Babolat, Wilson, Head or Gamma leather? I need the thinnest

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  1. dadozen

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    Hello guys.

    I'm wondering which one of the 4 leather grips is the thinnest one:

    Head Leather Tour
    Babolat Natural Leather
    Gamma Leather
    Wilson Premium Leather

    I remember one member that made an extensive comparison among 3 leather grips( Volkl, Babolat and Head, if I remember correctly ), but I can't find the thread.

    TW 1.3mm leather grips are out of stock for too long and I need some other options.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. dadozen

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    I have just wrapped a Wilson Premium Leather on one of my AG100s and it doesn't feel much thicker than the other AG100 which already came with TW 1.3 x 25mm leather. But the bevels on the TW leather feel much better. I'm not sure if it's because the TW leather is already settled in. I'll have to use the Wilson leather a while to figure that out. Also, the Wilson Premium Leather feels a lot softer than other leather grips I've tried, which means it can be easily stretched.

    I'm planning to get the Babolat ones too. Does anybody know if they feel as good as the Wilson ones?
     
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    I'm only familiar with 2 of the 4 (5) grips you mention – Head and Babolat. The Babolat VS feels a bit thinner than the Head Tour, both wrapped the same way.

    As an alternative I think Vantage leather is pretty thin, but I'll have to go and check my unwrapped ones to be sure. You can't go wrong with Bab VS, though.
     
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  4. dadozen

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    Thanks man, but I'm a little confused. When you say Babolat VS, you're talking about Babolat Natural Leather Grip right? Or is there any other leather grip from Babolat?

    The Wilson Premium Leather Grip I've just wrapped bleeds like crazy .That's annoying. Just after wrapping my white overgrip, it got dirty because my hands were tanned by the leather grip. Also, even overlapping it by a good margin, it still leaves some valleys which translates into a not uniform overgrip on the handle.

    Finally, it doesn't feel as good as the TW LG. The bevels are much less pronounced with the Wilson.

    Do you feel that Babolat LG + OG keeps the same gripsize as one synthetic grip?
     
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  5. Quarante-Amour

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    Just take a rubber mallet and beat on the leather until it is as thin as you want.
     
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    Babolat's from the feel of it.
     
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  7. [d]ragon

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    Babolat's the thinnest of the 4
     
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    Thanks guys.

    [d]ragon, do you feel a noticeable difference from Wilson to Babolat LG? The Wilson LG I have just installed feels almost at the right size, but if the Babolat is thinner and has a better feel, then it's a no brainer.
     
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    I only tried the babolat and the head leather grip, and i'd say the babolat is a little bit thinner(maybe .05-.1mm) than the head, but the head feels a lot better than the babolat. hope this helps.
     
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    TKenshin, do you use an OG on top of the LG? What does feel better in the Head Leather Tour?

    Thanks
     
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    Yeah, I have two PS GT Ltds 3/8 , one with the babolat leather and another with the head leather.

    For the babolat leather one I used these ogs:
    1. Yonex Super Grap- a little bit too thick, but when stretched it was a little bit better.
    2. Forten- kind same as the Yonex.
    3. Gamma supreme- way too thick.

    For the head leather i used only the babolat pro team tacky which is like .05 mm thinner than the yonex super grap and its perfect.

    When i was talking about grip size and feel in my earlier, i was talking about without the ogs. The grasp you can hold with the head leather, and the feeling of the placement of the pebbles was better than the babolat leather. Tomorrow I might play around and take off the forten og and put a pro team tacky and see if theres a difference with the same og.
     
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    Sorry, yes, I was talking about the Babolat Natural Leather.
     
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  13. dadozen

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    Thanks TKenshin. I have tried the Head Leather Tour once, but I found it too thick. It was on a L3 racquet though, so I might give it another try with my L2 racquets. It's also easier to find around my area as well.

    Thanks man. I'll definitely try them as well.
     
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    Well today I put on the babolat pro team tacky on my other ps gtl and wow. It was noticeably thinner than the other racquet with the head leather. Now that both have the same over grips, the babolat one feels thinner(sorry had to repeat myself), you have more feeling of the bebbles, and overall seems to grasp better.

    So if you go with no overgrip, go with head.
    If you put on an overgrip go with babolat.
     
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    Thanks a LOT! That's exactly what I needed to know!

    I'll use the leather grips with OGs on top, so Babolat is my choice then! I'll place an order right now( not in TW though ).

    Can't wait for them to be delivered. I'm currently using a Wilson Leather but it sucks. Bleeds like crazy, you have to overlap it tremendously, it's thick and you can't feel the bevels well. I'll have to keep using it until the Babolat ones are delivered.

    TKenshin, did you have to overlap the Bab LG too much in order to have a flat and uniform grip?
     
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  16. Tkenshin

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    haha i'm not really good at gripping overgrips yet, but im getting better. I usually over lap inbetween 1/16-1/32, and it varies between there from top to bottom. I hope you like the babolat leather grip, i was gonna take it off and replace it with a tw 1.3 mm when it came back instock but now i think i'm gonna stay with it and go with overgrips that are .55 mm or thinner.
     
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  17. dadozen

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    I have high hopes for the Babolat LGs. While I wait them to be delivered, I bought a Head LG( easier to find near my place ) and it feels a bit thinner than the Wilson LG. Also the feeling is better.

    I didn't play with it though, these impressions are all just from getting the racquets in my hands.
     
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    Babolat is 1.75mm...
     
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