Get a handle on your tennis! Pallet shapes and sizes de-bunked, measured and explained! (what‘s a pallet?! essentially, the shape your grip takes)

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You can't HANDLE the truth of what your racquet's pallet shape measures out too! Just kidding! :) But in this episode, we dive deep into all things grip shape and size and get down to the nitty gritty of your racquet's pallet. Troy joins Michelle to talk about the generalizations about the different pallet shapes and sizes. He also gets down to the bare bones and measures the racquets to see if we can de-bunk some of the stereotypes of some of the brands and their grip shapes! Included below are measurements that Troy took of racquets with 4 3/8 grips.

(If you are curious as to what a pallet is, we would simply define it as the firm base material underneath the grip on a racquet, or even say, it helps shape the grip of your racquet.)

Take a look/listen as Troy and I talk about grip sizes and shapes (and I will add the measurements Troy took as well)!

audio only:
iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podca...allet-shapes-and/id1475845728?i=1000544185830
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4a9wMTEvzi5mOTQyy7nvI7?si=d027d7cba4504fc2

Wilson: 32.4 x 28.5
Prince: 31.2 x 28
Yonex: 32.8 x 29
Babolat: 32.4 x 28.5
Head (modern TK82S): 31.3 x 28.5
Dunlop: 32 x 28.2
Head (classic TK82): 33.4 x 27.6
Tecnifibre: 33.1 x 27.9
ProKennex: 32 x 27.6
Volkl: 32 x 27.8
*some measurements may vary slightly from the video, taken a few times to check for accuracy

Happy Hitting!
 
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McLovin

Legend
Cool episode. I think it's the ratio that matters more than the actual measurements, only because (and this was mentioned in the podcast) the base grips used by the manufacturers have different thickness. So, for example, Yonex "3/8" is considerably larger in both dimensions than Prince "3/8", because Yonex base grip is only ~ 1.5mm thick.

Increasing Ratios (e.g., more 'square' to more 'rectangular'):
Head (TK82S): 1.098​
Prince: 1.114​
Yonex: 1.131​
Dunlop: 1.135​
Wilson: 1.137​
Babolat: 1.137​
Volkl: 1.151​
ProKennex: 1.159​
Tecnifibre: 1.186​
Head (TK82): 1.210​
 
I'm just curious but how did you come up with those ratio numbers? long side/short side = ratio?

Cool episode. I think it's the ratio that matters more than the actual measurements, only because (and this was mentioned in the podcast) the base grips used by the manufacturers have different thickness. So, for example, Yonex "3/8" is considerably larger in both dimensions than Prince "3/8", because Yonex base grip is only ~ 1.5mm thick.

Increasing Ratios (e.g., more 'square' to more 'rectangular'):
Head (TK82S): 1.098​
Prince: 1.114​
Yonex: 1.131​
Dunlop: 1.135​
Wilson: 1.137​
Babolat: 1.137​
Volkl: 1.151​
ProKennex: 1.159​
Tecnifibre: 1.186​
Head (TK82): 1.210​
 

nyc

Hall of Fame
I agree with Michelle that the flare on the new Wilson Blade is very noticeable at best, and just too annoying to play with for me. Has anyone tried to modify it?
 

LordRaceR

Semi-Pro
Nice and useful episode.

Sorry, have two questions:
Is it possible that someone can measure Head L2 grip (pallet) size on modern TK82S?
And is the butt cap on new TK82S pallet same as on TK82, or butt caps are different also.

Thanks.
 

graycrait

Legend
I can't believe I never saw this thread before. And thank you @McLovin for making this simple for me. Not that it will change my choice of rackets but I might change base grips of a couple of rackets and it gives me some buttcap options as I'll use any companies buttcap on any companies racket as long as it is a close fit and feels good to me.
 

Humbi_HTX

Semi-Pro
This makes a lot of sense, my favorite shapes are PK, Volkl and TK82 but I never new the numbers were so close to each other.

When I had a YY L3 it felt bigger than my other frames and was one of the reasons I did not gel with it. Now I know why.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Nice job on an important topic.

I always customize the handle on all my racquets. I just have to.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
In what way? I'm working on a change to some rackets, trying to increase the pallet size without adding a ton of weight.
Easier to ride a unicorn. My handle adds about 50g or more. Lightest and biggest I have found is putting double sided tape on each bevel then wrapping with a replacement grip.
 

Purestriker

Legend
Easier to ride a unicorn. My handle adds about 50g or more. Lightest and biggest I have found is putting double sided tape on each bevel then wrapping with a replacement grip.
Ha. True. The 50g’s is impressive! Is your swing weight 360+?

I’m ok with adding 10 grams, just trying not to pass the 340 static mark. The double tape is a great idea. These are Ezone 98 DR’s and need to move them two sizes.
 

tele

Professional
Ha. True. The 50g’s is impressive! Is your swing weight 360+?

I’m ok with adding 10 grams, just trying not to pass the 340 static mark. The double tape is a great idea. These are Ezone 98 DR’s and need to move them two sizes.
If they have stock yonex grips, a gamma hi tech will get you halfway to your goal.
 
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