My ring finger touches my palm with 4 1/2" grip....

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by ph0n33z, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. ph0n33z

    ph0n33z New User

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    Alright,

    I am demoing some racquets and so I need to choose a grip size. My cheapy Wilsom walmart special is 4 1/2 and I hurt my thumb playing with it. I think, among some other factors, was due to too small of a grip.

    When I hold an eastern forehand grip, my ring finger pushes into my palm. I have literally no space! I'm worried that a 4 5/8 isn't going to be much better. Is it that much bigger? Should I be as concerned about there being no space as I am? Thanks guys!
     
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  2. ph0n33z

    ph0n33z New User

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    I meant I am demoing some racquets to purchase one, not that i need to know grip size in order to demo!
     
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  3. Al1978

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    You're correct that a 4 1/2 is too small, but 4 5/8 is the largest grip you can get. That extra 1/8" may be sufficient; if not, you can add an overgrip to increase the grip a half-size, or build up the handle with masking tape or other materials. Gamma makes heat-shrink sleeves for increasing the pallet either a half or full size, and TW sells them.
     
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  5. Keifers

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    Having a grip that's appropriately large is important to playing well and staying injury-free.

    While you're demoing, adding an overgrip is the best solution. You can adjust the increase in size by varying the amount of overlap you use as you wrap the og.

    Once you've bought your own racquet (sounds like you need a 5/8, the largest they make), you can build up the handle using the techniques described above. Or, easier and commonly done, continue to use an overgrip.
     
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  6. ph0n33z

    ph0n33z New User

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    Thanks guys. My demos are coming on the 26th. Which over grip would you recommend? I don't know what kind i like.
     
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  7. Keifers

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    There are two basic types of overgrips: tacky and dry-feeling (non-tacky).

    I happen to like the tacky ones and my faves include: Pacific Xtak Pro, Volkl SuperGrip II and Dunlop Hydratac.

    The most well-known non-tacky og is Tournagrip.

    You can learn more by looking in the Other Equipment forum.
     
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  8. ph0n33z

    ph0n33z New User

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    Thanks, mate!
     
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  9. Keifers

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    No worries!

    Cheers.
     
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