By keeping some basic guidelines in mind, you can learn how to make a tennis racquet grip smaller. No matter if you are a young player or simply want to try a new technique, playing tennis with a smaller grip can provide great results.
- Use a sharp knife or scissors to carefully remove the old grip from the tennis racquet. Use a clean cloth and warm, soapy water to remove any sticky residue that may remain from the grip tape.
- Carefully begin to unroll a piece of the new grip, and stick a small piece onto the end of the tennis racquet. While the tape should be sticky enough to hold on its own, you may want to consider using a staple for an added piece of reassurance.
- Hold the head of the tennis racquet firmly against your thigh or hip. You can also have a friend or family member hold the head of the racquet while you perform this part of the job.
- Slowly begin winding the new grip around the handle, paying special attention to where the original grip ended. If you are a right-handed player, make sure to wind the tape to the right; likewise, if you are a left-handed player, wind the tape to the left. Be sure to stop the tape before you reach the spot where the prior grip ended. You will be able to identify this spot by either a faded color pattern. Also, the factory tape is applied very tightly, and there will be an indentation of where the tape was previously placed. Apply a small piece of finishing tape to keep the grip from unwinding.