Racquet only available in grip 4 1/4 but I need 4 5/8

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  1. Raul_SJ

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    I wish to get this racquet but it is only available in grip size 4 1/4.

    I use a 4 5/8 grip size.

    I have heard that building up the grip beyond one size changes the playability
    as the handle becomes too heavy... Is that correct?

    And is the reason that the racquet is on sale because of the limited choice of grip size?
     
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  2. robbo1970

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    I doubt it is on sale because of the grip size, a grip 2 is quite popular these days.

    I think though if you were to try and build it up, then yes, you would be adding weight, plus I think you would lose so much bevel feel the grip would almost feel round.

    Keep searching though, you may yet find it in a larger grip.
     
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  3. The Meat

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    I used ducktape to modify my friend's storm from 3/8 to 5/8. Just carefully wrap it evenly about 3-4 times and then add the undergrip.
     
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  4. movdqa

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    Put an ad in the TW Wanted section. You might run into a lightly used or even new one.
     
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  5. LeeD

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    If you wrap the tape around the grip, you lose the 8 edges, and the feel from forehand to backhand to conti.
    Better to add strips of tape along each of the 8 sides, carefully butting the edges, so you preserve the corners.
     
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  6. The Meat

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    3-4 wraps doesn't cover the corners all that much. I've wrapped a grip 10 times before and the bevels are still there, it depends on how tightly you pull and if you smooth the tape on each bevel.
     
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  7. LeeD

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    Interesting.
    I find even a thin overgrip compromises the edges so I have problems finding my exact grip in crunch time.
    Maybe that's the problem with strong SW forehand, strong E backhand topspin, conti with weak E forehand hard slice, conti volleys serves and overheads.
     
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  8. The Meat

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    You might actually like playing with just duck tape as the undergrip built up to your size, that's what I usually play with. If it's too rough on the hands I just carefully wrap an old overgrip without it overlapping and then apply a new overgrip over that.
     
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  9. bluetrain4

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    That's a lot to build up, as you're not simply going up one grip size.

    I don't know. Could be that it building the grip would totally work for you. Problem is, you can't know if you'll like the change in how it feels/plays until you do it.
     
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  10. Relinquis

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    the grip that is on it is pretty thin (babolat skin feel). If you replace it with a thick leather grip (not the thin babolat ones) and an overgrip wrapped tightly. it will probably become slightly more headlight (it is a headlight stick anyway) but should preserve the bevel feel i doubt it will affect the swing weight and such much if at all.

    Go for it if you like the specs and can handle a 4 3/8 or so grip size once you take into account the leather and overgrip. (i find babolat's have bigger grips than wilson, prince and dunlop, but it could be just the one frame that i've used).
     
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  11. movdqa

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    Does Babolat use a pallet system?
     
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  12. Fuji

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    No, but it is possible to take off the foam and attach a pallet as done by Hankenstein! :)

    -Fuji
     
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  13. vsdtrek

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    If you really wnat that model, perhaps call that **** place and see what they can do with the grip.
     
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  14. eman resu

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    balsa wood is great for this kind of huge grip customization. Cut strips of a thin balsa wood (can't remember the number, sorry) and glue to the handle with some double sided tape. Flexible, easy to cut (even a scissor might do the trick), cheap and light. I went from 4 3/8 to 5 and something and it weighted about 6g. Or you can remove the foam and put pallets (beware, it does take a lot of work)
     
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  15. SteveI

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    Order this for $19.00... and then build it up...

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/orderusedproduct.html?pcode=BPSGT
     
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  16. gavna

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    Going up 3 sizes is huge.......it's a big difference in feel, grip shape and balance. Honestly look around on the web and I'm sure you will find a 5/8 - spending good money and having to "settle" and be disappointed on having to greatly modify something you shouldn't have too not worth it.
     
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    I would suggest calling TW
     
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