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How To Measure Tennis Grip


Are you in the process of buying a new tennis racquet? If so, it’s critical that you buy one that has the correct grip size for your hands. Knowing how to measure a tennis racquet’s grip is one of the most overlooked processes when looking for a new racquet. Getting the grip size wrong can be painful for your hands, aggravating common conditions such as tennis elbow. The good news is that these painful repercussions can be avoided with a little due diligence.

In this guide, you’ll discover why it’s so important to get a racquet that has the appropriate grip size for your hands, as well as a couple of different methods you can use to ensure you’re on the right track when buying a new tennis racquet.

How Grip Sizes Are Measured

Grip sizes are measured at the beginning of the racquet’s handle and can range between 4 and 4 ⅝ inches. This is the circumference, or otherwise known as the distance around the edge of the racquet’s handle.

Different countries classify their tennis grips in different ways. We have provided a simple chart below so you can explore the various grip sizes between nations.

US Sizes European Sizes Sizes in mm
4 inches 0 100-103 mm
4 1/8 inches 1 103-106 mm
4 1/4 inches 2 106-110 mm
4 3/8 inches 3 110-113 mm
4 1/2 inches 4 113-118 mm
4 5/8 inches 5 118-120 mm
4 3/4 inches 6 120-123 mm

Why is Grip Size Important?

The grip size of your tennis racquet influences more than just how comfortable it will be to use on the courts. A grip that is perfect for your hands can prevent injuries, as well as being more wieldy and responsive to use.

A grip size that is either too big or too small for your hands will lead to different complications later down the road.

  • Grips that are too small for your hands will mean that your wrist and arm will need to expend more energy squeezing the handle to keep the racquet secure. Although it may not be an obvious problem at first, over time you’ll notice that the racquet will slip from your hands, which is a frustrating experience to say the least.
  • Alternatively, grips that are too big can put undue stress on your hands and wrist. This problem is particularly pronounced when serving or hitting an overhead shot, as it restricts your arm’s free range of movement.

In simple terms, you’ll know that you’ve found the sweet spot in terms of grip size when the racquet feels comfortable when hitting the ball over extended periods.

Measuring the Perfect Grip Size

It is accepted in the tennis community that there are two ways to identify the ideal grip size for the player in question.

  • The first method involves grabbing a ruler or measuring tape. Next, look at your hands and search for the one or two pronounced lines that usually run at the top or bottom of your palms. These lines are where you’re going to start measuring the size of your hands to get the perfect grip size. You’ll find that your palm size will be in the ranges in 4 inches and 4 ⅝ inches, which is no coincidence that grip sizes also fall into this range. The final step is to then visit your nearest sports store and choose one that suits your palm size.
  • The next method of getting your grip size is a bit less specific than the former, but it still gets the job done. While holding the racquet with your dominant hand, if you can fit your off-hand’s index finger between the tip of your middle finger and your palm, then you’re probably on the right track.

Conclusion

As a corollary to measuring the perfect grip size, even using one, or even both of the aforementioned methods may not lead to the ideal result. What’s actually going to work for you in the real world will come down to how comfortable the grip will be to use. This is why we recommend that you test different grip sizes until you find a perfect fit, as most people will usually be between different grip sizes.