Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Florico, Mar 14, 2013.
Gasquet plays with leather grip under his overgrip.
Maybee he has new set up...
I think he always has...
Gasquet has always used a leather grip. Between 04-06 or so, he used ONLY a leather grip.
Looks like he's wrapping the leather all the way up or close to it again.
recently Gasquet used only tournagrip directly on the pallet in my opinion
He had the leather grip way down low.
ok and now leather grip higher so it's possible that the balance has changed
Look carefully. There is still a sizable gap between the top of the pallets and the top of the leather grip. It is just less obvious now since the pallets in the picture above look to be black. It was more obvious when he had medium-grey pallets.
I saw him changed the Tourna grip at the tournament , he was using leather grip for the whole handle , and used a half of Tourna for overgrip , that was saved him a bit of time to changed the grip in the break time , and maybe save another half of Tourna for next time too hehehhehee , cost less , because he is using 1 hand backhand , so if he takes a whole grip for what .
He actually uses the whole Tourna. He wraps it around overlapping itself making the handle bigger.
Leather below the tourna grip... here is an awesome tutorial video from Richard Gasquet himself...
Gasquet and leather. The mind reels.
Was wondering that myself.
Man that's one UGLY setup! But it works for Richard!!
If he's wrapping the leather higher in theory that should mean the butt of the grip isn't as flared anymore. If these pros new the minutia we discuss about them they'd have some restraining orders out on us.
He is world #10 right now.
Wow he really builds up that butt end.
I had the pleasure of discussing Richard's grip setup with Sebastian Grosjean at Indian Wells this year, who is acting as his coach. He was having some issue with one of the leather grips on his frame. His setup is a head finest calfskin leather grip wrapped HEAVILY around the butt end to build it up, then seamlessly wrapped down the handle to cover as much of the pallet as possible. He then uses a half a tourna grip to cover where his hand holds.
The issue with one of his frames at IW was that somehow he had a slice mark about halfway up the handle, which he had then tried to glue or something and had become disgusting and was falling off. I removed the leather down to the heavily wrapped butt (I did NOT want to try and replicate his unique style of wrapping the butt), cut off the "diseased" parts of the leather, rewrapped the leather with two clean cuts where the originally glueing had taken place, then held it in place with two zip ties. I then used fast drying super glue from the outside of the zipties to help adhere it seamlessly. Sebastaian was so thankful as he said Richard did not have any more leather grips to use. I would guess that the reason he sometimes only has the leather run partway up the pallet is because he seems ( on some of his rackets anyways) to remove part of the grip and just rewrap from a new starting point. Unique setup, but certainly works for him!
Thanks for that info. If I'm reading it right you're saying he sometimes wraps one racquet with leather, cuts the grip and the remainder is used on another racquet?
I don't remember him always building up the cap like that back in, say, 2007. I'll have to check some old footage.
Do any one-handers here build up their grips at the end? I know Stan and Gasquet do, but Roger, Almagro, and Kohlschreiber do not. I'm curious as to how beneficial it is for those that use it.
I tried the Gasquet set-up wrapping both the base grip and overgrip multiple times around the butt cap. It actually felt great and allowed me to hold the racquet low in the handle with a light grip. The racquet felt really secure hitting forehands, ohbh and serves. I didn't like the exposed pallet though so I just wrap Tourna-Tac XL around the buttcap a few times over the leather to build it up a bit.
The pictured player had a decent game, and a hockey stick type build up. double hand BH
Robin Soderling also had his handle customized with a very large butt and cap.
Muster also had a huge knob built up on the end of his grip.
This thread has taken a dirty turn...
I've started doing this a little bit. I wrap the leather grip one 'extra' turn at the bottom. It's not so much that the pallet shows though. I do the same with the overgrip. I do go bare leather sometimes.
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