Building up grip without losing bevels

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  1. keithchircop

    keithchircop Professional

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    My grip size should be 4 3/4, which means I have to get racquets in 4 5/8 and build up.

    From what I've been reading, I think the best way of building up a grip without losing the bevels is to use a Volkl leather grip (which I believe is the thickest leather one available) and a 1mm thick overgrip.

    By how much would you be increasing the grip size this way?

    Would including a heat shrink sleeve or addon tape (builds-up grip by 1/8") to the above make me lose the bevels?
     
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  2. xtremerunnerars

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    I was going to jump in and suggest the leather+ovegrip as well, but it seems like you already know about that.

    I can't really comment on the other methods but I know that the leather and overgrip is good.
     
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  3. enwar3

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    One of the pro shops near me uses cardboard. I'm not sure how they do it, but they say it keeps the bevels nice and sharp.
     
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  4. AmericanTemplar

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    I had the same question a while back and someone suggested gluing balsa wood to each side of the bevels. I actually ended up using a combination of heat shrink sleeves and masking tape and I didn't like the way that it turned out. Fortunately I was ready to get new racquets anyway.
     
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  5. dacrymn

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    uh...that doesn't really make sense.....then again it's marketing.
     
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  6. 156MPHserve

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    I use ruban hockey tape. I just go up and down the handle as if I were doing overgrip until I'm satisfied with the size. It's pretty firm stuff so I don't feel like the bevels are gone like when I use excess overgrips.
     
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  7. mjcn121789

    mjcn121789 New User

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    I've used an overgrip and now the bevels are gone...o well
     
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  8. GS

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    When I used to build grips up a half size, yep, I used thin cardboard. The trick is to cut those 8 strips perfectly with a paper cutter, then carefully glue them on the grip. Afterwards, you get a bigger grip with sharp bevels. Thin balsa wood works, too.
     
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  9. ionutzakis

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    no matter what you do, you will add atleast 7-10 grams to your racquet, that's for sure
     
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