Grip Sizes of Top Pros

Are most pros using 4 3/8" even though they are well over 6' tall?

Zverev and Medvedev are extremely tall. I would imagine that their hands would completely encircle the 4 3/8" handle.

I have been playing with a 4 5/8" handle since the early 1980's mainly because the salesman at the pro shop says there should be one finger space empty when you encircle the grip with your hand.

I am going to buy a new Fed racquet, and I just found out he also uses 4 3/8". His hands must be huge being 6'1" tall.

Did I miss something since my playing days of the early eighties?
 

Fairhit

Professional
Nadal uses 4 1/4 if I recall correctly, with a smaller grip they can achieve more spin, or that is the reason I read somewhere.
 

shamaho

Professional
Nadal uses 4 1/4 if I recall correctly, with a smaller grip they can achieve more spin, or that is the reason I read somewhere.
please.... don't equate small grip with increased spin - that's just wrong !

Don't forget that many pro's hands have callous and when theey tape the fingres everything gets to thick... hence going down a size or two.

and yes @Georgepeppard007 - I also have the distinct impression many grips are enlarged with those tallest players... I seem to note that from differential from grip size to racket's beam width...
 

shamaho

Professional
I have been playing with a 4 5/8" handle since the early 1980's mainly because the salesman at the pro shop says there should be one finger space empty when you encircle the grip with your hand.
It's a bit less than a finger space but yeah something like that...
I'm only 5.57 ft and I like one size bigger than 4 3/8 ie... I like a 4 1/2 - that's the sweet spot for me...

Which usually happens if I have a 4 3/8 leather grip and then apply a thick overgrip on top...
 

cortado

Rookie
I wouldn't be surprised if the racquet brands would prefer that consumers think the pros use 4 3/8 because they know that consumers want to use what the pros use.
They don't want consumers knowing that the pros have hands like dinner-plates and are really using 4 7/8.
 
I guess I will demo a Federer Racquet with 4 3/8" and 4 1/2" before I buy such an expensive racquet. It will be hard to adjust after using 4 5/8" for nearly 40 years.

But there must be an advantage. Thiem also uses a 4 3/8" according to a Google search.
 

moon shot

Hall of Fame
I guess I will demo a Federer Racquet with 4 3/8" and 4 1/2" before I buy such an expensive racquet. It will be hard to adjust after using 4 5/8" for nearly 40 years.

But there must be an advantage. Thiem also uses a 4 3/8" according to a Google search.
Their advantage is they were fantastic players at a young age and someone told them their proper size was 4-3/8 at that time. As they grew they continued to be comfortable with that size and other sizes felt wrong.

I don’t think another grip size will change much unless you are also changing other aspects of your game. One doesn’t become a better driver by wearing a helmet even though better drivers on tv do it.
 
Their advantage is they were fantastic players at a young age and someone told them their proper size was 4-3/8 at that time. As they grew they continued to be comfortable with that size and other sizes felt wrong.

I don’t think another grip size will change much unless you are also changing other aspects of your game. One doesn’t become a better driver by wearing a helmet even though better drivers on tv do it.
Actually I am trying to change my technique after watching a Djokovic practice session. Watch Djokovic hitting forehands after the 1:15 mark on this YouTube video:


He looks like he is completely turning the racquet over 360 degrees with a snap as he hits the ball. Apparently he uses a 4 3/8" grip as well. Maybe the smaller grip allows you to rotate the racquet in your hand. I will have to demo some smaller grips and try it out.

I grew up watching Sampras wallop those flat forehand winners. Apparently Sampras used a very large grip size with a very heavy racquet. He used the Lansdorp forehand technique: https://djrobobiscuit.com/2017/12/13/sampras-forehand-robert-lansdorp-and-tennis-training/

But I guess the new way to play is to turn the wrist over with a smaller grip size.
 

moon shot

Hall of Fame
Actually I am trying to change my technique after watching a Djokovic practice session. Watch Djokovic hitting forehands after the 1:15 mark on this YouTube video:


He looks like he is completely turning the racquet over 360 degrees with a snap as he hits the ball. Apparently he uses a 4 3/8" grip as well. Maybe the smaller grip allows you to rotate the racquet in your hand. I will have to demo some smaller grips and try it out.

I grew up watching Sampras wallop those flat forehand winners. Apparently Sampras used a very large grip size with a very heavy racquet. He used the Lansdorp forehand technique: https://djrobobiscuit.com/2017/12/13/sampras-forehand-robert-lansdorp-and-tennis-training/

But I guess the new way to play is to turn the wrist over with a smaller grip size.
If I recall properly Novak uses a leather grip and two overgrips.
 
Actually I am trying to change my technique after watching a Djokovic practice session. Watch Djokovic hitting forehands after the 1:15 mark on this YouTube video:


He looks like he is completely turning the racquet over 360 degrees with a snap as he hits the ball. Apparently he uses a 4 3/8" grip as well. Maybe the smaller grip allows you to rotate the racquet in your hand. I will have to demo some smaller grips and try it out.

I grew up watching Sampras wallop those flat forehand winners. Apparently Sampras used a very large grip size with a very heavy racquet. He used the Lansdorp forehand technique: https://djrobobiscuit.com/2017/12/13/sampras-forehand-robert-lansdorp-and-tennis-training/

But I guess the new way to play is to turn the wrist over with a smaller grip size.
The windshield wiper is a product of technique, 1/8 of an inch in grip circumference won’t change your stroke mechanics. Djokovic uses a head grip pallet with extended side bevels, making it more rectangular, and has a leather grip with two overgrips wrapped around it. So it’s closer to 4 1/2 the 4 3/8. A smaller grip size could possibly make it easier to produce whippier strokes, but only if you already have the technique. Before buying a new racquet, just put a Kimony techni leather grip on your current stick and see if you notice a difference.
 
The windshield wiper is a product of technique, 1/8 of an inch in grip circumference won’t change your stroke mechanics. Djokovic uses a head grip pallet with extended side bevels, making it more rectangular, and has a leather grip with two overgrips wrapped around it. So it’s closer to 4 1/2 the 4 3/8. A smaller grip size could possibly make it easier to produce whippier strokes, but only if you already have the technique. Before buying a new racquet, just put a Kimony techni leather grip on your current stick and see if you notice a difference.

Thanks for the tip. I was going to buy four Federer racquets with a smaller grip size, and then throw out the three that I currently have at 4 5/8". That is quite an investment. And the local tennis store said they will not discount any new Federer racquets for Black Friday.
 

rafa_prestige89

Professional
From my experience, a smaller grip really helps with spin production (this is my experience, no science behind it)...I used to play with a 4 1/2 with leather and an over grip, and changed to a 4 3/8 with bare handle and 2 over grips.
 
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