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February 8, 2017
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evilchap
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Hello all!

I have been upping the amount of time on court of late, and as a result I have something of a ruined and sore racket hand thumb.

Does anybody else experience this? Do you have a solution?

It’s getting a bit bothersome now!

I also suffer with very dry hands while playing – this means I get through grips a bit as the abrade, but also it’s noticeable when shaking hands after each game. Mine are dry, but the norm tends to be sweaty, which also would tend to make more sense after all of the running about!

Thanks for any feedback 🙂

February 13, 2017
3:38 pm
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This is what I am talking about:
https://goo.gl/photos/DVtMF9tV1rjdAbgb7
It seems to callous, which I think it normal, then keep splitting and making a mess of my grip… and makes playing tricky!

I have taken to slathering it in moisturiser but it has limited effects.

February 23, 2017
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This is more common than you think.

There are some players who select the wrong grip type and it plays havoc with their hands. You are like me and hands stay dry. Therefore you need to select grips that may help. I use Victor GR262 which is a wet grip – really nice. i get around 2 weeks before changing it and I can be on court virtually every day.

There is the Yonex grap which is a very think grip which is also good. Also Yonex tacky.

A friend of mine has recently developed the same condition as you. He is a doctor and therefore changed to a towel grip. Personally I find them too slippery although there are many players who love them – they use a powder with them to generate some stickiness such as Yonex grip powder.

This is very much a trial and error approach to find the right type of grip for you. Good luck and please keep me advised.

Paul

February 24, 2017
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Hi Paul!

Thank you for your reply, I have been quizzing many people with varied experiences on the subject, some are lucky and it doesn’t split, so just have a hard thumb it seems.

I tried the towelling grip, but like yourself found it slippy, so the remains of the roll have been donated to the dog to put on his muzzle to stop it rubbing his nose so much – works a treat!

I am using the basic Karakal PU grips at the moment, I’ll order some of the Victor GR262 to see how I get on I think – tacky sounds good!

Graps are a little thin for me, as I tend to remove the original grips from the racket and replate once they are passed their best, so as not to end up with a really thick handle.

I’ll report back on the GR262 though, thanks for the pointer!

March 12, 2017
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If you want to build a slightly bigger grip then you could use GR50 foam wrap over the wooden handle and then add your overgrip. GR50 is so light and adds a little extra cushioning.

Paul

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