Grip shaving

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Legendary, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. Legendary

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    Hi all,

    I am thinking of buying a used Babolat Aero Storm GT but have to shave the grip to a 4 1/4 from 4 1/2. How easy is it to do this conversion? Are there any specific tools for this? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. naylor

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    How easy (or difficult) in theory depends on what the pallets are made of and how they're secured. In practice, if you haven't done any marquetry or fine wood work before - and therefore already have experience and tools for this kind of delicate work - so you maintain the integrity of the shape and bevels, I would not advise you attempt it.

    If you're in the US, check out the likes of w w w . r a c q u e t m a x x . c o m
     
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  3. esgee48

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    Agree with Naylor. To drop from 1/2 to 1/4 is difficult even with the correct tools because it is hard to maintain the integrity of the bevels. Balance will also be affected as you shave grams off the handle.
     
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  4. Legendary

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    Thank you all for the advices. I decide not to pursue this route since it's not worth doing so. You guys are great !!!
     
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  5. Kick_It

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    Don't do it. You are much better off either:
    1) getting the right grip size in the first place
    2) getting a smaller grip and building it up.

    It is practically impossible to maintain the proper size and shape of grip when sanding/shaving/etc it - particularly if you want consistency across multiple frames.

    The real way to do it is to get a new grip pallette but that can be pretty expensive - which imo defeats the purpose of getting an initially cheaper frame.

    Alternatively do as Naylor recommended. Bob @ RM took good care of me when I wanted a different shape (e.g. a head shape grip on a wilson frame).

    Good Luck! K_I
     
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