Hand Calluses

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  1. Maximagq

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    I have really gnarly calluses on the base of my index finger, palm, along with the normal calluses at the base of the ring and pinky fingers. I want to try to shave them down, but I am afraid they will reappear when I play tennis and possibly hurt more. At the moment, they don't bother me but it looks very gross to other people. Any advice on what to do?
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Pumice stone.
    Don't use a razor, as mistakes can be costly.
    Depends on your definition of "gnarly".
    I have pretty big callus's from both a little bit of tennis coupled with 5 days a week of high wind windsurfing.
     
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    LeeD my hand palm callus is almost as bad as Federer's.
     
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    Do you think I should rub it down with a pumice stone or should I just leave it?
     
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  6. LeeD

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    Fed's hand is not too bad, I've seen worse.
    I raced motocross for 6 years, over 50 races a year, and you should see mine and every other racer's hand.
    I've been windsurfing for 30 years, same deal.
    Just a badge of courage, and a sign of what you do.
    Grind it down if you want, why do you care?
    The girls come flocking either way, so it's no biggee.
     
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  7. DarlesChickens

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    Get a pumice stone on them after a shower/bath or when you've soaked your hand in some warm water.

    I've heard that soaking them in baking soda and water mix can help but never tried it. It's supposed to dissolve the dead skin away.

    How's your grip size? Could be the grip rubbing on the palm of your hand or a rough/old grip tape.
     
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  8. Maximagq

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    Haha okay thanks
     
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    I use 4 5/8. My hand is pretty big and I think it might be because my palm rubs against the butt cap. I use a Wilson BLX 6.1 95.
     
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    Most good players use smaller than my or your 4 5/8th.
    EVERY good player, who practices a lot and plays a lot, has callouses on the racket hand.
    1hbh would be worse than 2hbh, of course.
    Can't have anything less if you practice 4 days a week, 3 hours a day, then play a tourney on the weekend that you still have to warmup for, and hopefully go 2-3 rounds.
     
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    There's a guy trolling the tips forum talking about wearing a glove. Assuming the glove reduced the friction, it would probably eliminate the calluses.
     
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    Pumice stone.

    Don't pick at them or cut them because they'll grow back even bigger.
     
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  13. MethodTennis

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    Thats not true. I usually cut off the ones at the base of my fingers when they get annoying and they dont grow back very fast at all
     
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    Not by my sorry golfing experience. Glove gives BETTER grip on the club,
    that torques your skin more = you either form blisters or calluses.
    All diagonally across left palm and right trigger finger.
     
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