Grip Size for Nadal and Federer

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  1. morten

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    Mac did and does too...
     
  2. PrinceMoron

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    You need to take into account the amount of meat and muscle on the playing hand, not forgetting the bone is thicker too.

    All that extra mass clamps down really firm on a "small" grip. Hand can be quite long but all the playing beefs up the hand. I guess the rough skin gets quite thick too. Back in the days I could stick a fork in the palm of my playing hand, and my feet weren't that pretty either....
     
  3. Sanavan

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    Nadal is not a lefty. He only play tennis with his left hand. He writes, and do pretty much everything else with his right hand.
     
  4. Cup8489

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    Of course, but he does play tennis with his left hand. Most people wrap their grips according to what hand they use. For instance, I am a lefty and so I anchor the grip with my right hand and wrap it with my left; that way the overlap fits well to my fingers, whereas if I wrapped righty it would feel bumpy and would keep me from properly feeling the bevels..

    It took me awhile to figure out how to wrap it properly and cleanly, but I'm glad I did.
     
  5. Sanavan

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    Fair enough.
    My point is that is not weird, he is obviously very coordinated with both hands.
     
  6. Cup8489

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    No doubt, I wish I was ambidextrous.
     
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    As a rightie, I wrap my over grips left, like a lefty. I am overly conscious of the feel of the small ribs on the grip surface during play, and find the reverse wrap makes for a more random feel, so I am less distracted during grip changes. I feel where I want to be by the bevels, not the overlap ribs.

    I classically fit a 4 1/2 grip by measure. That is what i use and prefer. Smaller feels too whippy and wimpy, bigger feels like bat speed is restricted.
     
  8. BU-Tennis

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    I think grip size is one of the least considered factors when purchasing a racquet and it can have some of the greatest impact. I use a 3/8 right now, with a wilson pro overgrip. But it seems when I play without the over grip my shots have more power (I tend to play flatter shots), my serves were better, but mishits did cause more torque in the hand. As for volleys, I can't say they were better or worse from a playability point but again off-center shots did create more torque. But, I think some lead tape at 9 and 3 would reduce this quite a bit.
     
  9. geca

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    i don't see how a bigger grip can help the 1hbh, unless we are talking about the slice.

    a smaller grip helps the wrist movement in conjunction with the ISR/ESR moves, which is basically the same thing between a fh ww and a 1hbh ww.
     
  10. tribesmen

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    wrist movement and 1hbh ? I use firm wrist, arm is stretched out and my shoulder is leverage ...
     
  11. slice bh compliment

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    Definitely the larger grip helps with stability on the aggressive ^slice bh^, and on volleys.
    On the one handed bh drive and topspin, i am happy having gone down a size. Same with overhead and serve.
    My Forehand has certainly improved with the smaller grip.

    When I switched to a smaller grip, i feared elbow pain. Knocking on graphite....none yet. It has been over two years.
     
  12. geca

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    ok, that's old school 1hbh.
     
  13. LeeD

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    Factor in the size of the callous's on the pros hand.
    If you practiced 3 hours a day, every day, you'd have huge callous's, which means you need a smaller grip size to hold the hand in the same manner.
     
  14. BreakPoint

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    By definition, the 1HBH is "old-school".
     
  15. slice bh compliment

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    ^Yup.^
    Old school one hander on the low ball.
    On the higball, a New skūl grip and left legdrive on the one handed topspin a la gugislas kuerinka. Allez! Paris, Je t'aime.
     
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