TournaGrip Fiasco

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  1. Conquistador

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    I see a tremendous amount of pros using this grip. Its easily distinguishable. Do all of these players have sponsorship with unique sports? Most of the majority of players use tournagrip. Its unreal to see such a company dominate in the overgrip department. Its also hard for me to see a company like Gamma not catch up on tour with their overgrips because they have the best product out there.
     
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  2. Dan007

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    It use to be crazier in 1990's early to 2000's. Everyone used tourna grip. These days lot of guys are using white grips, either by wilson, yonex, or babolat.
     
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  3. フェデラー

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    or the company of racket they use.
     
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  4. orangettecoleman

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    I'm not sure how many have an endorsement, but a lot of the current pros started playing in the early 90s, when Tourna was the only game in town for overgrips, so they all got used to Tournagrip. As time goes on you see more of the younger players using Wilson pro and so on. I agree about Gamma, but I guess other than Bepa and Donald Young they don't have a lot of pro players using their stuff for some reason. I think Gamma Supreme is one of the best overgrips out there for sure.
     
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  5. featherlight

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    Most american players use TournaGrip except serena williams
     
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  6. Lefty5

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    Gamma grips are horrible, please don't compare the two. I also saw an article of about 7 or 8 up and coming juniors recently. EVERY single one of them were using Tourna Grip....
     
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  7. Nanshiki

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    Pro athletes sweat. A lot. Hence the Tournagrip.
     
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    That's a matter of opinion. The Gamma Supreme plays great! Tournagrip is pretty much an all-purpose grip but my gripe with it is that it, for me, it's the equivalent of playing with paper. Even wet, it tends to tear easily.

    Also, look at the cost of Tournagrip versus othe brands. In the long scheme of wrapping racquets, it's cheaper to use Tournagrip than Wilson, Yonex, Gamma, Head, etc.
     
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  9. NickH87

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    I used tournagrip on my Head, but the color scheme doesnt look good on the wilson, so I dont use it lol.
     
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  10. JediMindTrick

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    There are people who have dry hands and people who have sweaty hands, the ones that have dry hands want tacky overgrips, the others want absorbent overgrips. For some odd reason, most overgrip companies choose to make tacky overgrips so they all compete in this niche market, leaving the whole big absorbent overgrip market free for Tournagrip.
     
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  11. フェデラー

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    yea i have drier hands and i hate tournagrip/.
     
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    Very, very well put. As a highly-ranked junior who trains 6-8 hours a day at Evert, I (and everyone else there) simply will not use anything else.
     
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  13. PimpMyGame

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    I'd like to suggest that the masses don't have sweaty hands and this is why tacky grips sell better - therefore TG is in the niche market. As Nanshiki said, pros sweat a lot so TournaGrip is perfect for them but for us mere mortals the Wilson Pro Overgrip etc etc is the better bet.
     
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  14. mtommer

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    Tourna-Grip is hardly a fiasco. It's a product that works well for what it does. When a product does what it is supposed to do it tends to have a long life of consumer usage. People who sweat a lot understand the that tacky grips and wet hands don't go very well together. The wetness causes the skin to soften and the tackiness of an over-grip just pulls at the skin causing blisters. I've just gotten done trying out SuperGrap and I will never use that over-grip again. Wilson pro, at least the old style, works alright until I get too sweaty. I hate that TournaGrip isn't that durable but the stuff just plain works for heavy sweaters..
     
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  15. slick

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    I don't get it. Tournagrip is horrible. It's not real "grippy" which is it's purpose. To make matters worse it peels apart after a couple of plays. The stuff is horrible. Just about any other brand of overgrip is far superior.

    I guess the only reason people use it is because of the pro exposure so I guess they know what they are doing in the marketing department.
     
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    Tournagrip is fabulous stuff. I'll use it forever. It seems to me to do a better job than its competitors in soaking up sweat.
     
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  17. mtommer

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    It's not supposed to be real "grippy". It's supposed to allow an unhindered grip which it does very well. As I said in my previous post, sweat and "grippy" is usually not a good combination. Sweat hinders a grip, and more importantly I think, it hinders playing as play time increases due to the formation of blisters from soft, wet skin.
     
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  18. dincuss

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    I would love a white tourna original.
    but blue will have to do. :D

    Tourna is the best IMO
     
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    Why Fiasco? Or do you mean DOMINATION, UBIQUITY, POPULARITY?
     
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  20. THESEXPISTOL

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    I bet you don't play on clay that often dude ;)
     
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  21. dincuss

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    Hahah Not really.
    I do about 9-10 times a year.
    but you bring up a good point.
    I like blue tourna
     
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  22. DunlopDood

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    Tourna grip is an outstanding product, another great overgrip is the Head Agassi pro overgrip, which is essentially the same thing.
     
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  23. LPShanet

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    Most of what you say rings true. However, it's interesting that you find a notable difference between SuperGrap and Wilson Pro, considering that they're the same grip made in the same factory and marketed under different names.
     
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  24. Conquistador

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    Gamma Supreme is soo far ahead of everyone else in durability and tackiness that its not even funny. If Gamma had the marketing that Wilson or Yonex had--Gamma would turn out to be the biggest rival for TournaGrip--pushing its market share even higher.. Too bad that most people don't even know about Gamma products, because Gamma is a company that is smaller than everyone else, and thererfore they have better quality control. Look at Gamma's balls, racquets, their strings, and their grips. Theres no advertsements for them, but if you have played with them like a lot of people do around my way (Pittsburgh) they know that Gamma is close to breaking through as a company and overtaking the yonex's and the others of the world
     
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  25. ClubHoUno

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    I agree. Gamma Supreme White overgrip is the best for people with dry hands - neither Wilson Pro or Yonex Supregrap comes even close to Gamma Supreme FOR PEOPLE WITH DRY HANDS :twisted:

    If only the Gamme Supreme white overgrip would have a small piece of adhesive at the start of the grip, it would be the perfect overgrip for people with dry hands !
     
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  26. Conquistador

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    Its a shame Gamma doesnt have the advertisment money, because they have the best product in the industry like you said. Gamma is one of those companies that is quietly making an impact. I would tell everyone to try Gamma Supreme Overgrip so they can see the quality that Gamma has.
     
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  27. ClubHoUno

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    And let's suggets that Gamma starts to produce all the Gamma Supreme overgrips with a small piece of adhesive tape, which makes it easier to install the overgrip on the racquet handle.
     
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  28. Toxicmilk

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    For some reason, I only get along with this cheap head grip that I can only find at this corner store a couple miles from my house and no where else for some reason....I hate everything else.
     
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  29. Mansewerz

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    Tourna is really nice.Lately i've been sweating a lot, and I feel like getting some more tourna.

    The problem is that it gets soaked too easily and shreds easily. But for the pros, they get it for free (sponsored players do), so it doesn't really matter. It's like the poly strings.
     
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  30. Conquistador

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    I agree, but lets not judge gamma for this alone. We can always write to them and ask for them to do this. Gamma Supreme is always going to be the best grip that no one knows about, and the ones that do know about gamma supreme know that its the best kept secret in tennis.
     
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  31. mtommer

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    Not a notable difference. I will also add that some of my SuperGrap is of the color variety. However, others on this board claim the Wilson Pro grip has changed. I am curious, how do you know they are the same (I had not heard that).
     
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  32. 1st Seed

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    Thoses of you who haven't used yonex Supergrab.You're missin out big time.Best grip IMO.Grip, comfort,durable,no grip can compare.
     
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  33. フェデラー

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    why is all of this a fiasco?
     
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  34. LPShanet

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    Color can definitely affect grip. The dyes used to achieve different colors make each color play slightly differently. In terms of Wilson's change, I can't speak to it first hand as I haven't played their overgrip in the last year or so. But at least as of a year or so ago, I do know the two grips were the same for many years. Let's just say I have been involved with both companies at various times.
     
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  35. Figjam

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    are you guys kidding me? tournad grip SUCKS! feels like a paper towel!

    I think gamma, yonex and wilson are WAYYY better

    Im looking to try out the Pacific stuff supposed to be even better
     
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  36. ClubHoUno

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    Try Gamma Supreme White overgrip and you will dump Yonex Supergrap in a heartbeat :D

    I like Yonex Supregrap, but compared to Gamma Supreme White overgrip it's inferior.

    I should know - I have 4 15 packs lying around of each.......
     
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  37. Conquistador

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    You should add that to your signature
     
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  38. ronalditop

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    i like gamma supreme but supergrap is way better for sweaty hands. Supreme gets slippery very fast because of its smooth surface, while supergrap has a dry and tacky surface which makes it better absorbing sweat.
     
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    Gamma grip is super tacky, which is great, but check this out. I put a black one over my pristine white original grip. After a couple matches, I peeled off the Gamma, and speckles of it literally fused into the original grip, made it look like cookies and cream. Anyone else have this experience? I use a leather grip now, and hesitate to put Gamma over it, because of the nasty peel-off.
     
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  40. mutantducky

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    I like Volkl and Gamma supreme. Both last fairly long. I prefer them over Yonex as well. I've tried a couple of Pacific but I'm going to give them another go in the heat.
     
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  41. DownTheLine

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    I might just have to go and bye some. I have really sweaty hands so hopefully the tourna grip will help me!
     
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  42. tennis_

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    the tourna grip is excellent for absorbing sweat!! your racket never slips in your hand
     
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  43. フェデラー

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    is tournagrip only in blue? im really only a fan of white overgrips even though they can get dirty.
     
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  44. Eiffel59

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    TournaGrip original comes in blue only; TournaTac (guess what? a tackier version of the same) comes in white and pink (as used by V. Azarenka)
     
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    Tourna Grip only comes in blue. However, Tourna Tac comes in white. it is a cross b/t the adsorbance of Tourna Grip and the tack of Yonex/Wilson grips.

    i like the Pro Supex/Gamma/Yonex white grip in the winter. Spring and Fall tourna tac. When May arrives, I can't hope to play without fear of throwing the racquet unless Tourna Grip is on it.

     
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  46. ollinger

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    Nothing absorbs like Tournagrip, and I suspect most of the pros using it are not paid to do so, as Unique is not a huge company. But more to the point, why does Conquistador sound like a paid lackey for Gamma in this and any number of posts? Bashing a product like a Tournagrip which has been the benchmark product in the field leaves you with very little credibility.
     
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  47. Grizvok

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    I prefer Wilson Pro Overgrip, but I really don't sweat much. Tournagrip would be my grip if I did though... It's all preference really, unless you are too dogmatic to try them all out then it's stupidity.
     
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  48. TennisNinja

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    Ehhh I don't like it that much.

    Most of the people around my area use the white Wilson overgrip.
     
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  49. reesespiecestennis

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    Wilson has got really rough over the last couple of years atleast from what it used to be. I love tournagrip when it's wet, it's a lot more comfortable than wilson which can give me blisters sometimes.
     
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