Changing grip size?

harry47

New User
Recently, I bought a nearly brand new Yonex demo racquet at a nicely discounted price. The only problem is the 4 3/8 grip size. A little too big for me and I would be much more comfortable if it were a 4 1/4. It has a molded handle so it can probably be shaved to the smaller size. I tried putting on an ultra thin over grip over the stock grip but the racquet still feels bulky. I'd try shaving it down myself but messing up could ruin the racquet. Has anyone had this done by an expert?
 

zaskar1

Semi-Pro
H47
if the handle underneath the grip is foam, you can shave it down with a file, i have done this
many times, or go to a reputable tennis shop to have it done.
you will slightly change the balance point of the racquet.

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joah310

Semi-Pro
You might want to try and trade for a grip size smaller. But in all honesty you might as well get used to the larger grip size. I used to use 4 3/8, but I now use about a 4 5/8 grip. It only takes a week or so to get used to it. Or at least that's how fast it took me to switch.
 

McLovin

Legend
plus, they make thin grips (not overgrips). TW has Prince Resi Thin, Tourna Pro Thin, Wilson Feather Thin grips.
I was going to suggest this, but then I realized it's a Yonex, and their base grips are already on the thin side...around 1.4mm if the info here is to be believed:

I'm not sure how much of a change .15mm will make. He'd likely do better replacing the base grip w/ a thicker overwrap...one that's ~ .7mm like Dunlop Viper Dry (.75mm), or two that are ~ .4mm thick (like Tecnifibre Pro DRY).
 
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mike841

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Recently, I bought a nearly brand new Yonex demo racquet at a nicely discounted price. The only problem is the 4 3/8 grip size. A little too big for me and I would be much more comfortable if it were a 4 1/4. It has a molded handle so it can probably be shaved to the smaller size. I tried putting on an ultra thin over grip over the stock grip but the racquet still feels bulky. I'd try shaving it down myself but messing up could ruin the racquet. Has anyone had this done by an expert?
This has been answered many times before. The best solution is to replace the stock grip with Tourna Pro Thin, supplemented by a small layer of athletic tape if required eg. for extra cushioning. Pro Thin is the same weight as the stock grip and a similar sort of firmness, but thinner. This results in the handle size becoming the same size as Prince, Wilson etc.

What if you took the base grip off and just used an overgrip or two on the bare handle?
That would certainly make it thinner but you'd also have to wrap a load of lead tape ~ 9g around the handle to compensate for the loss of weight, change of balance point etc. Doable but not the easiest or most straightforward solution.
 
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harry47

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Just an FYI, the Kimony grip did the trick. As advertised, it lowered grip size by an 1/8. Added Babolat ultra thin over grip and the handle feel perfect.
 
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