Your favorite grip size

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by yonexRx32, Jan 19, 2013.

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What is your favorite grip size?

  1. L0

    1 vote(s)
    0.4%
  2. L1

    9 vote(s)
    3.2%
  3. L2

    52 vote(s)
    18.3%
  4. L3

    128 vote(s)
    45.1%
  5. L4

    60 vote(s)
    21.1%
  6. L5

    28 vote(s)
    9.9%
  7. L6

    4 vote(s)
    1.4%
  8. Other

    2 vote(s)
    0.7%
  1. yonexRx32

    yonexRx32 Rookie

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    Lately, with the popularity of heavy topspin game, the pundits have recommended use of smaller grips. Long are gone the L6's. I am guessing the vast majority of the users would prefer L3 or L4 grips. Am I wrong? What type of distribution would this be?

    L0=4 in. L1=4 1/8 L2=4 1/4 L3=4 3/8 L4=4 1/2 L5=4 5/8 L6=4 3/4
     
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  2. Squidward

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    I'm old school I guess. Always used an L4. Now, I usually buy L3 and the build up to just under a L4.
     
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  3. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    ... I'm not sure if there's such a thing as a "favorite" grip size.

    It's either your grip size or it's not.
     
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  4. pshulam

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    My grip size is between L4 & L5. I prefer L3 since I always add an over grip.
     
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  5. db10s

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    I didn't know there was an L6.

    I use an L2 with 1 or 2 overgrips.
     
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  6. brianb76

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    L5 with overgrip
     
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  7. yonexRx32

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    Once in a while you can see some older rackets in size #6 for sale. Not sure that manufacturers still produce any.

    I saw two years ago an old beat up TAD Davis Imperial in size 5 inch (that would be L8?) marked "heavy". My seat of the pants estimate was it weighed over 15 oz. Somehow we're not as strong as we used to be.
     
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  8. Marcus

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    L5 with 2 OG's because there's no L6's anymore...
     
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  9. The Meat

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    L3, add 6 layers of ducktape, then 2 old overgrips, then leather grip, and finally a fresh overgrip. L6+ ?
     
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  10. srvnvly

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    L3, tho Babolat seems to make their grip on the APDGT larger than normal.
     
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  11. lim

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    L4 plus tourna.
     
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  12. Fuji

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    I love the feel of L4, but I get my best groundies results with L3.

    -Fuji
     
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  13. c_hari_c

    c_hari_c Semi-Pro

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    L4 with a tight overgrip.
     
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  14. NicoHK

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    Old school too, more a flat hitter, don't look for topspin, definitely L4, since the beginning I play tennis (about 20 years ago).
    I have tried L3 but did not manage to get used to it.
     
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  15. robbo1970

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    L2 sometimes with overgrip sometimes without. I'm not sure if its too small because although there's a small gap its not enough for a finger to fit. But it just feels like I have more control over the racket with the smaller grip.
     
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  16. Nostradamus

    Nostradamus G.O.A.T.

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    we should also add our height and hand size to this board with the grip size. in that way, we can tell if most people are using the correct chart size or just what we like to use
     
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  17. TheCheese

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    Not true. Nadal definitely doesn't have freakishly small hands. Also, I doubt Federer would be using 4 3/8 using the normal way of grip sizing.
     
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  18. mmk

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    I'm old, I still have a 4 3/4" grip Wilson Advantage that I pull out occasionally. I have average sized hands for my height, 5' 11", but started playing in the early 70s. I now play with L5 leather grips, no overgrip.
     
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  19. Relinquis

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    i use an L5, but file grooves into the handle in the shape of my hand...

    kidding, I use L3 at the moment, but prefer L2 + leather grip and an overgrip.
     
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  20. yonexRx32

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    I don't know how to change to poll once it was initiated. Might not be feasible.
     
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  21. LeeD

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    L-5 with an overgrip, about right.
    I sometimes try some rackets with L-3, and laugh as it twists out of my grip.
     
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  22. JoeR

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    You must have been reading my mind.

    Medium gloves fit me... well... like a glove!

    In my school days, I'd use L5 sized rackets, but would develop forearm pain from time to time.

    20 years later, I'm finding that L3s really fit well for me, and I've yet to develop any forearm pain these days.
     
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  23. LeeD

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    Continued volleying trends to cramp my forearms.
    And volleying is easier with bigger grips.
     
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  24. Rock Strongo

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    Did 3-4 overgrips on an L3 a while back (became an L6-L7 or something like that). Made it very headlight, heavier, infinitely more powerful, and made Rock much happier until I wrecked my shoulder. Would do it again though, I just have to buy new sticks first.
     
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  25. pkshooter

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    I have a L3 with two layers of lead tape under the grip plus an over grip. So it ends up being more like a 4 with over grip.
     
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  26. yonexRx32

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    Barely skewed binomial distribution. Sweet. I am going to start now a poll on preferred racket weight.
     
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  27. VaporDude95

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    L4 with over grip. My hands are too big for an L3
     
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  28. movdqa

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    I used an L5 with two overgrips for a long time, then went down to L4 with two overgrips and I'm at L3 with two overgrips right now. The smaller grips allow me a little more wrist play for adding a little topspin or doing flick shots. I guess that I'm technically at an L4 with this setup but the overgrips give me a softer feel that I like.
     
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  29. Lavs

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    that all about me - I did try to get used to L4 but with L3 I have a better swing and timing. And most important - much better results. All my shots are much more precise and solid and I feel more confident.. Committed to give up playing with L4.
     
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  30. Top Jimmy

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    6'0", 200 lbs, L2 with og.
     
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  31. yonexRx32

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    The symmetry of the distribution is fascinating. The result was predictable 4 3/4 but I didn't expect it to be almost twice as popular as the second ranked once and definitely didn't expect the L2 to be as popular as L4.
     
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  32. Ace of Aces

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    L5 with babolat syntec grips.
     
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  33. pshulam

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    L4 + over-grip over leather grip.
     
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  34. Johnny-Cage

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    L4 plus Wilson overgrip. Perfect for me. :)
     
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  35. DustinW

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    20 years ago, I played with L5 plus overgrip. About 4 years ago, I dropped to L4 (no OG). More recently, L4 sometimes feels too big and bulky and now I'm using a L3 + OG. It's more comfortable for me generating spin on serves, and I feel like I can change grips so much faster.

    I'm 6'-4", and with a L4, my fingertips just barely start to touch my palm.
     
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  36. Shroud

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    I buy 4 and 5/8 and build it up to 5 1/4" so I picked "other" is this right?

    Like leeD, smaller grips slip.

    Weird thing is that my hands are average sized I think.
     
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  37. eidolonshinobi

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    I'm in between L3 and L4, but with Yonex the grip seems bigger so
    i go to a L2 with Yonex. Otherwise I use L3 with overgrip.
     
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  38. Al1978

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    4 7/8" for me.
     
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  39. Lukhas

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    Something like L5 or L4. I'm not tall (5ft 9), but I have big hands (20cm from base of my palm to tip of my middle finger). If I strictly took the "correct" size, I would play in L6. But one has also to take in account the grip and overgrip (or even several overgrips), and that can add up pretty quickly to the size of the handle, and something that was L6 can suddenly become L7 and no longer comfortable to hit with.
     
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  40. The Isomotion31

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    L3 + wilson overgrip.
     
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  41. spinovic

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    L3 for me. Anything lower is smaller than I like. I can play with L4 with no problems, but I haven't tried anything bigger than that.

    I like the L3 - 1) because it feels the best ot me and 2) since I can comfortably play with L4, I don't have to worry about adding an overgrip or something making it bigger than I like.

    As with most other things in life, I'm average.
     
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  42. Muppet

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    I have a built-up 4L. I switched to a Gamma Hi-Tec replacement grip. Then I wrapped gauze tape with a 1/2 overlap, to give me 2 layers and almost one size of increase. I topped it off with a Super Grap overgrip and it comes to just over 5L.

    I finally measured my hand and found that I'm at 4 7/8". I hadn't relized I've been downsizing all along. My new racquet is just a 5L with a Gamma RZR Dri replacement grip and a Super Grap.
     
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  43. quest01

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    L2 with an over grip
     
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  44. HRB

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    Correct..."your grip size" is your grip size...a measurement. BUT..your "favorite" is simply what size you are comfortable using. I may measure 4 5/8", but I sure as hell don't like that, I prefer 3 or 4.

    Depends on the stick...with whippy, low swing weights I go smaller, with higher SW and flatter control style sticks I like bigger.
     
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  45. scottydc5

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    L4 for me. It just feels right in my hand, not too big and not too small.
     
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  46. Sparky

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    Great poll. I use a L4 with double wrap.

    This deserves a bump for non-responders to add the the distribution curve. It does appear to be a standard bell curve. Lol
     
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  47. aer0pr0

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    L2+ overgrip

    its definitely not my grip size "by the book", that would be and l4 for sure... but L2 its the way i can feel better the racket
     
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  48. Shroud

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    Just figured out it would be L8 with an og
     
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  49. LeeD

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    L-5, same as in 1974. Net play is most important.
     
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  50. SCRAP IRON

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    Asking players' preference with regard to grip "size" is the wrong type of thread. How about asking the masses which actual "racket" grip they prefer? I wanted write this because I can't stand the shape of the Technifibre racket grip. However, I do like their strings!
     
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