Method 1: Using a Tennis Racquet to Find Your Tennis Grip Size
We all know how important Racquet sizing is, especially as you start to learn how to properly play the game. The grip size in your Racquet is usually an extremely important thing to get right, as any size that is too big or too small can lead to blisters, discomfort, and inefficient playing. To learn the gauge of your particular Tennis grip size, there are really only a couple of ways that you can find out.
Testing Your Racquet Grip Size
First off, just because your grip size may be the same as your hand size, that does not mean that your Racquet is going to be the same. When determining the size of the Grip to place on your Racquet, you need to think about a combination of both your hand size and the style of your playing. This is because Racquet sizes are going to be based on three main factors, all of which come together to create an ideal size that will work for you.
Method 2: Don’t have a tennis racket on hand? Use a Ruler!
Measure the diameter of the handle, then multiply it by 3.14. This gives you the circumference.
Using the above as an example, let’s say that you have 1 inch diameter of the handle. Excluding the handle towards the tip, it’s about 14 inches long. Multiplying 1 by 3.14 gives us ‘3.14,’ and that number is the circumference.
Assuming your grip is going to be made out of leather, add approximately 0.16 of an inch to that circumference using the formula below:
Then, add this number to the handle circumference. For example:
- Adding up the total to give you the grip’s final width
- Divide that by 2 to get the grip’s final length
In this example, since you’re using leather, it will be a total of 7 ½ inches.
Subtract 0.16” from that to get 7 ¾ inches (final width)
Divide 7 ¾ by 2 to get 3.875 (your grip length).
Once you have the length and width, measure out your strip using your specified measurements.
Why Is Choosing the Correct Grip Size Important?
Before you make a racquet purchase, it is important to first know which racquet grip size you require. Sizes range from 3 inches (very small) to 7 inches (very large).
When it comes to grip size, there is no generalized standard. It can vary significantly by individual, age, playing level, and personal preference.
A grip size that is too large may lead to hand pain during play, and a grip size that is too small may lead to general discomfort and inability to properly grip the racquet.
Finding that happy medium is what’s important.
While there are some general guidelines for grip size, once you’ve decided what type of racquet you would like to buy, it is important to know what size you need.
There are several ways to determine your grip size.