How to Enlarge Your Tennis Racquet Grip

by Dan Harkins

Tennis racquets come in different head and grip sizes. To find the right fit, grab the grip like you're shaking hands and see if you can slide the index finger of your other hand between your fingers and palm on the grip. If you can slide two fingers or more into this gap, you should try a smaller grip. If your fingers nearly touch your palm, you can make a slight an adjustment to enlarge the grip.

Items you will need

  • Grip tape
  • Finishing tape
  • Scissors
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Step 1

Find a grip tape, sometimes marketed as an overgrip, that's thick and sweat-absorbing. This will improve your grip by fattening it while also keeping it from becoming slippery.

Step 2

Peel off any old grip tape you previously applied over your racquet's original leather grip. Clean the grip with a sponge and water. Let it dry.

Step 3

Remove the portion of the grip tape's backing with the tapered end. If you take off all the backing, it could stick to itself and become unusable.

Step 4

Wrap the end of the grip tape in one full revolution around the butt of the grip.

Step 5

Angle of the tape slightly toward the head of the racquet as you continue to wrap the grip. Overlap your passes just 1 or 2 millimeters, like a candy cane, until you reach the top of the hand grip.

Step 6

Add another layer of overgrip if you still want a larger grip.

Step 7

Wrap your finishing tape, which looks like a thin strip of electrical tape, around the top of your grip at least one full revolution. This will hold your grip tape in place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Any more than two layers of overgrip becomes too much. If you still need to enlarge your grip after applying these layers, look into buying another tennis racquet with a larger grip.

About the Author

Dan Harkins has been a full-time journalist since 1997. Prior to working in the alternative press, he served as a staff writer and editor for daily publications such as the "St. Petersburg Times" and "Elyria Chronicle-Telegram." Harkins holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of South Florida.

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