Choosing the Right Tennis Racquet Grip Size
July 21st, 2016 by Do It Tennis
Tennis players typically spend much time and money researching and buying the best tennis racquet for their style of play and skill level. But if they skip or rush through the vital step of choosing the right tennis racquet grip size all of that previous effort is wasted. The wrong grip can be uncomfortable and affect a tennis players swing control, match endurance, shot mechanics and overall confidence. The right tennis grip size can improve all those aspects of your tennis game.
Selecting a Tennis Racquet Grip Size
Tennis grips usually range from 4 inches to 4 7/8 inches around. There are a couple methods for selecting the right tennis grip size.
• Player height One classic method is simply measure the height of the player. For players under 5 feet 2 inches get a 4-inch grip. For each additional range of 2 inches of height increase the grip size by 1/8 inch. So 5’3” to 5’5’’ would use a 4 1/8 inch grip and so on. Someone 6 feet or above would need a 4 5/8 inch tennis racquet grip size.
• Hand Measurement On your dominant hand; note that your palm has three main creases. Hold your hand flat, with the fingers alongside one another. Measure from the middle crease of your palm, up the line between your middle and ring fingers, to a point equal to the height of the tip of your ring finger.
Why Use Tennis Racquet Overgrips
Once you get the tennis grip size right you can increase the racquet’s actual playability for the many hours you will spend with your racquet on the tennis court by using an tennis overgrip. They are an inexpensive way to have a fresh grip for your tennis matches. They extend the life of your main tennis grip. Tennis racquet overgrips reduce slippage during play and on ball impact by improving the adhesion of the skin of your hand to maximize control and power. They can even express a little personal style.
There are a lot of quality tennis racquet overgrips available. Depending on your personal preference there are highly absorbent, contoured or tacky tennis overgrips. For the style-focused or league team players that are many colors and even patterns to select.
Want More Information About Choosing a Grip Size?
If you’re new to tennis there a number of grip basics you can learn about.
What Your View?
Did you ever have to toss aside a new tennis racquet because the grip size was wrong? How did the right tennis racquet grip size improve your game?