Where can I go to get a racquet's grip reduced professionally?

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  1. yescomeon

    yescomeon Rookie

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    I'm in the UK by the way.

    I've searched on the web, and it seems like the only way to do it is a DIY job, with people suggesting you should sand it down by yourself (with sandpaper I assume?)

    It seems to me like a very inaccurate way of doing it. I could easily make a mistake and mess up the shape of the grip. So I was wondering if I get it donw professionally, by someone/company with the right tools and skills.

    The racquet I want to reduce is the wilson pro staff 90 (2012-13 edition, my preferred grip size has been sold out, which is why I'm left with this option). Is it even possible to do reduce the grip size on this racquet?
     
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  2. stapletonj

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    I had mine done at ******* Sports by their racquet tech guy. Charged me $15 the first time and nothing the second time (I wanted more taken off) took a 4 5/8 down to almost a 4 3/8. worked like a charm.

    However, it will be hard to find a guy to do it. Most stringers wont for fear of screwing up and very little profit to be made, which I understand.

    I saw the grip before they put the new wrap on. It looked like he had taken a very sharp razor blade and worked down each bevel at a time (foam handle).

    I think that you will have to just get a list of major stringers/pro shops in the UK and just contact each one until you find one that does grips reductions and that you are comfortable with.
     
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  3. stapletonj

    stapletonj Semi-Pro

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    Sorry, a major tennis shop in the Cincy area....

    I don't think TW does this, but I understand the
    competition's name getting the curse word "star out"
     
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  4. kingcheetah

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    Unless you're in love with the concept of Amplifeel technology, I think you'd be better off trying to find a company that will swap out the handle completely.
     
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  5. yescomeon

    yescomeon Rookie

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    So I can only reduce the grip size if its a foam grip? Do you or anyone know if the wilson pro staff 90 (2012-13 version) has a foam grip?

    also where was the place which you got your grip reduced at? (can you PM me the name if you can't spell it out here in public?)
     
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  6. lgbalfa

    lgbalfa Professional

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    **** in NYC did my dunlop maxply mcenroe's and they came out perfect.

    $50 USD per racquet.
     
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  7. stapletonj

    stapletonj Semi-Pro

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    If you are in the UK, mailing your racquets all the way to Cincinnati, Ohio, USA to a major tennis specialty retailer would probably be cost prohibitive. (Google is your friend!)

    I don't know about that particular racquet, but I do know a foam handle can be done and that there are some racquets with "pallets" that can be removed and replaced with smaller pallets to change the grip size.

    Oh yeah, you will almost for sure have to get a new butt cap too....(although that is usually included in the cost)
     
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  8. stapletonj

    stapletonj Semi-Pro

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    (PACE Picante sauce commercial voice)

    I had my racket resized in New York City and it only cost $50

    NEWWW YOORRRK CITYYY !?!?!?!?!?
     
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  9. esgee48

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    TW in the USA offers this service. You should ask TWE if they provide a similar service.
     
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  10. Irvin

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    I would chance it myself. That racket does have amplifeel BTW. I'd use a belt grinder and use very small reductions at a time. Measure the grip before and after so you know how much the grip (and overgrip) builds it up. The measure each small reduction on each flat. If you want a more rectangular grip remove more from the sides.
     
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  11. yescomeon

    yescomeon Rookie

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    yeah the pro staff 90 2012-13 version has amplifeel, what does this mean though in terms of whether I am to reduce the grip size?
     
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