Are You Into Leather?
Are you into leather?
If not maybe you should be! Leather grips are becoming popular, again, for a few reasons. One reason is there are a few manufacturers that are doing a really good job producing leather grips that won’t break the bank. I purchase leather grips from Head, Becker, Kimony and others. The Kimony is a great example of a top quality leather grip. The Head leather grip is Calf Skin therefore very supple whereas the Becker leather grip is more robust and comes in black.
Another reason is, that under normal tennis playing conditions, they never wear out! This durability is enhanced when an overgrip is used. A good leather grip can be cleaned, if necessary, with any number of leather conditioners. If cleaning is desired do it on the racquet. Once a leather grip is removed it is really difficult to get it back on the racquet perfectly.
A leather grip will add about 10 grams of weight to the rear-end of the racquet which adds stability without *increasing the swing weight.
A leather grip looks really great on most racquets. Expect to pay about $22.00 for a good leather grip installed. Installing a leather grip requires a little more time and care to produce a good fit around the butt cap and long lasting adhesion to the grip pallet.
I know looks don’t mean much to you but the other reasons should be enough to persuade you to try leather…on your racquet.
*Calculated swing weight (from the butt cap) will be affected by the additional grip weight but electronic devices that calculate swing weight from a point 4 inches (10 cm) above the butt cap will not exhibit an increase.