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    is the biggher the grip size the better?or vice versa

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    Personal preference. Select whatever size fits for ur hand size, and you feel comfortable to play with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racketinter
    is the biggher the grip size the better?or vice versa
    An educated guess would tell you that grip size is predominantly dependent on the size of your hands. If you have bucket hands and a G5 grip, you're going to be clenching a fist around the handle and that's useless, let's be honest. Conversely, if you have tiny hands you want to be able to get your hands around the handle so adding three standard PU grips isn't a smart move.

    For those with any idea of basic mechanics, you'll also appreciate how adding grips to the handle of a racquet will also change the balance and weight distribution of it. This bears no influence on where a racquet will bend (I presume, any physicists please help me here), but may give the racquet a different feel to what you may like.

    So, no, bigger isn't necessarily better.

    My advice? Learn how to hold a racquet in a proper forehand grip for starters! Then:

    1. Take an old racquet, an old PU grip, a couple of over-grips
    2. Grip the racquet using various combinations and find out what suits you!

    WARNING: Using the wrong grip size can cause tendonitis in the elbow. I'm am not responsible for any injury you sustain as a result of reading this since it is merely a suggestion! Have another day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDawg
    WARNING: Using the wrong grip size can cause tendonitis in the elbow. I'm am not responsible for any injury you sustain as a result of reading this since it is merely a suggestion! Have another day!
    Yes! I got 'Tennis elbow' out of the blue (no changes to style, technique or equipment) and was advised to try a bigger grip. I tried it, and my tennis elbow disappeared! Two weeks later I got an intense pain down the outside of my arm, wrist and hand!
    Maybe I'm just getting old

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    Nope, not getting old - you're as young as you think you are!

    Anyhow, I believe pain down the outside of the arm to be golfers' elbow. And I also belive it's caused by too large a grip! (Would a physio like to confirm this? I have a feeling I'm telling porkies!)

    I used to have the same problem when I was little and thinned my grips down. If it's of any help, my weapon of choice:

    AT700; 4U/G5; single Karakal PU super grip over handle + single Yonex Grap on top of that = Bloomin' marvellous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by racketinter
    is the biggher the grip size the better?or vice versa
    The only reason to go with a bigger grip is for power. Otherwise, I'd go with a normal or slightly smaller grip. The reasons why:

    +better feel for the racket (easier to rotate, move up down)
    +better wrist control (whip)
    +less expensive (buy less grips )

    -less power
    -may cause pain in the arm because smaller and you'll grip tighter (that's why I say go normal size or only slightly smaller)



    This of course is all, in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DinkAlot
    The only reason to go with a bigger grip is for power. Otherwise, I'd go with a normal or slightly smaller grip. The reasons why:

    +better feel for the racket (easier to rotate, move up down)
    +better wrist control (whip)
    +less expensive (buy less grips )

    -less power
    -may cause pain in the arm because smaller and you'll grip tighter (that's why I say go normal size or only slightly smaller)



    This of course is all, in general.
    Do you really feel like you get more power? I feel like a smaller grip gives me power because I can generate faster racqauet head speed.

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    I have the same observation with FISHMILK. Smallere grips generate more power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juris
    I have the same observation with FISHMILK. Smallere grips generate more power.
    Yes and no. Yes for players who use finger power as added power. No for players who must use brute strength.

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    The prime example is Sigit B. His finger power is just amazing!

    Quote Originally Posted by juris
    I have the same observation with FISHMILK. Smallere grips generate more power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taneepak
    Yes and no. Yes for players who use finger power as added power. No for players who must use brute strength.

    I guess we just figured out what power I use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DinkAlot
    I guess we just figured out what power I use.
    LOL! I need the grip size to be just about Yonex G3. If its bigger than that it affects how I change grips for those out of position trouble shots as well as others. In general I think a smaller grip gives you a better release of the hand and more power, true in golf also... slightly off topic, Don't know if you guys heard about a guy called Bubba Watson in golf. He is now the longest hitter on the tour. He uses about 8 extra wraps on his driver grip so that he can release aggressively and still not over do it...

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    8 Grips on a driver? Blimey. I think we're approaching physics territory if we want to figure out why more grips result in more power.

    I've only heard Asian coaches mention the concept of 'finger power' and, being the best in the world at the sport, it's probably a valid coaching point too.

    Let's be realistic though, how many people can say they consciously use their fingers to generate more power? If you ask me it's something you do naturally and isn't taught. Why? You try and use your fingers in a conscious effort to generate extra power in an overhead or in a flick/drive. You'll probably start changing the direction of the racquet face and that's no good for you. And how exactly do you compare the impact of finger muscles when involved in a smash are your arm, abs and pectorals?

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    I believe that finger power -- in the sense taught by Lee Jae Bok -- can only be used for midcourt and forecourt strokes.

    Tightening your grip for a smash also involves the fingers, but it's a totally different movement. If you didn't tighten your grip, the racket would fly out your hand.

    I do not believe you can combine finger power and good smashing technique.

    Finger power (in this sense) is not a "natural" technique -- quite the opposite! It requires conscious application.

    Too big a grip will prevent you using finger power, but too small a grip will have you clenching the racket on smashes (not good).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gollum
    I believe that finger power -- in the sense taught by Lee Jae Bok -- can only be used for midcourt and forecourt strokes.

    Tightening your grip for a smash also involves the fingers, but it's a totally different movement. If you didn't tighten your grip, the racket would fly out your hand.

    I do not believe you can combine finger power and good smashing technique.

    Finger power (in this sense) is not a "natural" technique -- quite the opposite! It requires conscious application.

    Too big a grip will prevent you using finger power, but too small a grip will have you clenching the racket on smashes (not good).
    Gollum,

    Can you please describe what exactly is finger power, maybe in a new thread under the techinques folder? I probably use it but don't know which kind of manipulation of the racket is called finger power. I am curious if this so called finger power manipulation of the racket can be totally independent of the wrist and forearm movement.

    Thanks Very Much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gollum
    Too big a grip will prevent you using finger power, but too small a grip will have you clenching the racket on smashes (not good).
    Yeah, there are trade-offs. That is until one can develop the finger power.

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    Bigger or smaller grip isn't important.

    Everyone should change their grip to LIN DAN grip, if you want to be like Super Dan!
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