Change Pallets or Replacement Grip

JustTennis76

Professional
Here is my situation. I have 3 Youtek Prestige Pros that I purchased recently online through the bay. They all are 4 3/8 and they come with the TK82S pallets which is the more rounder variety like Wilson's. My hand doesn't fit well because they feel too big in my hand because I am used to the rectangular shape of the head rackets. I also have replacement pallets for these which are the traditional head shape. My dilemma here is can I replace the existing replacement grip with a thinner replacement grip (like Babolat Skin Feel or Wilson Feather Thin) or use a service to replace the pallets which am not sure how to do myself. By using a thin replacement grip, can I still achieve somewhat closer to the head pallet shape? I want to ask you guys whether anyone has encountered a situation like this. Thank you.
 

esgee48

Legend
A thinner grip over the TK82S will still feel round, just smaller. You could do it with one frame and check for yourself. You may like it, but it will not be the same as the regular rectangular shape.
 
my brother is constantly looking for old head frames (graphite pro, prestige classic 600, pt630 and 690, radical etc.)

for him, for me and for my other brother it's a family story. for this purpose, it is often faced with rackets which arrive with handle which do not match.
the solution is that he always has a supply of L2 and L3 pallets (which the three of us use)

replacement takes less than 10 minutes with a little training, it's a much better choice than random DIY. in addition, the replacement of pallet does not change much to the balance of the rackets, while once I tried urgently to switch to an L0 to an L2, it was a disaster, because not only the handle loses its original shape to become more rounded, but in addition, the balance is radically changed. try one day the same racket with an L1 and 2 to 3 grip, and directly an L3. the weight and balance change completely. when you are used to playing (this time it was a youtek IG prestige S) with a certain weight, between an L2 and a single grip, without overgrip, and an L0 with three grips. the weight differs by more than 30g. on a 305g racket it's huge!
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
-because ive never replaced a pallet before, i found it easier to add stuff under the original grip
-a 6"-8" hard plastic strip, about 1/2" wide, on 2 opposing pallet bevels will change the grip shape from square to rectangular feel
-i dont even wanna remove the buttcap, no need for ^ suggestion! it!!
 
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JustTennis76

Professional
All good suggestions for sure. I won’t mess with anything underneath the original grip. The previous suggestion sounds like a simple enough task to do it myself.
 
I am a girl, two months ago, my brothers went 2 months in the south of France, and from there, sent me by parcel two head tour lite Xl to try them, I had to do it myself. I am a girl, not very tall, not very muscular. it took me 10 minutes to do it;
1) I boiled water.
2) I removed the butt cap with a screwdriver
3) I took a metal ball box, put the boiling water in the ball box
4) I left the racket handle soaked in boiling water for 10-15 minutes
5) it came off like a scratch. using a kitchen knife between graphite and pallet. the pallet is intact (gray pallet with sorbothane)
6) I glued the pallets and the handle with neoprene
7) I glued the pallets and sawed the surplus with a good kitchen knife.
8) I aggravated the goal cap with my brother's stapler, but with neoprene and very good solid tape it holds very well. I played for 2 years with rackets glued like that.
9) reassemble the grip and…go to play.. enjoy
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
I have a heat gun and use that to soften the adhesive. Then use a what ever tool to put between the two pallets and slowly break apart. Do both sides and then put the tool of choice at the bottom of the pallet and insert slowly. Take your time so you can salvage the pallet during removal.

often the adhesive is good enough to hold the replacement pallet. i've used double sided tape. i heard that carpet tape is good also. recently have been using adhesive spray. I then put the new pallets on and wrap it with a string to hold it tight for a bit...cut the excess pallet and staple butt cap. then I finish it with step #9 from @lucieisland

i've done x7 during this quarantine :)
 

Ultra 2

Professional
my brother is constantly looking for old head frames (graphite pro, prestige classic 600, pt630 and 690, radical etc.)

for him, for me and for my other brother it's a family story. for this purpose, it is often faced with rackets which arrive with handle which do not match.
the solution is that he always has a supply of L2 and L3 pallets (which the three of us use)
you have pallets that fits the old turquoise graphite pro’s?
 

Ultra 2

Professional
@Ultra 2

Is it a different design than the racquets that take the TK82?
Yeah, these have a hairpin that’s a different dimension than what the predecessors had. From the TXP forward, pretty much all head frames are able to accept TK82 & TK82S pallets.

That is why I needed to build (or attempt to build) pallets from the older frames (Graphite Pro, Comp Pro, Pro SE etc.) from scratch.
 
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