Shrink sleeves - do they work?

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  1. TheLambsheadrep

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    I know there are the Gamma heat-shrink sleeves, and I think there are other brands, too. Regardless, do they do a good job of keeping the bevels sharp? I only want to go from a 4 1/4 to a 4 3/8, but I want to try to maintain a nice angle on the pallet. What's the best way to go?
     
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  2. aimr75

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    yeah i found they keep the bevels, but they weigh a fair bit, something like 14 grams. So will alter how the racquet plays
     
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    For what you want, they will do the job. I once had a grip enlarged from 4-1/2" to 4-5/8". My other racquet was a stock 4-5/8". I couldn't tell the difference. I think the heat shrink sleeve is the best way to enlarge a grip and still feel the bevels. It does add some weight, but for me it didn't feel significant.
     
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  4. PrinceMoron

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    Regarding the weight, you can trim them before or after appying. Just like some people only use a tournagrip halfway up the grip, you can trim the shrinkwrap to get is well below 14g.

    You may find the butt gets too big, and Gamma instructions do say take the sleeve right down over the butt. Again you can trim the wrap after applying to stop short of the butt is you find the end of the racquet too big.

    Gamma come in two sizes, white and black, 1/16 and 1/8 respectively.
    I have seen them for $10 in stores, and if this sounds expensive to you, you can buy electrician's shrink tubing for cents by the yard. Exactly the same stuff.
    I quite like shrink wraps for adding weight instead of lead etc, and also for fixing together replaced pallets. Do think about the electrician's version - it is easy to find on eb%y. also huge choice of widths 1-50 mm so you can really fine tune the grip. eg search for 1mm-25mm Heat Shrink Heatshrink Tubing Tube Sleeve Sleeving Wrap Various Colours
    Also like to put my contact details under the shrinkwrap so I can prove the racket is mine if someone picks it up by mistake.
    Have fun!
     
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  5. Chotobaka

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    Gamma also makes flat build-up sheets that you cut and form to the grip (they have adhesive on the backing). These also come in two thicknesses and do a far better job of maintaining bevel shape and feel. A little more work, but well worth it.
     
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  6. TheLambsheadrep

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    very cool, I will need to check those out. Im not worried about the weight (since I lead up my handles anyway), I just want to keep that nice edge to the grip
     
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    the sleeves have worked fine for me, and i also use leather grips because i want to keep the bevels "sharp" as possible.
     
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  8. PrinceMoron

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    I think two of the 1/16 grips rather than a single 1/8 gives a sharper bevel. Plastic is harder too. The thicker black ones are noticeable softer.
     
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  9. TheLambsheadrep

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    Cool.

    Another thing, I was measuring some of my grips and grip-less pallets, and a bare L3 pallet came to be 4" and a bare L5 pallet was 4 1/4", so is the general rule that the given measurement (found on the butt cap/on the pallet) is achieved after the addition of a base grip and over grip, and the pallet itself is 3 sizes smaller than advertised to make this possible?

    Also, I measured the grip of my LM Prestige Mid which only has a Wilson Leather grip on it right now. The butt cap/pallet says L4, and the measurement was exactly 4 1/2". So in general, does a replacement grip increase the size (from the bare pallet) by about 3 sizes, and is it different between leather and synthetic grips? I ask bc I had a hard time measuring racquets with my other replacement grips bc they are Gamma High-Tech Contours and the bump that runs through them skews the measurement. As best as I could, for the Gamma's, they increased the size (from the bare pallet of 4") by about 4 sizes, but the extra size up from the leather measurement could have been from the contours.
     
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  10. mctennis

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    It sounds like the majority of people posting so far likes heat shrink sleeves. Myself, I prefer not to use them. The more you put on the less I can can feel the bevels. It makes it more like a bat ( rounder) rather than a racquet handle, IMO. If you only need one or maybe two it may not be so bad.
     
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    If you're using more than two (even one), you need to go ahead and get a new frame.
     
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    Short version, they work, they take away some of the feel of the bevels, but in my opinion arent worth it because they add too much weight and throw off balance
     
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    Another thumbs up for the sleeves. I've used them (the TW black 1 grip size version) on a couple of rackets, but I wanted the additional weight in the handle. In fact for my current racket of choice I intentionally bought them one grip size down and added a black sleeve to add weight and shift the balance.
     
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  15. NLBwell

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    That sounds pretty good.
     
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  16. TheLambsheadrep

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    I found them, so they will def fit around a tennis racquet grip? And are they going to build up closer to one full size or a half size?
     
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  17. corbind

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    I'll have to try a shrink wrap for fun.

    * I still don't know why advanced players would care about bevels. During grip changes, your non-dominant hand quickly spins the racquet throat to the correct angle, dominant hand regrip, and swing away.
     
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