Many men looking for tennis racquets will find themselves choosing between a size 3 (4 3/8 in) and size 4 (4 1/2 in) grip. If you’re on the fence between the two, I’d encourage you to go with 4 3/8 because it’s much easier to build up a grip than reduce it and the difference between the two is only 1/8 inch or 3.2 mm.
The right grip size makes a huge difference in how a tennis racquet performs. 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.
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5’ 9” to 5’ 11”...4 1/2. 6’ & taller….......4 5/8. Manufactured tennis racquet grip sizes range from less than 4” for juniors to 4 7/8” for the largest adult hands. This might not seem like much of a range, but the difference even an eighth of an inch makes is surprising.
How to Measure Tennis Grip Size. 10.3-10.5 cm 4 1/8 L1 Small Wmn 4 1/4''. 10.6-10.8 cm 4 1/4 L2 Std Women 4 3/8''. 10.9-11.1 cm 4 3/8 L3 Std Men 4 1/2''. 11.2-11.4 cm 4 1/2 L4 Large Men 4 5/8''. 11.5-11.8 cm 4 1/2 L4 XL Men.
There are many ways to influence the tennis grip shape and size, but it is always easiest if you’re on the smaller side. Most players use an overgrip and that builds up the grip by half a size. Novak Djokovic uses a grip 3 with two overgrips, one with no overlaps, so this is personal to each player what feels right.
Tennis racquet grip sizes are determined by measuring the circumference around the edge of the handle. This circumference is measured in the middle of the racquet handle and the sizes range from 4 inches to 4 3/4 inches. The chart below lists the different tennis racquet grip sizes that are offered in the United States and the corresponding European grip sizes.
European Grip size US Grip size in inches; 0 (L0 or G0) 4 inches: 1 (L1 or G1) 4 1/8 inches: 2 (L2 or G2) 4 1/4 inches: 3 (L3 or G3) 4 3/8 inches: 4 (L4 or G4) 4 1/2 inches: 5 (L5 or G5) 4 5/8 inches
You are measuring the tape from the crease to the end of your ring finger. Below would be in between 4 ¼ (Grip Size 2) and 4 3/8 (Grip Size 3) If you have a racquet handy (pun intended) but no measuring tool, here is another good way to get an estimated grip size.