Correct Size Does Matter!
Grip size, in this case, does matter! However, for several years the largest grip size available has been a 4 ⅝, or just 5 for short.
This is simply the circumference of the finished grip forward of the butt cap. Of course the butt cap is of a size that will capture the butt of your hand for comfort and control.
But what happens if you need a grip size larger than 4 ⅝? In years gone by a shrink tube was applied to the current grip pallet and the size was increased accordingly. Typically only two (2) shrink tubes could be used and even then the grip facets became “rounded”.
Lucky for us, and you of course, we can now print grip pallets in any size required! The largest one so far is a 5 1/4 for a player in New York using a Babolat Pure Aero.
Each printed pallet is made specifically for a racquet, not just a “one size fits all” approach due to very subtle variations in size, especially the inner shaft.
In this case the pallets were longer to accommodate large hands so the length of the racquet was increased through the use of these pallets and a printed extender.
The printed pallet must fit securely and the best way to assure the fit is to have the racquet.