have you ever been stuck? How did Federer decide?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by jlukephoto, Jun 28, 2005.

  1. jlukephoto

    jlukephoto New User

    Mar 27, 2005
    I'm stuck between two grip sizes. For serving, a 4 1/2 grip fits just right. For ground strokes, the 4 5/8 is the most comfortable feel. So I'm thinking of getting a racket - the one I have in mind costs $180 - and I would awful if I got the smaller racket and wished I'd got the larger or vice versa.

    Do you think I should get the smaller racket and then just use grip tape on it? Or do I get the larger racket and just hope I can get used to a slightly large grip when serving.

    Also, I have a second question - I've heard that Federer uses a 4 3/8 grip, which seems really small for a guy who is about 6' 2". Do you think he uses a racket that might be small in his hands for better spin or control?

    Thanks for any suggestions -

  2. rumstove

    rumstove New User

    Jun 10, 2005
    If you truely can't decide between the 1/2 and 5/8 I suggest going small. That way you can always build the grip up using overgrips if needed.
  3. Steve Huff

    Steve Huff Legend

    Feb 11, 2004
    No doubt, go small. An overgrip alone might make the difference you need.
  4. AndrewD

    AndrewD Legend

    Dec 11, 2004
    Better to err on the smaller side. You can always have a heat sleeve put on if you want it larger or, as rumstove says, add an overgrip. However, if you want it smaller its a pain in the bum to fix.

    I made the mistake, when I was just getting back into the game, of erring on the larger side (Im in between grips like yourself but dislike overgrips) and buying a 4 5/8. However, I found it too uncomfortable (my new racquet was a different brand and grip shape to my old one) so had to sand down the grip to get it right. Would have been a lot easier if Id bought the 1/2 and worked up.
  5. ikon

    ikon New User

    Jun 25, 2005
    how much does one overgrip increasee the racquet size?
  6. NoBadMojo

    NoBadMojo G.O.A.T.

    Feb 19, 2004
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    hi there..go smaller like the others have said, and yes, pros often use smaller grips than 'normal'. you have discovered one of the advantages already..the serve. i suggest using the right gripsize unless you are a good ball striker. downside of smaller grips= can lead to alot of harmful torque on mis-hits and they are more difficult to volley with and can lead to a too wristy swing on some shots. an overgrip can usually increase the grip size by 1/16 depending on the thickness of the overgrip of course.

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