Is Tourna the best overgrip?

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  1. Raul_SJ

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    I just use a regular grip -- no overgrip. But thinking of trying some out.

    Several years ago, a tennis shop guy told me almost all the pros (such as Sampras ) use the same overgrip -- the Tourna overgrip.

    Is that still true? Is it considered the best overgrip for some reason?
     
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  2. maxply

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    if your hands sweat it is the best
     
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  3. hcb0804

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    No. It is not. It tears up very quickly. One set or less and it has holes worn through it.
     
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  4. Lukhas

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    Well, pros don't have to worry about money or durability given that most of them pick up a new racquet when new balls arrive. That's why I'm mainly using Pro's Pro overgrip. May not be as renowned, but for the price they do the job pretty fine.
     
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  5. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Yeah, and if your hands don't sweat a lot, they can actually tear up your skin because it's kind of a "dry" grip.
     
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  6. Raul_SJ

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    Do most pros use an overgrip?

    Or do many play with just a regular replacement grip?
     
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  7. OTMPut

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    best in what sense?
    while lasts it is pretty good. it lasts for about an hour for me.
    Though i try and prolong the blisss by reusing it by wrapping upside down and then in reverse.
     
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  8. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Pretty much no one plays with just a replacement grip anymore.
     
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  9. Raul_SJ

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    I don't feel much difference with an overgrip.

    So I guess it's just an issue of whether using overgrips will be cheaper vs only using replacement grips
     
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  10. tennis_ocd

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    wow, some of you guys are rough on your grips. fwiw I'll get in a dozen+ sets in cooler weather. In the summer I'll change more often as fresh grips just seem to absorb and feel better.
     
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  11. goeblack

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    there is no way I could play in the summer without Tourna. Not everyone has this problem of sweating so much. I use a wrist band and keep a towel close at hand but without tourna I would be lost.

    Yes I wish it would last longer but I have to have it. That being said, most of my opponents use something else. One guy uses nothing but the original grip, which I have no idea how he does it.
     
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  12. Krajicek Serve

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    It lasts an hour for me as well and that's ridiculous if you ask me....
     
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  13. maxply

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    The last guy I rememember with no over grip was Tim Henman.
     
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    Though it's gotten some bad reviews on this site on occasion, I still use the good ol' Wilson overgrip. Feels great, and most certainly last longer than an hour! I'm pretty stingy with changing them, and put a new one on every two weeks or so.
     
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  15. corners

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    Tourna is the best if you sweat a lot. But it doesn't last long. Solinco Heaven is similar but lasts longer and feels better, IMHO.
     
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  16. Jerme

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    I'd go with Wilson Pro Overgrip or Yonex SuperGrap.
     
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    It is for me but as always it's up to the individual. TG feels the best imo and I don't mind replacing it often.
     
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  18. Bdarb

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    I can get that out of a pro's pro grip. Tourna grips I've found do not last. Tear or fray or whatever.
     
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  19. Raul_SJ

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    I can see using an overgrip to possibly prolong the life of the original grip...

    But what is the advantage, in terms of playability and feel, of an overgrip?

    And since the overgrip is completely covering the original grip, does it really matter much what type of original grip is used?
     
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  20. Bdarb

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    It absorbs moisture. Regular grips for me become slick when they get sweaty. That's why I use them anyway. I always used leather and just made the switch to synthetic and just kept over gripping like I always do.
     
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  21. corners

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    Yeah, overgrips are pretty much for moisture management. I actually prefer the feel of a nice, tacky replacement grip like Gamma Hi-Tech, but no replacement grip absorbs moisture and stays tacky when your hand sweats like a good over grip will. If one has dry hands I think you could use whatever you want.

    I put good overgrips in three categories:

    1. Extremely tacky with so-so moisture management. Some of these (Gamma Razor Tac) will stay tacky and last a long time because their polyurethane top layer is thicker and rubberier. Some people use these only in the winter when their hands tend to stay dry.

    2. Moderately tacky with good moisture management (Yonex Supergrap and Wilson Pro, and clones of same). Good durability, but eventually the thin polyurethane membrane that's the secret of these grips starts to tear. In generally, the secret sauce combo of a tack, durability, comfort and moisture management.

    3. Moderately tacky only when wet, with excellent moisture management (Tournagrip, Solico Heaven, various Tourna clones and imitators). Tourna has notoriously poor durability because the polyurethane membrane is extremely thin, wispy, and discontinuous to allow sweat to immediately wick into the absorbent under layer. This discontinuous membrane quickly gets torn up by friction with the hand. Solinco Heaven seems to have solved this problem by using a thicker, more robust PU membrane that is perforated. Sweat goes into the underlayer at the perforations, while the thicker membrane in between the perforations holds up longer to friction than Tourna's gossamer membrane.
     
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  22. beernutz

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    I prefer Tourna Tac to regular Tourna because it seems to last a lot longer and I get a better grip. YMMV.
     
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  23. BMcFarlan

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    Personal preference. Pete loves them, Agassi used them, etc. I found them to go from tacky and perfect to wooly, worthless, and slipping out of my hands in less than 2 sets.

    Yonex SuperGrap is always my vote.
     
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  24. unclenimrod

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    For us super-sweaters (insert bad knit-shirt pun here), there just doesn't seem to be a best grip. I sweat like a faucet, and tournagrip is the best feeling grip when fresh but doesn't last long enough for me to be confident in a set that goes beyond 8-9 games. Wilson Pro lasts a bit longer, but that "i actually am not worried about this thing slipping out of my hand and can go for heavy topspin" feeling doesn't last beyond a game or two, and if my hands are already sweaty it doesn't really even start out feeling good anyway.

    Some extra substance is needed if you sweat like crazy. I use a rosin bag (very comfortable with it as i was a pitcher in high school). Have yet to try pine-tar. The tacky towel works fairly well I've heard but I cannot confirm that as I've not tested it.

    I have tried just about every grip out thereā€¦the best for sweaty people is to have a leather grip base and top it off with something perforated, and then to have some powder nearby to smack on between games. And you'll still go through grips like a mad-man.
     
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  25. Sparkyovcov

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    Cheaper to replace the overgrip than a full replacement. For me I've been using the W wilson women's brand. I bought them for about 40c each ages ago. Wilson pro overgrip is good, but I've had some great overgrips in a mixed lot from china too
     
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  26. Crisp

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    In a word yes. Tourna is best. For me.
     
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  27. NTRPolice

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    I only buy it because you can get reels of 30. When I order from TW I order 3x30 at a time. That $100 worth of grips lasts me about 6-8 mo. which is about the same time as my shoes go bald.
     
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  28. tiebraek

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    It's a personal preference and for me for sweaty hands there is only one best grip: tourna grip(dry)! It doesn't last very long but I switched it around and I'm able to get 4-5 sessions.
    I also have tried Babolat pro team (dry). It is a very good overgrip but it's very thick and more expensive.
     
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  29. SpinToWin

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    I love the Wilson Pro Overgrip.
     
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  30. morten

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    wilson pro sensation is great too..
     
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  31. Marat_ivanisevic

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    Can anyone compare tourna to wilson advantage?? Thanks
     
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  32. lobman

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    For us heavy sweaters down here in the steamy South, Tournament Grip is the best I've found. True, not much longevity but you can add some life with the tips OTMPut suggested.
     
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  33. 7zero

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    I am trying tourna overgrip, just to be sure what side ist to be up (contacting hand)? the side which has cover layer? just asking because it feels pretty similar from both sides..
     
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  34. 7zero

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    funny thing is Solinco heaven description does not say anything about special absorption qualities, neither it is in category "absorbent" by TWE: http://www.tenniswarehouse-europe.com/catpage-ABSORBOGRIP.html

    if it is really that good in moisture management maybe they should promote itthis way. I might give it a try.
     
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  35. Silent

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    The side that's covered feels a bit better. But, as others have said, turning it over after a few sessions to extend its life works well.
     
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    thanks, I will try.. pity they not include double amount of that red sticky tape to fix it in package.. :)
     
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  37. Silent

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    The roll of tape that comes in the 30-pack is pretty big, but I've also used electrical tape in the past. It's wider and shiny but you can choose your own colour.
     
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  38. 7zero

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    I love trourna feel on base leather grip, it is thin and in hot weather it just hold.
     
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  39. despo

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    As soon as the humidity hits , I switch to Solinco Heaven grip . lasts a very long time, absorbs great!
     
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  40. Silent

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    Yep, same setup as me. It's the only grip that allows me not to think about the racquet flying right out of my hand.
     
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  41. prjacobs

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    I just make my opponents sweat :) . Just kidding... Works fine and lasts a long time for me.
     
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  42. 7zero

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    solinco heaven arrived. Installed and will be tried tomorrow! :)
     
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    New Tourna Grip

    For a couple of months now i have been using Tournas new grip, Mega Tac. While it's not the most durable grip out there (none of the Tournas are), it is the best over grip I've ever used. It feels literally like the back of a sticker, and grabs you back when you twist. Has anyone else tried it?
     
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  44. MixedMaster

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    I like the tacky grips best and to me Gama has the best in that category. Seem to last me quite a while and the tacky grip gives me confidence to hold on to the racket.
     
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  45. Fishsticks

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    I've tried several grips from several different brands (Tourna, Yonex, Babolat, Head, Wilson, Dunlop). Most of the tackies all feel the same and lose their tackyness after a while and then just become slippery.

    As far as sweating goes, I used to use Tourna 100% of the time until I found Dunlop U-Sweat. I've changed over completely (in the summertime) as it's drier than Tourna and doesn't become mushy like Tourna after a while. Dunlop U-Sweat lasts forever!

    In the milder/colder months, I use Yonex Supergrap for being the most comfortable with some decent absortion qualities as well.
     
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  46. Tennis sensation

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    I prefer Wilson Pro Overgrip.
     
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  47. Marat_ivanisevic

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    Has anyone tried volkl v-touch, on TW it says "by the makers of tourna grip"
    Thanks
     
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  48. TennisLogic

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    Yes, best overgrip - ever.
     
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  49. TennisLogic

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    Also, it's made in the good ol' USA. I am partial to it because of that beautiful fact, but it truly is the best overgrip I have ever tried and I have tried quite a lot.
     
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  50. 7zero

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    isn't it V-tac overgrip? Could not find any V-touch on TWE pages..
     
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