March 31, 2006, Newsletter Issue #112: Grips feel types

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"Feel" refers to the adhesive qualities of the tennis handle grip. There are three types.

Soft Tennis Grip: The choice for least friction, and consequently, the least likely to cause blisters. The downside: You relinquish some control because you have to squeeze the handle harder to keep it from twisting on off-center hits.

Tacky Tennis Grip: Makes you slightly more blister-prone, but it's a big step up from soft in terms of slip prevention. The tacky tennis grips should provide you with the kind of friction you need to keep your racquet from going airborne on a 90-degree day.

Sticky Tennis Grip (dry): Congratulations, you've just reached the top of the adhesive chart. In fact, this feels a lot like flypaper, so it makes gripping the handle easier. A possible downside: The stickiness may hinder your ability to change grips quickly (say, from an Eastern to a Western forehand).

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