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    Default anything wrong with REALLY thick grip?

    Just wondering, does anyone else use a really thick grip? I find myself using the ribbed griptape over stock grip, which results in something closer to a tennis raquet handle than a badminton handle. For some reason this feels more solid in my hand, but I wonder if its just because I've become accustomed to it... anything wrong with this?

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    If you play better with a thicker grip, it's still OK. When you compare the size to some of the pro's, you'd be surprised how quite a few have really small grips.

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    that is true... and that is what makes me think it might be wrong to use such a thick grip, like maybe a thinner grip helps with finesse or something. On the other hand, I'm a much bigger person than most of the pros I've seen, I don't think there's many badminton players over 200lbs, its not really a big man's game

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    as long as it suits you, no one really bothers

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    Quote Originally Posted by morbo
    that is true... and that is what makes me think it might be wrong to use such a thick grip, like maybe a thinner grip helps with finesse or something. On the other hand, I'm a much bigger person than most of the pros I've seen, I don't think there's many badminton players over 200lbs, its not really a big man's game
    you should do a search on this topic. A thinner grip does help with the fine control that the fingers can give. For example, those hold and flicks disguise are largely finger technique. That's why the disguise is so good.

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    Thinner grip allows you to turn the racquet quicker and potentially generate more "snap" power but a thicker grip makes things more comfortable and reduces the chance of arm strain, but its a case of find where your comfortable and stick with it.

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    thanks everyone, I will search about this and for now keep the thick grip, it fits me ok and I don't do any deceptive shots at the moment. I can always take it off later and use the stock grip..

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    Quote Originally Posted by morewood
    Thinner grip allows you to turn the racquet quicker and potentially generate more "snap" power but a thicker grip makes things more comfortable and reduces the chance of arm strain, but its a case of find where your comfortable and stick with it.
    It's obvious u got a bigger hand to start out with so u shouldn't do straight comparison to players who are 'smaller' than you. Generally bigger grip is more comfortable because the owner build it up with thick overgrip. To me i lose accuracy because thick overgrip means rounded handle which mean i lose my pin point accuracy. In yonex rackets, G2 is quite big with a regular overgrip. If u want big grip, start with a largest G's.
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    G2 is perfect for our GPB .

    Quote Originally Posted by cooler
    It's obvious u got a bigger hand to start out with so u shouldn't do straight comparison to players who are 'smaller' than you. Generally bigger grip is more comfortable because the owner build it up with thick overgrip. To me i lose accuracy because thick overgrip means rounded handle which mean i lose my pin point accuracy. In yonex rackets, G2 is quite big with a regular overgrip. If u want big grip, start with a largest G's.

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    If you can twirl your racquet easily when holding the racquet and also do a figure-of-8 changing of your grip movement, from backhand to forehand, rapidly, then your grip size is probably right for you.

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    Put all the "pros and cons" aside 1st, as you need to feel comfortable to begin with. If the thicker grips make you feel more comfortable, stick with it. All the "advantages" won't work well for you, if you feel uncomfortable to start with.

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    A grip that is comfortable to hold and smash may or may not be too slow for that lightning switch from forehand to backhand. For all round playability a grip size that allows you to change your grip rapidly, from backhand to forehand, and to all the different grips that different strokes require at an instant, is a requirement. Comfortable, yes, but it must be within the fundamental playability requirement. Comfortable + poor playability = no no. Comfortable + playability = you have got it right. Strange as it may seem, a grip that is great on playability is always comfortable. Otherwise, how else can you switch from a forehand stroke to a backhand push at lightning speed to kill of the reply?

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