Wilson Shock Shield Hybrid Grip: GREAT!

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  1. TimothyO

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    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_Shock_Shield_Hybrid_Grip/descpageWILSON-WSSHG.html

    I've just used this grip on my AG 4D 100 and Biomimetic 200 Lite. It's heavy and in a standard installation it seems to add about .4 oz to a racquet's strung weight but it's worth it the extra weight!

    Other "comfort" grips feel mushy with a loss of feel and control. With this grip you still feel the bevels, there's excellent feel and control, and yet the comfort is on par with my Volkl's and their special Sensor grip system.

    If you can take the extra weight and want a really comfy grip with no loss in feel or control then this is the PERFECT comfort grip. Traction is outstanding too and I sweat pretty bad.

    For those with a one-hand back-hand try this: I cut my replacement grips down to 3/4 length so it fits my hand perfectly. I use a color-coordinated overgrip to cover the remainder of the handle. Looks great, you still have some texture for two-handed volleys, and you shave off some weight.
     
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  2. tennisnoob3

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    thanks! unfortunately this subforum is pretty dead and most people dont try too many replacement grips. have you tried any of the other new wilson grips?

    ever try syntec? can u compare if you had? im curious as to the actual weight of the grip as some have commented that dunlop grips are somewhat light and thin
     
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    Just what the doctor ordered.....I asked about this in the other thread but no one answered, so thanks.

    I'm going to order a few, as I do like Wilson grips (and also the variety in their range) to try out.
     
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    keep us updated!! which ones are you planning on getting?
     
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    Why does TW charge $1 more than its competitors?
     
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  6. Torres

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    TrueGrip, ShockShield, MicroDry (don't like that already because its not flat), and K-Grip.
     
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  7. scotus

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    TimothyO,

    Is Shock Shield long enough to wrap a longbody racquet handle?
     
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    I'd be curious how the tack and thickness on this Shockshield compares to True Grip. A heavier synthetic grip is something I'm on the lookout for, so this sounds like a potential.
     
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    I'll let you know, though it probably won't be for a while though as I doubt that I'm going to be able to get through two replacement grips anytime quickly.

    That said, the official specs are identical:

    Shock Shield
    Length 1100mm
    Quantity per Package 1
    Width 27mm
    Material IsoZorb Gel, Polyurethane
    Thickness 2.0mm
    Category Replacement Grip

    True Grip
    Length 1100mm
    Quantity per Package 1
    Width 27mm
    Material Microfiber Co-Polymer Composite Felt, Polyurethane
    Thickness 2.0mm
    Category Replacement Grip

    The only thing that concerns me is that its noticeably thicker than the stock Pro-Hybrid grip, which with an OG added, is going to make it thicker still:

    Pro-Hybrid
    Length 1100mm
    Quantity per Package 1
    Width 27mm
    Material Leather, Polyurethane
    Thickness 1.6mm
    Category Replacement Grip

    Thickest is Comfort-Hybrid:

    Length 1100mm
    Quantity per Package 1
    Width 27mm
    Material Air Foam, Polyurethane
    Thickness 2.2mm
    Category Replacement Grip
     
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    I have tried out Wilson Aire Contour, Wilson Kgrip, Dunlop Gecko Grip, Prince Resin Pro, and Babolat Skin Feel replacement grip and I like the Aire Contour mainly because it has good cushioning and helps me not grip the handle so tight. How does the Wilson Shock Shield compare?
     
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    I'm not certain. After installing all the way up my AG 4D 100 (my wife uses this racquet on occasion and uses a 2HBH) I did have some extra length to trim off (maybe 3"-4"?). Enough for a longbody? Perhaps, I just can't say for certain.

    I only wrapped my B200 Lite 3/4 of the way up the handle as I use a 1-hand backhand and wanted to save weight if possible and this is a heavy grip. I covered the remainder of the handle with a lime green Wilson overgrip...looks really cool!
     
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    For the B200 Lite I first tried a 3/4 install of a replacement Biomimetic grip with some lead underneath to push the balance even more HL...they're darn thin! Maybe the same as two over grips?

    Didn't like the result and went to the Wilson with no lead and the result was far more comfy and just as HL.

    One more bit of advice...I noticed on my AG 4D 100 it took the grip up a full size. Not a problem for me as I'm easily 4-5/8 to 4-3/4 using the TW measurement methods. But if you're existing grip is already stretching your hand do know this is a VERY thick grip.
     
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    hmm, thats interesting to note. would you say the grip size runs small compared to others, say babolat again?
     
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    How heavy is this grip?

    I use Kevlar grips. One model is 1.2 oz and anther 1.6 oz.

    Surely, there is no grip heavier than these....
     
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    Oh, didn't realize you are using an OG as well. IME, the True Grip is very soft... I've never used an OG on it as that would be too squishy for my tastes. You should try them w/o OG since you are currently using WPH + OG, as you say, the other two + OG could be too thick...
     
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    Just in installed my Shock Shield grip.

    Definitely unusual.....things I noticed:-

    - the Wilson BLX racquets have a plastic cutout in the butt cap to slip the start of the replacement grip into
    - the stock Wilson Pro Hybrid grip (removed straight from the handle of my racquet) weighs 20g exactly
    - the Head Xtreme overgrip I had on top weights 6.5g with securing tape.
    - the Shock Shield weights 28.6g out of the packet, though that will reduce with a small amount of trimming.
    - the 'spongy' part of the Shock Shield grip is a strip of bright blue gel with an odd smell.
    - the grip overlaps with edges, so if you don't like overlapping grips with edges.....
    - grip is quite thick. It's thicker than the stock Pro Hybrid and Head Overgrip. Will increase the grip size slightly.
    - grip is quite spongy
    - actual grip surface material feels a little bit abrasive to me. Maybe it will be get better with use, grime etc
    - putting the Shock Shield grip on is likely to alter the balance of the racquet from stock form given the extra weight unless you are used to having an overgrip on your original racquet.
    - with my setup, my overall racquet weight increased by 5.1g in the handle
    - mutes the degree of feedback you get from the racquet on impact with the ball

    Overall, it 'does what it says in tin' ie thick, spongy grip but it is a bit of an acquired taste.
     
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  17. Torres

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    The weights of these Wilson grips are all over the place.

    The [K]ontrol grip is 18.6g
    MicroDry Comfort 18.6g

    I wish they would put the weight on the packet.
     
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  18. tennisnoob3

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    wow 28.6 untrimmed is close to that of some leather grips.
     
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    Can't be any heavier than Gamma pro RX grip. but i wonder if it is better than that on absorbing shock ? and do you feel that you lose too much ball feel with this grip ?
     
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    just wanted to add my 2 cents.

    i installed these shock shields to my head ytpmp, and i love the feel i get from the rackets. it definitely mutes the vibration by a lot. i am very pleased.

    before with the stock hydrosorb, i could feel the vibration soar through my arm on my forehands. now with the shock shields, its toned down a lot.

    i have to say, it does increase the grip size but a noticeable amount (noticeable.. not a lot though)., you do lose a little bit of the bevel... noticeable, but not a lot. and you do lose bit of "raw feel" if you will, when making contact with the ball.

    hmm.. one thing that i found annoying, is the application of it. here's my best to create an accurate description, lets say hypothetically the grip is 1 inch wide, the gel portion of the grip, is centered against the outer grip, and measures only roughly .8 inches wide. therefore, it leaves a little bit of the outer grip without gel portion. i wanted to make sure that the gel portion was consistent throughout the entire grip, so i made sure i did the right overlapping, but the outer grip (the extra bit on the outside) tends to fold in, and creates an uneven job...

    also, i didn't like the look of it after it was done. it looked kinda like michelin man. but it doesn't matter to me, because i was planned to put an overgrip over it.

    i hardly think those things mentioned are that much of a compromise compared to what was gained for me.

    i have slight tennis elbow, and this helped a lot. definitely rec'd for those with elbow issues.
     
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    Recently tried this one as my beloved True Grip seems to be on the exit. Not bad at all, but almost twice the weight. It is in fact almost as heavy as leather, my leather grip weighed about 1 oz, Wilson Shock Shield about 0.9 oz, Wilson True was 0.7 oz (no longer on TW, but still at competitors). Wilson Comfort Hybrid is the lightest and tackiest, yet thickest, of the four, at 0.45 oz.

    Best bevel feel is Wilson Shock Shield. If you pull it tightly it doesn't add grip size or feel spongy at all, giving a bevel feel that rivals straight leather. Very solid grip with average tack and mediocre sweat absorption, but amazing ball feel and comfort.
     
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    Hmmm, this makes me want to order a Wilson Shock Shield Hybrid Grip. My Becker London Tours are very comfortable now so not sure if they have gel in them already. I don't mind mushy and no bevels.
     
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    One thing about the Shock Shield grips, I love em but they tear easily. Perfect for installing once and leaving them there. But if you pull them off just once, the edges/bevels tear and wrinkle really easily.
     
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    I find that with any synthetic grip however. Any time I'm messing around my handle I need a new replacement grip haha!

    -Fuji
     
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    Sounds like something I can use. It's heavy, comfortable, and apparently you can still feel the bevels. What seals the deal is that TW has the white color on sale. I just ordered 3 for $2.99/each!
     
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    I installed the Wilson Shock Shield Hybrid a couple of month ago and love it. Yes it adds weight which I like.

    Weight of WSSH installed (cut): 0.84 ounces = 23.7 grams
    Weight of my old grip installed (cut): 0.51 ounces = 14.4 grams

    Estimated weight added: 0.33 ounces = 9.3 grams

    So basically 1/3 of an ounce added which also made my racquet more headlight and that's much appreciated. The installation was slow but I did a good job the second time I did it (threw the first one out because I did a bad job). I've been quite pleased with the feel that I'll install another WSSH on another racquet tonight or tomorrow.

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    I've gone back to using TrueGrip. I just prefer its balance of characteristics. For me, it just has the right amount of thickness, weight, feel etc. And it just works well with overgrips without increasing the grip size too much.

    ShockShield is useful if you want to add weight to the handle, damp out some of the feedback and don't mind slightly increased thickness.

    Good to have different options really, but I guess everyone's looking for slightly different things.
     
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    I'm looking into gel replacement grips,,might try wilson shock shield or gamma hi tech gel contour.



    :-|
     
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    I'm going to give this a go on one of my rackets.

    I really love the feel of leather under an overgrip when I'm playing, but being a mere mortal weekend warrior, my hand does ache a bit afterwards, so if this Shock Shield grip will be about the same weight and bevel feel of leather, but with a bit more comfort I could very well be swayed.
     
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    I have a Shock Shield grip over a Gosen Sorbothane Grip. Of course, there is a Yonex overgrip on top of all that.

    Grips alone weigh well over 60 grams!
     
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    And I'm presuming you feel little in the way of vibration with two gel based grips and an overgrip.

    I just need the one grip, but want to replicate the weight/balance I get with leather and a firm feel on the grip so I retain the feel of the bevels and not too squishy a feel, but I want to lose aching in my hand after Ive been playing for a few hours.
     
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    Looks like they are discontinued?
     
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    Shock Shield is still available in the UK.
     
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    Gosen Sorbothane is discontinued. I see Shock Shield for sale at TW, so I'm assuming it's still being made.
     
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    This is a perfect analysis of the Shock Shield.

    I love it but have not been able to use it on my 200s as they're already heavy. Had to use the Comfort Hybrid instead.

    Just bought a Pure Storm GT and the Shock Shield with OG will work perfectly adding about 0.5 to 0.6 oz together. Leaves plenty of room to customize further with lead in the head or under the handle before hitting my weight limit.
     
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    Over the past six weeks or so I've been switching back and forth between these two grips to see which works best for me. I bought 3 of each for testing.


    Wilson Shock Shield Hybrid
    UNCUT: 27.2 g (0.96 oz)
    CUT installed: 24.2 g (0.85 oz)
    Thickness = 2.0 mm (eyeballed with ruler on thickest side)


    Wilson Comfort Hybrid
    UNCUT: ?
    CUT installed: 10.4 g (0.37 oz)
    Thickness = 2.5 mm (eyeballed with ruler on thickest side)

    The cut/installed figure is the one you should be concerned with as that will be the real weight on the handle. Although the Comfort grip is thicker, being essentially foam, it will compress more than the Shock Shield so will yield a thinner grip. I own both and have been toying with them for a month or so.

    Shock Shield is way heavier and more has a more solid feeling when hitting. It seems to increase grip size a little but that's not a biggie for me. The Comfort grip is squishier as it's really air but it doesn't seem to be as comfortable as the Shock Shield. So for comfort go for Shock Shield. For lower weight go with Comfort.

    Of the two I definitely prefer the Shock Shield. It does decrease the frame shock considerably which could be due to sheer weight or maybe the gel stuff. Either way it's effective. Somehow it's more substantial weight works to my advantage making the stick more head light. At least now I'm satisfied and put them on all my sticks.
     
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    I had a similar experience. It's hard to make it look like a professional job. I think both of my grips had blemishes. However, it does provide better comfort and shock absorption than my stock synthetic grips. I use an overgrip anyway, so the blemishes don't matter.

    I noticed that it made the grip size larger, but it compresses as you play more with it, and the difference is hardly noticeable after a while.
     
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    I just wanted to bump this thread because I have a few questions.

    I have considered using this grip. I currently use leather because I prefer the extra weight in the handle, but Ive noticed over the past few weeks that my hand and wrist really ache.

    Is Shock Shield the way to go in keeping that same weight and firm feel, but reducing the pain i'm getting in my hand and wrist?

    Many thanks
     
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    At $3.50 a pop, you can maintain it fresh and soft much longer than $10 leather grip at exactly the same weight. It compresses over time but never becomes dry and hard like worn out leather.
    But all this is probably irrelevant to the pain in your wrist and hand. Heavy handle and larger grip size stress out hand/wrist with certain grip and swing styles. Even with relaxed swing, these might cause problems if you don't provide enough angular acceleration for racquet head.
     
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    I actually am one of those who uses a fairly small grip and I have noticed I do tend to use my wrist a lot on my forehand shots when I try and whip it.

    I put the pain down to the fact that there is little to no shock absorbancy on the handle.

    So do combat this hand pain, does anyone have any suggestions or should I try one of these shock shield grips as opposed to the firm leather?
     
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    Oh yes, it absorbs shock quite well, due to its mass if not gel elasticity. I'm using it constantly. And like I said, at $3.50 per grip (white ones are on sale) you don't have to wait until it compresses.
     
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    Thanks Max, I'll give it a go.
     
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    That smaller grip size may be encouraging you to have bad technique. I've been pulling off the ball on my forehands lately trying to create too much topspin and I think that has been causing me wrist pains.
     
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    You make a good point. Its only since I started really trying to whip my wrist around on these forehands that I have had wrist pain. I'm tempted to try an extra overgrip to increase the size and almost force and train myself not to do that.

    Either that or just concentrate on not doing it.

    Ive recently noticed that there is a Shock Shield overgrip now available.....I wonder what thats like?
     
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    Interesting about the overgrip. I might have to get that one a shot.
     
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    Ive ordered one so I will report back. But rather than remove my beautifully wrapped leather grip, I may try two overgrips and see if that helps with shock absorbancy and over working the wrist first.
     
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    Only God knows what is causing you hand pain. Yet, from a logical standpoint, it would seem a heavy (or thick grip) with some gel in it would dampen some vibration.

    All I know is I've been pleased with the three I've installed thusfar. They are HEAVY compared to any regular grip but reasonable compared to leather. These things are selling for $7 so a cheap thing to try.

    If you buy let us know your thoughts both good and bad.
     
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    $7?

    Check the price for the white version.
     
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