Should leather grips be pre-treated before first use ?

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by MAXXply, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. MAXXply

    MAXXply Hall of Fame

    May 29, 2008
    Hey TT leather grip connoisseurs: do you recommend a brand new leather grip be pre-treated with anything before first-use? Obviously if leather grip manufacturers had intended this to be so they would have clearly instructed this. But I'm keen for your opinions; I've fitted a new Babolat leather grip to my racket and will not be using an overgrip this time, to prevent the grip from blowing out.

    Increasing tackiness is not the issue. Comfort is what I'm seeking - I'm wanting to minimise the inevitable blisters that will surely come. Should I just let my natural perspiration do its thing over time to soften up and moisten the leather ?
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2013
  2. martini1

    martini1 Hall of Fame

    Sep 11, 2008
    As with any item, it's always go to give it some of your favorite leather product (cream/oil/conditioner etc) brand new. Especially when it has been on shelf for a while.

    If comfort is #1 I would just do an over grip on top of the leather. Yes, the over grip will absorb some of the leather oil off the grip. So it is up to you to decide if you want to apply the leather products again or just leave it as is after over grip change.

    Your hands' moisture could make it a bit softer over time but it is not gonna make a difference like a broken in watch strap.

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