Downsides of playing with wrong grip size

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  1. mars76

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    Hi All,

    I never bothered about finding the right grip size. I played with different grip sizes (mostly 4 1/4 and 4 1/2).

    Came across the following link

    www.wilsonsports.com/media/wilson/pdf/gripsize_9861.pdf

    and as per this my grip size is 4 5/8.

    Could some one share the issues one might have by playing with wrong grip size.Does it cause any wrist pain or injuries ??

    Thanks
     
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  2. IA-SteveB

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    Take this for what its worth, but using too small a grip will tend to make you grip the racquet harder and cause fatigue. Too big of a grip can limit wrist movement and also cause fatigue. I could never really judge the best grip size for me based on the "finger test" so I hit demos ranging from 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 before deciding that 4 3/8 was my ideal size.
     
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  3. barringer97

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    Interesting, has me as a 4 1/2, but I like the 3/8.
     
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  4. IA-SteveB

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    One thing I noticed when using a grip that was too small for me was that the racquet was more easily knocked around in my hand.

    You really have to play test different sizes in my opinion. If you go too small, you can build it up with additional over wraps or whatever. You have to be careful not to build it up so much as to lose the feel of the bevels. If you go too big, well that's a different story.
     
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  5. LeeD

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    Grip size depends on personal preference AND hitting style.
    Hitting style. Big swingers who always take long fast strokes seem to prefer smaller grips, while short direct swingers like bigger grips.
     
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  6. TimeToPlaySets

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    I have small hands, and this chart has me at 4 1/2.

    Really?
     
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  7. esgee48

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    Like to use your wrist? Then go smaller. Like to hit flat? Then go bigger. Like to volley? Bigger. It goes along with your playing style though you could use the guides as an initial starting point. FWIW, I use 4 1/2.
     
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  8. dxdgenert

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    4 3/8 with overgrip for me. The chart has me in between 3/8 and 1/2 so I would say it is pretty good as a static tool or starting point.
     
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  9. ervinxhufka

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    Serena Williams, Monica Seles, Berdych are known to use big grip sizes (4 1/2 with overgrips and 5/8). They hit flat and muscle the ball at times.
    Pros like Nadal and who whip the ball like the smaller grips.
    I hit very flat on both sides and prefer 3/8 or 1/2 with overgrip and have small hands. I hit for 1 month with 1/4 and had a lot of wrist pain.
    My personal opinion is that also with handle shapes of Head and Volkl you need a small grip size, but round ones like Wilson and Yonex you can go bigger.
     
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  10. iMpro

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    Grip size is totally subjective to the player. I feel like I get more control with a larger grip, especially with a 2hbh. A lot of players prefer smaller grips for more maneuverability and topspin, but some hardly notice a difference in playability. The biggest question is how you want it to FEEL.
     
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  11. Murrayalmagrofan

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    I size to a 4 1/2 and that's what I play with.

    I've played with a 4 3/8 grip size and the racquet would spin around in my hand on certain off-center shots. I also played with a 4 5/8 grip size for several months and developed severe tendonitis in my playing hand (required 3 months rest, steroids and physical therapy).
     
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  12. sansaephanh

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    i Hit flat with a full western grip. Prince 3/8ths is really just a bit small so i use 2 overgrips.
     
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  13. VanillaBean

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    sounds like an oxymoron to me
     
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  14. PrinceMoron

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    Compare the grip sizes of doubles and singles players.

    The mean grip size is higher for............... Well, it is obvious. In fact this whole post is obvious, maybe I should delete it.

    Actually I should hijack the thread and drone on about how much of a genius Federer was to win Olympic gold in the doubles playing with a small grip, well, small for doubles. Mariarafael would do the same with Nadal if s/he could.....hey, Nadal is a tennis god as he doesn't even know what grip size he uses so he must be better than Federer ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz.
     
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  15. Long Face

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    Does that mean you like to use a 4 3/8 racquet, put on an over-grip, and make it almost 4 1/2?

    If yes, same here.....
     
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  16. dje31

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    Sounds like a physical impossibility to me.
     
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  17. ArliHawk

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    This thread is very timely for me. Measuring on the Wilson thing, I am between 4 3/8 and 4 1/2. I play an APDGT, so I actually replace the Syntec with Skin feel grip, then add an overgrip. That gets it to the perfect size. Thinking 4 1/4 might be right, I tried that but it did not work. The butt end was just too small.
     
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  18. prjacobs

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    Personally, I'd look at this link, because it not only takes into account length but also finger thickness.
    This was the way we all measured, growing up.
    In general, the trend has been to move one grip size smaller because of the increased spin players are using.

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/Gripsize.html
     
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  19. Sreeram

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    I dont think this will work. The screen size will also determine the way the PDF is viewed. This is not an accurate way at all.

    I used to play 4 1/2 before but then reduced to 4 3/8 and this increased the wrist movement and hence the topspin in my game. My Forehand improved a lot as I got used to the new size.
     
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  20. goosala

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    I grew up with the old school notion that you used the largest grip that was comfortable for you. I am sized at 4 1/2 but growing up I used 4 5/8 up until a couple of years ago when I turned 36. I now use 4 1/2. I have not really noticed any more spin potential for me. I hit fairly flat so that must be the case. The pressure is spread out over my entire hand now instead of at the fingertips.
     
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  21. TimeToPlaySets

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    The PDF is meant to be printed !
     
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  22. VanillaBean

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    Question: If a racket comes with a (stock) leather grip, will that leather grip enlarge the grip size slightly or was that taken into consideration in the sizing?
     
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  23. UCSF2012

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    Too small a grip size = smaller surface area touching your hands. This results in increased twisting of the grip in your hands.

    The skin on your hands also start to fold on top of itself (where the joints are). You start getting calluses where they're not necessary.

    Your hands just hurt more afterwards with the wrong grip size. Hand muscle strain.
     
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