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What is My Grip Size for a Tennis Racquet?

The popular method for finding your tennis racquet grip size is to follow these simple instruction.

  1. On your playing hand, your palm has three main creases. Hold your hand flat, with the fingers alongside one another.
  2. Measure from the middle crease of your palm, up the line between your middle and ring fingers, to a point equal to the height of the tip of your ring finger. Typically women will measure between 4 1/8" and 4 3/8", men between 4 1/2" and 4 3/4".

Juniors will usually measure less than 4". Most Junior Frames are only offered in this size.

If you are between sizes, go with the smaller grip. A slightly small grip can be built up easily with an overwrap. Too large a grip can not be properly adjusted without altering the frames properties. Overgrips can't build a grip effectively more than 1/8" though, because each layer of overwrap adds to the rounding off of the bevel edges on your handle.

Customizing your Racquet

Lead Tape - how and where to apply it?

Lead tape will increase the weight of the racquet, which in turn will give it more power. Depending on where you place it, lead tape can expand the size of the sweet spot by making the head more resistant to vibration and twisting on off-center hits.

6 o' clock

Sticking tape in this position will make the racquet more stable, a bit less maneuverable, and a smidgen more powerful. And the sweet spot will be pulled down, a plus for players who tend to make contact near the throat

10 o'clock and 2 o'clock

Weight placed at these two positions will increase the frame's power, significantly reduce maneuverability, add some stability to the racquet on off-center hits, and stretch the sweet spot toward the upper edges.


Lead tape that's placed on the handle, under the grip, will increase the racquet's weight with little effect on swing weight. This configuration best suits serve-and-volleyers who want a heavier racquet without sacrificing maneuverability.

3 o'clock and 9 o'clock

This configuration is twice as nice: It expands the sweet spot toward the sides of the frame, adding stability on off-center hits, and makes the racquet considerably more powerful.

12 o'clock

Applying lead tape here will give you the greatest power boost and expand the sweet spot toward the tip of the racquet. The potential downside? The racquet might feel unwieldy, especially at the net.

Which Squash Ball To use?

Understanding which squash ball to use can be a bit confusing. Choosing the correct ball can make a huge difference to the amount of enjoyment you’re able to take from a practice session or match.

Dunlop are still generally regarded as the market leaders when it comes to squash balls. They are the official ball to the PSA and offer 4 different balls for players of different levels.

The Pro (or double yellow dot) is the official ball of the leading global organisations, thats the WSF, PSA and WSA.  It is the only ball used in international and professional events. It’s suitable for professionals, good club players or for playing on very warm courts.

The competition (Single yellow dot) has a 10% longer hang time than the Pro and is aimed at lower level club players or for use on cold courts. Professionals will often use these a lot during training, particularly in preparation for playing in warmer countries. 

The Progress (red dot) is aimed at improvers and recreational players. It is 6% larger than the Pro and Competition balls. The hang time is increased  by approximately 20% when compared to the Pro ball. It bounces more and doesn’t have to be hit as hard to get the ball warm.

The Intro (blue dot) is aimed at beginners, is 12% larger than Pro and hangs for 40% longer. Its perfect for people who are new to the game and don’t want to have to worry about keeping the ball warm to maintain a rally.

There are other balls on the market which are worth exploring. The key is finding the right ball that works for you. You want the ball to bounce enough so that you are able to rally and not having to worry about trying to warm it up all of the time.

Using the correct ball will increase your enjoyment of the sport. It will make both game play and practice more enjoyable.