Reducing grip size

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by ChadW, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. ChadW

    ChadW Rookie

    Jun 29, 2012
    I have the Head Hydrosorb Tour synthetic grip on both of my sticks (Head Youtek Speed MP 16x19), but one is a #4 and one is a #3 grip size. Both have (my favorite) Yonex Super Graps over the Hydrosorb Tour.

    I like the feel of the #3 better and would like to reduce the #4 without shaving.

    What would you recommend? I've read of the Laserfibre Reducer Grip, and that may be best. But then I'm also curious about TennisWarehouse's 1.3mm leather replacement grip because I'd like to maintain (or increase) the mass of my racquet, and could count on leather to do that. Can I stretch the leather grip to the point that it is thinner than the Hydrosorb Tour that I have on there now?

    Or, should I go the bare handle wrapped in athletic tape with an overgrip?

    I've tried playing without my overgrips, but can't do it.

    Thanks for your input.
  2. Rozroz

    Rozroz G.O.A.T.

    Nov 12, 2011
    i thought of reducing mine too..
    but i think you cannot get the laserfibre anymore.
    what's that about the leather grip? can it really help?
  3. CDestroyer

    CDestroyer Professional

    Feb 8, 2011
    Good idea not to shave it. I would use the medical tape and wrap it very thick on the larger grip size. Get yourself a postal scale so you can match up the weight and a balance board could help you match the balance point.
  4. jonestim

    jonestim Hall of Fame

    May 30, 2011
    Bend, OR
    The TW 1.3 mm was not that much thinner than the Prince Resi Pro that I replaced. The leather grips do not compress or stretch as much so a synthetic grip of the same thickness in the package will end up being thinner. I only added about 2g by using this grip.

    On another racquet I used a Prince Resi Thin which is 1.5mm and ended up being thinner on the racquet than the 1.3 TW leather. I think the Resi Thin was about 4-5g lighter than the Resi Pro. I then wrapped lead tape just above the butt cap and some more at the top of the grip to get my weight back up.

    If you can't find the Resi Thin you could try the Babolat Skin Feel at 1.55mm.
  5. Circa 1762

    Circa 1762 Rookie

    Apr 28, 2012
    You could probably wrap at least two OGs and have it be equivalent to dropping a grip size. Try wrapping the base one without any overlap (except at the butt, obviously). This will give you a little bit more cushion than using only one OG, which can be harsh. You'll probably have to put some lead or heavy but thin tape either under or on top of the base OG to keep the weight the same. This will sound crazy, but I wanted to experiment with dropping weight from my grip while keeping the same grip size, so I actually have four OGs on a bare handle on one of my rackets right now (with the bottom three wrapped with no overlap). Even three OGs left the grip too small.
  6. Fearsome Forehand

    Fearsome Forehand Professional

    Aug 23, 2007
    Doesn't the racket have Head grip pallets? If so, they are replaceable.

    You can try the thinnest grip first, or perhaps two overgrips instead of a replacement grip. If that doesn't suffice, swap out the #4 pallet for a #3.

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