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As we already discussed in our “Measuring Your Tennis Racquet Grip Size” guide, your grip size is not something to overlook. Problems with the grip size can lead to problems with your arm, wrist, and therefore, your tennis game and match performance. Since a grip size that is too small can lead to just as many issues as a grip size that is too large, we have some suggestions on how to increase your grip if need be. So don’t be too quick to run out and buy a new racket just yet.
This is the most common, cheapest and easiest way to increase the size of your grip. An overgrip is a tape-like cloth wrap that is applied to the grip of a tennis racquet to provide extra stickiness, softness, and/or absorb sweat. In this case, however, we will use it to increase the grip size of your racquet. Overgrips are pretty thin, so generally you can increase your grip size only a little - around 1/16” (or 1/2 a grip size). Overgrips have different feel and softness - they can have a tacky, dry or soft feel, so it is easy to find one that feels right for you.
Some tennis racquet brands (for example, Volkl) offer grip pallets.
These are the plastic moulds, which come in two parts, that are normally stuck or tacked onto the racquet mold, beneath the replacement grip. If another grip size change is needed, they can be removed and replaced with another size. The process is pretty straight forward.
The advantage of heat sleeves is that they add exactly one grip size, it maintains the grip’s shape, and can be removed if needed. The disadvantage is that it takes time and you will need some additional tools and supplies to do it (pliers, heat gun, razor knife). So, if you go this route, we recommend having a professional at a tennis shop do this for you.
We do not recommend this approach although we see this done all the time. One of the issues is that adding a replacement grip would usually add more than one grip size to your current grip. It will also add more weight and change the balance of your tennis racquet. Additionally, it will alter the shape of the grip, making the corners (the edges of the bevels) of the grip rounder, which could make it tougher to feel which bevel you're on. If all this does not bother you or affect your game, installing an additional replacement grip is done pretty much by using the same technique as for installing an overgrip.
Still unsure which of the above options to go with? Contact us and we will be happy to help.