Tennis Racquet Grip Sizes: A Complete Guide with Helpful Chart

How to Select the Perfect Tennis Racquet Grip Size

A helpful guide with sizing table

If you’re about to choose a new tennis racquet or you’re considering changing racquets, it’s important to select the appropriate grip size.

Although grip size ultimately boils down to personal preference and feel, it’s easy to overlook finding the right fit, and selecting the wrong size grip can have painful repercussions that you can avoid.

In this article, we’ll look at why it’s helpful to select an appropriate tennis racquet grip size and two methods you can use as a jumping-off point for finding the perfect fit.

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Tennis Racquet Grip Sizes Video

Ready to learn how to find the right grip size for your tennis racquet? Check out my video, and I’ll walk you through it.

Here are timestamps for the different sections of the video, so you can quickly jump around:

0:16 – Why Grip Size is Important
0:56 – Measurement & Sizes
1:23 – Grip Size Chart
1:28 – Finding Your Grip Size
1:34 – Method #1
2:06 – Method #2
2:41 – Changing Grip Sizes
3:07 – Grip Sizes for Kids
3:25 – Kids Racquet Size Chart

If you’re a parent looking for the right grip size for your child, I’d encourage you to check our full guide on kids racquet sizing, which I reference in the video.

How Grip Sizes Are Measured

How Grip Sizes Are Measured

The size of a tennis racquet grip refers to the circumference or distance around the handle, including the stock grip that comes installed with your racquet, which ranges from 4 inches to 4 3/4 inches.

Within that range, there are seven available grip sizes, which start at 4 inches or a size zero and increase by 1/8 inch for each size up to 4 3/4 inches for a size six.

Depending on which country you live in, you may find the sizing of the racquet grip expressed differently, so we’ve provided a chart below.

SizeInchesMillimeters
04102
14 1/8105
24 1/4108
34 3/8111
44 1/2114
54 5/8118
64 3/4121

Helpful Tip
You’ll often find the size of a tennis racquet listed on the butt cap of the tennis racquet, which you can find at the very bottom of the handle. If you don’t see it there, check for it around the throat of the racquet frame.

Why Does Grip Size Matter?

Beyond providing you with comfort when playing tennis, the appropriate grip size can help prevent injury.

A grip that’s too small may tend to twist or rotate within your hand when striking the ball, which can lead to painful blisters and unnecessary strain on your arm as you overcompensate by holding the grip too firm. Over time, this can contribute to injuries such as tennis elbow. A grip that is too small can also have an increased tendency to slip from a player’s hand.

On the other hand, a grip that’s too large can be challenging to hold, and as a result, put unnecessary stress on your hand, wrist, and arm.

Furthermore, a large grip can be challenging to manage when you need to change grips quickly or when you’re looking to snap your wrist when serving or hitting an overhead because it restricts movement.

The key is to find a grip size that feels comfortable, prevents undue stress on your body, and allows for proper range of motion.

Selecting The Appropriate Grip Size

There are two common methods used to help identify the ideal grip size for a player. I typically recommend using both to help get the best fit.

Measure Your Hand

First, if you have one handy, grab a ruler or measuring tape. Next, take a look at your dominant hand, and you’ll notice you have a bunch of lines and creases running through your palm.

You’ll see two larger lines in the middle of your palm, one on top and one on the bottom, running horizontally from one side to side.

Grab your ruler or measuring tape and line it up vertically with your ring finger so that the bottom of the ruler lines up with the top horizontal line in your palm and measure to the top of your ring finger.

Selecting the Appropriate Grip Size: Measuring Your Hand

You should find that the measurement falls somewhere between 4 inches and 4 3/4 inches. As you can see above, mine measures 4 3/8 inches or a size three grip.

Helpful Tip
This method works great if you’re ordering online, and you don’t have access to test out multiple grip sizes in person. If you do order online and you’re between sizes, then I’d encourage you to go with the smaller size as it’s much easier to increase the size of a grip than decrease it.

Test Grips in Person

Another method you can use to find the right grip size is to try out multiple sizes in person and reference the gap between your fingers and your palm when holding the racquet.

First, grab a racquet handle with your dominant and note the size of the grip. With your other hand, place your index finger within the gap between your fingers and your palm. You’re looking for a grip where that space is roughly equal to your index finger’s width.

Selecting the Appropriate Grip Size: Test Grips in Person

Once you find the grip size that matches up, I’d recommend trying one size above and below to compare and see what feels best. The racquet should feel comfortable yet secure.

Many players will fall between sizes. If that’s you, I’d encourage you to go for the smaller size because it’s easier to increase your grip’s size than it is to decrease it.

For example, the addition of an inexpensive overgrip will increase the size of your grip by 1/16 of an inch or a half size. Similarly, you can have a local racquet technician add a heat shrink sleeve to the grip to increase the size by 1/8 of an inch for a full-size increase.

However, apart from swapping out the base grip that came with the racquet or removing it altogether, it is difficult and, in some cases, not possible to drop the size of a grip.

Tennis Racquet Grip Sizes for Kids

For kids, there are typically fewer grip size options than adults. Most will usually fall at 4 inches or less – it depends on the manufacturer.

However, instead of finding the right grip size, parents will want to focus on the length of the racquet, which generally corresponds with the height of your child. The following chart outlines those sizes.

Inches

AgeHeightRacquet
4 or younger40 in or less19 in
4-5 years40-44 in21 in
6-8 years45-49 in23 in
9-10 years50-55 in25 in
10 or older55+ in26 in

Centimeters

AgeHeightRacquet
4 or younger102 cm or less48.3 cm
4-5 years102-113 cm53.3 cm
6-8 years114-126 cm58.4 cm
9-10 years127-140 cm63.5 cm
10 or older140+ cm66.0 cm

If you get the right length tennis racquet for your child that they can comfortably handle, the grip size should work itself out.

However, even if the grip is a little bit large, I wouldn’t be overly concerned. First off, your child will grow into it quickly, and second, most young kids won’t be playing aggressively or long enough with that grip size for it to have any real negative impact on their hand, wrist, or arm.

Demoing Grip Sizes for the Perfect Fit

Although the methods we’ve reviewed in this article are helpful for point players toward their ideal grip size, there’s no substitute for testing out different grip sizes while playing.

For that reason, I highly recommend players get their hands on a few different tennis racquets with varying grip sizes before making a decision and buying a tennis racquet.

In a perfect world, once you’ve settled on a specific model tennis racquet, you’d try the same racquet with multiple size grips. If your local tennis shop only has one grip size available for demo, then there are a few online retailers offering demo programs worth checking out.

Of course, hitting with a few different types of racquets with varying grip sizes is better than nothing if that’s all you have at your disposal.

Wrapping Up

Although finding the right grip size takes a bit of trial and error, it pays to get something that feels comfortable and doesn’t hold you back. Luckily, once you’ve found the right grip size as an adult, you’ll know for all future racquet purchases – so you only need to go through the process once.

As a parent, you don’t need to worry too much about grip sizes for your kids until they transition to full-size 27-inch tennis racquets where there is a greater variety of grip sizes. You’ll also likely need to remeasure for the appropriate grip size as they grow.

Now that you know how to select the right size grip, head on over and check out our list of the top 20+ racquets for 2020. Of course, if you have any questions on this topic, let us know in the comments below.

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4 replies
  1. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    I bought my 14 daughter a new tennis racquet for Christmas. I had no idea about size. The size I got is 4 1/2. This is her first year playing. Is that size to big? I would hate to take it back.

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    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Kevin,

      Happy Holidays! Unfortunately, yes, that grip size will be too large for a 14-year-old, sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

      If you didn’t stumble upon my guide for kids racquets, I’d encourage you to check it out – it should have everything you need to make sure the next one you buy is a perfect fit.

      All the best,
      Jon

      Reply
  2. Pauline N.
    Pauline N. says:

    Hello,
    Good article! I measured my hand as you indicated but mine was less that 4”, 3 3/4” to be exact. What grid size should I choose? I am adult. Thanks!

    Reply
    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Pauline,

      Thanks for stopping by and asking a great question!

      Your scenario isn’t all that uncommon, so I’m glad you asked. Players in your situation will want to use a #0 or 4-inch grip size.

      If you find this grip size challenging to handle, you have two options. First, you can try replacing the grip that came with your racquet for a thinner option – here’s an article with some recommendations:

      The downside of swapping out your grip with a thinner option is that it might lack a bit of comfort, so there’s going to be a trade-off.

      Alternatively, you can check with your local tennis retailer and have them look at your racquet to see if they can reduce the handle’s size. Unfortunately, it’s less common that this is possible with the materials used for handles these days, but it’s worth a shot.

      Hopefully, this helps point you in the right direction.

      All the best,
      Jon

      Reply

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