Whats your favourite synth base grip?

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  1. robbo1970

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    I know a lot of players here have an ongoing love affair with leather grips and I know the reasons why. There are plenty of threads that seem to explain the benefits and pro's and cons of the different leather grips available.

    But of those who use synthetic grips, I was just wondering what your preferences were for your synth grip? Do you just keep the stock synth grip that came on the racket or do you change straight away to your chosen grip of choice?

    Another question, does your choice of racquet have an affect on what synth grip you use?
     
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  2. maxply

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    Gamma Hi- Tech and Unique sampras tour grip. If you want to reduce = Unique pro thin
     
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    i agree with the gamma hi-tech as being a good based.
     
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    Babolat skin feel.
     
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    Another user of and vote for gamma hi-tech here.
     
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    I need to check that Gamma Hi-Tech.

    Seems a popular choice. I need to check if its heavy and thick. One of the reasons I like a synth grip is to have a more forgiving feel in my hand without increasing grip size.
     
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    The Hi Tech is a bit thich and heavy = 1.8 mm and firm - pull tight when installing . Has been used by several touring pros = Pat Rafter . T. Hass at one time . I think Martina used it without overgrip at end of her time.
    I have recently also liked the Tourna Sampras re grip a bit more comfortable if you like that.
     
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    Yeah i kind of prefer synth grips because they run lighter than leather. I tried shock shield once and it just felt weird being thick and heavy.

    So it seems that not many are brand sensitive with their synth grips having to match the racquet?
     
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    Wilson Pro Hybrid, even if there is a layer of leather.
     
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    Gamma Hi-tec is great. It has the firmness of leather with a little more thickness. The weight is in between other synthetics and leathers. Good bevel feel too.
     
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    Wilson Sublime Grip
     
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    Babolat skin feel.
     
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    Perhaps a bit off-topic, but I prefer NO base grip -- just a couple of overgrips on the bare handle.
     
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    So is anyone brand specific with their grips? i.e. same brand of grip to match racquet brand?

    Some brands do a great range of grips, Wilson and Prince spring to mind. Then you get brands like Dunlop who offer very little in the way of choice and no details of thickness or weight specs at all.
     
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    Babolat Skin Feel. Thin and dense like leather so you get sharp edges. I find that it is a bit heavier than most stock grips too so it adds a few grams. If you want more cushioning or plushness, look else where. But, if you want sharpness, thin, and quality; this is it.
     
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    Yes I actually use one of my Exo3 93. I didnt want the weight in the handle of leather, but wanted a thin firm grip and found Skin Feel to be great. As you say, thin, firm but also very nice grip and traction.
     
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    I actually just put a Prince Durasoft on one of my cheaper Prince rackets and its a really nice alternative to Wilson shock shield. Nice firm cushion, but not the extra weight.

    Is anyone quite brand sensitive with their grips....same grip brand as the racket?
     
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    It does not feel too hard?
     
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    No, not at all. I really can't stand soft grips that give a squishy feel. Makes me feel like the racquet is not firmly in my hand. And the two overgrips (TournaTac in Winter, regular Tournagrip the rest of the year) leave nice sharp bevels that I can feel. No blisters, either.

    First thing I do when I get a new racquet is remove the original grip carefully, and store it away, then apply two layers of overgrip to the bare handle. If the racquet does not work out, I can easily restore the original grip for resale.
     
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    The Gamma Hi Tech is actually 1.9 mm, as stated on their german site... :razz:
     
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