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Offline Tennis4you

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« on: February 12, 2005, 11:38:12 AM »
What grip size do you guys/gals use?

I use a 4 3/8" grip typically.  I have one racquet that is 4 1/2" grip and I am searching for another racquet and all I can find is my racquet in 4 1/2".  I do not seem to mind the larger grip, but I would rather be consistant if at all possible.  Anyone know if any draw backs to having a grip one size bigger?
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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2005, 11:43:11 AM »
I use 4 3/8

But I used to use 4 1/4 and so when I got my i.radical -- it was a 4 3/8 and so I figured it was no big deal cuz I'd need to get a bigger gripsize soon anyway -- I'm still growing yknow. The grip seems to fit me perfeclty and I've used the little test that you hear about that you can determine ur grip size with and it seems to fit my grip perfectly. Anyhow -- ever since i started using the 4 3/8 -- I've been feeling soreness in my pinky finger. The kinda soreness that stings when I bend the finger just a little bit. I have to wrap it with athletic tape when I play or else I feel like I'm slicin gmy pinky off everytime I swing a forehand.

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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2005, 02:53:08 PM »
I wouldn't think of having rackets with different grip sizes.  The subtle difference would be enough to throw your game off for at least a little while until you adjust to the new grip.  Just think, if it's 5-5 in the 3rd set and you break a string and have to go with the different grip size...my $ is on your opponent.  I use a 4.5" grip with 2 layers of grip tape so it's probably around 4.6 or 4.7.  Used to use the 4.75" back in the college days but prefer the smaller grips now days.
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2005, 09:06:25 PM »
Arcforce--sounds like you've broken a blood vessel in your finger which can be really annoying but will eventually go away. It can happen for a lot of different reasons, even just bumping your finger up against something just right. You didn't say how long you have been playing with the larger grip size but you could be gripping your racquet differently which could cause some vibration, enough to have caused and/or be aggravating your "injury." That size may not "fit" you as well as you think, test or no test. Have you tried going back to your old racquet for just a little while to see if it does the same thing?
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2005, 11:10:58 PM »
For what it's worth, I think maybe 4.25" is too small for a guy.  Unless you're really small.  I thimk 4.5 would be a happy middle gound.
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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2005, 08:13:21 AM »
4 3/8" seems to be very common out there.
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2005, 08:45:04 AM »
I have a horror story about grips. Being a munchkin,  I use a 4 1/4; when from time to time I would go up to a 4 3/8 I could use it, but finally realized that the smaller one suited me better.

I got into the habit of customizing my grips: whenever I bought a new stick, I would take off the grip that came with it, wrap sticky black tape around the plastic butt, and then apply an overgrip.  I love the feel--it's like I can almost grip the ridges.

Well, I got a new racquet (Babolat) a couple of years ago, and the grip that came with it was "cushioned," which was nice and soft, but felt too big in my hand even though it was my size.  But having a doubles match that day, I played with it anyway.  My first mistake.  On hitting a high forehand volley that had got past me a little bit, the racquet torqued in my hand and bent a couple of fingers back, way back.  I must have torn or badly stretched some tendons, because I had no strength in that part of my hand for months--couldn't lift anything, couldn't press my finger & thumb together.  Even after a year, I could still feel that weakness a little.  It's pretty much healed now.

But I will never again use a racquet with a grip that feels too big.  Needless to say, I have customized that one and now it is just fine.

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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2005, 12:48:50 PM »
I use a 4-3/8 with two layers of Tournagrip.  I prefer a smaller grip for my forehand, but a bigger one for my topspin backhand, so I've reached a compromise.  

On my forehand I do more sheet with my wrists, flicking, moving my hand up and down the handle, and tightening and relaxing my grip depending on what shot I'm hitting, and the slightly smaller grip seems to help.  I don't hit with as much variety on my backhand, and for the most part whether I slice or come over it I keep a locked wrist until the follow through, and the bigger grip seems to help in that.

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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2005, 02:35:58 PM »
4 3/8 built up with tape or 4 1/2.  I'm the opposite of MC Ill, I like a small grip for backhands and a larger one for forehands.
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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2005, 03:29:06 PM »
I use 4-1/2, but I can go down as 4-3/8.

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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2005, 12:28:30 PM »
I buy the 4 and 5/8 grip, tear off the grip that it came with....then I throw one of those Whatagrip grips from unique on there, then I overgrip it with the classic blue tournagrip. I cut both ends and I get quite meticulous about it....all the spacing has to be consistent.

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