Purpose of a leather grip

sauternes

New User
Out of curiosity, other than comfort, what is the purpose of a leather grip?

It sounds like a basic question, but a junior asked me if there was a difference between leather and tacky, and I couldn't think of any (save for comfort/personal preference).
 

Joe12

Semi-Pro
How bout you sent me a set of VS since I'm gonna answer your question? Just kidding. So anyway. Leather is firm, hard, stiff. It gives more bevel feel and a more classic response. It's not soft and mushy like the foam backed ones, so it's not more comfortable.
 

Cruzer

Professional
Leather grips are strictly a personal preference for me. They are what was on tennis racquets when I first played many, many years ago and they are what I am used to.
 
Leather gives firmer feel, better feel of bevels, more feedback transferred to user. Also better sweat absorption than synthetics. Synthetics can feel spongy and the thicker ones can cause loss of feel.
 

theace21

Hall of Fame
As an old school guy, all we had was leather. I don't know anyone that still uses leather, and nobody has asked me if I carry it. I do move alot of the replacement grips...
 

kreative

Professional
the nice thing about leather is that it is more absorbant than synthetics. it seems like the more you sweat, the tackier it gets. as others have said, firm feel, feel bevels, and also adds more weight to the handle as it's heavier than synthetic grips.
 

ffrpg

Professional
Comfort is not a reason to use leather grips! It is far from comfortable and will give you blisters (if you aren't use to it). Some reasons to use leather grips are: Better feel (more feedback from the racquet and it's easier to feel the bevels) and it is much more durable than a synthetic grip.
 

POGO

Hall of Fame
vkartikv said:
Just another reason to kill cows..
I think we kill cows primarily for food and other by products of the cow like the skin is used for food or leather goods, so there is no waste.
 

156MPHserve

Professional
Hey, my old Prince CTS Precision 90 has a purple Prince leather grip, I guess it's not around anymore huh? I sure miss it... felt the same but didn't look as hideous. (Sorry, I think leather just looks hideous, it's classic and I'm used to it but I still don't like the look)
 

sauternes

New User
lol, wow, what a response. I'm not big into tacky/soft grips, but let me clarify the context of the original question. Basically, I was wondering if there were any technological advances in these new grips that might magically "prevent tennis elbow", or "keep your hand coolerl", or something along those lines. I'm pretty much a leather grip user, and for some reason, I find it more comfortable. I guess using a leather vs. tacky grip is still a question of comfort/personal preference.
 

Joe12

Semi-Pro
They do help provent tennis elbow as they are cushioned and shock absorbing. And I guess they will keep your hand cooler as those synthetic materials and the dimples make the non leathers cooler.
 

Lambsscroll

Hall of Fame
Brent Pederson said:
Leather gives firmer feel, better feel of bevels, more feedback transferred to user. Also better sweat absorption than synthetics. Synthetics can feel spongy and the thicker ones can cause loss of feel.
Exactly!!!!
 

vkartikv

Hall of Fame
POGO said:
I think we kill cows primarily for food and other by products of the cow like the skin is used for food or leather goods, so there is no waste.
Nevertheless, defenseless animals should not be tortured.... Turn veggie..
 
vkartikv said:
Nevertheless, defenseless animals should not be tortured.... Turn veggie..
We didn't evolve, and get to the top of the food chain to munch on carrots, no thats why we have sharp teeth, and flat teeth. Sharp for tearing meat, flat for grinding vegetables, hahahahahaha confused little vegetarian............
 

djones

Hall of Fame
The_Dark_Knight said:
We didn't evolve, and get to the top of the food chain to munch on carrots, no thats why we have sharp teeth, and flat teeth. Sharp for tearing meat, flat for grinding vegetables, hahahahahaha confused little vegetarian............

You will be perfectly healthy without meat, probably healthier:)
 

Sixpointone

Professional
I fully agree with ffrpg, comfort is not the reason that I use a Leather Grip. Rather as fishuuuuu stated, it helps to accentuate the feel of the bevels. As such I really like the feel of the bevels, but even with an Overgrip it makes it so I am more prone to blisters.
 
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