January 28, 2009
Unique Sports is proud to announce a multi-year agreement with WTA Top 15 player Victoria Azarenka. The 19 year old rising star Azarenka uses the new high performance overgrip Tourna Tac from the makers of the world famous Tourna Grip. Both Unique and Victoria are excited about the partnership and potential to market high performance gear specifically to women. Azarenka said of the new grip, "...Tourna Tac it is definitely my grip of choice, it really performs in all playing conditions and doesn't slip out of my hand like other grips". Azarenka is featured on the packaging of the Pink and White colors of Tourna Tac.
Check out Tourna Grip here
May 28, 2008
Q. How do I grip a tennis racket? How do I hold a tennis racket?
A: There are 4 widely used types of tennis racket grips.
1. Eastern Forehand Grip: Most beginners are taught this basic, but classic, grip. Start by placing your palm on the side plane of the handle on a parallel plane to the strings and grip the racket. Keep your wrist straight but not stiff. Hold the racket out to your side, even with the hip, and notice that the face of the racket is vertical but ready to tilt (by rotating your wrist) for slicing the ball. With a classic swing style, the Eastern Forehand Grip works quite well for hitting topspin, lending versatility to this grip style. It should be noted, however, that the Western and Semi-Western grips have become more popular among pros.
2. Semi-Western Forehand Grip: This grip style is replacing the Eastern Forehand Grip on the pro tour thanks to its ability to create topspin and return balls with a high bounce. If slicing the ball is what you're after, you may find this grip to be a bit uncomfortable. The reason is that the plane of the strings assumes a natural down angle because you grip the racket handle on the lower slant 45-degree bevel. This forces you to hit the ball farther forward and more sharply upward in comparison with the Eastern Forehand Grip, resulting in natural topspin. Look closely the next time you view a pro match on TV and you'll notice how much topspin the players put on the ball.
3. Western Forehand Grip: Looking for a really big down angle to the racket face to create lots of topspin? Try the Western Forehand Grip. You actually grip the racket on the bottom plane of the racket handle so you are forced to swing upward in a fast, sharp manner, far out in front of your body as compared with the Eastern Forehand Grip. Some drawbacks to this grip are the inability to hit the slice and extreme difficulty to hit flat. Also, hitting low balls is tougher than hitting high ones with the Western Forehand Grip.
4. Continental Forehand Grip: The Continental Forehand Grip takes your palm to the upper, rather than lower, 45-degree bevel (basically the opposite of the Semi-Western Forehand Grip). Rather than tilt down, the racket face will tilt up, making it easier to slice the ball but difficult to place topspin on the ball. One drawback is that hitting the ball flat means you have to meet it farther back, putting you in a weaker position. Given the prominence of topspin in the modern game, the Continental Forehand Grip is less popular on the pro tour than it was when the US Open and Australian Open, in addition to Wimbledon, were played on grass - the ideal surface for the Continental grip.
Do It Tennis
March 3, 2008
Spring is in the air, time to get your gear back in shape, including new grips. Here are some great deals.
Gamma Hi-Tech Gel for $4.99
Gamma Pro Wrap 30-Pack for $19.99 - a steal.
Head Pro Grip Perforated for $3.99
Prince DuraTred + Replacement Grip for $5.99
Unique Tournagrip 10-pk Original for $9.99, this is a great deal.
Volkl Super Grip for $3.99
Yonex Super Grap 30-pack for $27.99, another great bargain for 30 rolls of grip.
October 1, 2007
September 25, 2007
Grips surface types
If you want to feel the position of the racquet in your hand (for example, you rely on feeling the bevels when you switch from a backhand tennis grip to a forehand tennis grip), a smooth surface is your best bet, followed by perforated, embossed, and ribbed. But if your biggest worry is racquet slippage, reverse the order. Here are the benefits of each.
Smooth: The no-frills version - no bumps, ridges, or treads. This high-feel, low-cushioning option is preferred by most pros. Perforated: This one's for heavy sweaters. It has hundreds of pinholes in the outer layer that channel sweat to the more absorbent layers underneath.
Embossed: It's close to perforated, but instead of pinholes, the embossed grip has a tire-tread pattern. It won't absorb as much sweat, but it will move it away from your hand (in much the same way that radial tires keep a car from slipping on wet, twisting roads).
Ribbed: This is the most secure of the tennis handle grips because it has corkscrew-shaped ridges in which to place your fingers. It's especially good for players suffering from arthritis and for those who have difficulty maintaining a firm grip.
Here's the bottom line. The grip size, and the grip type, must both feel good in your hand. Seems like a no brainer, but we can also over-analyze these things. If the grip feels comfortable in your hand when hitting and not hitting, and you can control your shots with it, you have the grip for you.
Thanks to LifeTips for the info!
September 1, 2005
According to i-MemoryFoam.com, NASA developed the first generation of memory foam in the 1970s. We all know it best from the infomercials of its commercial evolution Tempur-Pedic mattresses. It is still used mostly for bedding, but we also found out it is sometimes used in tennis racquet handles as well.
Digging up the obscure and useless trivia on tennis equipment...we are...What's All the Racquet.
Read the article.
February 3, 2005
This stuff looks pretty cool. I've often had reason to make my grip larger, but always took the overgrip route. This seems like an easy way to build the grip up below the overgrip.
Whatever your reason for having to increase the size of the grip on your tennis, racquetball, squash or badminton racquet or golf clubs, Add-On Professional Grip Build-Up Materials have been “performance-proven” for more than 14-years. Easy and fast application - all you need is your hands and a utility knife, in less than 5-minutes. Gives a uniform build-up, smooth and accurate thickness around the entire grip. And it maintains original grip properties