When taking care of tennis racquet stringing, it is important that you pay just as much attention to the wear of your racket’s grip. Tennis strings play an important role in both style of play and the prevention of injuries, and the condition of your grip and overgrips can similarly have a major impact.
The effect of grip on your performance
It will be necessary for you to find a racket that matches your game and level of expertise, and one of the most important factors in helping you make a selection will be how the racket feels in your hand. Since gripping the handle is the only point of contact between you and the racket, the amount of grip you are able to maintain is vital and will have a tremendous amount of influence on your shots.
For example, if the handle on your racket is too large, your hand will likely undergo additional strain trying to get a firm grasp, which will ultimately reduce the amount of flexibility you have as you attempt to switch grip positions between shots. This in turn can have an effect on your power, spin and placement. Using a handle that’s too large can also force you to grip the racket harder than normal, which will remove from your swing the relaxation needed for control and placement.
If your racket handle isn’t a good fit, you will spend at least a part of your practice session or match focusing on the awkward feel of the racket in your hands, which means you won’t be completely focused on improving or beating your opponent.
Good grips help prevent injury
In addition to causing problems with your swing, a racket with an oversized or undersized handle can lead to injuries that could also have an effect on your performance. If you are using a racket with a grip that is too small, the racket will slip slightly in your hand after every hit, and your wrist activity will naturally increase to compensate for the additional movement of the racket in your hand. As a result, you could experience wrist or elbow injuries that endanger your availability to finish the match, and could potentially cause long-term problems as well.
Meanwhile, a grip that is too large for your hand could lead to inflammation of the muscles located in the forearm, which can be extremely uncomfortable to play through, and will certainly affect your level of play as well.
You should look to replace your grip at least twice a year, or with every other tennis racquet stringing. Experimenting as you try to find the right grip can be a tedious process, but it will only serve to help improve your game. Lawler Sports has all of the tennis equipment that you need to help you stay healthy and elevate your game, so make sure to pay a visit to us today to check out our selection of grips, strings, rackets and more. We look forward to assisting you!