Reusing grips when you're a one-hander

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  1. Feriluc

    Feriluc New User

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    Hello everyone,

    I was playing a few matches with some friends at my local tennis center. When we finished we joked about how dirty my grip was (its a white wilson pro overgrip). The funny thing was that it is only dirty halfway down the grip because I have a one-handed backhand. They said I could probably just cut my grips in half and only regrip up to the middle of the handle.

    Obviously they were joking. However, if I could use only half my grips...that would turn my 12 packs into 24 packs! :twisted:

    Anyone ever done this? What would be the best way?

    I think my only concern would be the grip coming off since the second half would not have the sticky lead...
     
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  2. Alexrb

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    I do this. Living in FL, sweats a pretty big deal.

    I use the yonex supergrap and instead of cutting them in half, just rewrap it either upside down or inside out. Can get multiple uses out of 1.
     
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  3. darklore009

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    i would do it, however i use a leather grip and most grips i use tends to leave a leather color on the back of the overgrip and makes me not want to use the reverse side.
     
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  4. eelhc

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    For a one hander, Tourna grips can be reused upside down and inside out but don't let them get too ratty before flipping/reversing other wise the "used sections" will tear/fall apart on you. Overgrips are cheap but there's no reason for waste...

    Keep a pair of scissors and 1/2" vinyl tape in your bag.

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  5. Alexrb

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    Yeah, I have a leather grip too but the discoloration doesn't bother me.

    With something other than leather you may have issues with the grip coming off cleanly when you go to rotate it.
     
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  6. Dags

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    Some overgrips - Tourna is the obvious one - do not have any adhesive backing. If you can wrap a grip properly it shouldn't be a problem, but if you're still concerned then you could use a small piece of double-sided tape.
     
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  7. McLovin

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    Gasquet & Wawrinka, to name a couple:

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  8. Dags

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    I believe they both use the full overgrip, but like to wrap more than once around the butt cap.
     
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  9. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    When I used to use Tourna Grips, I got 4 uses out of one grip.

    Up, down, front, and back. (Tourna Grip has identical front side and back side)
     
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  10. Radicalized

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    I do it because I never touch the top part of the grip (1hbh). My "replacement" grip is a black Head model. I do the following to keep the "overgrip" secure:

    1/2 Tournagrip XL or 1/2 Supergrap, in my case.
    Small piece (width of overgrip) of Scotch double-sided permanent (yes, it pulls off) (1/2"--the clear type) adhesive tape at start and finish. At finish, which I never touch, a "band" of "rubber" (not even 1/2") of old bicycle tire tube (it doesn't show--it's black--remember, my replacement grip is black). I have another "HEAD" finishing band that I could use, but it doesn't matter to me. Always remains secure.

    If you're someone who obsesses on weight and balance, you can check before and after. :)
     
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