Do leather grips make the gripsize larger, smaller, or does it have no effect?

How do leather grips affect grip size?


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snoopy

Professional
I'm thinking about removing the synthetic grip on my frame and replace it with leather.


I'm curious to see what people think.
 

snoopy

Professional
Are you saying that the thinnest leathers can make the grip size smaller and that thicker leathers can make the grip size bigger?
 

yellowoctopus

Professional
Leather grips will give you a stiffer feel to the racquet; your hand might be a little sore after your first session. I find that the stiffer feel gives we more true feel of the ball.
 

Vermillion

Banned
Are you saying that the thinnest leathers can make the grip size smaller and that thicker leathers can make the grip size bigger?
the grip size is set. thicker leather will make the diameter of the grip bigger than if you use a thinner leather grip. it's logic.
 

Bud

Bionic Poster
the grip size is set. thicker leather will make the diameter of the grip bigger than if you use a thinner leather grip. it's logic.
It's not quite that simple. Like others have said, even thin leather can make a grip feel larger because it's firmer and does not compress like a synthetic material.

I've yet to replace a synthetic grip with leather and feel the grip size has been reduced. It always feels slightly larger.
 

Josherer

Professional
Larger plus it adds weight to the handle.. you might need to add some slight lead to the head of the frame! :)
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
After you play them a bit, and they get some sweat on them, leathers shrink down and get hard, so they end up being smaller than at first for the majority of their life.

J
 

3GOATs

New User
I noticed that when I have a 3/8 grip with synthetic and I put a head leather tour grip on the same size (3/8) that my grip feels smaller with the leather grip. Could be my leather grip.
 

smboogie

Semi-Pro
I did not notice a difference when I used TW leather grip to re-wrap my Pure Strikes (3/8). I then overwrap with Wilson Pro and feels great. I used leather to add a slight bit of weight to the handle.
 

Humbi_HTX

Rookie
Old thread eh, but it depends on the original grip, most of the frames I have owned had an original grip that was 1.7~1.8mm thick (exception of Yonex that seemed thinner like 1.5mm). Leather grips are available in 1.7mm, 1.5mm, 1.3mm and even 0.8mm
 

struggle

Legend
I don't currently, but awhile back (5-8??, haha years ago) I replaced all of my
grips with TW leather (i used the wider and thicker, 25mm x 1.5mm) and my grips
were dammm near "original" size likely a 1/2 size smaller at most, whatever that means.....
These were Head Microgel Radical MP 4-3/8 if it matters..

I think leather maintains its thickness over time better than synthetics (mostly).
Also lasts forever when used that way. The OG sticky stuff doesn't mess them up
or peel away the surface of the grip, etc.


The TW leather is a great base if you use overgrips, it's no Fairway, etc.

Yes, it adds some handle weight and it also increases bevel feel.

I think I'm gonna try the Gamma Hi-Tech soon.
 
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TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
My experience with Head leather grips was a weight increase, but the grip was thinner. The bevels were more prominent with the leather grip on.
 

CostarreraGT

New User
Old thread eh, but it depends on the original grip, most of the frames I have owned had an original grip that was 1.7~1.8mm thick (exception of Yonex that seemed thinner like 1.5mm). Leather grips are available in 1.7mm, 1.5mm, 1.3mm and even 0.8mm
Which one is 1.7mm? I cant find any. Thanks so much in advance.
 
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