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How to Increase Grip size

            There are a lot of reason you may want to increase your grip size whether it was the only grip size available and too small or you bought a racquet for a growing teen. A grip build up can add up to two grip sizes from the original.  Luckily there are a couple of ways we can increase grip size.

First, we need to go over what how grip sizes differ. U.S sizes are in inches while European are 0-6 here is a chart that correlates the two

     U.S.      Europe

4”

0

4-1/8”

1

4-1/4”

2

4-3/8”

3

4-1/2”

4

4-5/8”

5

4-3/4”

6

 

For European sizes, they go up on per 1/8 of an inch, so one grip size is 1/8”.

 

Increasing ½ size( 1/16”)

                The most common way to increase a grip size this much is with an overgrip. Overgrips are generally 1/16 of an inch which is perfect for increasing grips a half size. On top of increasing grip size slightly overgrips are also beneficial for a different grip feeling. They can be absorbent, tackier, or dry feeling as well as provides extra cushioning. They also add minimum weight to the handle so it won't affect balance.

 

Increasing One Size (1/8”)

            The most effective way to bring your grip up one full size is using a heat shrink wrap. You will need pliers to remove a staple from the current grip, a heat gun the to shrink the wrap and either a new grip or you can use your old one if in good condition. Remove the current base grip carefully if this is down properly you will be able to reuse this later. Slip on heat shrink sleep 3/8” of overlapping the handle. If there is any overhang safely use a razor to shave off excess.

Cons:

Adds 14-16 grams (0.49-0.56 oz) to the handle

Can change balance 2-4 points headlight

 

Increasing Grip Two Sizes (1/4”)

            Warning: Doing this adds a substantial amount of weight to the handle, and significantly changing the balance. Follow the same steps as the single sleeve just add another one on top of it

Cons:

Adds 28-32 grams of weight approx. 1 ounce to the handle

Shifts balance 4-8 points to the handle

Can start to lose the feeling of the bevel

 


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