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Rexking
11-07-2008, 09:03 AM
I always thought Wilson and Yonex have the same grip shape. Today I was replacing both original grips on my rds001mp and kblade 98 (keeping the same feel) , the bare grip shapes looks different between the two. The Wilson's top and bottom bevels are the widest (placing racquet flat on table), the two vertical bevels on each side a little narrower and then the 4 "angled" bevels even narrower. For the Yonex, top and bottom bevels the widest (obviously) but rest 6 bevels have the same width! Is this true for all Yonex racquets?

Which other brands have this similar grip shape to Yonex?

Fedace
11-07-2008, 09:03 AM
i think Technifiber

Rexking
11-08-2008, 02:09 AM
That's good, I was going to order a Technifibre 320XL.

How about Dunlop since they are also Japanese?

TonyB
11-08-2008, 05:25 AM
Tecnifibre is the closest.

Babolat may also be similar, I don't know.

Dunlop is closer to Prince (square) than Wilson.

From rectangular to square:

Head > Yonex > Tecnifibre > Babolat > Wilson > Dunlop > Prince


I sort of hesitate to put Head and Yonex so close together, since Head is sharply rectangular and Yonex is much more tapered, but I'd say that list is just about right.

Rexking
11-08-2008, 08:37 AM
Hi Tony thanks for the input. About Dunlop, on Vantage website they rate, from most rectangular to most square, Head > Dunlop > Wilson > Prince. So according to them Dunlop is less square than Wilson. Were you refering to Dunlop racquets in general or was there a particular model that's more square than usual?

TonyB
11-08-2008, 11:34 AM
Just comparing the AG100 to my K95 and K90 frames. They're very close. I haven't measured them to see what the difference is, though.

pfchang
11-08-2008, 11:36 AM
actually, the older fischer have the most similar shape to the yonexs.

i think any frame from fischer before 2006 still had the square shape.

Automatix
11-09-2008, 01:30 AM
From rectangular to square:

Head > Yonex > Tecnifibre > Babolat > Wilson > Dunlop > Prince


I sort of hesitate to put Head and Yonex so close together, since Head is sharply rectangular and Yonex is much more tapered, but I'd say that list is just about right.

Here's a pic from Vantage with grip shapes:
http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/9231/gripsgp5.png

So I'd say:
Head > Voelkl/BB > Tecnifibre > Yonex > Dunlop > Wilson > Prince

counterpuncher
11-09-2008, 04:39 PM
For the Yonex, top and bottom bevels the widest (obviously) but rest 6 bevels have the same width! Is this true for all Yonex racquets?

Which other brands have this similar grip shape to Yonex?

Here is why everyone has an opinion : ) Because as quoted the other six bevels are all the same I believe it is far closer to Prince than Tecnifibre. The Tecnifibre and all other grip shapes listed (apart from Prince) have a more pronounced flatter bevel which is very obvious on a semi-western forehand grip.

So if I was to re-order the scale from flatter to rounder I would say :

Head > Voelkl/BB > Tecnifibre > Dunlop > Wilson > Yonex > Prince

Interestingly Prince in their new frames (Hybrid Tour, Speedport Tour, et al) have also changed their grip shape from almost round to practically a Wilson shape.

TonyB
11-09-2008, 06:43 PM
So if I was to re-order the scale from flatter to rounder I would say :

Head > Voelkl/BB > Tecnifibre > Dunlop > Wilson > Yonex > Prince




No way. Yonex is much more oblong than Wilson or Dunlop, or Tecnifibre for that matter.

I'm not suggesting that YOU feel that way, but the measurements of the bare pallets just don't bear our your observations.

counterpuncher
11-09-2008, 07:16 PM
No way. Yonex is much more oblong than Wilson or Dunlop, or Tecnifibre for that matter.
The pictures match what I feel, that there isn't that much between Dunlop, Yonex, Wilson and the new Prince grip shapes, far from oblong :

Head ---> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-HSBCAPB.html
Dunlop ---> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-DBCAP.html
Yonex ---> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-YBCAP.html
Wilson ---> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-WBCR.html
Prince ---> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-PBCAP.html

TonyB
11-10-2008, 04:39 AM
The pictures match what I feel, that there isn't that much between Dunlop, Yonex, Wilson and the new Prince grip shapes, far from oblong :

Head ---> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-HSBCAPB.html
Dunlop ---> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-DBCAP.html
Yonex ---> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-YBCAP.html
Wilson ---> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-WBCR.html
Prince ---> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-PBCAP.html



You're kidding, right? You're actually looking at the buttcaps to figure out how grips are shaped?

Ok, I'm done with this thread. I've presented what I know already. Nothing more to be gained here.

In D Zone
11-10-2008, 09:42 AM
The pictures match what I feel, that there isn't that much between Dunlop, Yonex, Wilson and the new Prince grip shapes, far from oblong :

Head ---> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-HSBCAPB.html
Dunlop ---> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-DBCAP.html
Yonex ---> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-YBCAP.html
Wilson ---> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-WBCR.html
Prince ---> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-PBCAP.html

I agreed with CounterPuncher
The butt cap is the close representation to the actual shape of the grip. If the shape of the cap does not match the handle then you'll see and felt a notch or a dip at the end of the handle. The cap should fit like a glove.

I have all of these frames and they all feel just about the same - I just never like the Head grips (that's why I never play them) but my sons do.

Rexking
11-10-2008, 11:30 AM
You're kidding, right? You're actually looking at the buttcaps to figure out how grips are shaped?

Ok, I'm done with this thread. I've presented what I know already. Nothing more to be gained here.

I agree with Tony that shape of buttcap are not the best indication to the actual grip shape. As seen in the links by counterpuncher they all look pretty much the same even between head and prince. I have a Head ispeed racquet and I can tell you by looking at the buttcap it is nearly identicle to the shape of my pog mid butt cap. But the actually shape of the grips are vastly different.