Leather Replacement Grip?

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  1. TripleB

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    Thinking about ordering a couple Wilson Steam 99LS racquets, add a leather grip, add a bit of lead tape, and try and bring the specs of it up to hopefully around 312 grams, 4 points headlight, and swingweight between 310 and 315.

    I'll be using an overgrip over the leather grip but I'm hoping to use a leather grip that leaves the grip size the same, doesn't shrink over time (read in reviews that some leather grips shrink), and allows me to feel the bevels of the racquet some, even through the overgrip.

    Any recommendations?

    I appreciate your help.

    TripleB
     
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  2. esgee48

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    See the ChicagoJack thread for grip mass. I would go with a thinner leather grip that you stretch reasonably tight over the handle. Not stretching a leather grip leads to rounded bevels IME.
     
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    In that case would you advise to go 1 grip larger than normal?

    Thanks.

    TripleB
     
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  4. esgee48

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    Sorry for the late reply. I don't monitor responses.

    I would go with the < 1.5 mm leather grips. Keep the same grip size since you are planning to use an OG on top of the leather. IME, the difference between really stretching vs installing a leather grip is about a 5% smaller feeling grip (i.e. 4 1/2 feels like small 4 1/2 or large 4 3/8.
     
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  5. ericg

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    I had TW install a volkl leather grip on my new V1 Pro. I like it a lot and the feel is great. It's heavier than most of the others tho
     
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    When I added a 1.5 leather grip to a racquet, plus the overgrip, it increased the size because of the lack of compression. If you want to keep the same size and use an overgrip, I would try the 1.3mm. If you take the rule that most synth grips are 1.8-1.9mm, allow for some compression, say 0.5mm (which is bloody tiny) then a 1.5 leather grip is going to replicate the grip size without an overgrip.
     
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  7. ericg

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    I found that with my normal size grip and the volkl leather and supergrap og the grip was too big for me. I just ordered a new APD and went down a size and ordered leather and will go with the supergrap og. I've never played with leather and no over grip but tried it on my volkl and love the feel. I live in a hot humid climate and have used a supergrap og for years. Maybe I'm missing something
     
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  8. KaiserW

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    Go for the thinner TW grip.
     
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  9. jersey34tennis

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    i think the dunlop leather grips are the best leather grips out there today. i found gamma very slick as well as volkl. the pacific black leather is nice, the brown not so much and is far lighter than in the pictures. go with dunlop
     
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  10. max_brat

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    Are the Dunlop grips as good as the old Fairway grips? I have an original Max 200g that needs a new grip, and want a good leather one.
     
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  11. lgbalfa

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    not talked about much, but if you play bare leather, the pacific's are the best.
     
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  12. MagPro

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    I second the TW thinner leather grip, that with your overgrip and you should be set.
     
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  13. Muppet

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    The Boris Becker leather is very nice. It keeps the bevels well. It's a good choice especially if you want to add weight at the handle. It's at the heavy end of the spectrum. And keep in mind that a denser material like leather will feel wider in your hand than you may expect.
     
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  14. Ziggy925

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    My theory is to select a grip that fine tunes the cushion of the grip, then use an overgrip to fine tune the feel. One of my racquets uses a cushion overgrip instead of a standard grip, followed by a Pro Overgrip for feel.
     
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  15. g4driver

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    I will try to find a thread. I bought a Steam 99LS (try to get a less stiff version of the 99S) and built up the grip with leather and a grip build up sleeve, leaded it up to 335 grams. 14 grams of lead under the grommets at the head if I remember.

    It was a failure. The mass was in the handle, and the head and even though I had lead at 12/6 and 3/9, it just didn't work for me.

    You are looking at 30 grams lower than what I finally dialed in at 342 grams.

    I use Volkl leather grips and have been very happy with them.
     
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