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[Changing grip] Is it Hard

Discussion in 'Grip' started by Impreza, Dec 16, 2006.

  1. Impreza

    Impreza New Member

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    Hello everyone.

    This is my first post here.Anyway,I'm asking is it hard to change
    the grip by myself? Or is there a machine to do the job?
    My racket grip is somewhat 'exhausted'.So,I'm planning on
    changing it.So,is it easy to change the grip?

    P.S Sorry for my lousy english
     
  2. westwood_13

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    It's actually not that bad... although admittedly, I got my dad to do it for me for the first ten years I played, heh.

    Have you ever taped a hockey stick? An ankle? Anything? It's quite similar. Just unpeel the grip, place the thin end against the base of the racquet, and start wrapping. How much overlap there is is determined by your comfort, as more overlap means a thicker grip.

    And, if it's not to your liking, you can always take it off and wrap it again, even if you've applied the sticky tape at the top, as it's definitely re-usable.
     
  3. Tianjin

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    Be courageous! I did it my first time just a month ago. Just as westwood said, when you are wrapping it, if you don't like the job you have done, just rewrap it. As long as you don't apply the tape at the very end, you can fumble with it as much as you want.
     
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    practice makes perfect, it's harder the first 10 times or so you do it, but it gets much easier. one tip i've found useful is not to use the final tape at the end to secure the grip, i learnt from this forum to use normal electrical tape instead, it's cheap, sturdy and you can retape all day if you get it wrong!
     
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    With some grip, I pull it tight at every turn, so it won't slip up and down during play. As others said, you can always redo it as long as you haven't cut the extra length and apply the tape. Once you cut the extra, you can't adjust the overlap portion much.
     
  6. Impreza

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    Thanks everyone for the support.I will sure
    try it soon.Just asking,is the grip expensive?
     
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    No.

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  8. DinkAlot

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    Huh? A replacement grip is between $3.00 to $6.00 USD. A pack of three overgrips is $2.00 to $6.00. Relatively inexpensive.

    Don't worry so much, just try to do it and if you are that worried, just take your racket to where you play and ask some there to do it for you.

    It's very easy. :)
     
  9. Dreamzz

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    i would say, the first time, get someone who does it well to show you how to do it properly, then try it yourself on another racquet and soon you'll be doing it like a pro. or you can petition dan here to record a video for you!
    ;)
     
  10. Impreza

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    okay,so i had bought it just now.I had tried to wrapped it and
    noticed a several confusion/problem.

    1.Where you start wrapping it,from bottom or upper?
    2.I start from bottom and wrapping it to the upper part.
    but,in the end,does the grip have to be cut so its looks
    like the start of the grip (slightly narrow).?
     
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    Just have someone at the place you play do it. Once he/she shows you, you will not have any questions.

    It's rather hard to explain this online and there will be too many questions.

    Hope this makes sense.

     
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    veeeedeeeeeeooooooo, veeeeeedeeeeeeoooooo ....
     
  13. taneepak

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    1. Yes, you should always start from the bottom (butt end). The end part of the grip that is to be used here comes with a double-sided sticky tape, with one side already on the grip and the other side with a protective strip. Just take off this strip and stick it on the butt. This ensures the grip is used with the proper side up.
    2. Yes, the grip end (this time, the cone end) needs to be trimmed to give a nice and even finish. Use scissors to cut diagonally, starting 2-3 inches from the end of the tape, at the lower edge of the grip width, and finishing at the end of the grip at the upper side of the grip width. This is important because the cut from the scissors will not be as even as the original grip edge, and it is best to align this 'cut' edge along the cone so that a finishing tape can be used to overlap the cut edge of the grip and the cone. The principle here is to hide the ugly and show the perfect. The finishing tape that comes with the grip is too long. For a good finish, simply overlap this tape tightly twice (no more) around the grip/cone interface and get rid of the remaining tape. Remember, never use the full length of the finishing tape, as it serves no purpose and results in a loose and unsightly finish.
     
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    don't forget to put the angled side on the butt side
     
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    Both ends of the new grip need to be angled, one comes with ready cut angled at one end but you have to do it yourself for the other (cone end) end, the latter with a much shorter angled strip.
    Also, overgrips tend to make the grip a size bigger and also rounder.
    Contrary to popular belief that wrapping the cone completely with grip will give you control, leaving it unwrapped will actually provide a flatter surface for easier gripping, necessary for quick, nimble and manoeuvrable strokes across the full technique and power spectrum. Wrapping the cone completely only helps you to wipe your sweat from your hand but makes it difficult for your fingers and hand to find their proper orientation.
     
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    Actually, I find it easier to control my shots if a grip is there for more surface.
     
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    err...
    I disagree, wrapping the grip up the cone gives more grip and more control...for me.
    I had a test-night some months ago: played doubles with a regular gripped racket, and my thumb kept slipping of the cone when I played at the net...

    if all I did with my thubm up the cone was serve I'd agree...
     
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    How did it go impreza?

    I just regripped my ns8000 with white supergrap. Im really happy with the outcome ^_^.
     

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