Going from a 4.5 to 4.25

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  1. Duzza

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    As in 41/2 to 41/4 just so you know. So I use 4.5 but i bought a 4.25 racquet(not here yet). Will there be a dramatic difference? Should i think about Heat shrink sleeves already?
     
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  2. goblake14

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    For me, yes there was a sizeable difference.
     
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  3. brucie

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    It shouldnt bother you too much i went fromn 4 to 2! So added layers of tape to increase the size.
     
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  4. Ky0shiro

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    I use 4 1/2 too but 4 1/4 hurts my wrist after a day of playing.
     
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  5. tennistim777

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    I went from 4.5 to 4.25. You will notice a difference. I prefer the small grip because you can always build it up with a tacky overgrip "just enough" until it feels perfect to you. JMO. Thanks.
     
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  6. Jay27

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    I hit with a 4 1/4, and it's great. Went from a 4 5/8 to a 4 1/4 and my game dramatically improved. Thought I liked the bigger grip until I tried the smaller grip. Now, I have more maneuverability and a whippier feel to the racket. I think you'll enjoy it better--especially on short balls and the serve.
     
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  7. quest01

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    Did you start using a 4 1/4 grip because Federer and Nadal use that size?
     
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  8. xtremerunnerars

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    Why not go to 3/8ths?
     
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  9. boojay

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    Are you sure Federer and Nadal use 1/4? I find that hard to believe. If that were the case, I should be using 3 5/8.
     
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  10. Jay27

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    LoL, no. It actually happened by accident. I bought a racket and didn't focus on the grip size. It was a 4 1/4 and when I first grabbed the handle of it, I was amazed at how it felt. The second I started hitting with it, I knew it was what I've been needing. I heard Federer uses a 3/8. Whatever he uses, I'm sure he'll be fine.
     
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  11. TonyB

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    Jay27, what does your grip size actually measure? As in, what is the distance between the lower horizontal fold line in your palm measured to the tip of your ring finger?

    I'm just curious, because I've used 4-3/8" grips my whole adult life and my grip "measurement" actually is 4-1/4" when measured as described above.

    I've always used the method of "make sure there's a finger-width space between your fingers and palm when you grip the racquet". But as I said, the actual distance measurement to the tip of the ring finger is a full grip size smaller than that.

    I was planning to switch to the 4-1/4" grip size to see what happens, but I don't want to damage my wrist or elbow in doing so.
     
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  12. Hot Sauce

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    I have a question, I have a friend using 4 1/4 when he should be playing with bigger grip.. can he just put layers overtop to make it bigger?
     
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  13. carpetgrub

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    Why do you think he needs to play bigger? Comfort is a personal thing. Also, by putting more layers, you take away the bevels which equates to lost feel. Use shrink wraps if at all.
     
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  14. arnz

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    Heat shrink sleeves are horrible. Use an overgrip instead
     
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