Tourna Grip original is too short

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  1. tennis4josh

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    The tourna grip original is only 99 cms long compared to wilson pro (120 cm) and yonex supergrap. It would not fully cover the leather grip on my Fischer Mag Tour. I did not realize that orignal is short and they also carry a extra-long version of the same.

    I also felt that it was too thin and very dry. Do others feel same way?

    -Josh
     
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  2. N2Deep

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    You are correct, original isn't long enough to cover up most grips today, not even sure why they still make it. I think extra-long should just be the standard and they should do away with original. I accidentally bought a pack of original last year, I wasn't paying attention. I just cut pieces from another full length one to make a longer grip so it would cover the whole grip on my racquet.

    It is thin and dry. My hands don't sweat much, so I only use tourna in the summer, if I use in the winter it stays to dry and slips on off center hits. When it's hot and your hand is sweaty/wet, tourna works great.
     
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  3. Spyre

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    just stretch it lol, theres plenty of space.
     
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  4. robJAR

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    Some people with one-hand backhands don't really care if the grip is fully wrapped.. I think i've seen some pictures floating around where you can still see the upper part of leather grips. I'd probably do the same since i don't really need the grip to go up all the way.

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  5. tsongaali

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    If your a one hander, get tourna original. If your a two hander get xl.

    Simple as that:)
     
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  6. Green374

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    You have to stretch it for it to wrap around everything.
     
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  7. masterxfob

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    yup, it's short. even when you stretch it, it's short. i find that people with excessive perspiration love it, while those that don't are impartial to it. i'm one of those types that can probably squeeze out a gallon of liquid from my clothes on a warm day. ok, maybe i'm exaggerating a little...
     
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  8. Lefty5

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    User Error.... I have a 4 5/8 grip and a two handed backhand. I am able to wrap the XL to the throat of the racquet, sometimes I feel like I have too much. You are obviously overlapping it WAY too much.
     
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  9. Zefer

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    How much you wrap is all about personal preference though, there is no error or mistake.
     
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  10. tennis4josh

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    You are right, but I prefer my overgrip to go all the way upto the throat.

    Yes, it was my fault. I was not paying attention when ordering. But I am not wrapping it too much. I ordered the original one, while you are talking about the XL.

    I have always used wilson pro overgrips. But I don't like it that much since the recent changes they made. So I was looking for alternatives, and ordered wilson pro, yonex supergrap and tourna grip original for side by side comparison.

    Thanks everybody for replying.
     
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  11. 808

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    You need to find the right balance between strechting and overlapping the grip. If you stretch Tournagrip too much you will end up short. I think the secret is to use minimal overlap while only slightly stretching the grip – that way I can reliably fit it over the whole handle (non-XL version).
     
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  12. Cup8489

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    this is about right. a taut grip with very slight overlay gets me the farthest. i just wrapped my tournagrip original on a 4 3/8 grip handle all the way to the throat on an apdc, and so i know it can wrap pretty well if you're careful
     
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  13. tennis24

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    yup - even the xl are pretty short.
     
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  14. stoble

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    It depends on your grip size and the length of the handle of your racquet. I use a 4 1/2 with 2 overgrips and I agree it's too short. And if your racquet handle is longer (like an n90 or some Babolat's) it definitely will not cover the entire grip. I've always used tournagrip and am more than familiar with how to get the most out of it. I prefer a little overlap too but the short length of this grip demands minimal overlap.

    BTW I agree with 808's technique.
     
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  15. KaZe

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    I have a small reel of tourna grip waiting in my bag (approximately 5 grips worth)..wonder if it'll have this same problem about it being short.
     
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  16. esm

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    not on the original size. the original is shorter and narrower than the XL version.
    made a mistake on ordering a 30 pack original, and found it is too short to go on both FXP Prestige MP and O3 Tour MP both on leather grips. the XL covered with no issues.

    from memory, the XL is 25mm wide, which is a plus when stretching it to fit.

    as for the dry feel - dont bother with it unless you have sweaty hands. try the tacky version maybe:)
     
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  17. Zefer

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    I've found it doesn't do enough of my Wilson's handle but Dunlop Hydramax does it perfectly. In all fairness, I've put the grip going right up the throat, but even then, tournagrip always feels a bit short compared to other grip tapes, so I relate to your issue.
     
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  18. Shamgod

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    The XL is too small to fit a Babolat 4 1/2 handle
     
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  19. OliverSimon

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    I use the Tourna original on my Head Prestige Microgel MP and it always covers my entire grip.
     
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  20. autumn_leaf

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    this has been discussed several times before. i don't use tourna grip anymore cause i hated the feel and durability of it. but when i did i used it on 4 1/2 grip usually on extended racquets (27 1/4 and 27 1/2) and i always had enough to cover the whole handle. like others have said, you are overlapping too much. and it was the original.
     
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  21. mctennis

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    I never did like the feel of Tourna grip. I don;t care if it fits perfectly for my racquet. I use another brand that is 1000% better IMHO.
     
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  22. Azzurri

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    I have approx 55 XXL still left. They were too big for me, but would fit well on those long handles. contact me if anyone wants to trade for regular Tourna.

    azzurriwc2006@gmail.com
     
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  23. Tennis_Crazed

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    What brand is that? and why is it better?
     
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  24. ODYSSEY Mk.4

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    you know i down to say i prefer super grap and all ,but from here on til September i use tourna; because i have to. with this weather, and its not "that" short i use a 4 5/8 grip and its stretches to the top no problem
     
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  25. masterxfob

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    going to shoot you an email in a little bit :wink:
     
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  26. BagelMe

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    It's fine if you have a one handed backhand.
     
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  27. tennis4josh

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    Its not only short, its also poorly made. I tried to remove my newly installed tourna grip to replace the original grip underneath with leather. When I removed the tape, a good chunk of tourna grip came off along with it. Imagine the grip to be made up of two layers, and the top layer just came off along with the tape. And I was very very careful while removing the tape.

    I did the same thing on other 2 rackets with wilson pro over grip and the tape came of easily without damaging the over grip.

    Have learned my lesson and done with tourna grip for good.
     
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  28. DrpShot!

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    Doesn't bother me at all, I can wipe off the residue if I need to with a damp towel, but don't usually bother. Wilson Pro turns soft and slick in a few hours, and disgustingly dirty in a few days, can't stand it.
     
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  29. masterxfob

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    great guy to deal with! everything was smooth sailing, not a single thing i could complain about.
     
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  30. armsty

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    The XL only fits if I stretch is as had as I can...
     
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  31. dincuss

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    4 1/2 handle on my Prestiges, Original covers all and sometimes more.





    but sometimes less too. :(
     
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  32. Pioneer

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    I put 2 tournas on my racquet and I overlap the leather grip underneath a bit more than usual so I can get a bigger grip. For the Tourna I overlap about 1/4 of the whole width and it covers up 90% of the grip. It bothers me on the backhand but what you can do is put a piece of athletic tape to cover the rest of the grip or cut off a part of another old overgrip and just put it there
     
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