have you ever been stuck? How did Federer decide?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by jlukephoto, Jun 28, 2005.

  1. jlukephoto

    jlukephoto New User

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    I'm stuck between two grip sizes. For serving, a 4 1/2 grip fits just right. For ground strokes, the 4 5/8 is the most comfortable feel. So I'm thinking of getting a racket - the one I have in mind costs $180 - and I would awful if I got the smaller racket and wished I'd got the larger or vice versa.

    Do you think I should get the smaller racket and then just use grip tape on it? Or do I get the larger racket and just hope I can get used to a slightly large grip when serving.

    Also, I have a second question - I've heard that Federer uses a 4 3/8 grip, which seems really small for a guy who is about 6' 2". Do you think he uses a racket that might be small in his hands for better spin or control?

    Thanks for any suggestions -

    Jeff
     
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  2. rumstove

    rumstove New User

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    If you truely can't decide between the 1/2 and 5/8 I suggest going small. That way you can always build the grip up using overgrips if needed.
     
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  3. Steve Huff

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    No doubt, go small. An overgrip alone might make the difference you need.
     
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  4. AndrewD

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    Better to err on the smaller side. You can always have a heat sleeve put on if you want it larger or, as rumstove says, add an overgrip. However, if you want it smaller its a pain in the bum to fix.

    I made the mistake, when I was just getting back into the game, of erring on the larger side (Im in between grips like yourself but dislike overgrips) and buying a 4 5/8. However, I found it too uncomfortable (my new racquet was a different brand and grip shape to my old one) so had to sand down the grip to get it right. Would have been a lot easier if Id bought the 1/2 and worked up.
     
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  5. ikon

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    how much does one overgrip increasee the racquet size?
     
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  6. NoBadMojo

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    hi there..go smaller like the others have said, and yes, pros often use smaller grips than 'normal'. you have discovered one of the advantages already..the serve. i suggest using the right gripsize unless you are a good ball striker. downside of smaller grips= can lead to alot of harmful torque on mis-hits and they are more difficult to volley with and can lead to a too wristy swing on some shots. an overgrip can usually increase the grip size by 1/16 depending on the thickness of the overgrip of course.
     
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