Which of the current Head overgrips feel closest to Wilson Pro overgrip?

babar

Professional
I was looking to get something similar to Wilson Pro in black.
Any advice on which Head overgrips feel closest to Wilson Pro overgrips?
Thx.
 

babar

Professional
Thx DeeeFoo.
Prime tour is the one I was thinking about.
I like the XtremeSoft but wanted a bit of a softer feel like the Wilson Pro overgrip.
Wasn't' sure the Super Como or Prime Pro would give me that.
 

uk_skippy

Hall of Fame
Prime Tour; rumours are it comes from same factory. Even the the way its cut at the tapered end is the same; and the way the 50 pack is packaged is the same as Wilson. I've stopped stocking the Wilson and have the Head in its place. Better pricing too
 

DeeeFoo

Rookie
Thx DeeeFoo.
Prime tour is the one I was thinking about.
I like the XtremeSoft but wanted a bit of a softer feel like the Wilson Pro overgrip.
Wasn't' sure the Super Como or Prime Pro would give me that.
No problem. Personally, I feel like Head needs to simplify their overgrip lineup, as currently they have quite a few different overgrips which can make it hard to keep track of.

Any reason why you aren't able to use Wilson Pro Overgrip? I think it also comes in black.
 

Crozzer95

Hall of Fame
I agree with Skippy. I’ve replaced Wilson with HEAD Prime Tour. Price is better, and they are exactly the same in my opinion
 

socallefty

G.O.A.T.
I used to play with Wilson Pro and Wilson Perf overgrips a lot until I discovered Kirschbaum Touch and to a lesser extent Volkl SuperPerf and Technifibre Pro Contact. They all come in white and/or red which matches the colors of my Pure Strike Tour racquet. Try these overgrips also.
 

babar

Professional
No problem. Personally, I feel like Head needs to simplify their overgrip lineup, as currently they have quite a few different overgrips which can make it hard to keep track of.

Any reason why you aren't able to use Wilson Pro Overgrip? I think it also comes in black.

I have 2 Speed MP frames. I try to keep a black overgrip on the one with the lower tension and white overgrip on the one with a higher tension.
Also, I've never seen Wilson Pro in black.
 

babar

Professional
I am in the US.
I never looked at the bulk packs of overgrips to see the black version. :rolleyes:
I agree that Head's overgrips are confusing.

Prestige Pro - tackiness and touch
Prime Pro - comfort and dry tacky feel
Prime Tour - tackiness and comfort
So, all are tacky and 2 have comfort and one has touch?
Yup! Clear as mud to me. o_O
 

HitMoreBHs

Professional
HEAD Prime Tour - as explained by Denis Fabian himself (44:27 into the video). Also goes on to explain differences between several overgrips (Pro, Prime Pro, Prime Tour & effect of colors) in HEAD’s line up. Their catalog and package descriptions are not especially helpful!

 
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babar

Professional
Thanks for the video HMBs!
That kind of clears up where the Head grips fall compared to other brands like Wilson and Yonex.
I will try the Prime Tour over the weekend and post some thoughts.
 

babar

Professional
Played with the Head Prime Tour overgirp yesterday.
Slightly more tacky than Wilson Pro and a bit more spongy/cushy.
I'll see how it plays over the next couple of matches and post about durability and feel over time.
 

HitMoreBHs

Professional
I’m currently trialing it, too. Feels slightly tackier and a hair thicker than Wilson Pro overgrip. First impressions are that it’s close enough to be a viable alternative for me. As you said, need to see how it wears with use before a final decision.

I’ve tried just about every overgrip on the market (past and present) and never really found anything comparable to Wilson Pro - perhaps I’m just too accustomed to it. Prime Tour might just be the exception.
 

am1899

Legend
Agree with @HitMoreBHs. We carry Wilson pro at the shop I work at, so I’m pretty used to working with it. Just the other day, a customer brought me a single prime tour grip to put on his racquet. For me the prime tour is slightly thicker and tackier than the Wilson pro.
 

mpournaras

Hall of Fame
USTA gives you a $44 off $100 on HEAD.com... just saying

If you're a USTA member and like these grips go get some for a killer price after discount
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
Head Prime Tour is a great grip but it’s different than Wilson Pro Overgrip.

HPT is tacky and gets tackier when slightly damp. WPO gets slick when damp.

I use rosin to keep my hands and overgrip dry. WPO gets better when rosin is added to it. Rosin prolongs the life of WPO. When rosin is applied to HPT, it becomes slick. The powder just rolls off of HPT.

These two overgrips are not the same but both are great!
 

HitMoreBHs

Professional
After some extended testing, I’ve decided to stick with Wilson Pro overgrip. HEAD Prime Tour is almost as good and very similar, but when it gets very damp, it seems to get mushy with loss of elasticity, leading to the edges folding/curling over. Shame because I’m a massive fan of the brand and was hoping to switch to Prime Tour.
 

papado

New User
I found the Head prime tour to get super slick once you're all sweaty on a humid day so I stopped using it; but it is very close to wilson pro in all other features. Just wouldn't recommend for humid conditions.
 

babar

Professional
I agree with HMB and papado. I found the HPT to play great when it's not humid outside. Gets slick and edges start to slip when wet. Wilson Pro has never done that for me. Overall, I like the spongier feel of the HPT, but might have to use the Wilson in the warmer months here and HPT in the cooler months.
 

tennisfit45

New User
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I have been using Head Prime but (at least in Europe) it looks like this specific model is discontinued.

For the last few months have been trialling the Technifibre players pro feel (0.6mm) and although during the winter months when I was playing mainly indoors it felt great at all levels, now that I'm playing a lot on red clay in hot and humid conditions (live near a lake surrounded by mountains) in daylight the grip seems to be thicker and at night when playing on floodlit courts it gets extremely sticky to the point where gripping the racket feels very strange and I have much less confidence on hitting my shots from the back of the court.

Despite playing at a relatively good level (5.0 +) I'm basically looking for an overgrip that does not feel sticky, performs relatively evenly at all times of the day and MOST importantly doesn't shrink after a while as I don't know how to put on an overgrip properly so my stringer does it for me. I've tried several brands/models and the only one that seems to tick all the boxes is the Head Prime which unfortunately seems to be out of stock or perhaps even discontinued.

I'm going to try the Head Xtreme Soft. Despite it being 0.5mm I'm hoping if I wrap it loosely, it should roughly equate to the Head Prime 0.6mm.

Any experience/thoughts using Xtreme soft? How sticky does it feel? Is it durable so I don't get that shrinking grip feel 2 or 3 games in?

The other option is trying the Head Prime Tour 0.6mm but my fear is that it will be too sticky/tacky for my liking, particularly since a lot of my competitive matches take place after the sun goes down.

I also have one remaining Head Prestige Pro 0.6mm overgrip but it's advertised as being tacky so I'm worried it will also be incredibly sticky.

PS. Ideally I want a 0.6mm thickness as anything thinner gives me that shrinking grip feel but I have heard for instance that the Xtreme Soft holds thickness over time very well despite it only being 0.5mm hence why I'm inclined to try it.
 
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babar

Professional
The XtremeSoft is more tacky than the Wilson Pro or the Head Prime Tour.
Less tacky than the TournaTac or Tourna MegaTac.
It's not bad, but it slipped a lot for me when playing in humid weather.
 

tennisfit45

New User
The XtremeSoft is more tacky than the Wilson Pro or the Head Prime Tour.
Less tacky than the TournaTac or Tourna MegaTac.
It's not bad, but it slipped a lot for me when playing in humid weather.
Thanks for your quick reply. What do you think of Head Prime Tour in terms of it keeping its thickness over time and feel? Is it quite similar to the Head Prime which it seems has unfortunately been discontinued in Europe? I'm asking because both are 0.6mm which I would ideally prefer in terms of grip thickness.
 

babar

Professional
My experience has been that Prime Tour loses its volume quickly.
I'm not sure what Head Prime overgrip is. I don't think I've seen that one here.
We do have Head Super Comp and Prestige Pro, both of which I found inferior to Prime Tour in terms of tackiness and feel.
I like Tourna Tac best in terms of keeping its volume over time, but it also doesn't work great in humid weather.
For me, Wilson Pro is the best in that regard.
 

tennisfit45

New User
Thanks. This is very helpful. Sounds like I'll probably try Xtreme soft. Will keep you posted on how I get on. I actually tried Wilson Pro a few years back and although it had great feel the volume went down considerably after a few games meaning I had to change over grips way too often. When it happened in the middle of a match that was super frustrating as I don't know how to properly fit an overgrip so ended up playing on with what was becoming an ever smaller grip or would resort to using my second racket but which typically had a fresh overgrip so that meant that it was thicker than what my hand was used to up to that point in the match and if it happened at a crucial stage in the match I needed to play differently till the grip settled and became the usual thickness.

If you don't mind me asking what level do you play at and how often per week?

It seems the older we get the more particular we become. I'm going on for 47 but wasn't this fussy 10 or 15 years ago.. Lol!
 
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babar

Professional
I'm about to be 51. I agree about the fussiness.
I like what I like the way I like it. ;)
I play 1-2 times a week on average over the year, but there are gaps between the leagues that I play at times.
I play at a USTA 4.0 level singles and 4.5 doubles and I have a UTR around 5.7 or so.


The Wilson Pro does squish down for me also, but usually after a couple of matches.
I can usually get 2-3 matches out of it, but only about 1 match with the Head Prime Tour.
The XtremeSoft does hold it's volume as I remember and it doesn't squish down as much.
Just the slippery feel when humid and I live in a humid city.

If you look up overgrip videos on YT, you can learn to wrap an overgrip pretty quickly on your own.
TW has a really good one linked here that Jason did some yrs ago.
 

tennisfit45

New User
Thanks. This is very helpful. Sounds like I'll probably try Xtreme soft. Will keep you posted on how I get on. I actually tried Wilson Pro a few years back and although it had great feel the volume went down considerably after a few games meaning I had to change over grips way too often. When it happened in the middle of a match that was super frustrating as I don't know how to properly fit an overgrip so ended up playing on with what was becoming an ever smaller grip or would resort to using my second racket but which typically had a fresh overgrip so that meant that it was thicker than what my hand was used to up to that point in the match and if it happened at a crucial stage in the match I needed to play differently till the grip settled and became the usual thickness.

If you don't mind me asking what level do you play at and how often per week?

It seems the older we get the more particular we become. I'm going on for 47 but wasn't this fussy 10 or 15 years ago.. Lol!
I'm about to be 51. I agree about the fussiness.
I like what I like the way I like it. ;)
I play 1-2 times a week on average over the year, but there are gaps between the leagues that I play at times.
I play at a USTA 4.0 level singles and 4.5 doubles and I have a UTR around 5.7 or so.


The Wilson Pro does squish down for me also, but usually after a couple of matches.
I can usually get 2-3 matches out of it, but only about 1 match with the Head Prime Tour.
The XtremeSoft does hold it's volume as I remember and it doesn't squish down as much.
Just the slippery feel when humid and I live in a humid city.

If you look up overgrip videos on YT, you can learn to wrap an overgrip pretty quickly on your own.
TW has a really good one linked here that Jason did some yrs ago.

Tried the Xtreme Soft today. Too tacky for me unfortunately. Have you tried the Head Prime Pro? It's advertised as being dry and tacky at the same time which kind of confused me.

I also saw the Babolat Tour Original Comfort as another option => https://www.e-tennis.gr/babolat-tou...s_13202=65492178-1572-3618-73a3-da0f2e15ded8#

On paper it looks perfect, my only concern is losing volume over time.

Thoughts?
 
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