So, who still uses straight up leather grips?

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  1. tonysk83

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    I normally use leather grips underneath an overgrip because of the great feel you get compared to a synthetic grip. I tossed my racquet today and tore the bottom of my overgrip so I took it off but we were only playing for 10 more minutes so I just used the bare leather grip.

    Wow, I loved it. It was hard, but never felt uncomfortable at all. I got great feel and just felt like I was hitting slightly better. I am going to try it out tomorrow but for the whole hitting session and see if I have any problems with it.

    BTW it is a babolat leather grip.

    Anyone use just a leather grip still?
     
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  2. CleverLob

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    I deffinitely do, I love it because of how you can feel the beveled edges so nicely :) And yeah, it doesn't feel too hard on your hands, as long as you have proper strokes. Right Now I'm wrapping a layer of ace bandage over my leather because even the small ridge between the layers of the grip bother me, but I love leather!
     
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  3. Rafa's best friend

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    About 90 % of the pros do, and they put on overgrip on top.
     
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  4. Tour 90

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    I use Wilson leather on my nsix one tours. Even when the stock ones wear down I still replace them with pure leather. It gives you blisters but they turn to calous's after a week or two, then the grips are perfect.
     
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  5. TheSnowMan

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    I use bare Wilson Leather on my Pure Drive sometimes, but most of the time I use an overgrip, because I now have a huge bump of dead skin on my thumb.
     
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  6. snoflewis

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    im using the leather that came w/ the redondos. they were really slippery at first but are pretty good now since they're broken in. only issue i have w/ them is that on one of the rackets, the grip at the buttcap keeps slipping off....time for some double sided tape.
     
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  7. Duzza

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    Most of the time. My new racquets don't have leather, and I just bought a 12 pack of grips, so I might do that a bit later on.
     
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  8. Rafa's best friend

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    John Mcenroe uses leather grips
     
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  9. kchau

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    i use babolat leather on all of my pure drives, i always ALWAYS use yonex grap on top, its the perfect cushion, feel, and firmness, not to mention lovely bevels :D
     
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    The OP is asking about players who use leather, BUT WITHOUT OVERGRIPS!
     
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  11. Swissv2

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    Richard Gasquet uses leather grip, and so did the summer tennis coach here.
     
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  12. JRProstaf9

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    I love playing with a pure leater grip... but prefer playing with an overgrip on top as the way I wrap it lets my fingers fall right into place for my forehand, volleys, and serves.
     
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  13. ShcMad

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    I used to use straight up leather until my racquet flew out of my hand during a serve and got destroyed.
     
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  14. Ace

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    I prefer just a leather grip, but I don't like dropping $10 when they get worn as opposed to $3 for an overgrip cuz I'm cheap like that.
     
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  15. tonysk83

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    I just played for two hours with mine, and the wetter it got from my sweat, the better it felt. I really like use just the leather, my hand got no blisters at all either. Definitely going to keep using this until I start wasting too much money on new grips.
     
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  16. Duzza

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    Agreed tony. People say to me "but when you get sweaty doesn't it get slippery?" and to that I say Hell NO.
     
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  18. PBODY99

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    I started when there was only leather & I use leather on my wood frames & of course my Maxply McEnroes.:)
     
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  19. CleverLob

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    They probably mean that he uses it when it's not so hot/humid out, because then he does switch to an overgrip. But when it's dry and cool, and he's not sweating so much, then he will use just leather.
     
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  20. psamp14

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    i dont use a straight up leather grip all the time but when my ncodes were brand new i used the racquet with its original leather grip for about a week or two

    sometimes when my overgrip is worn out and i find i dont have a new one in my bag, i just play with the leather grip, often times for days before putting a new overgrip on
     
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  21. tennisadict

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    its ok, and try volkl leather grip they are better than wilson
     
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  22. M1KE

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    I prefer just leather. I've tried many overgrips... Yonex Super Grap, Wilson Pro, Volkl Super Grip II, Klip Kobra, Babolat Syntec... and some others. My favorite by far was the Volkl overgrip by the way. However, I still strongly prefer straight leather, so I guess I'll have to get a Gamma sleeve to increase the grip size.

    I love the Volkl leather and mine is still in great condition, but I think I'll need a new one when I put the sleeve on. Anyone have any suggestions for an alternative, since TW doesn't sell them anymore?
     
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  23. rasajadad

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    I'm a straight leather fan. No overgrips. I don't sweat much at the hands, so I don't have an issue with slipperiness, but a friend of mine who does uses a product called a "Tacky Towel". It seems to be a piece of cloth impregnated with beeswax (I think.) He wipes the grip with it on the changeovers. Seems to work for him.

    In terms of different brands, I have used:
    The original leather grips that came on the PK
    Babolat
    Volkl
    Prince

    In terms of a supplier, none of the major tennis places have any selection any more. However, there's some guy in Georgia (don't have his name handy, I'm at work) who is kind of a "Grip Guru" who has a huge selection of current and vintage (Not used) grips taken off racquets and preserved.

    If anyone has any specific questions about the grips, I'd be happy to expound, but the OP was just taking a survey.
     
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  24. Ronaldo

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    Local player felt the leather rounded the bevels too much, he used bare wood.
     
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  25. slice bh compliment

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    the photo of Gasquet avec overgrip

    I do the same (with a Wilson or a Yonex overgrip). I'm a sweat-er.
    In the cool months, I use just plain leather. There is nothing synthetic that can match the feel. Sorry cows. I know Meat is Murder, but, erhhm, leather is better.

    I think Edberg and Hingis in addition to Mac and Gasquet use leather sans overgrip.
     
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  26. JRProstaf9

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    Wilson and Gamma make some of the best Leather grips on the current market. Prince isn't too bad either but seems to dry out a lot quicker than the others.
    I love the feel of straight up leather... but my hands definitly get sweaty when I play and can just see my racket shoot right out of my hand and onto the court while serving during a humid summer match here in DC.
     
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  27. Kirko

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    I use leather "straight up". I use fairway or prince pro (marron with a black stripe). I tried over-grips, but always took them off after hitting for awhile. over-grips and syn. replacement grips just ain't my thing.
     
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  28. mctennis

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    I still use leather grips. I like the feedback I get with just a leather grip.
     
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  29. slice bh compliment

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    Yeah, I like the feedback, too.
    Often my leather grip sounds like Vince Vaughn, though:

    "Baby, poach more. It's dubs and your volleys are so freaking money!"
    "Come on, you know you can hit the returns deep and go in on this guy. You're like a big bear, and you're just pawing at the thing."
    "[earmuffs] Can't you fcuking move for that? Come on, kid. You're bettah than that."
     
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  30. BiGGieStuFF

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    where do you get the prince leather grips? I thought they don't make it anymore.
     
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  31. theace21

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    Playing without a grip, the will develop some nice callouses...
     
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  32. coachrick

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    Prior to ~1930, rackets had no leather grips, just bare wood. I have quite a few that have grooves(possibly to channel away sweat) in the handle. Many of these grips are over 5".
     
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  33. nickb

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    Id love to use bare leather but my hands just sweat way too much...ah well back to overgrips:(
     
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  34. rasajadad

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  35. max

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    Love the leather; Volkls are great. I'm a sweater, but I used straight up leather when I can, when it's not too hot out.

    To me, a nice leather grip on a frame is a sign of a quality product.
     
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  36. Kirko

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    you can get them at T E N N I S M E N A C E they you were 12.00 at on time, but now he wants 25.00. still very good leather grip. blows away the crap Prince used now for a leather grip.
     
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  37. lgbalfa

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    i have playing with them forever, just got use to them.
     
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