Grip question

Joe Garfield

Semi-Pro
I prefer the firmer #2 factory grips with good bevel definition. My cheap Head has an awesome grip. If I use, for example, a #2 Babalot grip with an over grip I find it too big and too round. So when I‘m ready to get a new racquet, and want the option of using an over grip, what do I get? Can I order a #2 and get a thinner replacement grip or something? Or does it sound like I should just skip the over grip idea?

Thanks for putting up with my noobie questions - you’ve all been really helpful and I’m getting close to finding my new baby :)
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
I would use a thinner grip as it gives more bevel feel and keeps the grip smaller than with something thicker. Using overgrips definitely saves on having to change the replacement grip every couple of weeks or months depending on how often you play.
 
Send your head racquet to unstrung customs so they can make you your custom made pallets and therefore you are certain that any racquet you use will have your preferred grip.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
I would just use ultra-thin overgrips (*Wilson Sensation) on Babolat (*or any other manufacturer that is not Head) rackets. It doesn’t add to the puffiness you are mentioning.
 
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Joe Garfield

Semi-Pro
Well this started out as a mess - I let the shop talk me into a smaller grip, which was the wrong choice. But after trying several things I landed on Wilson leather replacement grip and Head Prestige over grip, and love the feel! It added 10g to the racquet which is a lot, but it was a “less head-light” model so it’s not bad. I’d love to have the same grip 10g lighter so I can put the grams where I’d like them, but I’ve had enough experimenting for a couple days.
 

ariwibowo

New User
I prefer the firmer #2 factory grips with good bevel definition. My cheap Head has an awesome grip. If I use, for example, a #2 Babalot grip with an over grip I find it too big and too round. So when I‘m ready to get a new racquet, and want the option of using an over grip, what do I get? Can I order a #2 and get a thinner replacement grip or something? Or does it sound like I should just skip the over grip idea?

Thanks for putting up with my noobie questions - you’ve all been really helpful and I’m getting close to finding my new baby :)
Which head racquet do you have? Head racquet have rectangle shape grip, Wilson and others are rounder. Plus, Babolat base grip is pretty thick, idea if you want to change it to thinner ones.
 
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Joe Garfield

Semi-Pro
Actually I ended up buying a Tecnifibre, which has basically the same rectangular shape as my Head racquet (An old Instinct Comp Ti)
 

Simplicius

Semi-Pro
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Compared to Head, Tecnifibre and Wilson, you have to go one grip size down with Babolat and one up with Prince...
 

Arak

Hall of Fame
Put on a leather grip. They generally offer a firmer feel with more defined bevels. Even with the over grip the bevels are easily discernible.
Agreed. Leather grips are firm and have no puffy feel. I couldn’t play with one without an over grip.
 
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