Wilson Shock Shield Hybrid Grip: GREAT!

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  1. corbind

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  2. Ramon

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    That's interesting. I never tried the black ones because the white ones were on sale. I also noticed the edges were blemished and it was impossible to do a professional looking job. I didn't know the problem was unique to the white ones. Personally, I'm still happy with the white ones. They do feel comfortable, and since I use overgrips, the cosmetics are not a problem for me.
     
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    I have both the black and the white.

    They are quite similar. Some edges on the black get wrinkled the same way as with the whites.
     
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    $7??!? soooo jealous :(

    We get stung for A$20 for Shock Shield, A$30-35 for leather :evil: (A$1 > US$1)

    Have just installed Shock Shield on the (1st & original!) Profile Hammer,
    put leather on another Profile Hammer... Shock Shield definitely does something.



    Wilson been doing it for decades. Profile Hammer has it... circa 1990.
     
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  5. mikeler

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    I just bought 3 of these in black yesterday. I'll install them in the next few days during my time off from tennis.
     
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    I got 2 for $3.50 each for the white ones, they arent bad. I was just glad to get something softer than leather, and they really arent that thick, I was hoping it would be a bit more thicker but it works, so I am good with it.
     
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  7. mikeler

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    I was worried with the gel that the grip would feel thicker than the Prince Resi Pros I had on my racket, but it does not. I left the finishing tape off the top because the Shock Shield weights slightly more than Resi Pro. All in all, it feels about the same with better comfort when I hit the sweetspot.
     
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    Initially after putting the Shock Shield on two racquets (Becker London Tour and Prince EXO3 Tour), the grip felt larger in diameter. After about 2 weeks of playing it felt "mushed down" to about the circumference of the stock grips. That or my hand adjusted. I'd like to think I'm smart enough to know it's the former.
     
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  9. Ramon

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    This was my experience also, which I mentioned in previous threads. Shock Shield feels thicker at first but compresses down over time to where it's tough to distinguish from the size of a stock grip. It still maintains the increased comfort.
     
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  10. tennis_nut

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    Hey guys, is it possible to wrap this grip with no overlap? I like my base grip to be smooth/flat before I install an overgrip. Thanks in advance for any info:)
     
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    The way I installed mine it has virtually no weird ridging or overlaps. The way the grip is designed with the gel leaves a bit of space to make it totally smooth. :)

    -Fuji
     
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    Sure. Buy a few WSS grips. Wrap one the way you desire (non-overlapping) and see if it works. If not, rip it off and put another one on overlapped.

    I'm pretty certain you won't be able to feel the difference of the aforementioned. I can't with an overgrip on.
     
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    My only experience is with the white one, which has been reported by others to have more blemishes than the black.

    I found shock shield to be very easy to install to make it smooth. You have to overlap it slightly where there is no gel layer, but that is not difficult. Because of slight flaws in the outer layer, I have to deal with a few bad cosmetic flaws, but with my overgrip, that is not a problem.
     
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    Even with no overlap, you will get "valleys" because the shock shield gel is set in from the edge of the base grip. If you like your base grip to lay flat, this is not the replacement grip for you.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback guys! I'm gonna order a couple and see how it goes :)
     
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    You can make it perfectly flat if you add overgrip and wrap it carefully. Feels smooth and soft like double socks :)
     
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    I love these things; put them on every racket I own, in fact. They cleared up my tennis elbow immediately. (Also threw the balance off by a bit, but hey, a little extra head-light-ness never hurt anybody.)
     
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    What about the shrinkage over time ? doesn't that bother you ? as the gel, flattens out, grip becomes smaller.
     
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    Yea, I don't like that part but something I need to live with. Thought of putting two on but that would be way too big even after compression from a few months of playin.
     
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    You mean like putting on TWO replacement grips ? that would be really thick. What about putting on one extra layer of thin overgrip like tourna-grip or Wilson Federer over-grip ???:confused:
     
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    This is my setup, Shock Shield + Wilson Pro Overgrip
    Works great, even when Shock Shield shrinks
    But I thought of trying something more lightweight with even more cushioning, Wilson Comfort Hybrid
     
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    Wilson also came out with a Shock Shield overgrip recently.
     
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    Just to add my 2 cents

    i have this on an aero pro and i never felt a difference. it doesn't eliminate any vibrations.
     
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    comfort hybrid is Foam instead of gel. it will shrink even faster than the gel.:???:
     
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    Yea two grips. I'll try it in the next few months. Now I just put on the WSS and an overgrip. Infrequently two overgrips when testing.
     
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    At $5 per grip it does not really matter. Shock shield adds too much weight anyway.
    There is also Tecnifibre Conformax to try out and some other extra cushioned grips.
    I also use Dunlop gel-based grip, adds comfortable groovy shape to the handle. Compresses just as fast as Shock Shield, but feels good still.
    Wilson Shock Shield Overgrip is interesting too...
     
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  27. Boricua

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    Does the Shock Shield overgrip have to be replaced over time? If so, how frequently? Is it diffciult to install if compared to installing a regular overgrip like Yonex Supergrap? If I use a Shock Shield replacement grip and then a Yonex overgrip on top, shall I buy the racket withy one size smaller grip size?
     
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  28. mikeler

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    Any overgrip will need to be replaced somewhat frequently. I would not see why the Shock Shield overgrip would be any different from Supergrap. I've never found any overgrip difficult to install. The Shock Shield replacement grip does not seem to be much thicker than the Prince Resi Pro but I did pull it pretty tight.
     
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  29. Boricua

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    I am planning to buy a Pro Kennex Q5 295 racket. As you know, I will get good dampening with this racket. I have sllght golfer's elbow condition that gets aggravated with vibrations and overextension. So:

    1) Is A Wilson Shock Shield replacement grip recommended considering I am using the Pro Kennex racket that already dampens well?

    2) If I use the Shock Shield and a Yonex overgrip on top, will this increase the size of the grip? And, shall I buy the racket with one size smaller grip size considering this?

    3) Is the Shock Shield grip durable? When is it time to change it considering it is meant to absorb shock?

    4) Is there any disadvantage about using the Shock Shield grip?

    5) How much weight does the Shock Shield add and how does it affect the balance point of the racket?

    6) Does the Shock Shield meant to be used by itself or with an overgrip on top?

    7) How does Shock Shield compare to a Yonex overgrip in terms of tackiness and capacity to absorb sweat?
     
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  30. Boricua

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    1-Is the Shock Shield considered an overgrip or a replacement grip?

    2- If its an overgrip. how does it compare with the Yonex overgrip in terms of sweat absorption and overall feel?

    3-Do you use only the Shock Shield or do you use an overgrip on top to protect it a bit from use?
     
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    1-Is the Shock Shield considered an overgrip or a replacement grip?

    Both.

    2- If its an overgrip. how does it compare with the Yonex overgrip in terms of sweat absorption and overall feel?

    Never tried it as an overgrip.

    3-Do you use only the Shock Shield or do you use an overgrip on top to protect it a bit from use?

    I use Yonex Supergrap on top of it.
     
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    I use a Pro Kennex Ki 5x with Shock Shield grip and an overgrip (Supergrap or Viper Dry). I like the combination. It makes the racquet even more comfortable and I don't notice a loss in touch or feel. It does feel like a larger grip size at first, but it compresses over time to where I don't notice the difference. I would not recommend going to a smaller grip size. I never tried it without an overgrip because I'm happy with it on. I actually wanted some added weight on the handle, so the weight was a good thing for me. Most people won't notice the extra weight. I've had SS on both my racquets for over 6 months, and I don't anticipate needing to replace them anytime soon. I think having the overgrip lengthens its life.
     
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  33. robbo1970

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    I've just had my order come through of these. Only two per pack and the same price as a 3 pack of Pro.

    I will report back once I have used it.
     
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    Let us know.
     
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  35. finalfantasy7

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    Nos - did you ever test the Gamma pro rx - im sure it was you asking a while back between the gamma and Wilson shock shield.

    If so which one did you prefer?
    if anyone else has tested these - give info plz
     
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    just played with the shock shield, liked it very much - better than gamma pro rx, as the gamma has those holes which put you off.

    only con about shock was imo it dampened the feeling too much
     
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    more I play with this, more im loving it,

    I stated above it dampened the feeling too much, not any more - feels great, bought 2 more from bay, gona use 1 for my k90
     
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  38. Tamiya

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    SS re-grip is doing a decent job here too.

    Just finished refurbishment/resurrection of another Profile Hammer 110,
    after pretty good success with same model frame in 95" earlier.
    The 110 was given thin leather power pads on throat mains;
    dayum it's definitely big difference to stock I modded 110.
     
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    did they discontinue or something? I had to replace my original PK leather (chose these cause they are heavy) and i finally got used to them.

    They get better after the first couple weeks of using them.
     
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    No just i need 1 for my k90 as my backup racket, already had a one on my head prestige but bought another for a backup - use my head regular and gel grips do thin out within few months(this what happened to me when i had the gamma rx),
    I saw both at £4 each on bay-with free postage - cheaper
     
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    I recently put a shock shield hybrid replacement grip on my racket. I put an overgrip over it too. It feels great, but I must say the gel part smells funny, like Eastern medicine or something. It gives me a bit of a headache..
     
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    I will be receiving mine tomorrow. Do you guys have any tips specific to applying this grip or is it like any other grip?
     
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    Like any other grips, but if u haven't installed thick grips before, just pull really tight,
    doesn't matter if u need to keep re-applying it, as it keeps its glue
     
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    If I recall, I had to pull really tight to get it all the way to the top of my handle.
     
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    My tip:
    When Shock Shield compresses over time, just add second overgrip to get back to the original grip size and springy soft feedback.
    (I assume everyone uses an overgrip on white Shock Shield)
     
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    I tried using the blue square of SS tester material as a power pad

    no good, string just cuts thru it :(
     
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    Just thought I would ressurect an old thread.

    I have both my Bio300's with a leather grip, but after each game (about 2 hours) I am feeling a bit of hand ache. Feels like bruising and I'm sure its down to the fact that the leather grip (even with an overgrip) is very firm and unforgiving. No doubts towards the merit of feel and I do like the extra weight it gives in the handle, but I am thinking of giving the Wilson SS a go.

    Has anyone else switched from leather to the WSS and what differences did you notice?

    It seems to weigh about the same.

    Can I expect the racket to feel broadly the same in terms of balance and feel, but with a bit less harsh pressure on my hand?

    (P.S. I tried the Wilson SS overgrip - not great. Feels cheap and papery, no great traction on the surface and the gel strip is so thin that I don't think it has any effect at all. I can't see it catching on and overtaking the popularity of Supergrap, WPro or Tourna).
     
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    Thicker, softer and more dampened in terms of feedback compared to leather from what I can remember.
     
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    From what I've read on here, it seems like it is still firm, but not hard like leather, which sounds good to me. I don't want a squishy soft grip.

    I believe its thicker than leather as well, so I'm guessing that it would be about the same thickness as leather plus an overgrip. Which again is fine.
     

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