Sizing Assistance – Paddle & Racquet Grip Size, Junior Racquet Size and more

Click on the tabs below to learn more about selecting the proper size for your racquet grip, paddle grip, racquetball glove, junior racquet and more.

Sizing assistance questions? Call 1-800-724-9439 to discuss.

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Glove Size ToolImportance of a proper grip size fit:

As in tennis, a properly fitted grip will improve your control over the paddle, enhancing your performance. A grip that is too small will allow the racquet to twist in your hand and can eventually lead to Tennis Elbow. A grip that is too large will decrease wrist snap on serves and prolonged use can also cause Tennis Elbow. It is easier, however, to build up a grip that is too small, than to modify a grip that is too large. So if guessing, go with the smaller size.

How to choose the right size grip:

Most adult paddles today are available in only a 4-1/4″ grip size. In the past, paddles were available in both 4-1/4″ and 4-1/2″ but that is no longer the case. The grip size refers to the circumference of the grip, measured in inches. One method of determining your grip size, involves measuring your hand (shown above). To do this, place the end of a ruler at the bottom horizontal crease in the palm of your open racquet hand. Measure from this point to the tip of your ring finger. This is your ideal grip size. For example, in the illustration shown here the correct grip size is 4 1/2″. If you are between sizes, go with the smaller size.

Another popular method is gripping a paddle of known grip size and observing the gap / amount of space between the fleshy part of the palm and fingertips. It is desirable to have a gap that you can just plug your index finger from your other hand into. If there is a lot of extra space, the grip is too big. If you can’t fit a finger in the gap, the grip is much too small. You can extrapolate from there to approximate your correct grip size.

Or, if you’d rather print out a measuring guide, click on the following link. http://www.wilsonsports.com/media/wilson/pdf/gripsize_9861.pdf

What to do if you are between grip sizes:

Since today’s paddles are made with 4-1/4″ grips which are too small for many players there are a couple of options to increase grip size.

  • For under $5 you can purchase a package of 3 overgrips to wrap on top of the existing grip. Each overgrip adds approximately 1/16th of an inch of size.
  • For just a slightly higher cost, you can have us professionally customize your handle size prior to shipping your paddle. This is an extremely popular option as we can make your grip size into either 4-3/8″, 4-1/2″ or larger if needed. We build up the base handle beneath the grip material so you can regrip it with a fresh grip at any time without affecting the new size of the handle. If this option is not shown on the paddle you wish to purchase or if you need an even larger size, just give us a call at 1-800-724-9439.
Glove Size ToolSHOP All TENNIS RACQUETS

Importance of a proper grip size fit:

A properly fitted grip will improve your control over the tennis racquet, enhancing your performance. A grip that is too small will allow the racquet to twist in your hand and can eventually lead to Tennis Elbow. A grip that is too large will decrease wrist snap on serves and prolonged use can also cause Tennis Elbow. It is easier, however, to build up a grip that is too small, than to modify a grip that is too large. So if guessing, go with the smaller size.

How to choose the right size grip:

Most adult tennis racquet grip sizes range from 4″ to 4-5/8″, and are at 1/8″ intervals in between. The grip size refers to the circumference of the grip, measured in inches. One method of determining your grip size, involves measuring the size of your hand. To do this, place the end of a ruler at the bottom horizontal crease in the palm of your open racquet hand. Measure from this point to the tip of your ring finger. This is your ideal grip size. For example, in the illustration shown here the correct grip size is 4 1/2″. If you are between sizes, go with the smaller size. You can always wrap on an Overgrip which typically adds about 1/16″.

Another popular method is gripping a racquet of known grip size, and observing the gap / amount of space between the fleshy part of the palm and fingertips. It is desirable to have a gap that you can just plug your index finger from your other hand into. If there is a lot of extra space, the grip is too big. If you can’t fit a finger in the gap, the grip is much too small. You can extrapolate from there to approximate your correct grip size.

Or, if you’d rather print out a measuring guide, click on the following link. http://www.wilsonsports.com/media/wilson/pdf/gripsize_9861.pdf

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Chilren’s racquets (19″, 21″, 23″ frames) and Junior racquets (25″, 26″ frames) are typically for players under 5 feet in height. They are designed with smaller grips that will better fit the hand of a younger player and they range in quality and performance from beginner style racquets to high performance graphite frames that are simply a shorter version of the same adult frame. The better the quality of the racquet, the easier it will be for your Junior player to transition to a graphite adult frame when the time comes. While height is the best criteria to determine the proper racquet size for a junior or child player, we have provided general age guidelines as well in the event that the player’s height is not known. Lastly, in deciding between a 25″ and 26″ frame, we recommend the following guidelines: For the more serious Junior player, or a Junior closer to 5′ in height, we recommend a 26″ frame. For the beginning Junior player or a Junior closer to 4’6″ in height, a 25″ frame should suffice. The following chart provides a reference for sizing:

Frame Size Height of Player Age of Player
25" or 26" 4'6" – 5' 9-12 years
23" 4' – 4'5" 6-8 years
21" 3' – 3'11" 4-5 years
19" Up to 3' 2-3 years

SHOP ALL RACQUETBALL RACQUETS

Racquetball racquets are typically available in two grip sizes.

Size: Sometimes Called:

  • 3-5/8 Super Small*
  • 3-7/8 Extra Small or 3-15/16″

*For the 2010 season, Ektelon has added a Super Small Rounded (SSR) grip size. It is still the smaller grip size, but with a more rounded feel in the hand.

When you hold a racquetball racquet, you want your fingertips to wrap around the grip and be touching your palm. Typically, if you use our Tennis Racquet Sizing Tools and measure a 4-5/8″ grip size, you should order the LARGER racquetball grip size. If you measure anything under 4-5/8″ on the Tennis Grip Sizer you should order the Smallest grip size.

Remember: The SMALLEST grip size you can comfortably hold will facilitate the best racquetball wrist snap!

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A properly fitted racquetball glove will be snug when first worn, but not uncomfortably so. It will stretch during play, as it gets sweat soaked and gets broken in with repeat use.

Note: For gloves that do not fit to size (run large or run small), this is noted in the description area for that specific glove. Please pay attention to these comments as they are based on our day to day experience with a multitude of glove sales. Unworn gloves can be exchanged for another size or returned for refund. SEE RETURNS / EXCHANGES under our CUSTOMER SERVICE link for details.

While not an exact science, this printable glove sizing chart may help ektelonglovechart