Finest Calf Leather Home Made Grips

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  1. Imago

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    Bought a piece of white calf leather 1.4 mm and started to cut it to 28 mm strips. 20 "belts" most of them 120 cm long. Feels quite exquisite. Esp. when knowing that the price is $1.50 pc. ;)

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  2. Tommy Haas

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    Do you plan on tapering the edges to allow for smooth overlaps when wrapped and are you going to make an adhesive backing using double sided tape? It could get sticky--pun intended, when cutting the tape into narrower strips after it's been dispensed from the roll.
     
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    I don't think you need to have a tape backing on leather grips. If needed, you could put the tape on the handle. Tapering could be done with a straight edge and a roller after cutting into strips. However, the strips are only 47" long, which may be a little short for 2 handers. Another concern is 1.4 mm will be much less when stretched after installation unless the intent is to reduce grip size.
     
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    Decided in favor of the second option.

    Oehms are 118 cm. I have leftover of 15 cm when overlapping and another 5 cm when juxtaposing. Besides, the strips are 28 mm, i.e., by 3 mm wider than the standard. The uncut weight is 36 g, so 1.4 is fine. Feels even slightly bigger than the head leather grip.
     
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    oOo intersting! Cant wait to see the finished product!
     
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    Wrapped the handle with double sticky thin paper and the leather grip juxtaposed. Then overgrip. Cannot tell the difference between the original Head leather grip and the home-made one. Except that the latter feels more cushioned.

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  7. tennytive

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    When I saw this, I thought you wanted to have a white grip in leather instead of using a white over grip like so many of us do. Covering the white with a black over grip would have made me choose natural colored leather as I would suspect the white may have been treated or bleached which might make it less durable.

    How do you like that Aldi racket?
     
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  8. Tommy Haas

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    Why was the home made leather grip more comfortable? If you could get any leather grip make/model you wanted, which would it be and why? I'm about to order a new leather grip and having a hard time deciding on one. I want the heaviest, thinnest, and most comfortable grip there is that's not oily like the Fairways. I know it's not possible for all three characteristics so comfort, weight, thinness would be the order.
     
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    If natural color is tan then it fades away very easily. So far this white is more durable than the industry grip tan and black. Besides, I didn't choose the color, they had only this parchment that long and wide, and it was white.

    Aldi Power 09 is the best Prestige racket I have. And I have many of them. ;)
     
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    When I talked to the factory man he told me this piece of leather was more "dense" material prepared for the shoe industry. The Oehms leather grips (said to be the best in Europe) are 1.4 mm and 27 g uncut. For the same length and thickness, our leather grip is 36 g, so it must be dense. You have to call the suppliers and ask them if they have what you need. As for the comfort, it is a function of what is the structure and density of the back side of the leather.
     
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    Kudos to the OP for the design and resourcefulness.

    FWIW, there are leather grips that TW sells with different thickness and are quite good.

    Love the fairway grips, without the oil, it would get dry and crack. Love the subtle tack/grip it also provides.

    For leather grips without adhesives, I use the 3M 77 spray adhesive on both sides. Works great.
     
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