So when you get a new racket, once you have decided on head size, weight, balance, should you really worry about something as trivial as the grip size? Also what do the different grip sizes mean. Well yes you should worry about the grip size. Too small a grip could lead you to gripping the racket too tightly which can lead to tennis elbow - and believe me you don't want that. Too big and you won't be able to grip it properly. So what do the grip sizes mean and which is right for you? Often you will see the grip size referred to as anything from 0 to 6. The number refers to the number of eights of an inch over 4 inches. So a grip size 1 is 4 1/8 inch, a grip size 2 is 4 1/4 inch - this being the circumference of the grip. There are a couple of ways to get the right grip size. First you can measure from the bottom lateral crease to the top of you ring finger. Secondly if you grip a racket you should be able to get your finger between the index finger and your palm (see photo above). So don't just go for any grip size - it really is important.
I'm often asked 'What's the best racket on the market?'. My reply is that if there one better than the rest then everyone would be using it. The best racket for you really depends on ... you. It can be daunting looking for a racket. There are many different aspects to consider when buying a racket - head size, weight, balance, beam width, stringing pattern, grip size, cost and of course most importantly ... colour. Seriously, don't go splashing out a large sum of money on a racket just because it looks nice. Very basically you need to consider what type of player you are. Do you have a big swing or a compact swing. If you have a big swing you possibly want a heavier racket with a smaller head size. For a more compact swing you may need a lighter racket with a larger head size. The key point is, if possible, TRY BEFORE YOU BUY. Ask someone if you can borrow their racket for a while, or there are some companies who will lend you test rackets.
The second most common question I am asked is ‘what size racquet should I buy for my child’. (The most common question is ‘Wot, you STILL ‘ere?). Racquets come in various sizes usually measured in inches if you are in the UK. The junior sizes are 19, 21, 23, 25, 26 inches with 27 inch being adult size. To get the right size get your child to hold a racquet straight down by his/her side. The top of the racquet should be 1 inch above the ground. Make sure your child is perfectly upright because some of the little horrors will do a good impression of the leaning tower of Piza if they think they want a bigger racquet.