Wilson Shockshield Grip

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  1. sureshs

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    Thinking of replacing my leather grip with it. They weigh the same, so that is good. I am concerned about the grip size effectively increasing compared to the leather due to the thickness of the Shockshield grip (as it contains gel).

    Any comments?
     
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  2. lvuong

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    Yes it is quite thick and soft. Do you want to put an overgrip on it ? if yes bevel then become difficult to find.
     
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  3. tinyman

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    It does feel larger in my hand - however realize that the gel 'shield' is actually pretty thin in this grip, so it doesn't build as much as you might expect. The bevel definition is not as nice as when I was using leather (seriously, what is?), but I can easily feel my way around the handle of my Head Prestige pallets. Better than other 'cushioned' grips I've used.

    Pull the grip tight, and you'll retain the bevels quite well in my experience. Poor definition? Poor installation. I've used the shock shields on my Prestige's and Bio200's having come from Head Tour Leather on Prince, with no real adjustment period (I like the odd Head grip shape, which helps).

    I could not tell you the effective difference in grip size, I just don't have the ability to gauge that. It did not cause me to be uncomfortable with a shock shield + Supergrap. So, for what it's worth, when I switched from leather + overgrap to shock shield + overgrap, I didn't have any problems - but it really cushioned me on my Bio200's.
     
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  4. ChicagoJack

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    Hi suresh -

    I say go for it. I've switched from leather to the shock shield, and I'm loving it. Don't rule out playing without an overgrip if you are concerned about size/bevels. The tack is good enough to play without an OG. And yes, it is hefty. 25 grams untrimmed. I've tried the Head Hydrosorb, and the Wilson Cushion Air as well. It's hard to describe to edge bevel feel among those three, but I would say that the Shockshield is a hair thicker than the hydrosorb, but the way the edges bevel, if you wrap it with just a hair of overlap, you can get a very uniform and firm feel. the Hybrosorb might actually be the softest, cushion air is the thinnest but has a rubbery, spongy feel.

    J
     
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  5. sureshs

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    I always use OG. Maybe I should use a thin one like TG?
     
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  6. Fuji

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    Hey sureshs!

    I use them on pretty well every stick I use consistently. They are very comfy and I don't find the bevel loss. I use Wilson Pro OG and it compliments it nicely. TG gets a little too slick for me lately so I can't comment on it. :)

    Make sure to overlap correctly and then it's perfect!

    -Fuji
     
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  7. sureshs

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    Thanks. I may get one this weekend
     
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  8. Fuji

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    You're welcome! :)

    -Fuji
     
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  9. ike

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    I like it but I think I prefer the Hybrid Comfort better. The shock shield is firmer and the gel pad in it may actually absorb some shock but to my hands the cushion feel of the Comfort one is better. I always use tourna grip over them so I don't know how their material feels during play.
     
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  10. sureshs

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    Got it gripped. Will play with it tomorrow morning.
     
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    Felt wonderful. No shock at all.

    I am going to change the grip on my other frame too next week.
     
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    So it was a big difference between your previous replacement grips?
     
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  13. sureshs

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    My previous grip was leather. This weighed the same (other syn grips are lighter than leather) so it did not change the balance. But the comfort is tremendous.
     
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    OK thanks, I may have to try it.
     
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  15. lvuong

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    I played with the shock shield without an overgrip since my hand never sweet a single drop even in summer.
    It feels good. soft comfortable and better yet the bevel are well defined. it will look like a round grip if you put an overgrip on it.
     
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  16. maxpotapov

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    I'm using it as a standard with overgrip. The only thing that bothers me is that odd smell when freshly installed. Will try similar product from Dunlop
     
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  17. Nostradamus

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    Suresh, did you have issues with this gel grip becoming smaller after you used them for a while ?
     
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  18. Fuji

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    I've used them for almost a year, It compresses slightly but not really "smaller" since SS is a bit bigger to start with.

    -Fuji
     
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    What does not really smaller mean ? Annoying thing with Gamma Pro RX is that it continues to shrink smaller and smaller over like 4-6 week period time. and it can be really annoying due to this continuously changing grip size over such a long period of time.

    Does shock shield stay same size once it compressed down ? and how long does it take ?
     
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  20. Fuji

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    Well from my experience, SS seems to raise the grip size by about a quarter, if that. It does compress down eventually to the proper grip size I find though. Obviously it's not going to be as compressed as leather, but it does settle in for the long haul once it does fully compress.

    So in short, yes it does stay the same size (for me at least) and it takes about a week of hitting for me, which is usually around 10ish hours.

    -Fuji
     
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  21. Ramon

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    Now that I've been using Shock Shield for about a month, I can say I agree with you for the most part. At first I was bit concerned about the larger grip size, but now it feels normal sized and stays that way. I think the break-in period was less than 10 hours for me, probably 3-4 sets.

    If you can endure the short break-in period, it's a very nice grip for dampening shock and vibration.
     
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  22. Nostradamus

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    Someone told me in other thread, he felt like Wilson SS takes away even more vibration than the Gamma pro RX. and pro RX takes away alot of vibration. Concern with me is with Wilson SS, it might take away too much and you lose feel for the ball and you don't get to feel the ball much at all. and that could be bad. Is this true ?
     
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  23. Ramon

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    Shock Shield does dampen the feel, but I can't think of a dampening technology that actually works and doesn't dampen feel. If I didn't get some kind of a muted response, I'd probably think it wasn't working. :lol:

    I'm keeping it because I still get good feel from my racquet. Shock Shield grip does less to mute feel than a big dampener like Wilson Shock Trap or Gamma Shockbuster II.
     
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  24. Will Wilson

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    Pro Hybrid

    I've recently switched to the Wilson Pro Hybrid grip. Leather with a synthetic covering. I really like them - not mushy but soft enough to be comfortable. They are also durable and have the right amount of tack. They also perform well in warm weather.
     
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    Although I've changed scores of overgrips over the years I had never replaced a grip. It was a fun project and I practiced putting a cheap white Shock Shield on a stick I do ever use. Screwed it up a bit but did a good job with the black on on a stick I use regularly.

    The blue gel shown on the front of the packaging is grossly out of proportion to the thickness of the gel on the actual grip (which is maybe 1/4 the thickness). Still I have enjoyed this new grip and likely will install another on on another racquet in the next few weeks.

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  26. maxpotapov

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    If you want thicker layer of gel, try Dunlop Gel-Zorb if you don't mind grooves.
    The piece on the packaging is really out of proportion, but the actual layer is just enough for the grip not to become spongy.
     
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  27. Nostradamus

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    i am just wondering if you had to compare these both to Gamma pro RX grip. which will shrink down more ? Have you tried the gamma pro RX before ? i was just wondering which is thicker ? From the pic above, Wilson doesn't look that thick compared to gamma one ?
     
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  28. Ramon

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    I never tried any other hybrid grip. I agree that the piece of gel on the front of the package is a bit deceiving. I'm pretty satisfied with Shock Shield, so I plan to keep using it.
     
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