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Thread: Big grip VS Small grip?
07-11-2013, 09:53 AM #35
07-11-2013, 10:24 AM #36
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07-11-2013, 10:37 AM #38
yonex g5/victor g2/li-ning s2 are about the same and what i like the most. with a thin 0.5 or 0.6 overgrip with not much overlapping
as Mark A wrote, it really adds to articulation, more controlled net play. gives more feedback on the racket head angle on slices and drops. for me at least.
07-11-2013, 11:31 AM #39
Victor has changed their grip size for their 2013 models so it is similar to Yonex. Their old G2 is now G5.
Anyway I have my:
TK8k - G5 wrapped with G08 (0.75mm) with 50-60% overlap
Legend II - G5 wrapped with G08 (0.75mm) with 30% overlap
AdiPower Pro - G5 wrapped with G09 (0.6mm) with 40-50% overlap
And guess what? Circumferential thickness of all 3 are @ 3.5". The TK8k at almost 0.5mm thicker.
So basically my rackets are all at G4 specification!
07-16-2013, 10:47 PM #40
Power players should use thicker grips. This is due to the tightening of the grip during the shot. If the grip is too thin your fingers get in the way. For power playing one does not need to change grip in between. Plus, the player can be at full relaxed mode before the shot without the racquet flying away.
07-17-2013, 01:52 AM #41
Grip size is subjective to everyone. . .
Usually, big grip used by hard-hitter and small grip for control player.
FYI, According to Liem Swie King biography, he used Yonex G1 size grip.
Special request by Liem Swie King to Yonex Japan.
07-17-2013, 08:26 PM #42
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07-18-2013, 09:53 AM #44
07-18-2013, 10:11 AM #45
07-18-2013, 10:57 AM #46
^ Iirc, Mark prefers dry bp of around 285mm. So perhaps this explains why.
07-18-2013, 01:49 PM #47
@visor is right: I prefer headlight-to-even balance.
07-18-2013, 03:38 PM #48
My experience in switching to quite smaller grip is my shots are a bit quicker when it comes to mid-court to 3/4 court shots/impact BUT the power is not there because due to smaller grip I tend to use less arm swings (sort of "lazy"). My last game I enlarge my grip a bit but not as big as my old grip n there was more power in attacking clears n smashes. My optimum size is somewhat when i grip the handle as if holding a motorbike steering handle (not too tight though), my middle finger barely touch the base of my palm.
So my conclusion is to find one's optimum grip size by experimenting which set up is most suitable to your shots. Btw most of my rackets are a bit headheavy. My favorit ones are Astec PRO 850 (even though it is an even balanced racket it swings heavier than AT300 4U) and Yonex AT300 (blue color). Also be careful of too small of a grip that it might give u some elbow problems due to overstressing yr wrist.
Just imagine whipping a real whip
Will u get a more powerful whip with using mostly your wrist or using both your wrist+forearm/elbow?
Last edited by sautom88; 07-18-2013 at 03:49 PM. Reason: additional comment
07-24-2013, 07:35 AM #49
I like using small grip sizes and have thin grips, I find them more comfortable and I have more control
07-24-2013, 08:40 AM #50
I personally prefer thicker grips. For example, on a Yonex G4, I've been known to have up to three over grips on top. I don't like replacement grips as I usually leave the original cellophane wrap on and don't want to ruin it with the sticky tape. Plus I tend to use old over grips to make up the thickness.
I've always had the opinion that a grip that's too small for you could cause injury/strain in your wrist/hand/forearm. This is because when gripping something smaller in diameter, you need to close your hand more which tenses your forearm muscles a little. And when playing fast exchanges where you have little time to relax the arm muscles, it can be quite tiring.
On the other hand, a grip that is too large for your hands would hinder control and your ability to change grip quickly. I've seen some players with several replacement grips over the original grip and it just looks ridiculous.
Also, over the years, I've noticed a general trend in that players that have sweaty hands tend to prefer relatively thinner grips. Whereas those with dry hands prefer med-large grips. My theory is, because larger diameter grips offer more contact area with the hand, there is more grip/friction which suits dry hands as they have less grip and would give the user confidence that the racquet is not going to fly away in a powerful smash.
Those with sweaty hands don't need the larger contact area as they already have more grip/friction so can use smaller grips.
I may be talking nonsense here, but it's something I've generally noticed (and of course there are exceptions!)
07-30-2013, 02:59 AM #51