How many times wrap a (replacement) grip around the bottom

When wrapping up a replacement grip, how many times do you wrap it around the bottom of the grip-pallet? 1 X? 1 1/2 X? 2 X?
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
When wrapping up a replacement grip, how many times do you wrap it around the bottom of the grip-pallet? 1 X? 1 1/2 X? 2 X?
That depends on what's comfortable for you. Gasquet wraps his grip and OG around the butt cap more than once to make the knob larger. I prefer to go about an inch past the point where I started to get a good overlap.
 

penguin

Professional
I only start wrapping mine a little way up- prefer to go bare-cap for a firmer feel. I first did it when they got rid of my favoured brand and I was no longer able to get ones that covered the full 29" of my extended grips. it can get a little slippy so I use caustic soda to keep my hands nice and dry...


just kidding
 
Hmm, still did something wrong I think. Now one side is much bigger/higher than the other one. That is inevitable of course, but with the wrap-job I did it is really too obvious.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Hmm, still did something wrong I think. Now one side is much bigger/higher than the other one. That is inevitable of course, but with the wrap-job I did it is really too obvious.
That's usually not good when the thickness is uneven at the end of the grip. If you want to have a rather substantial flare, you can do two layers with the replacement grip to start out, but that's not always "right". Feel can be a tricky gremlin to nail down.

If you do one layer/wrap and it doesn't give you enough of a buildup, you can sacrifice a portion of an old overgrip (or a piece of a new one) by placing one or two turns on the flare and taping that into place. Then put a full overgrip on top of that. When I do this building up, I try to place the section of overgrip over the flare of the butt cap, but I also leave maybe 1/8" of the replacement grip at the very end of the handle exposed so that I can do a neat job of covering everything with the overgrip.
 

BA10S

Rookie
If you start the replacement grip with the tapered end and wrap the grip right-handed, then in my experience in doesn't work well if you go past the point where the taper ends when wrapping around the edge of the buttcap.

If you start the replacement grip with the non-tapered end then you can wrap the grip around the buttcap a few times before angling down. I haven't tried this but I'd imagine it'd work if you're looking for a wider build up. If you prefer a narrower build up then the @fuzz nation technique can be used with a piece of overgrip cut to a narrower width. I use a piece around 15 mm wide (becomes ~1/2" when stretched), start on the wide bevel opposite to the one I started the replacement on and go around twice while stretching fairly tight. I'd go around once or twice more, but my buttcap is already heavily built up with lead tape underneath the replacement grip. I use a 1" by 1/2" piece of double sided tape to hold the end down, which is over the same bevel I started on. I like to wrap the replacement grip about 1 mm below the edge of the buttcap but the strip of overgrip and the overgrip on top are both wrapped flush with the end. The overgrip wrapped over the build up I prefer to wrap starting with non-tapered end, starting on the same wide bevel as the replacement grip and wrapping about 20 mm past the point I started before angling down.
 

kramer woodie

Professional
When wrapping up a replacement grip, how many times do you wrap it around the bottom of the grip-pallet? 1 X? 1 1/2 X? 2 X?
MikeMechanic

It depends on how much butt cap flare you want. There are way to create more butt cap flare and still only do one turn with a new over grip.

1. You can use 1/2 inch wide Johnson and Johnson first aid athletic tape. Put 2-3 layers (wraps) on the butt cap then wrap over grip -or-

2. In my case I like leather grips, so I save the portion of the leather grip I cut off. I then cut this leftover leather down the center (lengthwise).
Leaving me a 1/2 inch wide leather strip with double back tap still on it. I put this strip on the racquet butt cap with the thick center facing the
racquet head and the thinned out edge facing the racquet butt. I never have problems with putting on an over grip over this setup and only warp
the over grip one turn. This gives me a butt cap flare that ends up symmetrical (even on top, bottom and sides).

Aloha
 
Top