Tennis Grip Sizes are probably not one of the first things beginner tennis players think about when they are considering what racket to buy but getting the wrong grip size can have a detrimental impact on your game.
If you buy a tennis racket with a grip size that is too big or too small for your hand, then this can lead to issues with your wrist and tennis elbow.
This is why it is important that you understand what grip size you need for your tennis racket.
Table of Contents
- How do I measure my tennis racket grip size?
- Tennis Grip Size Chart
- What is the most common tennis grip size?
- How do I increase or decrease my tennis grip size?
- Do Tennis pros use Overgrips?
- Final Thoughts
How do I measure my tennis racket grip size?
There are two main ways to measure your grip size for tennis rackets are the index finger test and the ruler test.
Index Finger Test
The index finger test gives you a rough guide as to whether a particular racket has a grip size that suits your hand.
To perform the Index Finger Test, you first hold the racket in an eastern forehand grip.
Next, you look at the gap between your palm and your middle finger.
If the racket grip size is just right you should be able to just fit the index finger of your free hand in the gap between your palm and middle finger.
If the gap is too big for your index finger, then that suggests you need a smaller grip size. If the gap is too small for your index finger, then that suggests you need a bigger grip size.
The downside of the index Finger Test is that you need to be holding the racket to use the test.
Therefore, the test won’t be of any use to someone buying their first tennis racket online.
As its name implies, the Ruler Test involves using a ruler to measure the distance between the top of your ring finger to the bottom lateral crease in your palm.
When doing this ensure you hold your fingers together so that you improve the accuracy of your measurements.
The ruler test is good to use, when you physically can’t get your hands on the racket you are considering buying.
No matter what test you use, it is not an exact science but it will give you a rough idea of what grip size to go with.
If you are between two sizes then I would recommend getting the smaller of the two grip sizes as it is much easier to add an overgrip to a small grip size than it is to reduce the grip size of a larger grip.
You can also check out the Tennis Warehouse video below that demonstrates the Index Finger and Ruler Tests.
Tennis Grip Size Chart
You will find that the grip size of most rackets that are displayed on online tennis shops use either European grip sizes (L0-L5) or USA Grip sizes (4-4 5/8 inches).
We have put together the below tennis grip size chart to help you work out the best grip size for you.
|European Grip Sizes (mm)||USA Grip Sizes (inches)|
|L0 (100-103 mm)||4 inches|
|L1 (104-106 mm)||4 1/8 inches|
|L2 (107-110 mm)||4 1/4 inches|
|L3 (111-113 mm)||4 3/8 inches|
|L4 (114-118 mm)||4 1/2 inches|
|L5 (119-121 mm)||4 5/8 inches|
What is the most common tennis grip size?
The most common tennis grip size for adults would be the L3 or 4 3/8 inches grip size.
You will also see lots of L2 (4 1/4 inches) and L4 (4 1/2 inches) grips sizes at your local tennis club.
Smaller grip sizes like L0 (4 inches) and L1 (4 1/8 inches) will usually be used by juniors or adult female tennis players with larger grip sizes like the L5 (4 5/8 inches) being typically used by adult male tennis players.
I use an L4 (4 1/2 inches) grip size with an overgrip for my own tennis racket.
When I first started tennis I used an L5 (4 /5/8 inches) grip size as that is what the ruler and index finger tests suggested I use but I did not feel like this bigger grip size was comfortable in my hand so when I got my next racket I dropped my grip size to L4 (4 1/2 inches) and I haven’t looked back since.
How do I increase or decrease my tennis grip size?
Increasing your tennis racket grip size
The easiest way to increase your grip size is to use overgrips.
Each overgrip you use will increase the racket grip size by approximately 1/16 of an inch.
Tennis Pro Novak Djokovic uses two overgrips on his racket which without the overgrips would have a grip size of 4 and 3/8.
With the two additional overgrips, the grip size is closer to a 4 and 1/2 grip size.
A more permanent solution to increasing your grip size is to use a heat link sleave.
You can buy heat link sleaves that will increase your grip size from 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch.
A heat link sleave is more difficult to apply to your racket and may be best left to your local tennis pro shop.
If you want to have a go at doing it yourself, then check out Tennis Warehouse’s guide on increasing your tennis grip size.
Decreasing your tennis racket grip size
Decreasing your tennis racket grip size isn’t as straightforward as increasing your tennis racket grip size and you definitely don’t have as many options.
However, there are a couple of things you can do to reduce the grip size of the racket including replacing the stock grip on your racket with a thinner replacement grip.
By adding a thinner grip, you will reduce the grip size by approximately a 1/2 grip size.
Another option is to remove the stock grip and simply use an overgrip instead.
However, there are downsides to doing this as your racket will be more head heavy and you won’t have the same level of comfort holding the racket.
Do Tennis pros use Overgrips?
The main reason tennis pros use overgrips is that the original stock grips that come with most rackets can be very hard and thin.
I hope you enjoyed my guide to tennis racket grip sizes. If you did then you may also be interested in my article on how to add weight to your tennis racket.