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As Gary mentioned on the call, according to a study this year by the Physical Activity Council (PAC), students exposed to tennis in physical education are 90% more likely to play tennis. This statistic is true for adults who experienced tennis in physical education. This is great news and reaffirms that there is no better way to increase diversity and grow our sport than taking tennis to schools! See below:
"You're going to get knocked down. It's whether you stay down or whether you get back up and fight that counts."
|Tennis is a universal sport you can play throughout your entire life. Playing with the right grip size means increased performance because you will have control over your racket. Additionally, players using improper grip sizes, either too large or too small physically compensate in ways that increase your chances of developing tennis elbow.
For example, a grip too small can cause the racket to twist in your hand during stroke execution, or, you squeeze the grip too tightly. Play with a grip too large and you decrease your wrist snap during your serves. Both practices land tennis elbow in your future.
The right grip size makes a huge difference in how a racquet performs. If you're not sure of your grip size, here are two simple ways to measure:
Holding an eastern forehand grip (the palm is placed against the same bevel as the string face), you should be able to fit the index finger of your non-hitting hand in the space between your ring finger and palm. If there isn't enough room for your index finger, the grip is too small. If there is space between your finger and palm, the grip is too big. A too-small grip requires more muscle strength to keep the racquet from twisting in your hand. Prolonged use of a grip that's too small can contribute to tennis elbow problems. A grip that's too large inhibits wrist snap on serves, makes changing grips more difficult and also requires more muscle strength. Prolonged use of a grip that's too big can also contribute to tennis elbow p You may feel comfortable with the smaller grip especialy if you played other racquet sports like racquetball or badminton. But you need a little larger grip for tennis racquets. Smaller then normal grip may cause all sorts of injuries of wrist and elbow. On contrary the racquet with the larger then normal grip will most likely fall off your hand which will make you squeeze the grip tighter. That will put an extra tension on your arm preventing the relaxed swing.
The grip sizes for adult racquets are starting from 4" and going up to 4 3/4" (4, 4.1/8, 4.1/4, 4.3/8, 4.1/2, 4.5/8, 4.3/4). Most models will not have sizes 4 and 4.3/4, but will have other 5 sizes as the most common. You may not understand the sizes scale in some countries as they use numbers:#0=4"; #1=4.1/8; #2=4.1/4; #3=4.3/8; #4=4.1/2; #5=4.5/8; #6=4.3/4.
The Junior racquets sizes are from 3 5/8" to 4" and in some cases to 4.1/8 .
There is a way to measure your grip size with ruler. Your correct grip size basicly is the distance from the tip of your ring finger to the farthest main vertical line in your hand. I would not advise to relay on the ruler in this case.
The better way to determine the correct grip is to measure it holding the racquet. Hold the racquet with one hand and slide the index finger of the other hand in between the tips of your fingers and the base of your palm. If the grip is too small - there will not be enough room for the index finger. If there is an extra room - the grip is too large. The correct grip is when the index finger fits perfectly.
Remember, you can not make the grip smaller. And do not buy the racquet with the grip too small even if it is a bargain. Building up the grip for more then 1 size will make it rounder and you will not feel the octangular grip shape. You may also print out the grip sizer from Wilson http://www.wilsonsports.com/media/wilson/pdf/gripsize_9861.pdf
§ A properly fitted grip will improve your control over the tennis racquet, enhancing your performance
§ A grip that is too small will allow the racquet to twist in your hand and can eventually lead to Tennis Elbow
§ A grip that is too large will decrease wrist snap on serves and prolonged use can also cause Tennis Elbow
§ How to choose the right size grip:
· Open your hand with your fingers extended and close together
· Place the end of a ruler in the middle of your palm, inline with the bottom lateral crease of your palm.
· Measure here from the middle of your palm to the tip of your ring finger
· This is your ideal grip size
· For the average woman, this size will be between 4 1/8" and 4 3/8"
· For the average man, it will be between 4 1/2" and 4 3/4"
· If you are between sizes, go with the smaller size and add an overgrip or heat-shrink sleeve for the perfect fit
· Most overgrips will increase the size by 1/16 inch and heat-shrink sleeves will increase grip by 1/8 inch