Tourna grip users who don't use the red tape

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  1. cryan87

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    What gives?

    I'm looking at you, Agassi, Safin, Roddick, Johnson, Sock, et al
     
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  2. mpournaras

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    They aren't sheeple and use their own tape!

    I keep all my tourna tape and use them with Yonex supergraps... call the cops!
     
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  3. kkm

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    Agassi 'cause he was using Tourna grip in Head packaging.

    Chances are none of them has a contract with Unique Sports.
     
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  4. Shaolin

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    I hate the red tape. Blue or black tape looks 100x better. When I used tournagip I kept electrical tape in my bag to tape it off.
     
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  5. kkm

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    The unprinted red finishing tape can look fine if the overgripping is done well.

    I hate all the manufacturers' printed grip finishing tape.
     
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  6. FedLIKEnot

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    I use Wilson Pro Overgrip in white and I have sort of become known for using the finishing tape upside down. I am also know for white crew socks which is doing a number to my farmers tan to be sure. Haha.

    Back on topic it is funny that Theim uses Babolat finishing tape on his Tourna grip. And call me weird but that odd tidbit has me amazed. Does Babolat send him the finishing tape sans grip, does he seperate them himself? The world and I need to know.
     
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  7. kkm

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    Also forgot to mention that Agassi and Roddick using R P N Y and Safin using P1 would be another reason they didn't have the red finishing tape used on their racquets.
     
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    Murray? I don't *know* that to be true, but it looks like TG w/black tape...
     
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  9. kkm

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    Yup, that's exactly what it is.
     
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  10. Lefty5

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    +1 amazed by the Theim and his constant vigilance to use the Babolat tape with Tournagrip. The amount of work it must take for Babolat to make sure Theim uses their finishing tape is astonishing. That involves constantly reminding him, all the stringers, as well as making sure he has enough strips to coincide with the amount of Tourna Grip he buys, etc... its incredible effort for such a tiny detail.

    However, if you dig deep enough and look at pics of all these guys in practice, even Theim and Murray, you can find the Tourna Grip with red tape. On match day, they pay a little more attention to their contracts.
     
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    Surprising Thiem does that...who even looks at pros finishing tape? The writing on it is so small unless you're fairly close to the actual racquet, and the camera never really zooms in on that area anyway...
     
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    I might be wrong but Sock does the same - he uses Babolat finishing tape on his Tourna grip
     
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  13. heninfan99

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    the red looks cool
     
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  14. cryan87

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    Based on replies in this thread, it's working. People clearly notice.

    I use the red since Tourna is the only grip that feels right for me, but I miss the days of the individual strips rather than the roll in the 30 packs. The roll stretches into a light red color if you rip it with your hands like I do (not going through the effort to use scissors, don't care THAT much).
     
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  16. WYK

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    Since maybe 1988, not long after Tourni Grip made it's appearance, I have been using electrical tape of various types for my tape needs. I am sure many pros do the same. It's very easy to keep a roll handy. Doesn't leave a lot of goop when removed, and sticks rather well and cuts easily. I also use it lieu of lead on occasion, wrapping it around the head to add weight.
     
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  17. vsbabolat

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    Tournagrip has been around since 1977
     
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  18. WYK

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    Ahh I thought it was 81 when it was marketed.
     
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    In the 80's a lot of people used white athletic tape as finishing tape at the top of the grip. The most popular over grips in the 80's was Tourna Grip, Babolat Gripsy, and gauze.
     
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    Boy, these threads are getting really esoteric.

    How about "Tournagrip users who wrap it inside-out".
     
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    I've actually used scotch tape when I was in a pinch. It worked fine. Or blue tape.
     
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    Roll of electrical tape for me, no matter which brand grip i borrowed from a partner/buddy/gf.
     
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  23. Booger

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    Tourna grip tape is electrical tape. They don't even re-label it.
     
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    I don't buy tournagrip, haven't since it was the only game in town early 80's?

    So i have no idea, just figured it was still the little red tapes and I hate dealing
    with peeling the backing etc. The roll of tape is just too easy.
     
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  25. WYK

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    I used gauze. Or else wrapped the leather grips with sticky tape, then removed the tape to leave the residue.
     
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    I'm trying to imagine someone 1)actually noticing this, and 2)saying something about it
     
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    Youd be surprised. Seems like ones attention would be better served elsewhere yet once a month ot so I get asked.
     
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    Tried them all. Went with Gripsy once it was available in NC. Remember the perforated version of Gripsy that came out abit later too,
    sort of a cros between the gauze and Gripsy.

    That sticky gauze made a man out your hands pretty quick.
     
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    I used Blue, Salmon, and grey Gripsy.
     
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    I used Tourna grip (or Head blue grip-Agassi) since at least 15 years and I find that the quality is less good and that the grip wears very quickly...
     
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    This thread may well cure my insomnia. Thanks v much.
     
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    I've got an unopened roll of PINK if you are man enough!!! :)

    I was a Babolat rep when the Gripsy went all nuts with graphics(and the head protection tape). The more "ink" put on the grip, the less it actually GRIPPED !!! Easy to spot your racket with those geometric designs, I reckon! There was a bit of an art to wrapping the perforated Gripsy to keep it from tearing and stretching out. These kids these days don't know how EASY they have it!!!
     
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    Had a stringing client who had me "flip" the T-grip when it got a little dirty...she preferred it to be a little worn, not brand new, so flipping was perfect AND saved her a few bucks over time.

    Maybe we SHOULD dedicate a thread to specialty uses of Tourna!!!
     
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  34. coachrick

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    It was still in its infancy in 1980...Sonny Moon brought samples to the tennis shop where I worked in Atlanta...he actually designed it for golf clubs first, a rectangular one-piece wrap about 4" by 8". We set him straight!
     
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    I feel bad for Tourna.
     
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    does anyone have a roll of their unused red finishing tape? i'd be happy to take it off your hands
     
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    Uh oh, all these years I have been using the transparent tourna grip and throwing the blue backing paper away...
     
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    Saw Taro Daniels vs Djoko and he was using Tournagrip with silver Babolat finishing tape.
     
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  39. Kalin

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    I love red tape!

    Sincerely,
    The Accounting Department
     
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  40. 1HBHfanatic

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    Do you charge for that service? I charge for the overgrip, but not installing it..
    I also flip my overgrips,,, often, so i dont use tape if i can help it, i have the o.grip rings instead; but I do carry e.tape for when im on court..
     
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  41. letstakeourshirtsoff

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    tourna grip is too weak for my manly hands; i tear through it in about 45min.

    but I never use the finishing tape provided with grips; I hate branding on it and I hate most colors. black electrical tape for me all day long.
     
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  42. coachrick

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    No chance I would charge that family for gripping "labor"...I was their stringer for nine years and this particular client was the #2 female college player in the nation one year. :) Now, if I had to stretch a bunch of Fairways onto their rackets every time I serviced them, that would be a different story! As I think about it, I don't recall ever charging a client "labor" for gripping unless it involved some pretty time consuming custom work. I made a very small margin on the OGs and replacement grips I installed; but no labor.

    For trim tape colors, I usually tried to match the frame color(or grip color if it was a perfect match). I bought 3M tapes in 3/8" width in a half-dozen colors or so. Even more useful now that I am matching Pickleball paddle colors!!!
     
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  43. NicoMK

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    Tournagrip without the red tape ain't real Tournagrip, period :D
     
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    And surprisingly no one here mentioned the great Pete Sampras, having used TG - almost - his entire carrer without using the red tape (shame !).

    TG even used to "photoshop" their packaging when he was still playing on the tour.
     
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    Somebody should turn up with a finishing tape that says 'I hate branded finishing tape'
     
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    I've been using *only* TournaGrip since middle school (over 25 years) and always used the red tape that comes with... Then last week I tacked on a roll of their black finishing tape to a shoe order and now prefer the black! Its a silly little thing but just looks more professional even though the red should "match"/look good with my red/black 2015 RF97s.

    Now when I see a pro with a light blue grip and no red tape - just assume its really TG but some marking person with their racquet company has insisted on black per the contract.

    Since we're obsessing over tiny TG grip details, I also prefer the flat/matte side of the grip vs the shiny one... :p
     
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  47. letstakeourshirtsoff

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    and i completely switched over to MSV prespi absorb overgrips in light blue color (the white one completely sucks); a tad more tack right out of the gate but very similar absorbing qualities; lasts me twice as long as tourna and costs significantly less over here in europe. and even though the MSV comes with black finishing tape, it's still branded and i use the generical electric tape I also used on tourna and bab vs grips.
     
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  48. 1HBHfanatic

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    ????? Is this an old saying? Im not familiar?

    btw, the margings on OG are so small, I dont even wanna deal with It, I rather ppl give me their new OG so i can replace it for them..
    I do remind people to replace their overgrips often
    iTs disturbing to me how long ppl will play with dirty overgrips
    mmmmm with/without red og tape ( to tie to the Ops, actual conversation), sorry. :D:oops:
     
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    Will try to post a pic>>>
    The Fairway was the crown jewel of leather grips for many, many years. To install one properly took time and a fair amount of strength(and could strain already tender tennis elbow!) Kids nowadays have it easy!!! :)
     
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    Agreed on both counts.

    Tourna with the red tape looks especially awful. Theres a reason Pete never used it.
     
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