Sportsmart Tennis Manager and TCAV tennis coach, Ray James

All senior tennis racquets alter in grip size. Grips are specifically designed to suit the varying hand size of players.

Most women prefer to use smaller grip sizes – such as 41/8, 41/4 or 43/8 – due to the smaller size of their hand.

Most men prefer to use a larger grip size, such as 43/8 or 41/2.

Grip size is measured by the overall circumference of the grip in inches.

An easy guide to working out your ideal grip size is to grip the tennis racquet normally. If your fingertips are touching the back of the thumb, the grip is too small. You need to ensure there is a small gap between the tips of your fingers and your thumb.

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