Overgrips: Wilson Pro not enough longevity, Tournagrip gives me blisters.

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by dwhiteside, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. dwhiteside

    dwhiteside Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2008
    Messages:
    438
    I've only used two overgrips before.

    I really love Wilson Pro overgrips for about 5 hitting sessions (usually for a few hours each one). Then, they just lose their traction completely and are even worse than the default grip. But for the first few times they're lovely. I just don't want to go through the hassle of regripping my racquet every week and having to burn through overgrips that fast.

    Tournagrip, I like for a few hitting sessions, but once it gets worn down after the first few hitting sessions gets to be this almost rough and clothlike texture that gives me horrible blisters. I do like the initial feel of these though, but I stick with the Pros for now because I'd rather deal with minor racquet slip than really painful blisters.

    So I'm looking for an overgrip that lasts, and retains tackyness and absorption capabilities for the longest amount of time. I'm aware that it's a tradeoff and that I can't have everything I want, I.e. an ideal overgrip that stays tacky and comfortable for years.

    Ultimately I guess I'll just have to experiment to see what personally works for my personal tastes and hands, but I wanted to hear a few suggestions for overgrips that, after a few matches, don't wear out as fast as the Pros, and that don't degrade to the rough texture of the Tournagrips.


    Thanks!
     
    #1
  2. dwhiteside

    dwhiteside Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2008
    Messages:
    438
    I want to add that once I get into tournament play and start playing a lot more competitively I may have to go through the necessary evil of lots of re-overgripping (and restringing), but until then, I want that minimized as much as possible.
     
    #2
  3. Conquistador

    Conquistador Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2008
    Messages:
    2,191
    I use Gamma Smart Grip--its really great--A lot of my friends do as well..I think it stays tacky the longest--also it is great because dirt doesnt show up as much as other grips
     
    #3
  4. mtommer

    mtommer Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2008
    Messages:
    2,828
    They are overgips. They are meant to be replaced frequently. Want you want are replacement grips. Overgrips are simply too thin to warrant standing up for very long. Those who usually retain their overgrips for awhile don't play that much or they don't play that hard.
     
    #4
  5. phucng_10

    phucng_10 Professional

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2007
    Messages:
    923
    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    Yonex Super Grap. I've played with Tourna and Wilson; they're nothing like the Super Grap overgrip.
     
    #5
  6. Lejanius

    Lejanius Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2008
    Messages:
    183
    Location:
    St. Paul, MN
    I second the Yonnex overgrip. I used to use tournagrip but switched to Yonnex. It lasts a lot longer and remains tacky a long time, I really like it
     
    #6
  7. babolat15

    babolat15 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2006
    Messages:
    1,790
    5 sessions with wilson pro isnt bad at al
     
    #7
  8. rabidturtle

    rabidturtle Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2008
    Messages:
    126
    Third on the Yonnex supergrap, a little thicker, keeps its tackiness, and more durable than a wilson pro overgrip.
     
    #8
  9. some6uy008

    some6uy008 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2008
    Messages:
    456
    Make that fourth. I tried the Babolat, Unique, Wilson and gamma stuff, but in the end, I always go back to Yonex.
     
    #9
  10. Spatula

    Spatula Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2004
    Messages:
    540
    Location:
    Virginia
    Your not happy about 5 session, or 10+ hours on one Wilson Pro Overgrip? What are you expecting out of it? 20 hours? I replace my overgrip every match. I'll use that same overgrip if I have a practice session but fresh overgrip for each match.

    Train like you want to fight they say in the military...or practice as you'd compete.
     
    #10
  11. Il Mostro

    Il Mostro Banned

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2008
    Messages:
    3,079
    Location:
    Sunny SoCal
    Supergrap here, too.
     
    #11
  12. dwhiteside

    dwhiteside Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2008
    Messages:
    438
    Thanks for the replies!

    As for the "overgrips are overgrips - they need to be replaced frequently" argument, I realize there's truth to this, but I made it explicit in my second post that I was talking about MINIMIZING the time in between replacements, not negating it entirely. Surely certain overgrips will wear out quicker than others, even if all overgrips wear out (relatively) quickly. I'm interested in these overgrips that wear out less quickly than others, even if by a (relatively) small margin.

    So the consensus here and based on some of the other information I've acquired based on browsing the net and reading reviews on TW's main site is that the Super Graps are a very well liked overgrip for some of the reasons I'm interested in! I'm going to pick up Super Graps, Gamma Supreme, Babolat Pro, and maybe Gamma Smart (DermaGrips). Going with the Gamma's and the Babolat based on a few other suggestions I've seen elsewhere. Hopefully I'll find one that suits me.

    Also, if what I want is replacement grips, does that mean I should forego the use of an overgrip entirely? Does anyone not use overgrips at all, and just stick with a replacement grip alone, because of the durability, because you wouldn't have to replace it as much as an overgrip? I'm pretty sure the replacement grip I have is decent, but I've never hit without an overgrip on top of it so I don't know how it would stand up without one, or if it'd be a good idea to do so.
     
    #12
  13. phucng_10

    phucng_10 Professional

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2007
    Messages:
    923
    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    I would just tell you to try out the Gamma Supremes and Super Graps only because the Gamma Smartgrips for sure will tend to get very slippery if your palms are sweaty.

    I'd say there are a handful people who likes to use their synthetic replacement grips without the need of wrapping an overgrip because they'd feel it'll be too uncomfortable. But, if it comes to a leather replacement grip, you're for sure going to want to use an overgrip for that.

    For me though, I like using an overgrip because it adds a better layer of tack and makes the grip a bit bigger. The bevel of the replacement grip is still there and it feels just right for me using an overgrip instead of the bare replacement grip.
     
    #13
  14. orangettecoleman

    orangettecoleman Professional

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2007
    Messages:
    1,208
    Location:
    Mesa, AZ
    gamma supreme is awesome. it stays tacky way longer than wilson or yonex. it is a little bit thicker and firmer though.
     
    #14
  15. ODYSSEY Mk.4

    ODYSSEY Mk.4 Professional

    Joined:
    May 29, 2008
    Messages:
    907
    Location:
    Redlands, California
    super grap
     
    #15

Share This Page