The Overgrip to End All Overgrips?

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  1. Nanshiki

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    Are there any over grips that have *more* traction than Tourna Grip? It seems like there couldn't be many since it seems to trade durability for the level of traction and absorbency. Sort of like race tires...which only have a life span of maybe an hour of racing max depending on the compound.

    I like my grips to have a ridiculously high level of traction so as to prevent twisting (among other reasons), and they need to be absorbent too since I have chronic hand sweat (I can turn a white grip black in about an hour...lol).

    I've been meaning to try Tourna Grip II since it's tacky... but no one local carries it.

    I've used a number of grips that came on demo rackets and a few other overgrips I've bought (Wilson Cushion Pro and What-A-Grip, both of which pale in caparison as far as absorption and traction go, and various Babolat and Prince grips, which seemed to be more durable but where a level below Tourna Grip).
     
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  2. Lloyd Barcenilla

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    Tournagrip II and Supergrap
     
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  3. ClubHoUno

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    Gamma Supreme Overgrip - nothing beats this grip.
    I've dumped all my Yonex Supergrap and Wilson Pro overgrip - and will only buy Gamma Supreme in the future, until something better comes along :D
     
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  4. Klatu Verata Necktie

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    great absorbency = Tournagrip
    great tack = Wilson Pro or Yonex Supergrap

    You won't find a grip that has both outstanding grip and tack.
     
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  5. Lefty5

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    Tourna 2 can be bought on any online website these days no?
     
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  6. Nanshiki

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    Yeah but for some reason I prefer to see the real thing when I'm buying grips. Once I decide on a grip I like, THEN I can buy in bulk (with tourna grips you really have to)... 3 packs don't cut it when it comes to Tourna Grip.
     
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  7. Lloyd Barcenilla

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    If only tournagrip II came in white :(
     
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  8. Lefty5

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    a white overgrip is the worst idea ever invented... they are disgusting after 20 minutes.
     
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  9. [d]ragon

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    i agree, i dont like white overgrips but my favorite (wilson pro) only comes in white when u buy in bulk
     
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  10. Gmedlo

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    Just flip your tournagrip if it's losing traction or is shredding.
     
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  11. Max Winther

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    Tourna II is really tacky and stays that way for a long time. Plus, the absorbency is almost as good as Tourna original.
     
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  12. alucard123

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    I think that Tourna 2 feels a bit thick on my handle, I prefer Wilson pro overgrip
     
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  13. imajica77

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    Personally I prefer the Yonex Wave Grap. This one has great tackiness and is absorbant. And with the ridges it provides an extra level to help keep the racquet from slipping. Order just one from TW and you will be converted IMO.
     
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  14. Lloyd Barcenilla

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    APDC with black strings and a purple grip looks stupid
     
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  15. Nanshiki

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    I disagree. The backside doesn't have the same feel or performance.

    Tournagrips are short-lived performance items that were intended to be replaced frequently... but you gain a lot in every sense except durability.

    It seems like the harder you play, the longer a tournagrip will last (until it shreds)... I think maybe when you get them sweaty instead of oily, they absorb and then work better instead of getting greasy and dirty.
     
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  16. Richie Rich

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    tournagrip lasts me a set. it was crap when i used it 20 years ago too although back then you had little choice. my hands don't sweat much so i prefer the tackiness of other overgrips
     
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    Prince Duratred is my personal favourite.
     
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    I think we're the only two people on Earth using the Gamma overgrips. All I hear about is Supergrap and Wilson Pro. Both of them absolutely SUCK compared to the Gamma Supreme.

    Seriously, I think people are afraid to try the Gamma overgrips. They think they must be lower quality or something. Dick's Sporting Goods near my house carries Gamma Super Sport overgrips and they're awesome. The Gamma Supreme are just as good, but they're a little thicker. You can't go wrong with either, actually.

    Best overgrips on the market, by a longshot. I dare anyone who has tried them to say otherwise.
     
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  19. elee3

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    Babolat Pro Team grip. This grip is over board when it comes to grip. It might give you a blister the first few times you play causes these grips were designed for people for sweat a ton. Switched to this from TournaGrip. More absorption then TournaGrip and it's a bit tacky. Slightly more durable then TournaGrip.
     
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  20. alcap26

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    Amen to everything said above.
     
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  21. Cup8489

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    I have tried lots of grips, but just am stuck with tournagrip. i really can't stand playing anything else, and i make sure i never run out, i always have at least 15 so that if i play a long match ill have enough, or a long tournament. but i did like this funky grip from wilson that was basically a cloth on the handle. but it had no grab, so i slipped it alot.
     
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  22. Klatu Verata Necktie

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    I bought a pack of Gamma based on this thread's recommendation, and I like it after a couple of sets. I like the tackiness of the grip, it feels similar to Wilson Pro. It does feel a bit thicker than Wilson and Yonex, but the jury is still out on whether that will translate into longer life.

    Thanks for the heads-up. Take care.
     
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  23. muggy

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    I used gamma supreme for quite a while, and then switched back to wilson pro.

    Both are good overgrips, my main reason for switching was because of the thickness.

    Gamma Supreme is more cushy and is best new, but as it wore I didn't like the feel sometimes. Also, the overlap of the grip was too high for my liking, I found that I like it much better with less noticeable overlaps.

    To me wilson pro feels better as it wears, although it doesn't last as long. I switched to the leather + overgrip setup, and wilson pro is perfect for this.

    I think there is no end-all overgrip, it's what feels best to you. I really like the feel of having two overgrips, it's so cushy and feels so effortless when you hit the ball, but I need to be able to feel the bevels for grip changes so I can't use that kind of setup.

    To each their own.

    On a side note, has anyone ever tried wrapping their grip with cloth? I was looking at my boxing hand wraps and thinking they would make for a pretty soft grip - but not tacky. Seems like it would be an option for those that use tournagrip, as that isn't all that tacky either.
     
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  24. cork_screw

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    Wilson Pro Overgrip. BTW, Tournagrip feels like grip material mixed w/ recycled newspaper and the blue burns into whatever you have underneath. Also it shred easily My original grip has blue stains from a tournagrip that had been wrapped for about a year while stored away in the closet in the closet. The Pro Overgrip from wilson doesn't do this because there's no pigement.
     
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  25. drop shot

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    grips

    Does anyone still use the old-school gauze wrap, what-a-grip, or the ones that look like mini towels you put on the handle?
     
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  26. Klatu Verata Necktie

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    Wow, gauze wrap. Sure brings back the painful old days. It's been ages since I tried that.

    Here's another esoteric grip technique: sawdust. I never used it but was curious if anyone else did.
     
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  27. ryangoring

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    Just throwing it out there....Wilson Profile overgrip.
    Perfect. Great tack, absorbent, lasts for a while....
    Tourna grip is also a great grip as well.
     
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  28. blackfrido

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    Klatu,

    I did, and I used to play back in eighties with gauze over leather :oops:
     
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  29. Klatu Verata Necktie

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    I was just a kid in the 80s, and I also used gauze over leather. My school had a shed filled with community tennis equipment that consisted mainly of crappy aluminum Spaldings and heavy, no-named wood frames. Of course, all the frames were gripped with leather, so they wouldn't need to be regripped, and when we went to the coach for redress he gave us gauze. Thanks, coach.
     
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    changing the subject; we have to play this weekend. I'll give you a call saturday morning.
     
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  31. Klatu Verata Necktie

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    Agreed. Lets arrange it for Saturday morning. Hopefully I can introduce you to my Argentine friend. His knee has finally recovered and he has returned to the courts.
     
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  32. Gemini

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    I use and love the Gamma Supreme overgrips and I've turned a few friends on to these grips as well. I find they last a surprisingly long time and I have yet have one tear on me. I usually end up changing it out due to lack of traction before any tearing starts. I'll have to look for the Gamma Super Sport grips and my Kpro Tour's handle seems to be slighter larger than what I'm used to.
     
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  33. slice bh compliment

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    I could not agree less.
    They get dirty, but maybe your hands are sticky from sunblock or food....and you play in a dust bowl?

    I use Yonex or Wilson pro overgrips.
    I think white overgrips feel way better than colored ones.
     
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  34. Cup8489

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    i personally find that black yonex supergraps are the best cold-weather grips, period. but to each his own.
     
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  35. ClubHoUno

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    Agreed totally :D

    If a guy gets a white overgrip dirty that fast, he must have forgotten to wash hands from his last toilet visit or have sunblock all over :shock:

    My white overgrips won't get dirty - I have clean hands and I actually change my white Yonex Supergrap long before it gets dirty.

    Gamma Supreme overgrip, because it lasts longer than Supergrap, is the only over grip I can play with AFTER it has begun to show signs of dirt on the grip. When this happens I change the overgrip and have a nice fresh white overgrip once again. Will never play anything but white overgrips :D
     
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  36. blackfrido

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    saturday morning sounds great! I'll call you to confirm today (friday)
     
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  37. Booyah

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    Wilson Pro!!!
     
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  38. BigT

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    Does it absorb well? Is it long enough for a standard grip, 2HBH? gamma grip 2 is not long enough ....is Gamma written on the grip?
     
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  39. ClubHoUno

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    Gamma 2 is clearly shorter than Gamma Supreme is.

    I tried to do a measure up against Yonex Supergrap and the Gamma Suprme is 1" longer than the Yonex Supergrap.

    Can't say if it absorbs well, as I live in Northern Europe and don't have sweaty hands. For me it does - it feels better than both Yonex Supergrap and Wilson Pro.

    I hate the original Tournagrip - it's too short and uncomfy to use for me - and only just like the Tournagrip II XL.

    If you really sweat and live in very humid conditions, I honestly think Tournagrip I XL is your best choice. But for other than that, I really think Gamma Supreme Overgrip is the best there is :D
     
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  40. paulorenzo

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    Agreed.

    If your looking for tack, the gamma supreme overgrip will provide it more than the tourna II and the supergrap as well as any proffesional overgrip from prince or wilson.

    it isn't in any way soft either, unlike the supergrap or wilson, which gives you more feel for the stick, though with less comfort.
     
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  41. Supernatural_Serve

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    The best interface between the hand and the racquet's grip I've found has 2 components, one you put on before hitting, the other you wrap as often as you think you need to:

    PrinceGrip Plus - a little dab on the hands goes a long way, a little $5 bottle lasts a long time

    Tournagrip II XL - Nothing feels better
     
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  42. BigT

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    which is more absorbant- gamma supreme or yonex supergrap?
    do both of them have the names written on the grip?
     
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    Babolat Pro Team has been less durable than tournagrip for me. It starts flaking after about 30 min (sometimes even in about 10 min). I bought a 10+2 pack of it a while back and don't think any of them lasted more than an hour. I decided to switch back to tournagrip. It is not as nearly as good as tournagrip in my opinion.
     
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  44. toughshot

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    I'm going to have to stick with ol faithful:

    tried and true

    Yonex supergrap in black
     
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  45. Nanshiki

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    I tried Wilson Pro Grips. I like them. They're way easier to put on than Tournagrip (cut to shape, WAY longer, and they have a bit of adhensive on the end to hold it in place when you start, plus they're packaged better). They've also got a tacky feel and a bit more overall grip when new than TG, but I think I prefer the super-absorbency of TG, which is cheaper and easier to find. Plus the white gets pretty nasty real fast with my hands.

    Also, the extra grip tends to rub on one spot on my thumb.

    I should definitely get some sort of hand spray...

    I'll probably end up switching between Pro overgrips and TG on a whim... still want to try TGII and Supergrap, and maybe a few Prince and Babolat overgrips.

    I've got two TGXLs on my new racquet... *cough* *cough*
     
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  46. phucng_10

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    So I'm seeing that players like the Tourna II better then the original Tourna... where could I purchase Tourna II?
     
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  47. kreative

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    my fave overgrip is either wilson pro overgrip or yonex supergrap in lime green.
     
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  48. Lefty5

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    there's a little online retailer, you probably haven't heard of it, but its called, Tennis Warehouse. They carry a wide assortment of Tourna Grip and Tourna Grip 2. Check it out at www.tennis-warehouse.com
     
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  49. AnimateObject

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    I agree with the Gamma Super Sports, TonyB, and was really disappointed when I couldn't put it on my Yonex RDS001 '08...comes about an inch short. Are the Tourna XL grips the *only* extra-long grips out there? That's what my local tennis shop says, but I'm not for blue on that color combo, and want something tackier like the Gamma. I'm dire to know of other options for the longer handled racquets.
     
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  50. Nanshiki

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    The reviews of the Gamma OGs are almost unanimously unfavorable on TW...
     
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