leather grips

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by thebigidiot, Dec 29, 2004.

  1. thebigidiot

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    Are Wilson Leather grips good or should i use something like fairway?
     
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  2. Swan Song

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    I do not mean to embarrass you, but you know that Fairway leather grips are no longer in production, right? Although they are hard to find in the U.S., the Head Calfskin grip, which I use, that came with the Prestige Classics are firm yet soft and has a grainy texture sort of like Fairway, but I only felt the Fairway for about a second or so.
     
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  3. If a new Wilson is $8-12, then a new Fairway would be well worth a little extra. The question is, can you find them? Also, if all you're going to do is put an overgrip on top, the advantages of Fairway become diminished somewhat. Wilson is in the dumps; Gamma is considerably better, as well as probably most any other leather grip that I have yet to try.
     
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  4. thebigidiot

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    i never knew that fairway is gone
    i dont really use an overgrip ususally, so i'll just go with the Gamma
    Thanks.
     
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  5. Craig Sheppard

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    bigidiot, Wilson grips are terrible. The Gamma grips are a little better, but the Volkl leather grips are really the best available from TW. They're softer and tackier than the Gamma grips. The color is a little funky in them, but it's the feel that matters.

    Craig
     
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  6. jayserinos99

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    anyone here try the babolat leather grips?

    i agree with the volkls, great stuff there.
     
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  7. jelichek

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    go with the Gamma, tough to beat the price and installs really well. have had the Volkl and not too impressed and the Wilson is way too much for what you get.
     
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  8. thebigidiot

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    okay, i just said wilson cause the pro shop nearest to my house supports wilson.
     
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  9. Ronaldo

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    Used the Babolat Leather that came as standard issue with the Aerotour Limited, firm, tacky, and buttery. Second best is/was Head Leather IMHO. May be easier and far cheaper to find Balmforth leather grips which are awesome
     
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  10. guido88

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    I've used the Babolat leather grips, and at first they're firm, and tacky. But after a while they become slick.
     
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  11. K!ck5w3rvE

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    Fairway are the best, but in terms of value for money, Babolat, Wilson and Volkl aren't bad.
     
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  12. matchpoints

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    i use bab version. half is covered with tournagrip so i only touch it when hitting a 2 hander backhand with my left hand. it's tacky and pretty comfortable.
     
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  13. NoBadMojo

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    to me, if you arent' using an overgrip over your leather, the Fairways are the only way to go...you can find them if you look hard enough, but they are often around 30 bucks. all the others seem a bit slick to me as soon as they get a little wet....volkl is prob the best, but it bleeds that reddish colour a bit, then bab's, then wislon..havent tried the Head..i use the Babalots mostly because they are still leather and are cheap, and i use a Wilson Pro overgrip..so you get the best of both worlds i think. fairways were made by balmforth.
     
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  14. Kirko

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    fairway is or was the best can still be obtained , but expensive. teh closest grip to it is the prince pro maroon with a black strioe @ $12.00 . it has great tack and no weird tape on the back of it you have apply two-sided tape and staple it. e-mail me & I will tell were to get it.
     
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  15. Richie Rich

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    They still make Fairway grips. email me at obsess@rogers.com if you want to get some.
     
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  16. Swan Song

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    You're kidding right?
     
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  17. Richie Rich

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    Absolutely serious. Just have to know where to look and have the right contacts.
     
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  18. Ace

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    Babolat Leather

    I use the Babolat leather grip. Some of you described it as "tacky", I thought it felt more dry/absorbant and not tacky at all. But only for a month, then it became slick, and I had to throw an overgrip over it anyway.

    It added a little weight to my handle though, and I like the balance of the racquet much better with the leather grip.
     
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