Measuring the correct grip size for a pickleball paddle is important for comfort and control while playing. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you determine the appropriate grip size for your paddle:
Measure your hand:
a. Hold your dominant hand out, as if you were going to give a handshake.
b. Using a ruler or measuring tape, measure the distance from the tip of your ring finger to the middle crease of your palm. This measurement will give you an approximation of the right grip size for your hand in inches.
Alternatively, use the finger test:
a. Hold a pickleball paddle with your dominant hand as if you were going to play.
b. Slide the index finger of your non-dominant hand between your fingertips and the base of your palm on the paddle grip.
c. If your index finger fits snugly without much space or overlap, the grip size is likely suitable for you. If there is too much space or your fingers are overlapping, you may need to try a different grip size.
a. Pickleball paddle grip sizes typically range from 4 inches (small) to 4 1/2 inches (large).
b. Smaller grip sizes provide better wrist action and maneuverability, making them suitable for players with smaller hands or those who prefer more control.
c. Larger grip sizes offer more stability and power, making them suitable for players with larger hands or those who prefer more power in their shots.
Adjusting grip size:
a. If you find that the grip size of a paddle is too small, you can add an overgrip to increase the size slightly. Overgrips can add around 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch to the grip size.
b. If the grip size is too large, it is more challenging to adjust. In this case, you may need to consider purchasing a different paddle with a smaller grip size.
Remember that personal preference plays a role in choosing the right grip size. It is crucial to feel comfortable and confident when holding your pickleball paddle. If possible, try out different grip sizes at a local store or borrow paddles from friends to find the grip size that suits you best.