Question of the Day: Does Grip Size Matter?
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Hi Justin. I’m a 3.5 player currently having some trouble with my grip size. I’ve been demoing racquets trying to find a suitable replacement for my Wilson Triad 3.0 Oversize. Among other racquets, I’ve tried out the Völkl Organix V1 Oversize, per your recommendation for players looking to replace their old Triads. And I’ve had a couple of good sessions with the V1. The thing is, I can’t decide whether I should get the racquet in a 4 3/8 or a 4 1/2 grip size. It feels like I’m in between; the 3/8 feels too small, and the 1/2 too big. I’m just playing with the grip how it came, with a spongy dark-colored grip. Which should I choose? What’s the solution here?—Jared R.
If it feels like you’re in between grip sizes, Jared, the best solution is to elect the smaller handle of the two—in your case, the 3/8—and try to build it up to a diameter that’s comfortable to you. There are a number of ways to enlarge a grip, but in your case the most sensible solution will be to experiment with different replacement- and overgrip combinations.
For example, if you’re not currently using an overgrip, try wrapping one (or even two) of them around the synthetic grip that shipped with the racquet. Depending on the type of overgrip(s) you use, and how much overlap there is after wrapping, the added grip(s) should improve the handle’s fit in your hand. I’d recommend you start experimenting with the following two brands: Wilson Pro Overgrip and TournaGrip, by Unique Sports. The grips have very different feels; the Pro Overgrip is tackier, while the T.G. feels cloth-like and a bit softer.
For help wrapping the grips, seek out the expertise of a knowledgeable tennis shop or coach. They should be able to help you customize your grip to your preferences. Good luck.