Does anyone use gauze tape?

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  1. robbo1970

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    Does anyone use gauze tape as their overgrip?

    If so, does it have to be one of the tennis brands or is normal self adhesing gauze tape from a chemist basically the same stuff?

    I want to make sure I get a decent, non-slip hold on my racket and I heard this is one of the grippiest grips around. Is that true?

    thanks :)
     
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    I use it to build up the size of my grip and then I use an overgrip on top. What's nice is that it adds very little weight, unlike layering overgrips, and is nice and firm. I use one length and overlap by one half. This increases the grip by one size and I get an nice even surface. As a top layer, I would think that your hands would need to be pretty tough. The surface is very rough and grabby, which might be just what you're looking for. Gamma is much better than Tourna for gauze tape.
     
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    Thanks Muppet,

    I do need a decent gripping grip. Have you ever tried the medical gauze tape you get from a chemist/pharmacy? I just wonder if its the same stuff?
     
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    I used the gamma gauze and didn't enjoy it. It basically feels rough but with no tack or sweat absorption. Must be a oldschool feel type of thing.
     
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    Medical gauze is a lot softer and has less structure. What I mean by structure is that tennis gauze tape is held together by a waxy substance, where the fibers of medical gauze have no such medium. It's really a different product altogether.
     
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    It tore up my palms when I was younger. Never looked back. Hated it :evil:
     
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    Wow, last time I used gauze tape, Jimmy Carter was President, painters pants, and earth shoes were in fashion. I recall it came in green and blue. It was the very first OverGrip I ever tried. Leather grips came standard on just about every racquet back then, and it was kind of a last resort option for summer months. It did have the firm waxy surface you describe, but man was that stuff tough on your hands. Gave me blisters within a few days. I think that you are much better off ordering from the modern overgrips menu.
     
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    Yes I think Ive kicked this idea into touch.

    Ive actually just started playing indoors now so i'm switching to more absorbant overgrips due to the ridiculous amount of sweat I am able to produce.
     
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    Back in the day, when men were men and the sheep ran scared, blue gauze was the norm. You can sweat gravy and your racquet will not slip. Not at all like tacky or absorbent over grips of today, but incredibly effective. It is so thin that you need more than one layer and can customize the feel of your grip very easily. I still use this stuff when playing in the tropics -- its the only thing that really holds up. It will toughen your hands up, too. :)
     
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    Good times! We all wore the paper brim painter hats LOL

    The green stuff ruled man!
     
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    I'll stick to manual labor to toughen my hands up thank you :)
     
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