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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.

Handle

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.

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Which Tennis String To Use?

Let's start by detailing the key features of a string. Strings have an impact on your performance and the health of your arm. If you feel recurring pain or have trouble keeping ball depth, a better choice of strings can help you sort it out. Here are different qualities of a string to have in mind:

  • Power:

The power of your shots is strongly impacted by the type of string you use. The speed of the ball is the result of what is called the trampoline effect: when the ball comes into contact with the racquet, it is deformed by penetrating the strings, then returns to its original shape. The ball will sink further into softer strings and, in return, the restored energy will be all the more important. There is a big difference between flexible strings (multifilament type) and stiff strings (polyester type), which will have different results in terms of energy restored.

In a similar logic, the lower the tension of the string, the greater the trampoline effect and the energy restored. On the other hand, the risk of loss of control increases.

  • Control:

What good is power without control? In order to choose your string, it is essential to find the right balance between the two. In contrast to the power, we will get more control with a more stiff string, limiting the trampoline effect. The ball stays in contact with the racquet longer, and the player masters his shot better  ... which leads to a loss of power.

It is the same effect for a string whose tension is high: the control is maximized.

  • Comfort

Besides power and control, it is also necessary to take into account the comfort of the string. The flexible ones, which generate a lot of power thanks to a larger trampoline effect, are also more comfortable. The comfort of the string is due to the reduced vibrations from the impact of the ball ... which is less traumatic for the forearm. Stiff strings, preferable for more control, are also more traumatic for the muscles.

  • Durability:

Another important element for tennis players when choosing strings is durability. The strings eventually break with time, but some break much faster than others. For example, natural gut, more expensive, certainly offers incomparable power but is also the least resistant. On the other hand, polyester monofilament strings are the most resistant.

  • Gauge:

Another key factor in the choice of the string: the gauge. The gauge is the diameter, in millimeters, of the string. The lower the gauge, the stronger the string, since the trampoline effect is maximized; we also associate with a weak gauge a better touch. However, with a larger gauge, the string is more control-oriented and, more importantly, is more resistant.

  • Tensions:

Let's finish with a capital element in tennis: the tension. As mentioned earlier, the higher the tension, the more control you get; the lower the tension, the greater the trampoline effect and the stronger the string. We will come back to this point later ... in the meantime, if you are advised to test several strings and several tensions, be careful not to go too far in extreme under penalty of playing with an uncontrollable racquet!