I was watching Federer Sampras 2001 Wimbledon, and....

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  1. Mansewerz

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    I noticed when Sampras was putting a new Tournagrip on, his replacement grip was black.

    I was under the impression that Sampras used leather. Is he using black leather, or is he using a synthetic? Was this out of the ordinary?
     
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    Where/How did you watch it?
     
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    elrincondeltenis.com
     
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    Pete did switch from a leather "undergrip" to a synthetic cushiongrip later in his career, but I forget exactly when. Since that match with Federer was in 2001 and his last pro match was in 2002 at the US Open, you probably saw a black cushiongrip, not a black leather one.
    I had to switch to the same setup around the same time. Not because of calluses like Pete had, but because of wrist pain.
     
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  5. supertrex

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    So leather underneath can add to some wrist pain? just asking coz im using leather also to add weight on my racquet. with overgrip. and I am feeling some wrist pain. after the game and before the game... after warm up im fine.
     
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    Thats so cool
    Thanks mansewerz!
     
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    Yeah, leather doesn't absorb shock as well as a cushiongrip does.
    I did find my accuracy was alittle better with leather, but I couldn't take the pain.
     
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    Yea, you feel more since the leather helps with bevel feel, thus adding a bit more shock which can cause pain.

    No problem. I found the site from another member here!
     
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    Wow! I'm shocked that he stopped using leather. More lead for Nate to add... Pete's sticks should've been banned in California, lol.

    Great website btw, a goldmine. Thanks.
     
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  10. viktorkwan

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    I just started using leather replacement grip with the wilson pro overgrip...you get much more feel out of it compared to using a overgrip over a synthetic replacement grip...

    that being said, the enhanced feel does come at some costs...i.e. potential wrist pain etc since it's ultimately your hand that now absorbs the shock and vibrations...

    I took about 30 minutes to get used to the new feel of it...and love every minute of it since!!!
     
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    I use a two size smaller grip than i should, and use 1 leather grip, 1 cushion grip and 1 overgrip. Perfect feel and cushioning with no vibration.
     
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