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Kare
01-12-2012, 08:41 AM
I want to increase grip size from 4 1/4 to 4 3/8 by using duct tape. How many time I have to wrap the duct tape around the handle to get 4 3/8?

gramdacious
01-12-2012, 08:48 AM
Why not just use a couple of overgrips instead of duct tape?

drkplayer122
01-12-2012, 08:55 AM
Why not by a thicker replacement grip and an overgrip? BUt if you really insist on the duct tape then i would wrap it like 4 or 5 times.

tata
01-13-2012, 03:57 AM
Depending on your personal preference you can put an overgrip but thicken the overlay a bit so that it bulks up a bit more along the handle. You get a bit more traction which is close to your size. Just be careful that you might get blisters if your hands haven't been conditioned with calluses by now.

ThomasTerrible
01-13-2012, 05:04 AM
I want to increase grip size from 4 1/4 to 4 3/8 by using duct tape. How many time I have to wrap the duct tape around the handle to get 4 3/8?

Only thing to do is finding out how thick the tape in question is. The size will increase by about:

thickness x 2 x Pi

for each layer of tape

You're looking for an increase in diameter of 1/8 inches, or 3,175 mm. Find out how much each layer adds and divide 3,175 mm by this amount to get the magic number of layers.

Kare
01-13-2012, 06:04 AM
Why not just use a couple of overgrips instead of duct tape?

I tried that and found out that my racquet would be too head light.

anirut
01-13-2012, 06:13 AM
What racket is it?

Kare
01-13-2012, 06:13 AM
Only thing to do is finding out how thick the tape in question is. The size will increase by about:

thickness x 2 x Pi

for each layer of tape

You're looking for an increase in diameter of 1/8 inches, or 3,175 mm. Find out how much each layer adds and divide 3,175 mm by this amount to get the magic number of layers.

Thanks Thomas

Seth
01-13-2012, 08:19 AM
I tried that and found out that my racquet would be too head light.

Not to be a jackass, but would two overgrips really alter the balance enough to make a noticeable difference?

Kare
01-13-2012, 11:54 PM
Not to be a jackass, but would two overgrips really alter the balance enough to make a noticeable difference?

For me, yes.

retrograde
01-14-2012, 04:02 AM
In case you didn't know, TW sells heat-shrink sleeves to increase grips by 1/2 or a full size. The latter sleeve is black and adds around 1/2 oz.

The sleeve will probably round out the handle's bevels less than duct tape or an overwrap would.

tennisplayer3275
01-14-2012, 01:24 PM
Couple bucks on TW website for the sleeves and a heatgun...much better option than duct tape.

PBODY99
01-14-2012, 02:12 PM
I use strips of Duct Tape to maintain the bevels. The weight of the tape will make the racket more head light. the nice thing is that it is easy to alter.

sabala
01-14-2012, 02:37 PM
Balsa wood strips - 1/8" thick.

Measuring, cutting & attaching all the strips can be a p.i.a. though. I get em' from my local hobby store.

whomad15
01-14-2012, 10:42 PM
use an overgrip, get some lead tape.

anirut
01-15-2012, 05:26 AM
Kare's in Thailand and I just met him today.

He has a project to build a 4 3/8 mold for his own personal use and he happens to have a spare 4 1/4 racket that he uses often enough too. That's why he wants to increase the grip size and yet wants to maintain some balance.

Anyhow, I have a totally bashed-up Wilson 4 3/8, gave him the stick remains and it's all settled. I'll probably be using his service for grip pallets in the future, too.

End of case.

(Sorry, Kare, I STOLE your thread. :lol: )

hoodjem
01-15-2012, 08:25 AM
I want to increase grip size from 4 1/4 to 4 3/8 by using duct tape. How many time I have to wrap the duct tape around the handle to get 4 3/8?Don't wrap it like a grip--instead cut strips to lay on lengthwise, one for each facet.

If you do it the first way--like a grip, you'll lose the bevels.