How to Reshape Head Rectangular Grip

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  1. kenshireen

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    I have a lm rad OS that I really enjoy. I do not like serving with the rectangular grip.. It is good for a slice serve but not for a flat serve.
    What is the best way to make the grip more oval.

    Thanks, Ken
     
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  2. Noveson

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    Have never done this myself, but I have heard people advocating sandpaper. Strip off the grip and grind it down yourself. Or you can add tape to the flat surfaces to make it rounder. Someplaces they do it for you, I don't know those places mind you. Hopefully somebody more knowledgable will answer this:)
     
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  3. AJK1

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    Head grip handle pallets are removable, so you can replace it with a Wilson or Prince shaped pallet instead. Head are pretty clever! See your local racquet technician for advice.
     
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  4. kchau

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    what other companies make removeable pallets?
     
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  5. Noveson

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    See there you go^ just like I said somebody smarter than me.
     
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  6. AJK1

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    Head and Volkl are changeable, not sure about the others. The good thing about them is that you can up your gripsize, i went from a 4 3/8 to a 4 1/2 just by replacing the pallets and buttcap. It's a great idea.
     
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  7. Keifers

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    Fischer also makes removable pallets. The ones on the M Speeds are quite well designed.

    Other than replacing the pallets, you could try putting some strips of grip finishing tape along the 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock bevels (when the racquet is lying flat) and then re-wrap the grip. That will build up those sides and "round out" the original, very-rectangular handle.

    I did this on the 3:00 and 9:00 bevels of my M Speed to make an overly square handle feel more rectangular. It worked well.
     
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  8. inferno303

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    so basically youre saying that if you take off the grip and buttcap you can take of those pieces?
    I had a look around with my lm prestige yesterday but didnt dare do anything yet coz it looked like polyeurathane
     
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  9. Keifers

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    Maybe not all Head racquets have removable pallets?
     
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  10. kenshireen

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    interchangeable pallet

    I contacted head us HQ and they said the pallet on lm radical is NOT interchangeable.
    Any other thoughts

    Ken
     
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  11. fishuuuuu

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    I took one of my LM Radical grips apart, and it is "interchangeable" but it needs a total rebuild if you take it off.

    How I have fixed my shape is instead of applying lead tape inside the handle I now apply it on the two widest faces of the grip giving it a more squared feeling. If you don't need lead tape then try just applying electrical tape or gauze beneath your replacement grip.
     
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  12. jayserinos99

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    have you thought about using balsa wood?
     
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  13. Keifers

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    It's up to you to decide whether to try it or not, of course, but I think you'll find it doesn't take too much tape at all along the 12:00 and 6:00 bevels to change the way the grip feels in your hand.

    I started off with 3 layers, but eventually settled on one, which surprised me.
     
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  14. inferno303

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    thats what i was beginning to think maybe its only the chinese made ones that can because mine is austrian:|
    newai i think ill go ahead w/ sandpaper n just add overgrips
    could even make a babolat contour grip;)
     
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  15. AJK1

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    Why don't people read my posts? I said before that Head pallets are changeable, but see your local technician, as it is a tricky job, my tech changed mine in 5 mins, and i have two radicals!!
     
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  16. inferno303

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    well if you read the previous posts there aren't any changeable pallets on the lm prestige and you've got flexpoints not liquidmetals
     
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  17. AJK1

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    Trust me, they're all changeable. That's what Head is known for.
     
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  18. abenguyen

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    so once i buy my flexpoint if i were to take the original grip off and put lead tape on the wider flat sides and then regrip it would be more square rather than rectangular? im sorta confused where the lead would go since im going to add lead to the handle i might as well add beneath the grip to make it square
     
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  19. fishuuuuu

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    That's correct. But the FP racquets aren't nearly as rectangular as the LM counterparts.
     
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  20. Tennis Man

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    I just came accross this problem. I have racquets both in 3/8 and 1/2 and I'm in between.

    Sorry for bumping this old thread. :p

    AJK1, what grips did you change your Radicals to? Where did you get pallets of other sizes? From same names with other sizes or you can get the pallets from Head or somewhere? :confused:
     
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  21. Janne

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    I´m also interested in knowing where to find pallets (1/4 and 3/8 to be more exact).
     
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  22. grimmbomb21

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    I would like to know too. Actually, I need to know, since I already took the pallets of one pc600. One side was cracked at the bottom, so I couldn't use it anyway. But I would like to put on a more squared handle.
     
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  23. Janne

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    Are ALL Head racquet grips interchangable, even the old ones? I´m probably getting some Pro Tours and would like to change the grip on them for a smaller one or one that's shaped differently, if possible.
     
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  24. Rafa's best friend

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    What is a grip handle pallett? I have had problems with Head IS6 grip running too small, it is much smaller than wilson grip with same size. I don't know why. so i end up building it up with wood pieces but it adds a lot of weight and it sucks. IF it is as simple as replacing the Pallett(??), to make it like Wilson size and shape, i would do it this second. What is a pallett and where do i get it???????????
     
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  25. vsbabolat

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    Janne, Yes the old ones are interchangeable. If you can find replacement HEAD pallets in Sweden it is no problem.
    Changing to another shape is another story. That you would have to get from someone like **** or Bosworth. They custom make other grip shapes to fit on the HEAD racquets. They are very expensive.
     
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  26. Janne

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    OK, but does Head have any different shaped grips or are they all the same except of course the size?
     
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  27. vsbabolat

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    All the same grip shape just different sizes.
     
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  28. kenshireen

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    Head Pallets

    I contacted Head Tennis HQ in Arizona.. They said that the lm rad pallets are NOT interchangeable. Now this doesn't mean that they cannot be removed somehow by a tech and replaced by another HEAD grip but I would think this would be a bery difficult task.
    The FXP grips are LESS rectangular and also seem to run one size larger.
    I have a 1/2 FPX rad and a 1/2 LM Rad and the grip on the FXP is definately larger.
    Ken
     
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  29. grimmbomb21

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    Where do you get the pallets at???:confused:
     
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  30. grimmbomb21

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    I contacted racquetmaxx today. They said the production of the custom pallets for Head racquets is taking longer than they expected and wouldn't give an estimated release date. Hopefully not too much longer.:(
     
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  31. sypl

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    Yeah, I'd also like to know where you can buy pallets. Specifically, an L3 for a Head Prestige Classic. And preferably in the UK, though any online source would be fine too.

    And, this might be a dumb question, but is pallet just a fancy word for what most of us would call a handle?
     
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