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Selecting a Grip Size

Selecting the proper grip size is an important part of the racquet selection process. Choosing the correct grip size can affect the way a racquet plays. A grip too large or too small causes strain on the elbow and can contribute to tendonitis. Follow these simple steps if you have a racquet already and would like to check your grip size:

  1. Grip the racquet with your playing hand.
  2. With your other hand place your index finger into the gap between the tips of your fingers and the heel of your hand, as shown.

If there is space for your non-playing index finger to wiggle around in the gap, the grip is too big.

Selecting a Grip - Finger Test Too Big Photo

If there is not space for your non-playing index finger to fit in the gap, the grip is too small.

Selecting a Grip - Finger Test Too Small Photo

If your non-playing index finger fits tightly in the gap, the grip is correct.

Selecting a Grip - Finger Test Correct Photo

If you do not have a racquet and need to select a grip size, you can print out the grip sizing chart.

Alternatively, you can measure your grip using a ruler. Place your hand palm up and locate the two nearly parallel lines that run across your hand. Place the ruler on the lower line (closer to your wrist) and measure with the ruler to the end of your ring finger. The length in inches should be the correct grip size for you.

Selecting a Grip - Ruler Test

These rules are not hard and fast, and often the correct grip size can be based at least partially on personal preference as well. If you absolutely cannot decide between two grip sizes, choose the smaller. It is simple to make a grip larger, but nearly impossible to make a grip smaller.

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