Guga Kuerten no replacement grip

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
I know he used a bare handle, no replacement grip with 2 overgrips. Just wondering what size handle. I've seen talk of grip size 2 and 3.

Also wondering what other pros do this? I have heard that Rafa does this too.

I've been hitting lately with grip size 3 no replacement grip and 2 overgrips...you can really get wicked topspin with the grip this small. I cant say how hard it is on the hands since my opponent gave up after our first set but I look forward to continuing to try it.
 

moon shot

Hall of Fame
Guga had a custom molded foam handle for the majority of his career if I remember right. Don’t know what size but that does make it a bit different than ‘he played with a grip size 3’.

I play a few size 5 Wilson frames for a season with one overgrip wrapped with 50% overlap and haven’t noticed any change in my callouses. The grip does have the same volume as what I normally play with though.
 

jackcrawford

Professional
Played singles with a player who used a wooden racquet without any grip, bare wood, 4 7/8 grip. Used it like a swizzle stick. Obliterated the ball with topspin. Never saw another guy try this. Sharp bevels, forgetaboutit
Don Budge used a 16 ounce racquet with a bare wood handle, also with a 4 7/8 grip. See A Terrible Splendor, by Marshall Jon Fisher, page 11, for some interesting talk about frame choices of the 1930's players.
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
Definitely interested if anyone knows of other players like Guga using a modern racquet with no replacement grip.
 

BorgCash

Legend
I know he used a bare handle, no replacement grip with 2 overgrips. Just wondering what size handle. I've seen talk of grip size 2 and 3.

Also wondering what other pros do this? I have heard that Rafa does this too.

I've been hitting lately with grip size 3 no replacement grip and 2 overgrips...you can really get wicked topspin with the grip this small. I cant say how hard it is on the hands since my opponent gave up after our first set but I look forward to continuing to try it.
Becker used the same.
 

Lukhas

Legend
Definitely interested if anyone knows of other players like Guga using a modern racquet with no replacement grip.
Söderling was so sensitive to the compression of his base grip that P1 ended up directly moulding his favourite grip shape on the racquet. He used an overgrip on the handle. The moulded handle was asymmetrical, as Söderling always hit the ball with the same side of the racquet every time. Just search the forum for pictures and more details.
 
I read one time Guga saying he only carries 2 or 3 racquets because he felt like it took him a bit of time to get his grips just like he felt comfortable with them.
 
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