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How to choose the right grip size?

In 4 simple steps we will help you determine the right grip size for you.

1. Check the current grip size of your racket

Often, you will find a number on the bottom of the grip, typically ranging from 0 to 5. This number indicates the grip size in the European measurement system. There might also be an American indication of the grip size, measured in inches. Here is an overview of the various sizes, and their corresponding EU or US measurements:

  • EU 0 = US 4"
  • EU 1 = US 4 1/8"
  • EU 2 = US 4 1/4"
  • EU 3 = US 4 3/8"
  • EU 4 = US 4 1/2"
  • EU 5 = US 5"
Step 1: Check the current grip size of your racket

Follow the steps below to check if you are currently using the right grip size, and/or if you are making the correct choice while purchasing a new tennis racket.

2. Hold the grip as if you are shaking hands

The first thing to do is tilt the racket with its side facing upward. Then, hold the grip as if you are shaking hands. The key rule is to have some space between your fingers and your hand palm. If your fingers touch your hand palm, you need a larger grip size.

Step 2: Hold the grip as if you are shaking hands

3. Extend your thumb upwards

Extend your thumb, and place it facing upwards on the grip. As if your hand is in the thumbs-up position.

Step 3: Extend your thumb upwards

4. Position your index finger in between

Place the index finger of your other hand in the space between your fingers and your hand palm holding the handle. If there is not enough space between your fingers and hand palm, you might need a larger grip size. If there is too much extra space, a smaller grip size might be better.

Step 4: Position your index finger in between

Helpful tips

Grip 2 (4 ¼) is the most common grip size for women, and Grip 3 (4 ⅜) for men. However, if your hand is significantly smaller or larger, you will most likely need a different grip size.

If you are doubting between two sizes, it might be best to opt for the smaller grip size. With the smaller size, you could easily add an overgrip. If the grip is too large, it becomes more difficult to adjust to your needs.

Do you play with a lot of topspin?

Consider choosing a smaller grip size. While the finger measuring method is the standard for determining grip size, there is a growing preference for smaller grip sizes, due to the increase in topspin playing styles in modern tennis.

Players who use heavy topspin in their shots might find it challenging to generate wrist action with a thicker grip, which could eventually lead to wrist issues.

As long as your fingers do not touch the palm, it would be alright to play with a smaller grip size, even if the width of your index finger does not fully fit in between the space. Just be cautious not to grip the handle too tightly, as this could potentially lead to arm discomfort.

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