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Published: 11 Dec 2015 - 05:20 by chrismtl

Updated: 02 Jan 2020 - 19:31

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So I'm happy using overgrips, and I've used a variety of them so far that I happened to have lying around my house. I had a friend give me a Yonex AC102 Super Grap grip and I found it pretty decent. It lasted maybe a month of playing 2-3 times/week. I can get these for pretty cheap online (~$1.50 or less). My question is that I hear everyone talking about these Karakal PU grips. Are they really worth paying 3x the price for them? How long would I expect them to last compared to the Yonex ones?

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From rippa rit - 02 Jan 2020 - 19:30   -   Updated: 02 Jan 2020 - 19:31

You make some good points bng71542.

The length of time a grip will last will depend on a few things, ie how often you play, how much you sweat, how much your hand moves/wriggles/swivels around while playing.  I think the grip size according to the size of your hand is also important.  Wearing a wrist band to absorb the moisture will also help.

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From rippa rit - 17 Mar 2016 - 21:05   -   Updated: 17 Mar 2016 - 21:17

When you speak of an overgrip i am unclear what that means.  Do you mean a grip on top of the racket manufacturers grip?  Is the main problem the quality of the grips? The grip slips in the players hand?

Does the hand perspire and make it difficult to hold onto the racket? If so, wear a wrist band to soak up the excess moisture.  If resin is used on a grip it soon clogs up the grip and makes the grip slippery. Use sandpaper to "roughup" the grip making it easier to hold onto.

At this link there is some information about the size of a grip to suit the individual.

Here is some forum discussion from 5 years ago regarding The Grip.

Does any of this information help?


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From bng71542 - 09 Mar 2016 - 20:15   -   Updated: 09 Mar 2016 - 20:15

I used to love, I still like them when new but have concerns about longevity.
I swear the box I've got at the moment have 'gone off'.

They seem to start off only just tacky enough and after about 3 or 4 games they seem to get greasy and shiny, last night I lost a match 'cos my racket was slipping too much in my hand - I tend to rely on tackiness for feedback on shots where I modify my grip to make up the shot as I go along depending on how well I've positioned myself...
The cellophane used to come off (fairly) cleanly but now it seems to tear when taking it off and I have to pick at little tiny bits to get it off.
I think grips that have other forms of making them tactile as well as just tackiness, e.g. ridges / holes, might be able to keep their feel after they have become less tacky.

I now have a suspicion ones in an individually sealed pack may be better than ones from a box.
I also think grips with absorbency/micro-holes might be better with some players. I also think it's important to vary how thick it is by using underwrap/additional grips - and this isn't necessarily proportional to how big your hands are, but more how you hold the racket.
One thing to try is vary the amount you overlap it - this can create a 'ridged' bit that can help with finger location.

Anyone had any experience with HEAD grips?

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