Which company's racket grip sizes are correct then?

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  1. MonkeyMan123

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    I know Babolats run around a whole grip size large, and Heads run a little small. What about prince and yonex? I dont want to buy the wrong grip size.
    Do any of them have it right? I use 4 1/4 and when I got my aeropro it was definetly 4 3/8
     
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  2. thejackal

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    Head just feels smaller because of the more rectangular shape.
     
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  3. Pushmaster

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    I'd say Yonex runs (at least feels) about size smaller than say Wilson or Prince.
     
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  4. nalbandian_fan

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    that's because the yonex replacement grips are so tiny.
     
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  5. snoopy

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    many say that Dunlop's grip size is pretty accurate.
     
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  6. Amone

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    Either Prince's are tiny, or Volkl's are huge. Had an L4 Prince, then started using an L3 Volkl, and the Volkl's handle is comparitively larger.
     
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  7. hoosierbr

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    The shape of the grip is what's essential. Yonex tends to run smaller as does Head because of their shapes. As a result Volkl and Babolat b/c of their shape might feel larger to some people. A Volkl 4 1/2 feels pretty large in my hand.

    The more traditional shapes like Dunlop and Wilson are pretty size accurate.
     
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  8. tennis_hand

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    I don't like the Head grip shape. it feels awkward.
     
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  9. AJK1

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    Yeah, i agree, i'm changing my Head Racquets to a more Wilson shape handle.
     
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  10. rounick

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    Prince.
    Head : smaller
    Babolat : bigger
    Volkl : who cares..
     
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  11. snoflewis

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    that's how it FEELS.

    when measured, all the other grips should be true to size (with the exception of babolat).
     
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  12. Redflea

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    And they mostly are, from what I've seen. This really is a feel issue as you note...the varied grip shapes make the grips feel larger or smaller than they "should be." So the subjective feel issue is real, and can be important, but doesn't imply that manufacturers label their grips incorrectly...
     
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  13. snoflewis

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    yeah...i don't disagree that htey feel different...because they do but physically, they're all the same
     
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  14. Swissv2

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    meh


    go with what you like :)
     
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  15. Ripper

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    Monkey Man, this is simple. You just need to take a flexible measuring tape (like the ones used by tailors) and measure around the grip to confirm if the diameter is really 4 1/8, 4 1/4, 4 3/8, 4 1/2 or 4 5/8. If I recall properly, the size specified by the raquet companies is (supposedly) the measurement of the diameter above the factory (replacement) grip. If you add an overgrip and/or replace the factory grip (with a thicker or thinner one), obviously, this measurement is going to be something else.

    Edit: I doubt it that the raquet companies are aiming to be perfect about these measurements; they're just a kind of guide.
     
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  16. vinnier6

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    i used to feel the same way and then i started playing with head and now prefer that more square feel better...
     
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