A tennis racquet’s grip size measures the circumference or distance around the handle, ...
Manufactured tennis racquet grip sizes range from less than 4” for juniors to 4 7/8” for the largest adult hands. This might not seem like much of a range, but the difference even an eighth of an inch makes is surprising. Too large a grip can strain your hand, and prolonged use of too small a grip can injure your hand, wrist and elbow.
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Next, measure to the tip of your ring finger, this measurement is your grip size. In the diagram below, the measured grip size is 4.5". In general, the measured length should fall between 4 inches and 4 5/8 inches. This measurement gives you a starting point in determining the perfect grip size for you. To be certain of your ideal grip size, actually hold a racket with a grip size closest to what you measured, and employ the index finger test (see a description of index finger test below).
Method 1: Using a Tennis Racquet to Find Your Tennis Grip Size Place the crook in between your thumb and your index right on the tennis racket handle. An example of this is shown to... Wrap your fingers around the handle comfortably. Imagine you are gripping somebody’s hand. There’s no trick to ...
Grip Size: EU Grip Size: Typical Users: 4'' 10-10.2 cm: 4: L0: Junior: 4 1/8'' 10.3-10.5 cm: 4 1/8: L1: Small Wmn: 4 1/4'' 10.6-10.8 cm: 4 1/4: L2: Std Women: 4 3/8'' 10.9-11.1 cm: 4 3/8: L3: Std Men: 4 1/2'' 11.2-11.4 cm: 4 1/2: L4: Large Men: 4 5/8'' 11.5-11.8 cm: 4 1/2: L4: XL Men
Below would be in between 4 ¼ (Grip Size 2) and 4 3/8 (Grip Size 3) If you have a racquet handy (pun intended) but no measuring tool, here is another good way to get an estimated grip size. Pick up the racquet in a “hand shake” grip, if you can place your other index finger in the space between thumb and fingers then that grip size is probably a good place to start.
The grip sizes convert from US sizes to UK sizes as follows with size 1 being the smallest and Grip size 5 being the largest: 4 1/8” = 1. 4 1/4” = 2. 4 3/8” = 3. 4 1/2” = 4. 4 5/8” = 5. Most juniors using full-size tennis rackets choose grip size 1 2, or 3 while adults will generally choose between 2, 3 & 4 grip size.
A typical overgrip will increase a grip by 1/16 inch. You can also increase grip size using a heat-shrink sleeve. One heat shrink sleeve will increase grip size by 1/8 inch. Both methods will increase overall racquet weight slightly (7-16 grams), but the benefits of a correct grip size far "outweigh" the disadvantages of this added mass.