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AgassiFan12
07-16-2009, 03:22 PM
I will soon be receiving 2 Wilson K Pro Tours that come with leather grips. According to TW the specs strung are:

Weight: 11.4oz / 323g
Balance: 8pts Head Light
and it's a standard lenght

If I take the leather grip off and just use 2 over grips, what approximately would the balance be? I don't need exact, I just want a rough idea. I have no idea how much a leather grip weighs.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

SteveI
07-16-2009, 03:51 PM
I will soon be receiving 2 Wilson K Pro Tours that come with leather grips. According to TW the specs strung are:

Weight: 11.4oz / 323g
Balance: 8pts Head Light
and it's a standard lenght

If I take the leather grip off and just use 2 over grips, what approximately would the balance be? I don't need exact, I just want a rough idea. I have no idea how much a leather grip weighs.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Hey,

Here is my guess...the frame will be about 11 oz and 4 points HL. Good luck..
Steve

nn
07-16-2009, 07:50 PM
it is will be around 11.1 and 5 points headlight

klementine79
07-16-2009, 08:46 PM
I don't know about taking the grip off and using just two overgrips, as I've never done that....

But every time I switch from a synthetic grip to a leather grip I always gain about 2pts. HL.

This all depends on which leather grip you're using, how tight you wrapped it and how far up the handle.

klementine79
07-16-2009, 08:49 PM
I will soon be receiving 2 Wilson K Pro Tours that come with leather grips. According to TW the specs strung are:

Weight: 11.4oz / 323g
Balance: 8pts Head Light
and it's a standard lenght

If I take the leather grip off and just use 2 over grips, what approximately would the balance be? I don't need exact, I just want a rough idea. I have no idea how much a leather grip weighs.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Oh and good luck with the supposed specs for the wilson frames.... my guess is they will either be 11.1oz and 7pts.HL or 11.7oz and 9pts.HL or if you're lucky.... both.

AgassiFan12
07-17-2009, 05:44 AM
Thanks for the help all! It sounds like I have a pretty good estimate of around 11 oz, and about 4-6pts HL. I can't wait to play with it. I'm going to try it with the leather first.

I know Wilson QC isn't the best, but I'm not that picky to notice small differences. I can adjust as long as it's relatively close.

AgassiFan12
07-17-2009, 05:47 AM
Klementine,

I remember reading a post on here around last summer where some pros (I think Haas is one) that use only 2 or 3 overgrips and no standard grip.

I've done it and it works just fine. Not quite as cushiony of a feel, but I have no problems with it.

Rabbit
07-17-2009, 05:57 AM
Leather grips add about 15 grams to a racquet's weight. I weighed before/after when I did my 300T's recently.

SteveI
07-17-2009, 09:26 AM
Klementine,

I remember reading a post on here around last summer where some pros (I think Haas is one) that use only 2 or 3 overgrips and no standard grip.

I've done it and it works just fine. Not quite as cushiony of a feel, but I have no problems with it.

More like using a leather... can really "feel" the handle. I have done it also.. it works fine depending on what you are trying to accomplish.

Steve

red7flag
07-17-2009, 11:23 AM
I recently got a Head YT Rad Pro. I found the leather alone to have a slippery feel. I left the leather on, and added an overgrip, Head Xtremesoft. The feel now is really good. I am told that an over grip adds 2 points HL depending on the overgrip.
Tony