Can increasing grip size save you from tennis elbow?

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  1. tennis4josh

    tennis4josh Rookie

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    I just came across this tennis.com article:
    http://tennisworld.typepad.com/the_pro_shop/2010/04/friday-mailbag-sending-out-an-sos.html

    Scroll to the very last question about the guy who got tennis elbow after switching his racket. The suggested remedies are, go back to old racket, use gut with low tension and upsize the grip.

    The answer implies that if you play with larger grip then you are less likely to get tennis elbow. Is that a sound advice?

    -Josh
     
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    SystemicAnomaly G.O.A.T.

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    They are talking about elbow problems in that question but do not identify it as TE per se. I believe that using a grip size that is too small or squeezing the handle too tightly will often result in GE (golfer's elbow).
     
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  3. mikeler

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    My hand measures exactly 4-1/4 and I have GE. It is more comfortable for me to use 4-3/8 grips.
     
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  4. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

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    From the Tennis Warehouse Learning Center:

    "A too-small grip requires more muscle strength to keep the racquet from twisting in your hand. Prolonged use of a grip that's too small can contribute to tennis elbow problems. A grip that's too large inhibits wrist snap on serves, makes changing grips more difficult and also requires more muscle strength. Prolonged use of a grip that's too big can also contribute to tennis elbow problems."
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/Gripsize.html

    If you follow the link, you can also find the correct way to determine grip size.
     
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  5. jpr

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    years ago i had TE/GE problems. i increased my grip from 4 1/2 to 5 1/8 and the problem went away. i stuck with the large grip size.

    never had another problem with TE, but GE has returned after starting doing pullups.
     
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    ^ I wonder if you are gripping too tightly while doing those pullups.
     
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  7. 10ACE

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    I play with a 5, I went down to a 4 to see what all the fuss was about with a smaller grip size. My wrist starting to hurt, I mean really hurt.

    I went back to the 5- no longer have a problem with the wrist.

    I am sure it can relate to the elbow as well
     
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  8. Jane_Keating

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    A lot of tennis players have a propensity to select a smaller grip due to the fact that it gives them a more secure feeling. However it can be a precarious practice, because the smaller the grip the tighter you must squeeze the grip to maintain racquet control at impact. The tighter you squeeze the handle, the more force is applied to the hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow which can lead to exhaustion and in due course will cause tendonitis. A general rule of thumb is you must use as large grip as you can comfortably use. Larger grips have more surface area than smaller grips letting you to grip the handle more comfortably. Anyway, I bumped into a site which offers decent info about tennis (tennisbully.com) you might like to check it out. I find the site pretty interesting and informative. Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any question about my opinion. :)
     
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  9. Tennis_Monk

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    I use a large grip size--i can almost fit two fingers in the grap, if i wrap my palm around the handle.

    I also use Power V grip and that keeps my racquet from slipping in my hand.

    I never had Tennis Elbow.
     
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  10. Standupnfall

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    I picked up a used Dunlop Black Max last week in a grip 2 sizes to small and gave it a gentle hit just for kicks. The next morning my wrist was wrecked. Took 2 day of icing to get the cramping feeling to go away from just 5 min of rallying.
     
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    Thanks for sharing. Great information though.
     
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    i started a thread some time ago about everyone seems to be going to a smaller grip size these days.
    when i started to play tennis i used a 4 5/8", i changed to a 4 3/8" hyper hammer racket last year and got a bad bad case of tennis elbow.
    the hammer was too light and too stiff, but i had forgotten about the smaller grip size until just now.
    according to "guts and glory tennis" using a smaller grip size will increase your chances of getting TE.
    my hand measures exactly 4 1/2 but i use a 4 5/8 and my TE problems have not returned but i also changed to a flexable racket too.
    i feel like some other posters here, a too small grip size makes you grip the handle too hard and therefore increasing your chances of getting the dreaded TE.
    my 2 cents worth.
     
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  13. JackB1

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    bottom line is.....INCORRECT grip size can lead to TE, but if in doubt, bigger is a better way to lean IMO. Too small is worse than too big. But there is no reason for not getting measured for the CORRECT gripsize and learn to play with a relaxed grip.
     
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  14. jimanuel12

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    i am with you, the 4 1/2" seems a little too small for me, althougth it seems to be the correct size.
    the 4 5/8" seems very comfortable for me, my fingers are long so i guess that makes the difference.
    yes, when in doubt, go to the larger size, not down.
     
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