
    If anybody needs Head pallets just let me know.
     
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  20. Vin2

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    Just go to your local pro shop... my hitting partner changed his 1/2 to 3/8...
     
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  21. Maestro Nalbandian

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    Looks like there is already a thread on this. Thanks anyway.
     
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