Where to buy the piece of rubber at top of grip?

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  1. tennisace23

    tennisace23 Rookie

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    Does the piece of rubber that goes around the top of the grip (covering the tape) have a name? Regardless, is there anywhere to buy these? I noticed a lot of racquets are no longer coming with them. Thank you.
     
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  2. smiggle

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    yes, unique (tourna) sells them
     
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  3. goran_ace

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    Just buy a new grip (replacement, not overgrip) - it comes in the package.
     
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  4. ayuname

    ayuname Semi-Pro

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    Woops, I thought you were talking about grip tape.

    Try ordering some from Unique Sports.
     
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  5. Baselineg

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    Are you talking about the elastic bands that say head,prince,wilson etc?

    they usually come with the racquet and mentioned in some replacement grip packages. but unique sells some generic ones.
     
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    cut up an old road bicycle inner-tube, you'll have lots!!
     
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  7. nabbydian

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    they are called grip band, i brought some Yonex grip bands shipped from japan

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  9. Irvin

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    Not all grips have grip bands any more. I know the Wilson grips I buy from TW have grip bands but Wal-Mart sells the same grip and there are no grip bands. I used to have lots but I mentioned that on this forum once and ended up giving most of them away. I want the keep the few I have let just in case you are wondering.

    I have a tennis buddy that had a bad case of tennis elbow and he wanted a girp band for his racket once. I had about 6 in my bag and gave them all to him. He put one on his girp and another on his overwrap as I do. He thought it made his elbow fell better so he put the other 4 above the grip on his racket and loved it. We all started making fun of him thinking he could not tell the difference. When his tennis elbow went away we were amazed.

    Irvin
     
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  10. tennisisfun

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    Where did you order them from, nabbydian?


     
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  11. TW Staff

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    We are bringing in some from Tourna (Unique). They should be here next week.

    Tiffani, TW
     
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  12. tennisace23

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    Thanks for the info!
     
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  13. tenis

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    Funny, this is first think which I'm taking off on every new racquet...
     
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  14. Keifers

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    I hope Tiffani won't mind my mentioning this alternative.. :)

    Tennis shops often have some on hand, from customers who didn't want the grip bands on their racquets. If you ask nicely, ...
     
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  15. nabbydian

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    i ordered them form shuttle house in japan - if you dont mind the brand you should get the gamma replacement grips which come with the grip band
     
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  16. karophiteblu

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    which wilson replacement grips have the grip bands? i checked TW and none of the grips have em
     
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  17. Irvin

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    Every Wilson grip I got from TW had them.

    Irvin
     
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  18. elmer_fudd

    elmer_fudd New User

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    Is there any benefit to using these? I've noticed that some of my racquets came with them but some didn't. I've always thought that these were just for aesthetics.
     
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  19. MayDay

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    No proven benefit (Irvin's post is the only one that I've read that related the grip band to virbration - hay if it works, great!).

    I use it instead of tape with Gamma Supreme overgrip; for me, it's purely aesthetics.

    Depending on how one hold the racket (especially for two handers), some people reported it is easily flipped/rolled out of position.
     
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  20. zapvor

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    its so you can regrip it if you dont use the tape. but really its not worth it
     
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  21. karophiteblu

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    really? oh haha. i didnt see any in the pictures.
     
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  22. ccjta

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    They do serve a purpose, they are there to hold down and keep the grip tape from unraveling or coming undone. The are not for looks unless you have a pink one from a Estusa ProLegend Classic yellow/pink racquet.
     
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  23. new_tennis_player

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    They are a nice little touch and piece of insurance if the finishing tape work is less than perfect either functionally or esthetically.

    It depends on the racket, but on some I find it to be an annoyance since it interferes with my two hand grip: instead of grip, there's a ridge of raised rubber which serves as a distraction.

    On other rackets, I don't notice at all.

    I think it's best to apply the finishing tape neatly so you don't have to bother.
     
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