Analysis of Grip Sizes throughout Manufacturers.

Marshredder

Semi-Pro
I'm a Babolat user and I use a L2 with an overgrip. When I decided to try out a K90 I ordered a L2 as its naturally what I've used, yet it felt a lot lot smaller in my hand. I then picked up my old L4 Dunlop I got before I started using 2's and it felt identical to the babolat, so I decided to measure the grips. They were measured with a piece of paper pulled tight around the main handle, marked, and measured with a ruler.

Without any overgrips, I found this. Sizes are in inches and 16ths.

Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex - L2 - 4 inches 7 16ths (over what a L3 should be.)

Wilson K90 - L2 - 4 inches 4 16ths. - accurate L3.

Dunlop - L4 - 4 inches 7 16ths. - pretty accurate L4.

So whats accounting for the large size of the babolat grip? I hear its a usual thing for Babolats to have larger than normal grip sizes now I read about it. Its just annoying because I bought my K90's based on that grip and I need a L3 really, hello 2 overgrips!
 

MAXXply

Hall of Fame
Like buying clothes or shoes, I don't rely on the manufacturer's labelled sizes anymore and always make sure for myself in the shop.
Babolat's L2 feels sufficiently large for me and in my mind, is akin to some undersized grips labelled 4 1/2 elsewhere. Bab's L4 on an APD was - to me - like a 4 3/4 ! Maybe it's my relatively small hands.
Even Wilson's 3/8 felt like a 5/8 - I dropped down to 4 1/4 on the KSix-Ones as it felt closer to my preferred 4 1/2.
Perhaps they're adopting a ploy used in the women's fashion industry - vanity sizing whereby they label rackets with smaller sizes than they really are to make consumers think they're emulating their favourite pros by using a smaller number grip. :roll: It just seems like manufacturers are "supersizing" their grips...
 

tennisdude083

Semi-Pro
I'm a Babolat user and I use a L2 with an overgrip. When I decided to try out a K90 I ordered a L2 as its naturally what I've used, yet it felt a lot lot smaller in my hand. I then picked up my old L4 Dunlop I got before I started using 2's and it felt identical to the babolat, so I decided to measure the grips. They were measured with a piece of paper pulled tight around the main handle, marked, and measured with a ruler.

Without any overgrips, I found this. Sizes are in inches and 16ths.

Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex - L2 - 4 inches 7 16ths (over what a L3 should be.)

Wilson K90 - L2 - 4 inches 4 16ths. - accurate L3.


Dunlop - L4 - 4 inches 7 16ths. - pretty accurate L4.

So whats accounting for the large size of the babolat grip? I hear its a usual thing for Babolats to have larger than normal grip sizes now I read about it. Its just annoying because I bought my K90's based on that grip and I need a L3 really, hello 2 overgrips!
4 and 4/16 is L2 isn't it?
 
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