Measure hand size

measure hand size

There are several methods to measure your hand size. The purpose for which you want to measure your hand size determines which unit of measurement you work with when measuring. Proper glove size requires a circumference or length measurement in inches or centimeters. Hand span, or reach, can help assess a person’s suitability for a particular sport. Hand size is also important when choosing certain musical instruments.

Measure the hand circumference

You need to know why hand circumference is useful.

This is the standard measurement manufacturers use for glove sizing. The circumference is measured around the palm, from the little finger to the index finger, where they meet the palm. If you have access to the gloves in person, you can also just try them on – but it might be useful to have your measurements to hand if you’re ordering gloves online or having them made to order.

Ask a friend for help.

This measurement is much easier if you have someone help you. If possible, measure your dominant hand for gloves to get an accurate hand size.

Hold your hand up

If someone else is measuring them for you, you should hold up your palm as if to wave. If you measure your hand circumference, it might be better to look at your palm. Keep your fingers straight and your thumb in a normal, comfortable position.

Miss the hand.

Wrap a cloth tape measure around your hand at its widest point, where your fingers meet your palm. It is usually wrapped around the outside of the palm (just below the pinky) and the inside of the palm. Don’t measure the outside of the thumb – just the palm. If you don’t have a fabric measuring tape, you can just use string or a long strip of paper. Wrap the string around your palm as you would a tape measure. Make sure to mark where the end of the string meets the loop. Now spread out the cord and measure the marked portion with a ruler.

Note the measure.

Read the number where the end of the fabric measuring tape intersects the rest. Adult hands are usually between 15 cm (6 inches) and 28 cm (11 inches). Children generally have a hand size between 2.5 cm (1 inch) and 15 cm (6 inches). The circumference in inches corresponds directly to the glove size.

Find out your glove size.

Once you have measured your hand circumference, you can compare the number to the “standard” measurements to find your glove size. Review the hand circumferences that guide the standard glove sizes: XS: 7 inches S: 7.5 to 8 inches M: 8.5 to 9 inches L: 9.5 to 10 inches XL: 10.5 to 11 inches XXL: 11 .5 to 12 inches

Measure the hand length

Measure the hand length of the large hands.

If your hands are particularly large or long, you may need to use hand length instead of hand circumference to determine the correct glove size. Most gloves are made for hands that are relatively equal in length and width. You may only fit in the largest glove size if your hands are significantly longer than average, even if your palms aren’t particularly thick.

Hold your hand in the air like you’re about to wave.

Point your fingertips toward the ceiling.

Measure from the tip of your middle finger to the base of your palm.

The base of your palm is the fleshy part where your hand meets your wrist. Write down the measure. If the length of your hand exceeds the circumference, you should prefer this size in inches to the hand circumference. The number in inches corresponds to the size of the glove. If you measure for a baseball glove, you should measure from the tip of your index finger to your wrist. This number in inches is the listed size of the glove. If you measure for a tennis racquet grip size, you should measure from the tip of your ring finger down to the lowest lateral crease on your palm. There, your palm bends along the thumb line.

Measure the hand span

Consider measuring your hand span.

This number is commonly used as a measure of natural advantage in sports involving catching, throwing, grappling, or grappling – particularly quarterbacks in American football. The hand span can also be used to choose the correct cello size. If your finger span is 6 inches or wider, you should purchase a full-size 4/4 cello. If your span is 5-6 inches, choose a ¾ cello. Pick a ½ cello for 4-5 inches and a ¼ cello for 3-4 inches. Remember that height, arm length, age, skill level, and other clues can also be used to decide between cello sizes. Sports camps and sports stats analysts use hand span as a handy heuristic. If you’re trying to make a name for yourself in football or basketball, you may be asked to provide your hand span.

Place a ruler on a flat surface.

Tape it to a table if the surface is slippery. Make sure you can comfortably stretch your hand across the room.

Bend your hand

Hold your dominant hand in front of you and stretch your fingers out as far as possible. Concentrate on your thumb and pinky finger, both pulling on your palm.

Place the left side of your dominant hand at the zero point of the ruler.

The measurement can be taken from your left or right hand, so this can be either your pinky or thumb. Place your hand palm down. Your middle finger should be at right angles to the ruler.

Note your hand span.

Measure where the right side of your hand meets the ruler. You should be able to see the “span” or width of your hand, measured at the widest point from left to right. For your grip width, measure from the tip of your thumb to the tip of your outstretched little finger.

Final Words

It’s a good idea to convert your measurement to inches if you’re shopping for gloves in the United States. Divide your centimeter measurement by 2.54 to get the inch measurement. The inch measurement should correspond to the glove size. If you have small hands and have trouble reaching around a standard violin neck, you might consider buying a smaller 7/8 size. This is often referred to as the “lady’s violin.”

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