Best Leather Grip

So after using Head, Wilson, and Babolat leather grips I wanted to reach to the TW community to find out what is the best leather grip in terms of feel and durability.
 

SirGounder

Hall of Fame
Fairway is far and away the best leather grip I have ever used. Unfortunately they are crazy expensive and hard to find.

My favorite readily available grip would be the Tennis Warehouse grips. They come in 2 different widths and 2 thicknesses so you can get the perfect feel.
 

li0scc0

Hall of Fame
My opinion..and why:

Best:
Volkl - consistent, long-lasting, high quality
Head - consistent, reasonably thin, high quality
Gamma - low price, consistent

Average:
Wilson - after a few uses they thin down, but start out very thick. Do not 'look' that good, but who cares, as they are under overgrips

My only experience with TW leather was not good, but others like them.
 
When I purchased TW Leather during the summer, the quality control was pretty poor. There's a whole thread on it in fact with many complaints. Not sure if they changed the tolerance now, but people always say good things about them and I'm a bit skeptical to try them again..
 

endro

New User
I've seen several complaints too, but I cut mine to size and match frames anyway so it doesn't really affect me as much. They feel good in my hand when I finish so I'm willing to sacrifice a couple grams here and there for the feel.
 

Shangri La

Hall of Fame
Fairway is way too expensive that the comparison is not fair.

For me the Volkl/BB leather grips are the best.
 
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max

Legend
Fairway is way too expensive that the comparison is not fair.

For me the Volkl/BB leather grips are the best.
This is also my experience. Of COURSE, I'd love Fairway, but it's too expensive: I think what's available now for purchase is new old stock. I go with the Volkl.
 

Sardines

Hall of Fame
I think the majority of leather grip users would say Fairway/Balmforth as the favorite. But as they went under, and are now manufactured elsewhere, I sought to look for replacements.
I currently use the Babolat and Volkl. They feel similar but the Volkl can have issues with inconsistent quality. I would sometimes get duds which don't absorb as much or are slippery from the get go.
The Babolat are thinner but work well enough.
I have not tried the Head ones but I know NOT to use the Gammas. They are terribly slippery and don't last. I think it's the dye they use on the leather.
 

eidolonshinobi

Professional
How much longer do leather grips usually last? with and without an overgrip?

I've got the stock synthetic DNX grip on my PB 10 mid, but I want to try a leather grip. Will I lose cushioning?
 

magnut

Hall of Fame
Leather last pretty much forever if you take care of them. They need to be lightly cleaned and oiled once in a while. I clean them every restringing and apply a good leather balm or neatsfoot oil. I have always used leather and have experience with almost all of the older brands. Fairways are very good grips. I actually have been useing Klipper leather grips for the last 20 years. They are a thinner leather grip and slightly softer at first. Ive never had one wear out.

Toughest part is wrapping them right. Its pretty involved to get a perfect wrap with old school leather grips. Lots of prewrapping to get the leather stretched right and not have folds around the overlap in the butt cap area. I usually soak the leather in water before the prewrap to get the leather to mold a little easier. Once you get it right you can unwrap and rewrap all you want and never have to worry about replacement. Along with that you have to apply double sided tape and staple the starting end.

Its all worth it though if you like to feel the bevels and prefer a firm surface for your grip.
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
Leather last pretty much forever if you take care of them. They need to be lightly cleaned and oiled once in a while. I clean them every restringing and apply a good leather balm or neatsfoot oil. I have always used leather and have experience with almost all of the older brands. Fairways are very good grips. I actually have been useing Klipper leather grips for the last 20 years. They are a thinner leather grip and slightly softer at first. Ive never had one wear out.

Toughest part is wrapping them right. Its pretty involved to get a perfect wrap with old school leather grips. Lots of prewrapping to get the leather stretched right and not have folds around the overlap in the butt cap area. I usually soak the leather in water before the prewrap to get the leather to mold a little easier. Once you get it right you can unwrap and rewrap all you want and never have to worry about replacement. Along with that you have to apply double sided tape and staple the starting end.

Its all worth it though if you like to feel the bevels and prefer a firm surface for your grip.

Wow I don't do that kind of maintenance with my Fairways, but then again the one that i have on my #1 racket has only been there for about 8 months now. Anywho yeah I find a little double sided tape works well to start the leather wrapping process. After that it's pretty easy.
 

magnut

Hall of Fame
Fairways used to actually come with a little card that explained cleaning and maintinance. I think they recommended neatsfoot oil.

For those that play without an overgrip I found that fairways were the best. Forten used to make a decent leather grip but I dont think they do anymore. I never liked the gammas. Klippers are the most old school. Perferated with the gold stripe. I like the old school stuff.

I should say I have not tried all the newer leather grips out there. It used to be only fairway, klipper, and forten. Most of the racquet companies were useing fairways or knockoff of fairways.
 

eidolonshinobi

Professional
Leather last pretty much forever if you take care of them. They need to be lightly cleaned and oiled once in a while. I clean them every restringing and apply a good leather balm or neatsfoot oil. I have always used leather and have experience with almost all of the older brands. Fairways are very good grips. I actually have been useing Klipper leather grips for the last 20 years. They are a thinner leather grip and slightly softer at first. Ive never had one wear out.

Toughest part is wrapping them right. Its pretty involved to get a perfect wrap with old school leather grips. Lots of prewrapping to get the leather stretched right and not have folds around the overlap in the butt cap area. I usually soak the leather in water before the prewrap to get the leather to mold a little easier. Once you get it right you can unwrap and rewrap all you want and never have to worry about replacement. Along with that you have to apply double sided tape and staple the starting end.

Its all worth it though if you like to feel the bevels and prefer a firm surface for your grip.

wow Mag, you've singlehandedly made me want to switch to leather haha
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
Fairways used to actually come with a little card that explained cleaning and maintinance. I think they recommended neatsfoot oil.

For those that play without an overgrip I found that fairways were the best. Forten used to make a decent leather grip but I dont think they do anymore. I never liked the gammas. Klippers are the most old school. Perferated with the gold stripe. I like the old school stuff.

I should say I have not tried all the newer leather grips out there. It used to be only fairway, klipper, and forten. Most of the racquet companies were useing fairways or knockoff of fairways.
Yeah I actually bought two Fairways off of e b a y and the dude said he found em in a garage sale and they came with the card lol. Very much like a QC thing and very old school. Personally leather lasts so long you really don't need to do much maintenance with it, especially if you always play with an over grip like me. It's tan/brown fairway leather base grip and a yonex super grap for me. That seems to be my holy grail.
 
wow Mag, you've singlehandedly made me want to switch to leather haha
Leather grips are fantastic and definitely worth the switch. Honestly after having read all the posts and trying the grips the best ones I have found are the Tennis Warehouse and head leather grips. The babolat felt like I had no grip on the racquet at all. Have no tried the Wilson leather or hybrid leather grip but pretty sure I am going to stick with what I have now. I am interested in trying the Fairway grip but can't seem to find any and might try the Becker and Pacific leather grips. Has anyone tried the last two I mentioned?
 
the best leather grip, is the one you are looking for (thin, heavy etc.....), I like volkl s because I wanted to add weithg.
 

maximus

Semi-Pro
TW leather grip is good. Fairway is good but expensive and is unbelievably short. Had to be resourceful for it to fit my Speed MP.
 
the best leather grip is the calfskin select from prince in the 1980 or earlier. I do not know if the new prince leather is good or not. The earlier grip was thin while fairway was thick .. the prince held your grip so tight that it almost split your hand open on off center. mishits. the thinest grip is the best , after all almost everyone uses overgrips.
 

shamaho

Professional
I play with bare leather grips ie. no overgrip.

I have played fairways, now use Prince so it's Prince leather, also have Head leather on Prince Rackets, BDE, etc...

They all generically the same... give or take , variations are on width, thickness & colours aspects - that's what one has to make his prefernces known.

The hardest thing about leather though... is playing with them in cold weather when they're so slippery... I have to work up the right amount of humidity in the hands to be able to get proper grip on them... that's the hardest part.

Then on very hot days.... worrying about excessive sweating...

despite above issues, for me there's nothing quite like leather.
 

joe sch

Legend
Which TW leather grip should i get?
I am looking to reduce the size of the grip of my racket.
Wilson RF 97

Which one is better between Wilson leather grip and TW?
This is TW and I like the TW leather grips so Im happy to recommend it.
If your really that concerned with the diff in leather grip widths then I would suggest shaving the pallet and being very careful to record your modifications so you can repeat what you find works best.
 

myth

Professional
This is TW and I like the TW leather grips so Im happy to recommend it.
If your really that concerned with the diff in leather grip widths then I would suggest shaving the pallet and being very careful to record your modifications so you can repeat what you find works best.
I am going to try it out.
Thanks,
 
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