Grip and SW relation?

What is your preferred SW in relation to the way you grip the racquet?

  • 1) I grip HIGH, my SW is 327 or LESS

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 2) I grip HIGH, my SW is 328 or MORE

    Votes: 4 16.7%
  • 3) I grip LOW, my SW is 328 or MORE

    Votes: 11 45.8%
  • 4) I grip LOW, my SW is 327 or LESS

    Votes: 9 37.5%

  • Total voters
    24

BlueB

Legend
This is something that bugged me for a while...

We all know that the SW increases with mass in the head and distance from the swinging hand. As an example, the longbody racquets have higher SW, for the same mass in the head as their 27" counterparts. Every 1/4" can affect the SW by 10-15 Kg/cm^2, which is quite a lot. Now, we can manipulate the effective length of our frames by gripping higher or lower on the handle.
Look at the pic with light purple grip for an example of LOW grip / longer lever:


and to the pic with black grip as an example of HIGHER grip / shorter lever:


I'd like to see if there is a relation between the preferred SW and how high/low we grip our racquets.
Hopefully the data from the vote can shed some light. I took 327-328 as average SW, based on the results of a recent SW poll. Vote on the option that describes you the best.

NOTE: As I suspect that the gender, age, level and actual frame length affect the preferred SW, I would kindly ask that ONLY players that fit the description below cast a vote. This is not to be discriminatory or offensive in any way, but just to try and get meaningful data.

CRITERIA to be eligible to vote in this poll:
Level: 3.5 to 5.0
Age: 20 to 60
Gender: Male
Racquet length used: 27"

Please do not vote if you don't fit the criteria. Thank you.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
OK, I'm 67, just to mess with your poll.
7 different models of rackets, most around 12 oz and 325 SW's. The + racket's are just a bit lighter in both SW and overall weight.
3 year's ago, like picture 2, or the lower picture.
About a month ago, started switching every stroke to your top picture.
Still play mostly a net game, SW forehand, weak eastern backhand topspin, weak eastern forehand on backhand slices.
 
All racquet specs being equal,

If we are talking about SH FH or a SH BH stroke. The higher the grip, the shorter the lever, the lower the RHS potential. Reduced RHS potential usually means reduced spin potential, reduced (power) depth potential and reduced control potential.

A higher grip usually requires a higher grip pressure which typically reduces RHS potential and is more likely to lead to wrist and arm related injuries.

I've never been able to understand how players using modern racquets can get the most out of their equipment by gripping the handle with their entire hand.
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
I'm 43, 4.5-5.0 player.
My grip is in between the LOW and HIGH pics.
My favorite frame for all-around play has a squashed 95" headsize and is 26.5" length strung.
My preferred SW for shorty-frames like mine is about 364. For standard-length midplus frames,I prefer a slightly higher SW, about 370.
 

zalive

Hall of Fame
I'm 43, 4.5-5.0 player.
My grip is in between the LOW and HIGH pics.
My favorite frame for all-around play has a squashed 95" headsize and is 26.5" length strung.
My preferred SW for shorty-frames like mine is about 364. For standard-length midplus frames,I prefer a slightly higher SW, about 370.
What's your height?
 

BlueB

Legend
I'm 43, 4.5-5.0 player.
My grip is in between the LOW and HIGH pics.
My favorite frame for all-around play has a squashed 95" headsize and is 26.5" length strung.
My preferred SW for shorty-frames like mine is about 364. For standard-length midplus frames,I prefer a slightly higher SW, about 370.
Trav, I hope that you at least voted the HIGH grip option, as your shorty should automatically put you there...
 

A_Instead

Legend
My pinkie is almost off the butt.. that is why I prefer lets say a Wilson grip that has a bigger flare..I cant even use a Yonex grip, they are almost straight with no flare
 

BlueB

Legend
It's very easy to add flare to the butt cap. All it takes is a piece of old overgrip. I add flare to all of my racquets.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
I voted, though technically my racket is 27.25" maybe a tad less if I do the crosses less tension.

Low grip and much higher sw than 328
 

BlueB

Legend
Wow, that's some serious ******** right there.
Ha, ha, not that serious really... It's not a scientific study or anything, but you have to get some meaningful data. Otherwise it goes all over the chart. I thought it's self explanatory, why and how I set that criteria. I can spell it out if really needed.
 
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