Measuring Your Grip Size                                                Back to Racquets Page

    The right grip size makes a huge difference in how a racquet performs. If you're not sure of your grip size,
    here are two simple ways to measure:

    Holding an eastern forehand grip (the palm is placed against the same bevel as the string face), you should
    be able to fit the index finger of your non-hitting hand in the space between your ring finger and palm. If there
    isn't enough room for your index finger, the grip is too small. If there is space between your finger and palm,
    the grip is too big. A too-small grip requires more muscle strength to keep the racquet from twisting in your
    hand. Prolonged use of a grip that's too small can contribute to tennis elbow problems. A grip that's too large
    inhibits wrist snap on serves, makes changing grips more difficult and also requires more muscle strength.
    Prolonged use of a grip that's too big can also contribute to tennis elbow problems.












    If you don't have a racquet handy, you can also measure your grip size using a ruler. With your hand open
    and fingers extended close together, align the ruler with the bottom lateral crease of your palm and measure
    to the tip of your ring finger.

    Keep in mind, it's easier to increase handle size on most racquets. In fact, the majority of today's lightweight
    racquets' handles cannot be reduced in size. If you're between grip sizes, go with the smaller size and add an
    overgrip to arrive at the ideal fit. A typical overgrip will increase a grip by 1/16 inch. You can also increase grip
    size using a heat-shrink sleeve. One heat shrink sleeve will increase grip size by 1/8 inch. Both methods will
    increase overall racquet weight slightly (7-16 grams) but the benefits of a correct grip size far "outweigh" the
    disadvantages of this added mass.

    We also recommend you replace your grip regularly. A fresh, properly wrapped grip provides you with better
    racquet control and increased confidence.
Left:
Determine your grip size by
using the index finger of your
non-racquet hand placed
between the tips of your
fingers and the heel of your
racquet hand.

Right:
Using a ruler, measure from the
bottom later crease of your
palm on your racquet hand to
the tip of your ring finger.