Before choosing a pickleball racket grip size, you should consider some factors, such as grip shape, grip type, and whether you will use an over-grip. Normally, over-grip will increase the racket size by half or one full size (1/16 to 1/8 inch). This is obviously something you need to keep in mind when looking for a racket. If you do choose to use an over-grip racket, you will want to find a racket that is half to one size smaller than the over-grip type you are using. will use.
Tips when choosing the handle size of the Pickleball racket
If you are stuck between two sizes, choose the smaller one, because you can increase the size with over-grip, but you can’t use the larger one
Do not use a paddle with a significantly smaller handle, as it will cause you to squeeze the handle with more force. This can affect your hands, forearms and elbows, causing fatigue and eventually tendinitis
Do not use a paddle with a significantly greater grip, as it will restrict the movement of your wrist, make it more difficult to change the grip, and require more power to use
The best grip size is one that is large enough to play comfortably and allow all-round movement
There are basically two ways to measure the size of your paddle grip: pass the index finger test or the ruler test, although you need to have a paddle for the index finger test on hand.
Index finger test
Use the Pickle racket, hold it with your dominant hand, and use the Eastern grip. If you don’t know what the Eastern grip is, then the index finger joint and heel pad are located on the third slope. Therefore, your palm will be placed on the same slope as the string surface.
After completing the Eastern grip, use the index finger of the other hand to slide it between the ring finger and the palm of your hand. The most suitable paddle handle size is the size of your index finger close to this gap. Insufficient space or too much space means your grip is too small or too large.
After finding a suitable fit, try a few more finger tests to make sure. This is called the scientific method, and it requires multiple tests to confirm accurate results. After you find the right paddle, take a moment to take a deep breath. Smell it? That is the taste of victory.
Then, the size of your oar handle is determined by the length between the tip of your ring finger and the outer crease on the bottom of your palm. The length should be between 4 inches and 5 inches.
In addition to providing you with comfort when playing pickleballs, a suitable grip size can also help prevent injuries caused by long-term use of small or large grips.
The problem with the grip size being too small is that your hands, wrists and arms will have to expend extra energy to squeeze the handle to hold the racket firmly in place. Over time, this can cause injuries such as tennis elbow. You may also find that a handle that is too small will often slip out of your hand, which can be frustrating.
Similarly, a grip that is too large may be difficult to hold, and therefore put unnecessary pressure on your hands, wrists, and arms. In addition, when you need to quickly change the grip or when you want to break your wrist while serving or hitting the ball, the large grip can be difficult to manage because it restricts movement.
The key is to find a grip size that feels comfortable, prevents excessive stress on the body, and allows an appropriate range of motion.
Choose the right grip size
There are two common methods to help determine the ideal grip size for a player. However, I generally recommend using both to help get the best fit, rather than using one.
First, if you have a ruler or tape measure handy. Next, take a look at one of your hands and you will notice a bunch of lines and creases on your palm. In the middle of the palm, you will notice two large or obvious lines, one at the top and one at the bottom, extending horizontally from one side of the hand to the other.
Take the ruler or tape measure and align it vertically with your middle finger, so that the bottom of the ruler (the part that touches the palm) is aligned with the horizontal line at the bottom of the palm. Once you line it up, measure to the top of your ring finger.
You should find that the measurement is between 4 inches and 5 inches.
Start with the handle size that is closest to the size you measured, and then hold the handle with a continental grip.
At this point, you should be able to extend the index finger of your hand instead of sandwiching the racket between the tip of your middle finger and the palm of your hand. If it fits, then you might be right.
However, please remember that this is not an exact science, so please hold the larger racket grip size first, and then the smaller one to see if the grip you are sure of is appropriate. For many players, you only need to hold each oar. It should feel comfortable but safe.
Some players may feel that they are somewhere in between. If so, please choose a smaller size. There are many different ways to create a grip to make it feel perfect, including simply adding a cheap over-grip. However, this is more difficult, and in some cases it is impossible to reduce the size of the handle.
Many players also like to use a new over-grip every few times to keep the hand feeling good. If that is you, and you buy a larger size on the fence, it will definitely become smaller. Over-grip usually adds about 1/16-inch of the grip, so if you get smaller, you are free to add over-grip without feeling too bulky.