Grip Modifications with Athletic Tape

Jay Sean

New User
Does anyone else use layers of athletic tape to fill in the little gaps in your palm? Your hand has a concave shape that doesn't physically contact the grip (more or less depending on hand and grip style) and I create a little bump/bulge to fill that spot on all my racquets.

Grip feels much better and racquet feels more secure in my hand. Whatever bothers you have that are grip related can often be addressed with this method, in my opinion. Might post more details on it here sometime if anyone would care to know more.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
Interesting. How much weight does it add? I kind of grip around the buttcap and barely hold the racket with the index and middle finger. I don’t remember having space between my palm and the grip.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
I think someone at Babolat tried that, but they couldn’t make any money on it so the started making contour handles and grips. Don’t think it worked out for them.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
This is common in the table tennis world. Bats are usually available in straight, flared and anatomical.
 

Big Bagel

Professional
How does it work when you change grips? I can see it working well for table tennis and baseball because you can hold it the same way the whole time (not sure how much grips change in table tennis at a high level, but mine doesn't move significantly). With tennis however, my hand changes for my forehand, backhand, serve, and volleys. Sometimes it changes a little within each stroke as well. Does the bump not get in the way with your other strokes?
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
How does it work when you change grips? I can see it working well for table tennis and baseball because you can hold it the same way the whole time (not sure how much grips change in table tennis at a high level, but mine doesn't move significantly). With tennis however, my hand changes for my forehand, backhand, serve, and volleys. Sometimes it changes a little within each stroke as well. Does the bump not get in the way with your other strokes?
At lot of pros use custom-molded foam grips so I imagine it's not a problem.
 

Jay Sean

New User
Interesting. How much weight does it add? I kind of grip around the buttcap and barely hold the racket with the index and middle finger. I don’t remember having space between my palm and the grip.
A few grams depending on how much tape. That's barely any hand on the grip! Wow. You must be very top spin heavy. I am as well but I have my whole hand on the grip but about as low as possible while still having all of my fingers on it.
 

Jay Sean

New User
How does it work when you change grips? I can see it working well for table tennis and baseball because you can hold it the same way the whole time (not sure how much grips change in table tennis at a high level, but mine doesn't move significantly). With tennis however, my hand changes for my forehand, backhand, serve, and volleys. Sometimes it changes a little within each stroke as well. Does the bump not get in the way with your other strokes?
You'd think so but the grip starts to feel so natural since you get used to always holding it on the same side. You can also tweak things to feel comfortable for all your grips. The way I added tape really enhanced the feel of grip on topspin forehands and coincidentally made continental grip feel amazing too. Backhands mostly indifferent but I added some tape at the upper part of the handle to do the same thing for my left hand.
 
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