How to measure Your Tennis Grip Size

Why does my tennis grip size matter? 

Whether you're Novak Djokovic, Coco Gauff, a club player or new to tennis, the correct grip size lets you get the most out of your tennis racquet. If your grip is too big or small for your hand, you won't feel comfortable on court. That's because you'll be straining to grip your racquet. Every shot you play, you'll risk injuring your hand, wrist and elbow. With the wrong grip size, you also won't be playing your best tennis as you won't have all the control, power and feel you need. That's why it's so important to choose the tennis racquet with the grip size that's perfect for you. From your local club all the way to the Grand Slams, every tennis story starts with measuring your tennis grip size.  

How do I measure my grip size? 

HEAD tennis racquets come in five different sizes, which are numbered from 1 to 5. There are a couple of ways of ensuring you have the right grip size. You'll need a ruler or tape measure for the first method. Lay your racquet hand flat and measure from the bottom lateral crease - that's the crease that goes across your palm - to the tip of your index finger. You can measure in centimetres and millimetres or in inches. Then take a look at the chart below to see which grip size you should take. That distance, between palm crease and finger tip, is the size of grip you need.  

For the second method, pick up and grip a HEAD racquet. If the racquet is the correct grip size, you should be able to fit the index finger of your other hand between your fingers and thumb. If you can't fit your finger in that space, then the grip is too small for your hand. And if you can fit a finger between the fingers and thumb, and there's still plenty of space, you'll know that the grip is too big.

ADD CHART HERE, with measurements in centimetres and inches.  

What are the most common tennis racquet grip sizes?  

As they tend to have smaller hands, women generally use smaller grip sizes than men. Most women play with the sizes 1, 2 and 3, while most men go for 3, 4 and 5. But your hand might be bigger or smaller than average - use the grip size that's right for you, and not for anyone else.

What should I do if I'm between sizes?  

As a general rule, you should go for the smaller of the two tennis grip sizes. That's because you can build up the grip using an overgrip until you have the size you need. For the ultimate performance, choose from HEAD's range of the best tennis overgrips or overwraps, which you can secure using HEAD's best tennis grip tape. Regularly replacing your overgrip keeps it feeling fresh, dry and tacky - that will give you greater control and confidence.

How can I make my tennis racquet grip smaller? 

We don't recommend trying to reduce the size of the grip as that could affect the performance of your HEAD racquet. As discussed in the last question, we suggest going for a smaller grip size and building it up with an overwrap.  

Where do I find the grip size on my HEAD tennis racquet?  

You'll find it on the end of the handle.  

How do I grip a tennis racquet?  

Imagine you're picking up and gripping a hammer. If you're new to tennis, that's how you should grip your HEAD racquet. Another way of thinking of that grip is that you're 'shaking hands' with the racquet. Your fingers should be wrapped around the base of the grip, with your thumb and forefinger forming a 'V' along the top right edge of the handle. Some people call this the shake-hands grip. Officially, it's the eastern grip. As a beginner, you can use that grip for every shot. 

As you improve and become more advanced, you can try out different tennis grip types for playing forehands, backhands, serves and volleys. Different grips adjust the angle that the racquet makes contact with the ball; that affects the flight of your. shot, and also the amount of spin that you can put on the ball.

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