You want to get the full potential out of your tennis racket? Then you should definitely think about the grip. The racket handle is the only place where you are in contact with the racket during the entire game. Therefore it is important to choose the right grip.
Grips have a great influence on the playing comfort and control of the racket. We have therefore created a complete overview for you, in which we explain all types and characteristics of grips. You will also learn how to Change an overgrip and attach a heat shrink sleeve with ease.
Generally there are two different types of grips, the replacement grip and the overgrip.
The replacement grip is the first grip that is wrapped around the handle of the tennis racket. In general, the replacement grip has several functions.
Firstly, it provides the necessary support and playing comfort so that the handle fits perfectly in your hand. The replacement grip also absorbs most of the vibrations that occur when hitting the ball. This reduces the shock and thus relieves your arm.
In addition, the grip absorbs sweat, so that the handle remains dry and handy even after severel hours of playing.
Replacement grips are available in thicknesses from 1.3 mm to 2.4 mm. They are much thicker than overgrips and therefore also more durable. Nevertheless, you should replace the replacement grip regularly.
Just as with tennis strings, we recommend that you adjust the change of grip to your training intensity. For example, if you train three times a week, you should change the replacement grip band about three times a year.
When you buy a new racket, it always comes with the manufacturer’s replacement grip.
Many players wrap at least one overgrip around the replacement grip. With an overgrip you can increase the playing comfort a lot.
There is a much wider range of different materials and features available for overgrips than for replacement grips. Some overgrips are especially sweat-absorbing. Others have a very good traction.
So you can choose the overgrip that perfectly fits your needs. Furthermore, overgrips are cheaper and easier to change than replacement grips because they do not have an adhesive back.
Overgrips are available in different thicknesses from 0,4 mm to 1,0 mm. Since overgrips are thinner than replacement grips, their durability is correspondingly lower. How often the overgrip should be changed depends not only on the intensity of play, but also on the material.
Overgrips with a rough surface tend to fray faster than those with a smooth surface. If the playing comfort of the overgrip has decreased considerably, we advise you to change it at the latest then.