Thick but light replacement grip

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  1. Steve H.

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    I want to increase a grip size a bit without adding weight -- tried a heat shrink sleeve, but that changes the balance too much.

    Can anyone recommend a thick but light replacement grip that isn't too spongy?
     
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  2. Ronaldo

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    Wilson Sponge grip?
     
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  3. hummer23

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    volkl cushtrack grip. Very nice grip, soft but not too soft.
     
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    Steve try the Volkl DNX replacement grip...It is light..dont now if you would call it thick, but it does make the DNX series frames appear to have a larger gripsize even though the handle pallet beneath is the same as it's been. It's also a firmer grip and those tend to feel larger than the highly cushioned grips which you can really compress
     
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  5. Steve H.

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    Thanks Ed -- can you compare the DNX grip with the Cushtrac? I put one of those on a racquet recently, and it also seemed to increase the size. I'm thinking of either one of those or the Prince Air Cushion. Any further comments?
     
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    If the Cushtac is the same grip that used to come on the Volkls, the DNX one would feel thicker
     
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    hm hydrosorb?
     
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    I have a similar need, though grips offers might have changed in the meantime.

    I want to increase the grip size for (at least) half a size, but without using two basic grips.
    Currently I use two light and thinner grips - size is good, but total weight of two basic grips is 23-24 grams. I want to reduce it to 20 grams or less if possible. Half a grip size increase (compared to standard basic grips) will suffice.

    Recommendations?
     
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  11. McLovin

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    Well, you can use a 1/2 size shrink sleeve:

    or peruse this extremely useful sticky:
     
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    Thanks MyLovin. I must however stress out the important part:

    The thing is, on some heavier racquets a heavy grip can make a racquet sluggish. I prefer to tailweight the racquet instead (polarized approach) because it results with more whippier a racquet at the same weight. But I still need enough grip thickness on this smaller grip size racquet. Hence, I need a thick but light weighted basic grip which I would use instead of those two grips that are currently on. I'm hoping to reduce the weight - then I can choose to add few more grams, but at the butt.

    Heat shrink sleeves AFAIK add much weight, this is what I'm trying to avoid.

    This table is useful, but unfortunately not much info about grip thickness...
     
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    That info starts at post #5.
     
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  14. McLovin

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    Yes, I should have mentioned that you need to do a little cross-referencing between tables. I too was looking for a thicker, lighter base grip a while back and used that thread to find what I needed. I believe I settled on the Wilson Comfort Hybrid (2.20mm thick, yet only 10g installed).
     
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  15. Shroud

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    Here is something that worked to save about 12g and get a similar size:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/inde...ng-grip-replacement-grip.546809/#post-9741605

    Though it will be softer I think but I kind of liked that. Its one of my favorite handles but its on a PS85 and I never play with it.
     
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  16. Readers

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    Wow just realized wilson comfort hybrid is no longer on TW... My fav light and thick.

    Good thing I have another 6 unopened one.
     
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  17. Chadillac

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    Gauze tape under your perm grip if you dont mind the round feel. Vertical strips of masking tape if you like the edges.

    The problem with a light/thick grip is that it mushes down after a few plays, defying its purpose.

    If your using a 4 1/2 or bigger the gauze isnt bad, on smaller grips its more noticable
     
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  18. zalive

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    Funny but I do have couple of Comfort Hybrids at home. In fact, one of them is exactly on that racquet :) mine is 11 g. But unfortunately, I have the older version, which is not nearly that thick. The newer, thicker one is at 13 grams, which is great.

    In the meantime I decided to try with two overgrips and a grip. I used two 0.7 mm Wilson overgrips. The difference is 6 grams lower compared to previous setup, that's pretty good and I'm satisfied with grip size I've got.

    I added also 4 grams of lead at the butt. Everything feeling good.
     
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