Paddle manufacturers list several grip sizes for their paddles. Many times when you order a paddle, you can select what grip size you want. So, how do you know what is right for you? Well, here’s some tips to select the right grip size for you.
- Hold the paddle like you normally hold it while playing.
- With your opposite hands index finger, place it between the meaty part of your hand just below the thumb and the longest finger of the hand that's holding the paddle. It should fit comfortably in this gap.
If your finger doesn't fit then your grip may be too small.
If there is a very large gap, your grip may be too large.
If you don't have a pickleball paddle handy, you can also measure your grip size using a ruler. With your hand open and fingers extended close together, align the ruler with the bottom lateral crease of your palm and measure to the tip of your ring finger.
Keep in mind, it's easier to increase grip size on most paddles. If you're between grip sizes, use a trick I’ve used for years. Buy a size smaller grip and then use an overgrip wrap. A typical overgrip will increase a grip by 1/16 inch. Overgrips can easily be replaced when they get worn and dirty for a fraction of the cost of a replacement grip. A fresh, properly wrapped grip helps with moisture absorption, provides you with better paddle control and increased confidence.
Select the best grip that gives you the best control when hitting the ball. The paddle should not slip/twist in your hand when hitting the ball. If you do select a thick grip handle that is cushioned, you may also want to "overwrap" the handle. This may help in keeping sweat from absorbing into the grip and causing it to slip in your hands.
At https://pickleballtown.com/product-category/paddles/ all of our Engage line of paddles may be ordered in any grip size for no additional cost. The standard grip size is listed in each paddle specs. For the Selkirk line of paddles, the standard grip is 4 1/4. There is an additional charge of $5.00 for a thin grip of 4 inch, a double grip size (4 ½), or for the Selkirk Contour grip. Gamma, Head, and Paddletek all list the grip size in the paddle specs.
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