Megatack or Tacky Towel + favorite replacement grip?

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  1. corners

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    I'm looking for the most tacky, but affordable, grip "system." What would give better performance + value, Megatack overgrips used alone, or my favorite tacky/textured replacement grip wiped with a tacky towel?
     
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    Tacky towel is very sticky. I did not like it.
     
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  3. corners

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    Hey Mike, I haven't tried it yet, but generally very much like an extremely tacky feel. I've got some old woodies that have very sticky leather grips - probably from the castor oil that leather used to be treated with - and love that feel. It's like I don't have to squeeze the handle at all to keep the racquet in hand.

    The question I have about the tacky towel and similar beeswax products is: what happens to the sweat on your hands? Does the beeswax dry it out like rosin and other drying agents do?

    My only experience with beeswax is the gauze tape sold by Gamma and Unique that is infused with beeswax. With that stuff, moisture management is provided by the loose weave of the material - sweat penetrates through like it does with a perforated grip. Would the tacky towel also work best with a very porous/perforated base grip?
     
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    It has been a few years since I used it. All I remember is it my hand so sticky that I could not change grips fast enough.
     
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  5. corners

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    LOL, well if it was that sticky your sweat must have been disappearing somehow. Thanks for sharing your experience. I'll have to try it myself and see if slow grip changes are offset by greater grip security during strokes.
     
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    yeah, tried that silly tacky towel once. borrowed a buddies just to try it.

    wow, it's tacky.

    fwiw, i'm not a huge sweater of the hand, i use supergrap well beyond it's tackiness, till it becomes soft. grips just don't seem to affect me much.
     
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  7. Lefty5

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    Mega Tac. A replacement grip will wear down and tacky towels will have to be replaced at the same rate as an overgrip. That will probably end up costing you more in the end. Mega Tac has lasted almost all winter for me. Its ridiculous the durability of it. You'll get better performance out of the overgrip as well. Good luck to you.
     
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    Hey Lefty, thanks! Do you sweat much? Do you think Megatac will be a winter-only overgrip for you? I was reading through TW's play test thread and it seemed opinions were strangely mixed about how good or bad Megatac was when a little hand sweat got added to the mix.
     
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  9. Lefty5

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    Yeah I'm a sweater so I have to switch to Tourna Grip in the summer. However, I play all year around - outdoors, so when its below 50 degrees I need the tacky stuff. Mega Tac is good but if you want less Tac and some absorption, Tourna Tac is a great alternative as well. I don't have to speak up for Supergrap b/c someone will invariably reply with a one liner...Supergrap...Its ok but not as durable as Mega Tac.
     
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    Thanks Lefty. I'm pretty much after maximum tack and magical disappearance of moisture. :) Think I'm going to try Mega Tac in combination with Dry Grip, of which I have heard some positive reports. I will have a tacky towel in reserve.
     
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    I like a pretty tacky grip, and I go back and forth between using Tourna Tac overgrip over a standard grip, or using a Gamma Contour replacement grip and using the Tacky Towel. I agree with the complaints about the Tacky Towel. It isn't tacky...it is sticky. However here is how I do it. I keep it in a large zip lock bag, and I never touch it with my hands. I just turn the bag inside out and use it to lightly wipe down my grip. Playing inside, this lasts about an hour. I would say I sweat an average amount. It is easy enough to reapply during a change over, or I always have multiple racquets. The same Tacky Towel has lasted me about 6 months by keeping it sealed up and using it as stated.

    I playtested the Mega Tac grip, and it was definitely the tackiest grip I have ever used. It did last quite a while, but the biggest complaint was that it did get pretty slimy as it got sweaty, and even wiping it down did not seem to help. I had to change racquets after an hour or so because of this. For an overgrip, I prefer the Tourna Tac. It isn't as tacky, but it also doesn't get slimy.

    John
     
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