How to choose the handle size for your first racket?


The handle of a tennis racket for an adult is usually measured in units from 1 to 5. For children, the sizes are: 0000 (smallest), 000, 00, 0 (largest).

For the most part, specific models of children’s rackets have only one handle size, so once you have chosen the length of the racket, you no longer have to choose a handle size.

There are two systems for measuring the size of a tennis racket handle – American and European. The American system indicates the circumference of the handle in inches.

The European one shows how many eighths of an inch this circle is (minus 4).

For example, size 4 3/8 in the American system corresponds to size 3 in European.

One of the common ways:
Take the racket in your palm. Grasp the handle with your right hand, and place the index finger of your left hand in the gap between your fingertips and the palm of your right hand.

If your index finger fits just inside the gap, as shown in the picture to the left, then this is the handle for you.
If the finger does not fit or there is too much space, then such a handle is small or large, respectively.