Building up from 4 3/8 to 4 1/2 v. shrink sleeve and heatgun??

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  1. ATXtennisaddict

    ATXtennisaddict Hall of Fame

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    What's this heatgun? Do I need to go out and buy one in order to put on a heatshrink sleeve?

    Also, could I just temporarily put another overgrip on to increase it to 4 1/2?
     
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  2. Keifers

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    I've certainly used one and sometimes two overgrips to enlarge a grip. The nice thing is you can finetune how large by adjusting how much you overlap the og as you wrap it.

    And I've had a heatshrink sleeve added to a 4 3/8 to make it a 4 1/2.

    Suggest you click over to the TW tutorial on racquet customization for details.

    Good luck.
     
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  3. andrew_b

    andrew_b Rookie

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    There are also sheets you can use to build up grips, either 1/2 size or 1 full size (i.e. 1/16" or 1/8").

    They are self-adhesive and don't round the edges of the bevels. I used them a while back and they worked very well.

    HERE is their home page, not sure where you can buy them.

    play well,
    Andrew
     
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  4. barry

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    I used a hair dryer to install the heat shrink, it worked OK, but keep in mind the weight of the heat shrink changes the balance and feel of the racket.

    I gave up on heat shrink and build my grips up with Duct Tape; it seems to work well and does not change the handle. Put 4 strips on it about 6 inches long, top, bottom, and both sides, it will add 1/4 ounce to your racket handle, but works much better than heat shrink.
     
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  5. thevillageidiot

    thevillageidiot Rookie

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    if you don't have a heat gun you can use the fire from the stove, if the heat from your hair dryer is not hot enough.
     
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  6. MasterTS

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    Remember the added weight will make your stick more headlight and increase the swingweight as well.
     
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