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

Find how to measure your tennis racquet grip size, racquetball grip size, paddle grip, racquetball glove, junior racquet and more.

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


How to find my Paddle Grip size for POP Tennis, Paddle Tennis, Platform Tennis & Beach Tennis

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Importance 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 for your paddle:

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.

What to do if you are between paddle 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.

  • Self-service:  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.

How to find my Tennis Grip size

 

Glove Size ToolImportance of using the proper tennis grip size:

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 tennis racquet grip size for an adult:

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.

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How to find the correct size for a child’s tennis racket and junior tennis racquet sizing:

Children’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
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Racquetball grip size questions answered!  Racquetball racquets are typically available in two grip sizes.

 

The size of racquetball racquet handle is measured in inches as the circumference of handle:

  • 3-5/8 inch (also called Super Small, or SS)
  • 3-7/8 inch or 3-15/16″ (also called Extra Small, XS, or Large)

If you already own a racquet, you MAY be able to see what grip size you have by turning it upside down and looking for a sticker or raised stamp showing any one of the number or letter combos above.

When you hold a racquetball racquet, you want your fingertips to wrap around the grip and be touching your palm. If your fingertips are easily meeting up with the flesh of your palm, digging into it or overlapping part of your palm, you need the larger grip size (3-7/8, XS, Large). If your fingertips are just meeting your palm, or you have a little space, then you should use the smaller size (3-5/8, or SS).

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

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How to know my racquetball glove size:

 

Glove sizing has become increasingly difficult over time as the manufacturing of gloves has moved offshore and fit within a brand and across brands can be variable depending which factory overseas makes the gloves (kind of like buying shoes & sneakers these days!) 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.

Our recommendation is to try to find a glove locally if possible, so that you can try it on. Once you find a glove you like that fits you well, stock up because that same glove may fit differently the next time you order it!  It’s just the truth.

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

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