Coach is telling me t drop one grip size. Should I?

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  1. tennis005

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    I currently use a 4 1/2 grip and my coach wants me to use a 4 3/8. He says it'll be better for me. Should I listen to him?
     
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  2. Jonny S&V

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    Depends. Are you truly using a grip that is to big for you? Is there your fore-fingers width between your fingers and your palm?
     
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  3. tennis005

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    Yes. Exactly one fore finger width.
     
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  4. Jonny S&V

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    Hmm, that's a toughy then. I would say play with whatever's comfortable, but it wouldn't hurt to try it out. If you play from the baseline mostly, you might like the added wrist flexibility. You should keep your grip size if you come into net frequently, as it takes less forearm strength to keep your volley's stable.
     
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  5. tennis005

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    I was thinking of going with the 3/8 and if I don't like it, just put a heat shrink sleeve on it. Its easier to build up the grip then to make it smaller.
     
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  6. Jonny S&V

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    If you have the money/time, go for it.
     
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  7. SirGounder

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    The heatshrink sleeves are good for increasing grip size but keep in mind the bevels won't be quite as defined. Some people also complain it adds too much weight. I've personally used the the thinner sleeve and it worked great for me.
     
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    If I do add the heat shrink sleeve, how much more weight would that add to the racket? I suppose that would also change the balance.
     
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  9. Buckethead

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    How does he know??
    You may suffer tennis elbow,and you will lose stability for volleys as well.I wouldn't do it.If you feel comfortable with your grip size stick with it,unless it's too big for you.
     
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    how about a compromise? 4 3/8 with couple overgrips.
     
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  11. Buckethead

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    No,because you are not going to feel the bevels well,but if you want to put 4 1/2 with 2 overgrips,that maybe the option.
     
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  12. tennis24

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    yes-the smaller the grip-the better you can generate raquet head speed
     
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  13. ronalditop

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    I'd say give it a try. Although remember than by using a smaller gripsize youre going to lose a little stability and power, so you may want to add some lead at the head to compensate.
     
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  14. tennis005

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    Seems that he was correct on his advice. The grip is not bad, actually quite a bit better for my style of play. Was a little small when I first tried it but after adding a thick overgrip, it was perfect. Seems I made the right choice in listening to my coach and thanks to everyone for all the advice!
     
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  15. jwbarrientos

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    Try for a while and make your own conclusion, I went from 4 5/8 to 4 1/2; there are many threads about going smaller, many people around is suggesting that in order to be more "wristly" or got "more spin", but it is a personal call here.

    Since he is your coach, probably is watching sth that you don't (or can't).
     
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  16. PimpMyGame

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    hmmm...agree with jwbarrientos that you have to make your own conclusion on this. I took a look at one of my old Max 200Gs the other week and was amazed to see that it was 4 5/8. Now that was big, but if I could play with that I think the 4 1/2 is probably the "right" size, however I play best with a 4 3/8.
     
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