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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    From that picture, I advise having a smaller grip diameter. YMMV.
    Quote Originally Posted by Elisha View Post
    I agree. That grip seems a bit big.
    Nah, that towel grip is fluffy and compresses easily, so it only looks big.

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    Lol like a shag carpet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucantseeme View Post
    Funny thing. At my club all are laughing about my small grip.
    I must add that I grapped it loose on the picture. If I grap it tight my ring and middlefinger touch my palm clearly.
    I notice that Europeans (including ethnic asians who have learnt badminton in Europe) tend to favour wider diameter grips relative to their hand size. Of course, this is a very general observation. Perhaps a lot of people crossover with tennis with which you definitely need a bigger sized handle.

    I used to have a large diameter grip. Then I was taking some lessons and found it hard to copy the coach in doing some hold and flick shots and manoevering the racquet head for smashes. Since the coach and I were around the same height and build, I wondered if any other factors could be at hand. I had a look at his racquet and was astounded to find the handle so thin. Later that evening, I took a few layers off the handle. Took a bit of time to get used to. I find I prefer smaller sized grip for doubles and a marginally larger grip for singles.

    If I see people having difficulty moving their racquets around, I can't resist asking them to reduce the size of their grip.
    Last edited by Cheung; 07-09-2013 at 07:35 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meteor View Post
    and what would that be?
    it is personal. You have too feel it. Big grip make me feel uncomfortable and small grip will make me use 2 overgrip which will ruin my racker BP too much

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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    Nah, that towel grip is fluffy and compresses easily, so it only looks big.
    I agree towel grip changes size. That's one of its disadvantages. Hence, I don't use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinichi View Post
    it is personal. You have too feel it. Big grip make me feel uncomfortable and small grip will make me use 2 overgrip which will ruin my racker BP too much
    It only really changes the BP in measurements not something you will notice in play.
    I completely ignore BP change after over gripping nowadays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisha View Post
    It only really changes the BP in measurements not something you will notice in play.
    I completely ignore BP change after over gripping nowadays.
    Not for some. I can feel the different

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    I used to use towel grip. Believing it will absorb all the sweat from my palm feels good. Soft cushioning feel is just great for me then.

    I'm switching to having thinner grip with overgrip and replacement grip. I now prefer thinner grip as it gives me slightly more control. Its actually cool to use pu grips..

    IMO, towel grip does changes the BP measurement and grip size. Only grip size affect the play. My games are very bad with new grips and plays better once it is seasoned. Unfortunately, seasoned grips = time for replacement and the cycle repeats.

    Give it a try.... get 3 or 4 of the same grip. Same colour, length, tape... the BP measurement should be consistant, grip size does varies between new and used. Do it affect play?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisha View Post
    Lol like a shag carpet.
    Lol. :P It's self made towel grip. I used a lot of towels. But this works best for me. It's called "Hotel Collection".

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    I notice that Europeans (including ethnic asians who have learnt badminton in Europe) tend to favour wider diameter grips relative to their hand size. Of course, this is a very general observation. Perhaps a lot of people crossover with tennis with which you definitely need a bigger sized handle.

    I used to have a large diameter grip. Then I was taking some lessons and found it hard to copy the coach in doing some hold and flick shots and manoevering the racquet head for smashes. Since the coach and I were around the same height and build, I wondered if any other factors could be at hand. I had a look at his racquet and was astounded to find the handle so thin. Later that evening, I took a few layers off the handle. Took a bit of time to get used to. I find I prefer smaller sized grip for doubles and a marginally larger grip for singles.

    If I see people having difficulty moving their racquets around, I can't resist asking them to reduce the size of their grip.
    I agree. Europeans tend to use larger grips. I have seen alot people with the same handsize who play significantly larger grips which looks like a tin of coke.
    Usually I use for autumn and winter and some time of spring only a 0.6 Overgrip on wood with less overlapping. But for warmer days I must use towel grips which are a bit thicker. Thanks for your advice. I will try out next training sessions and report my impressions.

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    Is it because of sweat that you use towelling grips in summer?

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    Yes. The gym of my club is very hot in summer. I sweat quickly and especially on the palm. So I must use towel grips with baby powder for this time of the year and change my rackets every to 2 games. If I would use PU grips they get slippy during one game.

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    This is why I use Kimony grips from Japan. Personally, I found them better having the wood, a thin layered grip and then the Kimony grip on top. Having the first layer just increases the absorbency. In Asia, it's hot and humid so sweat can be really bad.

    I also used three or four same model racquets strung exactly in the same way, same grip. Iced drink prepared in the freezer beforehand.

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    I've been changing between different grip sizes because I was never comfortable with thinner grips although I'm aware that you get the best out of a racket with minimal load to the handle. My palms are extra large. Now I'm back to a thinner grip
    Is it true that a grip too thin can potentially cause shoulder/arm injury?

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    same as cheung, but I prefer directly wrap kimony or other thick adhesive grip to the wood as it is subjective and for me the thin 1st layer affecting my relax-comfort-confidence at gripping the racket. the feeling is just not there.

    but of course direct thick adhesive grip to the wood has its own drawback which is if you late to change it, it will be sticky to the wood and leaves lot of residue when you try to pull it off because of poor perspiration absorbing

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    Quote Originally Posted by meteor View Post
    I've been changing between different grip sizes because I was never comfortable with thinner grips although I'm aware that you get the best out of a racket with minimal load to the handle. My palms are extra large. Now I'm back to a thinner grip
    Is it true that a grip too thin can potentially cause shoulder/arm injury?
    Some people will blame an injury on the size of the grip. I don't think there is a clear cut relationship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    Some people will blame an injury on the size of the grip. I don't think there is a clear cut relationship.

    there could be a relation in this because everyone has a different "grip strength" threshold that is correlated to size.

    if you have something pencil thin and you try to grip it you will find that it takes extra effort to really grip it tight enough so that it doesnt rotate in your hand.

    similarly if it is too big, like a huge pole, you can barely get your fingers around it to give a strong grip.

    either way will often lead to unnecessary over-exertion/over straining especially in sports where large amounts of power is generated in short bursts.

    due to different trainings, different builds, everyone has a unique grip size where they have the strongest hold and this would be the best for any racquet sport

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    This is why I use Kimony grips from Japan. Personally, I found them better having the wood, a thin layered grip and then the Kimony grip on top. Having the first layer just increases the absorbency. In Asia, it's hot and humid so sweat can be really bad.

    I also used three or four same model racquets strung exactly in the same way, same grip. Iced drink prepared in the freezer beforehand.
    I bought yesterday a pack of Karakal Nano 60. The Victor Overgrip, which I used for the cold time of the year is awful for warmer days.
    I compared towel and Nano 60 and Nano 60 works good and the smaller size made some shots a bit easier. Thanks Coach Cheung.

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