There are two general ways to determine your proper grip size.

Physical Fit: Hold the paddle by the handle as you would while playing. Insert your non-dominant index finger in the space between your palm and the tip of your ring finger. If your index finger is snug, then the grip is sized correctly. If you need to move the tip of your ring finger to accomodate the inserted finger, then you need a larger grip. If it is not snug, or there is space, then you need a smaller grip.

Ring Finger Measurement: A player can measure his or her grip size with a ruler. Your palm has three creases. Measure the distance from the tip of your ring finger, down to the middle crease in your palm.

Between Sizes: If you are between grip sizes, then go with a smaller grip. Reducing the size of a handle is generally not an option. However, you can always increase the size of a handle by using a different base grip, or an overgrip. An overgrip is approximately .023" thick (about .6 mm). An inexpensive overgrip is used to preserve your original grip, keep your paddle from slipping in your hand, and/or thicken a handle that is a bit too small.

Base Grips....

  • are applied directly to the handle
  • are much thicker than overgrips (about 2 mm or .078")
  • tend to last longer
  • cost around 2x more than overgrips
  • often have more cushion


  • often go over the top of the base grip to preserve the base grip
  • are much thinner than base grips (about .6 mm or .023")
  • generally do not last as long as the base grip (this is their intent)
  • can provide more tack, wicking, and or color
  • are much less expensive than base grips