Trying to determine grip size

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  1. cys19

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    I am a beginner with a semi-western grip, 1HBH. My measured grip size is right inbetween 4 3/8 and 4 1/2, slightly more 4 1/2. When I play with a 4 3/8, my wrist hurts a little, and I do not get the same amount of control. When I use a larger grip size, it is harder to do a top spin, but I get more control, and my wrist doesn't hurt. As a beginner, should I get used to the smaller grip size, despite the slight wrist hurting? I'm still young--21, so I recover pretty quickly.
     
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  2. WhiteSox05CA

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    Try 4 3/8 with an overgrip on
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  3. cys19

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    How much of a size increase does an overgrip give?
     
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  4. tempura_MAKI

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    i have a big hand and usually am comfortable with a 5/8" but I always get 3/8" and use overgrips. I ended up downsizing to one overgrip and i play alot better even though I measure out at 5/8". dont get smaller than 3/8" because smaller sizes are harder to resale if it ever comes to that. 3/8 sounds good for you.
     
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  5. es-0

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    i think the over grip adds 1/8
     
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  6. tempura_MAKI

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    and an overgrip usually add 1/16" size to your grip. some are alot thicker though, and some alot thinner. but the avg seems to be arount 1/16"
     
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  7. cys19

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    Nice, that should make the grip size right inbetween 4 3/8 and 4 1/2.
     
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  8. superstition

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    If you're having trouble getting topspin, you might want to consider a leather grip. The problem with them, though, is that if you sweat they become difficult to grasp. They also cause callouses. The benefit of a leather grip, though, is that it's easier to rotate because the grip is smoother and firmer than synthetics.
     
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  9. cys19

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    I don't think there is a leather overgrip though.
     
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  10. cys19

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    Have any of you ever used a heat-shrink sleeve? Which method do you prefer?

    Edit: I did a search and some people preferred duct tape under the grip. How does that work? Did you overlap the duct tape in anyway? Does it throw off the balance?
     
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