A crucial but often overlooked aspect is the thickness of the grip on your padel racket. This seemingly small adjustment can significantly impact your comfort, control, and injury prevention. In this blog, we delve into the influence of grip thicknesses and help you choose the ideal grip size.

Why is grip thickness important?

The thickness of the grip on your padel racket plays a vital role in how you hold and handle the racket. The right grip thickness can help you improve your playing comfort, increase your accuracy, and prevent injuries.

  1. Comfort and Performance
    The right grip thickness ensures that you can hold the racket comfortably without exerting too much pressure. This prevents your hands from getting tired or injured. A grip that is too thin or too thick can lead to an uncomfortable posture, which can result in blisters or pain in the wrist and elbow.

  2. Improved Control and Accuracy
    With a grip that fits your hand well, you can better control and maneuver the racket. This helps you hit the ball with precision and maintain control over your shot. A grip that is too thin can make the racket feel wobbly, while a grip that is too thick can restrict your movement.

  3. Injury Prevention
    A good grip thickness can significantly reduce the risk of injury. A grip that is too thin can put excessive pressure on your fingers and wrist, while a grip that is too thick can unnecessarily strain your wrist. By choosing the right thickness, you ensure that the racket lies comfortably in your hand and that you can hold it firmly without putting undue pressure on your joints.

How to determine the ideal grip thickness?

Choosing the right grip thickness can be a personal process, depending on your hand size, playing style, and personal preference. Here are some steps to determine the ideal grip size:

  1. Measure your hand size
    A simple way to measure your grip size is by holding the racket and checking the space between your fingers and the edge of the grip. If your thumb and middle finger can touch without too much pressure, you probably have the right size. There should be a small space where your pinky just fits.

  2. Try different thicknesses
    It's important to try different grip thicknesses to see which one feels the most comfortable. Some players prefer a thinner grip for more feel and the ability to play more with the wrist, while others choose a thicker grip for extra cushioning and control.

  3. Consider your playing style and personal preference
    Your playing style can also play a role in choosing the grip thickness. Attacking players who make powerful shots can benefit from a thicker grip for extra stability. Defensive players who emphasize precision and control may opt for a thinner grip.

The different thicknesses of grips

There are various grip thicknesses available, ranging from thin overgrips to thick standard grips. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages:

  1. Thin grips (Overgrips)
    Thin grips, or overgrips, are often used to slightly increase the thickness of the existing grip and to provide extra comfort and sweat absorption. They are easy to apply and replace, allowing you to experiment quickly with different thicknesses.

  2. Standard grips
    Standard grips are usually around 1.9 mm to 2.0 mm thick and offer a good balance between comfort and control. They are suitable for most players and playing styles.

  3. Thick grips (Overgrips)
    Thick grips add extra thickness and cushioning to the handle of your racket. They are ideal for players with larger hands or for those seeking extra comfort and injury prevention.

Additional refinements: Overgrip and undergrip

Besides the standard classification into thin, standard, and thick grips, there are refinements such as overgrips and undergrips that offer specific benefits:

  1. Overgrip
    This is an extra layer of grip applied over the existing grip. There are variants such as "tacky" sticky overgrips and snake grips that provide extra grip and comfort.

  2. Undergrip:
    This is the base layer grip on the racket, over which an overgrip can be applied. For undergrips, you can use Noene (anti-vibration) to reduce vibrations and increase comfort.

  3. Alternatives and combinations: There are also alternatives like Hesacore, X-grip, and Cork-grip that can be used in combination with a grip for extra comfort and injury prevention.

    Impact of grip thickness on racket weight

    The number and type of grips also determine the choice of racket, as grips add weight to your racket. It is important that the final weight (racket with accessories, undergrips, and overgrips) for men remains under 380 grams and for women under 365-370 grams, with exceptions of course.

    Tips for choosing the right grip thickness

    1. Test the grip thickness while playing The best way to find the right grip thickness is by trying different options while playing. Pay attention to how the grip feels and whether you can play comfortably and effortlessly.

    2. Seek advice from a professional If you are unsure about which grip thickness is best for you, ask a padel professional for advice. They can help you make the right choice based on their experience and knowledge.

    3. Consider external factors External factors such as humidity can also affect your grip. In humid conditions, a slightly thicker grip can be useful to prevent the racket from slipping out of your hands.


    Choosing the right grip thickness for your padel racket can make a world of difference in your game. It ensures more comfort, better control, and helps prevent injuries. By measuring your hand size, trying different grip thicknesses, and considering your playing style and external factors, you can find the perfect grip size that takes your game to the next level. Refinements such as overgrips, undergrips, and other grip alternatives offer additional options to customize your racket to your personal needs and preferences.

    June 26, 2024 — Jorn van t Klooster