Anyone ever replaced their stock leather grip with a synthetic one?

Amone

Hall of Fame
Well, I have replaced replacement leather grips with synthetics. Because I can only handle a leather grip for so long before I realise that it's really not a nice feeling for me.
 

goosala

Hall of Fame
Let me see how many leather grips I have replaced with a synthetic:

1 Kneissl White Star Pro Master
5 Pro Staff Original 85's
3 Pro Staff Tour 90's
2 Wilson Sting Midsizes
1 Jack Kramer Pro Staff 85
1 Wilson Ceramic Midsize
2 Prince Graphite Original Midsizes
1 Prince Spectrum Comp 90
1 Head Team Pro
Leather grips tear up my hand, cause callouses, and blister like hell.
 
Let me see how many leather grips I have replaced with a synthetic:

1 Kneissl White Star Pro Master
5 Pro Staff Original 85's
3 Pro Staff Tour 90's
2 Wilson Sting Midsizes
1 Jack Kramer Pro Staff 85
1 Wilson Ceramic Midsize
2 Prince Graphite Original Midsizes
1 Prince Spectrum Comp 90
1 Head Team Pro
Leather grips tear up my hand, cause callouses, and blister like hell.
Just out of curiosity, when you did use leather grips, were you using overgrips while they were tearing up your hands and blistering you?
 

morten

Hall of Fame
i just did on my ps 85`s. Grip was to big, i put 2 coins of weight(8grams) at the beginning of grip, near throat, to compensate for the leatherweight.
 

haerdalis

Hall of Fame
I replaced the leather grip on the ki5 pse with a synthetic grip to get the weight down a little bit.
 

VGP

Legend
A stock leather grip is a big draw for my interest in a frame.

I'm the other way around. A long time ago with my Wilson Pro Staff Classic 6.1s and last year with my Dunlop HM 200gs I replaced the stock cushion grips with leather. Used with a single overgrip.

Those cushion grips kill the feel for me.

goosala sounds like he's into tearing up classics.....
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
A leather grip is like gold for me; it's the best foundation for an overgrip that I know of. It really suprizes me that the spongy replacement grips have any popularity because they seem to bury so much of the feel of a frame, but they come on lots of racquets as original equipment.

The one replacement grip I do trust for any application is the Laserfibre Tourfit Twintone: not too tacky, too spongey, or even very thick. I could actually use it by itself in a pinch even though I'm hooked on some specific overgrips, but its also good for building up a grip size because it conforms very well to whatever is underneath it.
 

VGP

Legend
For what it's worth....Norman Prokes of ****:

"Everybody uses a leather grip, all the top players use a leather grip," Prokes says. "Agassi, Federer; you get so much more feel with a leather grip than with a cushion grip."

I grew up when leather grips all came stock. Cushion grips seem like an easy way for racket companies to save money (and lessen the demand for cowhide), save weight (since "lighter is better" so some think), and tell players that cushion grips reduce shock (true, but kills feel IMO).

Cushion grips are the first thing to be replaced without even a hit for me.

Since the OP stated "synthetic" grips, I'd like to try the thinner synthetic leather grip from ****.
 

pro_staff

Semi-Pro
I had to replace stock leather that came with my prostaff tour 95 couple years back. After playing for a long time, my hand started to hurt and I couldn't flex my fingers. So I got it checked out by a doctor and it was just some joint stiffness but he recommended that I switch my grip for something softer. I loved leather though. I'm thinking about switching back.
 

basil J

Hall of Fame
I replaced my leather grips on my redondo's. They were just harsh on my hand. They were thin and cheap. I have synthetics on now, and I use overgrips. Good quality leather grips have never been a problem for me, but the PK leather seems less tha excellent.
 

bcsax123

Semi-Pro
On my POG i did, then I put the leather back because I started using overgrips, the synthetic made it too rounded.

I took the leather off my Wilson Sting 2 mid and replaced it with the grip on my Prestige. (stock 20+?year old leather)

I like leather. It just feels so good with Wilson Pro Overgrip.
 

KOtennis

Semi-Pro
i used to use nothing but replacement grips, used with an over grip.
But since this i switched to the ncode tour 90, i have been sticking with the synthetic leather that came with the racquet, used with a Yonex overgrip.

I found this to have enough "feeling" for me yet not too harsh on my hands.
 

tennis_hand

Hall of Fame
only use a Wilson MicroDry Touch replacement grip here, no overgrip at all. very happy with it. it feels tacky and soft, no need an overgrip at all.
 
Goosala, my sentiments exactly. Back when leather grips came on ALL rackets, people were often trying out the "new" synthetics that absorbed better, felt softer, didn't slip etc. I used to replace my leather grips with a synthetic grip called Qoro grips. They were firm, felt like velvet, and absorbed moisture better than leather. Now, synthetic grips are on most rackets so we have to change them back to leather. So you see, being fickle isn't exclusive to women.
 

hyperwarrior

Professional
Just curious. I'm thinking of replacing the leather on my nCode Tour 90s with synthetic. Any thoughts? Any of you ever done this?
I did with my 2 ncode 90 because I got blisters easily even with the overgrips on leather. I have a 3rd ncode but I don't think I will change this time so I can save some $$$ for now.
 

thejerk

Semi-Pro
I hate synthetic. I usually change everything to leather and sometimes I do use an overgrip. Like someone else said, the first thing I do is change any synthetics with leather.
 
i used to use tons of overgrips (supergrap and wilson pro) over synthetic replacement grips. i then tried a leather grip that came with a frame i was using, and never looked back after that. now i cant play WITHOUT a leather grip ;)

btw, if anyone has any extra leather grips they dont need, you can send them to me :D lol
 
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