How does one determine their grip size?

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by Desiiliciouss, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. Here's another question that may make me look more inept in the tennis community. Played tennis for years but never ever paid attention to various types of racquets, frames, string types, grips size and OS/replacement grips.. so here it goes:

    How does one determine their grip size (I did google it), however I have yet to determine what grip size that suits me the most. I have played with smaller grip (don't know the size) but found out that the racquet spins within my hands while hitting. Therefore I have put layers of grips for more cushioning as well as more comfort, even with small hands that I do have.
  2. Jennifer

    Jennifer New User

    Mar 31, 2010
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"There are several methods for determining “proper” grip sizing:
    One of the classic method's suggests that there should be an “index-finger” width between the fatty portion at the base of your thumb and your third finger when holding the racquet handle with an Eastern or Continental grip. If there is not sufficient room for your non-hitting index finger to fit between your third finger and base of thumb then the grip is too small. A grip that is too small requires more strength to keep the racquet from twisting in your hand on off-center hits. Playing with too small a grip is a contributing factor to tennis elbow. A grip that is too large, noticeably more than a index finger's width, inhibits wrist snap on serves and overheads, makes changing grips more difficult and requires more strength. Prolonged use of a too large grip, also contributes to tennis elbow."

    A good photo reference is also included below:
  3. mikeler

    mikeler Moderator

    Sep 26, 2008
    Central Florida
  4. Juan2thePaab

    Juan2thePaab New User

    Feb 17, 2013
    I followed this method and ended up with 4 5/8 + overgrip, which I thought was pretty comfortable

    However, a coach saw this and told me I needed to go down a size

  5. robbo1970

    robbo1970 Hall of Fame

    Aug 12, 2010
    That finger gap method is so antiquated.

    It's all about what feels best. Some prefer a smaller feeling grip and others like a larger grip. Usually as long as your fingers don't overlap onto your hand and you have a bit of a gap, whatever feels the most comfortable to play with is probably your size.

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