4 5/8 to 4 1/2 using a thin replacement grip

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  1. steve s

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    What replace grip would you suggest to reduce grip size. Can I replace grip with two over grips??? What are my options??
     
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  2. OHBH

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    Two overgrips sounds about right. It will be fairly close at least. Unfortunately there is no index of grip size conversion options.
     
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  3. vsdtrek

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    Babolat skin feel works pretty good. Perhaps a bit more than an overgrip.
     
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  4. themitchmann

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    Prince makes a grip called Resi-Thin. It's designed to help reduce grip size.
     
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  5. couch

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    Use the Resi-thin, it's about the best out there for reducing grip size. Tourna also has a similar product to the Resi-thin. I have the Tourna product on a couple racquets and it works well.
     
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  6. gtshark1

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    I was given the same advice recently:

    The Babolat or Prince ResiThin. I was told the by an expert I trust that the Babolat was the better choice. However because of my tie to Prince I ordered the ResiThin. Looking to take a 4 1/2 down to 4 3/8. Grip should arrive early this week and I can give a quick review here...
     
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  7. Hi I'm Ray

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    I used Babolat Skin Feel which reduced the grip size and weight noticeably.
     
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  8. Tamiya

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    if you like leather as base look for Kimony, they make a very thin leather replacement

    Then use a thin overgrip, most big brands do them eg W, H etc
    Kimony also has a thin tacky (0.3mm, squishes down to 0.16mm)
    vs normal overgrip which is about 0.5-0.6mm.
     
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  9. steve s

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    Thanks all for your info. I know I want to reduce the grip by 3.17 mm. I think the standard grip is 2.55 mm. The Tourna Pro Thin is 1.25 mm . The handle has 8 sides.

    Any math majors here .

    Think I will try the Tourna and the Kimony (first time I heard of this brand) You guys are the best.
     
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  10. niktub

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    The Karakal PU synthetic grip is another option.
    Simple cheap and reliable.
     
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  11. Tamiya

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    Karakal PU Super is "normal" at about 1.8-2.0mm thickness.

    Thin/reducing base grips is best around 1.0mm.

    Over grips are normal at about 0.6mm (squishes down to 0.35mm)
    and the thinnest ones I've found are 0.3mm (squashed to 0.16mm).
    It's not just "simple" math as how tight you wrap it affects size too.

    Have been doing a lot of resizing lately & calipers live on workbench.
    Ideally you should sand/plane down the palette but its pretty hard
    to do it equally & true... am wondering if there's any jig made for that.
    If I did it daily I'd try programming a CNC mill to do it.



    Kimony is Japanese & has been around for ages. Not widely
    distributed outside of Asia though, check badminton specialists.
     
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  12. niktub

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    I thought is was really on the small side.
    It makes me loose at least a half size compared to some others, but i could be wrong.
     
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  13. Tamiya

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    I kept all my recent offcuts, all available to remeasure :)

    Karakal PU Super measuring at 1.8-1.85mm, it's normal thickness.
    Most re-grips are around that including W Shock Shield & W Hybrids.
    W Sponge is nearly 3.0mm but it squishes down quite a bit.
    W K-grip is about 2mm but doesn't squish much.

    Thinner in my lot were W leather & Teachnifibre Xtra Sharp,
    these are about 1.45-1.5mm but they don't squish much.
     
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  14. APG

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    Anyone try the head hydrosorb pro?
     
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  15. Top Jimmy

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    Babolat puts their grip thickness on their packaging. Other manufacturers could learn a thing from that. Something so basic yet the idiots don't do it.
     
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  16. MIKEPANTELAKIS

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    As many others are saying, Skin feel. I have it on my 2 Aeropros which had a Syntec grip prior. I changed to skin feel and noticed a difference in size.
     
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  17. backslash20

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    I need to go from 4 5/8 to 4 1/2 on my Kennex 7g. Will changing to one of the recommended grips alter anything else about the feel? If not, I'm in.
     
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