Why do so few use 4 1/2" gripsize?

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  1. robbo1970

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    Ahh I see now why you are an advocate of the larger grip sizes.....you actually need them :). It sounds like the gap between ring finger and palm is not too dissimilar to mine. Except you clearly have larger hands than me and therefore need 4 5/8.

    So perhaps these days its more about the gap between finger and palm getting smaller rather than just focussing on the grip number on the racket.
     
  2. TroutSc

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    On the head speed 300 with 1/4. I started with 1 gamma supreme, felt allright. Added an additional tournagrip and i think thats about just right. not sure how close it is to my volkl 3/8 plus 1 og, but seems to do the trick.
     
  3. robbo1970

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    I went onto one of those circumference calculator tools and an average overgrip seems to add one size, so I reckon youre there.
     
  4. dman72

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    I use 4 5/8 with an overgrip or 4 1/2 with 2 overgrips, and my hands aren't that big. I feel like I get too much twisting with anything 4 3/8's or smaller.
     
  5. James Bond

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    I've always used a 4 1/2. My first racquet was a 4 1/2 and my tennis coach said it was the right grip for my hand so I just stuck with that.
     
  6. Steve Huff

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    I use a 4 1/2. Have for quite a while. Tried a 3/8, but i just didn't like the feel.
     
  7. SteveI

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    I used to use a 4 5/8.. now mostly 4 1/2. It does depend on what brand of frame. Head seems to run a bit small for me.. where as Dunlop and Wilson seem to a more true size along with Volkl.
     
  8. Fearsome Forehand

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    I think the grip size usage follows a bell curve with most using the middle range grip sizes. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Most people seem to use 3's, followed by 2's and 4's, with 1 and 5's being the outliers.

    I think a lot of people don't use their by the book size. By the book, I am probably between a 4 and 5, but prefer 5's as I find it easier to grip. I also never found that the larger grip size affected my serve much which goes against the book as well. It is really a preference/feel thing as much as pure measurement.

    I can use either a 4 or 5 with an overgrip. Not a big difference to me. A 3 will feel small unless I build it up as will, 0, 1, or 2's. It is easy enough to build up a grip size. Going down sizes can be more complicated.
     
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