Monday, 21 April 2014

How to know the right grip size in your racket tennis

One of the most important things to get right when buying a racket is the grip size. If it’s too big or small you can sustain injuries like tennis elbow.

There’s a simple way to test that you’ve got the right grip size – when you hold the handle, there should be a 1 centimetre gap between your thumb and first finger.

In other words, you should be able to slide the forefinger of your free hand between the tips of your fingers and your thumb.


If the grip isn’t quite the right size then you can buy an overgrip to put over the top which will enlarge the grip size slightly.

Minis & Juniors

You also need to make sure you get the right size of racket for children. Check out our size guide, which gives you an idea of what you should be buying for your child based on their age.

Please note that these are just a guide and it’s also a good idea to ask a coach if possible.

              17’’     3-4 years

              19’’     4-5 y.
Our tennis area in Reigate.

              21’’     5-6 y.

              23’’     7-8 y.

              25’’     9-11 y.

              26’’     11-13 y.

              27’’     11+ y.


Much like driving a car with bald tyres a tennis racket with old strings will not perform as well. While strings can break at anytime, (there is no guarantee against this) even if they don’t break they become dead and will adversely affect your game and enjoyment. Dudley Gill our restringer has years of experience in playing racket sports and restringing rackets and will gladly give you good advice if you need it.