Wilson Shock Shield Hybrid Grip: GREAT!

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  1. mikeler

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    It is not squishy.
     
  2. robbo1970

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    Thats good news.

    I find squishy grips make me feel I need to squeeze the grip more to get any feel. I don't like that feeling.
     
  3. comeback

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    pretty much agree with most of this . I put it in a Wilson Steam 105s. It served my purpose to add weight to the handle and blunt shock to my weak wrist/forearm/elbow. It has a great leathery/grippy feel but i like smoother so i added a little powder which worked great. next time i'll use an overgrip
     
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  5. scotus

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    Looks nice.

    Why don't you try it out and report back to us?

    For me, I have stocked up on enough Gosen to last me a lifetime, so no need to try that one, but it would be interesting to see what durometer and weight this company decided to use.
     
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  6. Readers

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    Going to make my review of shock tape short and sweet.

    Weighs 46g installed.

    Most comfortable grip ever.

    About same thickness as shock shield.

    Bevel is still well defined.

    Has about 10 inch left over.

    Must play with an overgrip on top.
     
  7. Fed Kennedy

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    46 grams? ? ? Am I reading that right?
     
  8. scotus

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    Thanks for the review, but if you have 10 inches left over, I am afraid you might not have installed the grip properly.

    Sorbothane is incredibly fragile against tensile forces, so it is not to be stretched. If you did, you will soon find that it has been torn to pieces under the overgrip.
     
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  9. scotus

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    Yes, Sorbothane is incredibly heavy (which is probably why Gosen Sorbothane System went the way of the dinosaurs), a very easy way to add an ounce to any frame.
     
  10. corbind

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    Scotus, when I read his grams my eyes got BIG! A quick glance at CJ's thread and I see you posted weight/specs there

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=465717

    39.0g … (40.00") … Gosen Sorbothane Cushion System II … (scotus,2012)(out of production since 2000-2003)

    I'd sure like to try it out one day...although I'm a decade late.
     
  11. Readers

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    46g is correct, and this is trimmed without back tape. Out of box it's about 78g with everything.

    It's a 40" x 1" x 3/32"

    I think I used about 30" of it.
     
  12. scotus

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    This ShockTape is even heavier than Gosen. I don't think it would sell very well.
     
  13. Readers

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    Is your Gosen data installed weight or untrimmed? Does it include the OG comes with the grip?

    The 46g for the shock tape does not include the OG you must put on top, just curious what's the real weight difference.
     
  14. scotus

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    It is just the full Sorbothane portion, untrimmed, no backing, no overgrip.
     
  15. Readers

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    Got it, thanks.

    Do you have barely enough for a handle? Because I tend to use more than an avg person when it come to griping, I try to have a smooth surface with edge overlapping when doing replacement and still have about inch left on this.
     
  16. scotus

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    Well, the 40-inch length is long enough for most standard-length racquets. But didn't you say you actually had 10 inches of sorbothane left over?

    I personally do not wrap the sorbothane around the buttcap because I do not like to apply tension to the sorbothane material (it will tear soon) and tension is absolutely necessary for a clean installation around the buttcap.

    So my installation begins right below the buttcap, and I wrap the buttcap area with Wilson Shock Shield instead. (Another option is to stick multiple pieces of Sorbothane around the buttcap and hope the overgrip will smooth out the look and feel.)

    Overlapping the edge is fine. The only disadvantage to this is that Sorbothane tends to bond to itself, so if you overlap them, they will permanently stick to each other and you will not be able to re-use this very expensive grip, unless you carefully use a razor blade when removing the grip.
     
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  17. Readers

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    Wish I read this before I installed it, it played fine first 2 times, then I found out that the tension ripped it in many place today, still played fine, and after playing I have used some more to "patch" them.

    Also my early measure is incorrect, after patch I have 10 inch left, but the total weight has go up to a crazy 53g.

    Even with my super light and close to even balance Donnay gold 99, it's still close to 360g now.

    Will try to play with it this weekend, hope it's not too bad.(my other stick are 335g 315 SW and 348g 333 SW, this one used to be 333 sw as well, no idea now, prob not much more than 335 sw).
     
  18. scotus

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    That's too much.

    This is what happens when non-tennis players design a tennis product. They probably didn't think that weight was of any importance.
     
  19. Tonyr1967

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    I've had my shockshield replacement grips fitted for around 6 months now and wondering how often do they need replacing?

    I've always hit with an overgrip so the grip itself is in perfect (external) condition. Assuming though that the gel must deteriorate over time, and since I'm starting to get elbow soreness for the first time since switching to them I'm thinking that now is the time to fit new ones.

    Anyone have any similar/different experiences?
     
  20. Tamiya

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    How long has Shock Shield grip been out on the market?
    I haven't come across any aged dried out examples yet. :)
     
  21. JackB1

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    I have recently discovered this gem of a grip and love it! For racquets that need some weight in the handle, it's perfect. If you pull it tight, you get a firm feel without much grip size increase. If you just pull it "snug" but not tight, you get about a half a gripsize increase. The grip didn't feel nearly as "squishy" as I thought it would and it doesn't mute that much feel out either.

    For a racquet that's a bit too head heavy along with a grip that's a little too small, this grip is the ticket! Great find!
     
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  22. texastornado

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    I've had one on a racket since June 2012 and I put a fresh one on last month, albeit purchased from TW at the same time, and I can't tell the difference between them. Also the demo gel square for my last replacement is still fresh.

    They do seem to shrink a bit after a month or two of being on the racket.
     
  23. Readers

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    Listen to your elbow, that would give you better advise than anyone on this board could.
     
  24. eelhc

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    Installing Shock Shield Hybrid Replacement Grips

    Can these be cut/trimmed to length or will the blue stuff quirt out?
     
  25. Fuji

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    I've trimmed them down before. The gel is a solid, not a liquid so you are fine to puncture and trim it! :)

    -Fuji
     
  26. JackB1

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    yes - can trip them no problem
     

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