Would a leather grip cause arm pain?

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  1. gt1329a

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    I've been playing with a few Prince O3 Tours for several years, using the stock synthetic grip that they came with and Tourna-grip overgrip. After seeing it suggested that a leather grip could help make the bevels more pronounced and ease switching grips for a 1HBH, I decided to give leather a try instead (still with the Tourna-grip on top).

    As it turns out, I did find that the sharper edges do help me find my backhand faster under pressure.

    Unfortunately, the two rackets with leather grips are killing my arm. I'll hit with one of them for 15 minutes, my arm will start hurting, and then switching back to one with a stock synthetic grip almost immediately relieves the pain.

    If it hurts when you do something, stop doing it, right? I'm just curious if I'm losing my mind, or if anyone else has seen this problem? It seems surprising that the grip would make this much difference.
     
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  2. trilix

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    Leather doesn't absorb as much as a synth grip...
     
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  3. Kirko

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    cause no pain at all.
     
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  4. Readers

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    Another thing is, the synthetic grip might be much thicker, consider most of today's leather are soooo thin.

    While some study shows slight difference in grip has no real effect, I found that to be completely untrue.
     
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    I find the opposite to be true, although leather may seem thinner on paper is seems much bigger in the hand as it doesn't compress when you hold it like synthetics do
     
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    I have a very sensitive arm and shoulder (Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and 3 Rotator cuff surgeries). Leather does in fact hurt my elbow more. I get more feel (vibration) with the leather, but I like the way it feels. I leave one racquet with a synthetic grip, so when my elbow starts to hurt, I switch to it.
     
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  7. Readers

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    That's why you need buy a good synthetic replacement grip in most cases, and not use the random junk that came with whatever racquet you bought.
     
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    its true leather is thinner than the more cushioned types...but if its hurting your arm??? i would take a look at your technique. or did something else change as well?
     
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  9. Fuji

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    Leather for sure can hurt your arm and hand more from my experience. Lots of shock is transmitted through leather grips. :)

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    eh....i guess if you insist. so all those guys back in the day with leather must have crazy arm problems then before all the new synthetic grips out now.
     
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  11. MAX PLY

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    I suspect it is not a "shock absorption" issue. Rather, you may be gripping the leather grip tighter than the synthetic--not sure what grips you are using but many synthetics "grip back" a little better than leather and you may be tightening your hold on the racquet enough to cause the pain. See what happens if you place a thin overgrip on top of the leather.
     
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  12. gt1329a

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    I was using Tourna Grip over the leather.

    I may have been unconsciously squeezing tighter. I thought about that and didn't think I was, but it's definitely possible I was gripping it tighter when I was busy thinking about what was going on in a point.
     
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    They also weren't using arm-killing strings like poly back then either.
     
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    what leather grip did you use? Did you keep the same balance?
     
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  15. zapvor

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    yea but i am pretty sure if sampras or borg hit with poly their arms would be just fine still.
     
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    I have leather as standard on my Prince Graphite 93 and whilst I do use an overgrip and prefer the feel of synthetic grips, I dont want to remove my leather grip in case it affects the balance and HL points on my racquet.

    I do also avoid using blue overgrips that might stain through onto the leather or tournagrip because it always leaves like a blue powder stuck all over the grip which a pain to get off. I know thats being a bit prissy, but its my pride and joy. So I just use a black Supergrap overgrip.
     
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  17. lgbalfa

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    it is probably more form and technique than anything.
     
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  18. zapvor

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    my sentiments exactly
     
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  19. Fuji

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    LOL! I'm just reporting personal experience. I've found leather grips harsher on my arm then big cushioned synthetics. :)

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  20. Readers

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    Use 2 OG over leather, that's what I do.
     
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  21. mctennis

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    Ditto this reply. You're doing something different than you were before.
     
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  22. levy1

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    Didn't have poly back in the day!
     
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  23. heartattack

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    which replacement leather grips are best out there? except babolat because they can't ship to our place.
     
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  24. Fuji

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    Fairway are fantastic. I got mine through a certain custom company, (I don't know if I can mention them here?) for around 21$ a piece. :)

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