How to make grip larger but not rounder?

Frank Silbermann

Professional
It is easier to make a grip larger by using a thicker material or an over-wrap. But these make the racket grip rounder by dulling the edges of the bevels. How can the grip be made larger without doing, i.e., while keeping the bevel edges sharp?
 

esgee48

Legend
It depends on the frame. If the frame uses replaceable pallets, get larger pallets. If the frame has a foam handle, there are other options. Easiest and quickest way is to apply a thicker replacement grip. If you do not want to do that, then heat sleeve (messes with bevels), Lorow's Siz-Up (outside USA) or balsa wood are other options. You can also use a professional service to re-mod the handle to a larger size. You could force pallets onto a foam handle after you remove the foam. But this would be a DIY project with no guarantee of working.

Wrapping multiple OGs will round the bevels.
 

grhcan99

Semi-Pro
I use the Wilson Shock Shield Hybrid (24g) to replace the original grip (I don't like leather). I make sure to install it to it's full entirety cutting at the end just for shaping. This adds at least about 10 grams (original grip typically weighs 14g) and increases the grip by 1 size. Even with an OG on it I find this preserves the edges. I did the 1 size grip sleeve on my Gravity Pro and it smoothened the edges more than the Shock Shield. Didn't really investigate but it wasn't "rounded". Grip sleeve adds about 15 g. Still ok. But bottom line I prefer the Shock Shield. Faster to install/uninstall.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
It is easier to make a grip larger by using a thicker material or an over-wrap. But these make the racket grip rounder by dulling the edges of the bevels. How can the grip be made larger without doing, i.e., while keeping the bevel edges sharp?
how large?

I build mine up from 4 3/8th to 5 3/8th or more. Trick is to put tape or cut up a replacement grip and put on the odd number bevels from top to bottom of the handle.

you may be able to see the bevels here
 

WestboroChe

Hall of Fame
how large?

I build mine up from 4 3/8th to 5 3/8th or more. Trick is to put tape or cut up a replacement grip and put on the odd number bevels from top to bottom of the handle.

you may be able to see the bevels here
You have one of the most unusual racquet setups I’ve ever encountered.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
You have one of the most unusual racquet setups I’ve ever encountered.
Thanks I think. :)

Though there was a vid from Japan I think where there was a bigger handle from the looks of it than I have. And IIRC he was stringing in the 80lb range as well. Perhaps there is some relationship between handle size and tension.
 
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Chadalina

Guest
It is easier to make a grip larger by using a thicker material or an over-wrap. But these make the racket grip rounder by dulling the edges of the bevels. How can the grip be made larger without doing, i.e., while keeping the bevel edges sharp?
I put strips of masking tape (dont want anything rubber base or dampens) on the flat sides of my grip (no diag or it gets rounded).

I only do two sides, i like my grip wider, not taller.
 

om panda

Rookie
I will use one or two layer of head guard tape, installed vertically on each bevel then use lighter grip like babolat lite grip.

Or apply 0.2 - 0.3 mm pla plate (check it on google) on each bevel and use lighter grip with normal thickness (1.8 - 2mm).

On my experience, you will need to add something that is 0.6mm in thickness on the pellet to increase one size.
 

anirut

Legend
First thing first. How big you want to go up? It's certainly easy to go up one size and yet maintaining the edges with minimal weight increase, within 4 grams.

You should let us know this first. Without this info, we can't go on.

And things can go utterly complex or simple if you use your imagination.
 

Crocodile

Hall of Fame
Yes pallet change if it's a Head, Volkl, Angell TC and PK Q Tours, heat sleeve Yonex, Wilson, Dunlop snd Babolat.
One over grip or even 2 shouldn't be that much of a problem. Going from a grip 4 to a 5 shouldn't be an issue but going from a 1/4 to a 5/8 with over grips, well that is a problem.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
You have to be a little careful even with a pallet change. You have to cut the pallet accurately and deal with the glue and you probably want to change the butt cap.
 

ONgame

Semi-Pro
It depends on the frame. If the frame uses replaceable pallets, get larger pallets.

Wrapping multiple OGs will round the bevels.
Head is the only one that has the replaceable pallets, right? And even then it's only a select few models. The way you said it sounds like half of the racquets on the market has it.
 

Yoneyama

Hall of Fame
If you wan't to use only grips to achieve this, use a Kimony Techni base leather grip (it is insanely thin). Then use a regular leather or synthetic base grip on top. It will still have good bevel definition and won't be round at all.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Head is the only one that has the replaceable pallets, right? And even then it's only a select few models. The way you said it sounds like half of the racquets on the market has it.
PK May have it. My Redondos had a pallet system.
 
It is easier to make a grip larger by using a thicker material or an over-wrap. But these make the racket grip rounder by dulling the edges of the bevels. How can the grip be made larger without doing, i.e., while keeping the bevel edges sharp?
Get the large size heat sleeve sold here on TW. They work and are easy to apply. You just need a heat gun. Takes about 5 minutes. I've even used two on one handle and it didn't bother the bevels.
 
Where do you get these Siz It grip enlargers. Currently, I use racket head protection tape. I cut it in the width of the top (and bottom) bevels, and the 2 side bevels. I add 2 pieces of tape to the top and bottom for every 1 piece I add to the sides. Then, I add a heat shrink sleeve over that. This helps preserve the sharper bevels, and adds a little more size. If this makes it too big, I just use a thinner grip.
 
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