When it comes to tennis grips, there are two choices; overgrip and replacement grip. Each option serves a different purpose and appeals to different types of tennis players. As a tennis player, it is important to choose the right grip that suits your playing style, budget and comfort. In this blog, we’ll take a comprehensive look at the differences between overgrips and replacement grips and we’ll discuss which one is the better option for you.
An overgrip is typically a softer, thinner grip that is designed to be wrapped over an existing tennis grip. Its main purpose is to provide additional comfort and traction when playing tennis. Overgrips are made to be replaced more frequently so they are great for players who sweat a lot or for those who want to extend the life of their old grip. People who sweat a lot are more likely to want to replace their grip more frequently because sweat reduces the quality of the grip over time. This makes an overgrip a good option for a sweaty player. An overgrip also provides an affordable solution for those who want to customise the look of their racket, as they come in a wide range of bright or simple colours and designs. Because they are easy to replace and are generally available at a lower cost, if you are wanting to replace your grip often, an overgrip will most likely best suit you.
However, overgrips may not be the best option for players who prefer a firmer, more secure feel. They can more easily bunch or wrinkle, making it difficult to maintain a consistent grip during a game. Overgrips can be placed directly onto the racquet without a replacement grip underneath but they may shift up or down due to the fact that there is no sticky side or tape on them to stick to the racquet unlike replacement grips. To ensure they stay secure, a replacement grip is recommended to have under the overgrip to provide more friction and prevent the grip from slipping. This may increase the thickness of your grip which isn’t the most ideal for people with smaller hands.
A replacement grip is thicker, firmer and designed to replace the original grip on a racket. Because of the adhesive backing to these grips they stay fixed to the handle making it more secure. They provide a more comfortable, firmer and durable feel, making it an ideal option for serious players. Replacement grips are available in different textures, allowing players to choose one that suits their playing style best. They may be pricier than overgrips but they’re a more permanent solution and can last for months if cared for properly. People who don’t sweat a lot from their hands would benefit from a replacement grip as they would last longer and feel more secure allowing for better control.
However, people who sweat a lot may not benefit as much from a replacement grip because sweat reduces the tackiness of the grip over time so they may need a more temporary, changeable option such as an overgrip. Replacement grips also don't leave much room for customisation, as they mostly come in solid colours with little to no design options so if this is important to you, you may prefer and overgrip.
Layering and Application
You can apply either of the grips directly onto the racquet handle alone or alternatively you can layer them. Often people layer overgrips ontop of replacement grips. This is done for the firm and secure feel while being able to change the grip more regularly without having to get a new replacement grip each time. Additionally if you want to add more volume to the handle layering an overgrip over a replacement grip can help you achieve that. As mentioned earlier, this is commonly a preference for those with larger hands. The thicker the grip the more cushion and comfort you’ll also get.
Choosing the right grip for your tennis racket is an essential part of your playing experience. Overgrips are ideal for those looking for a softer feel and a cushioned touch, while replacement grips are more suitable for players who prefer a firmer grip that increases control and durability. It is also important to consider factors like hand size and sweat when making your decision. Also consider that each brand will provide a different result. In the end, whether you decide on an overgrip or a replacement grip, you can take comfort in knowing that you can always experiment with different types of grips to find the one that feels right for your needs.
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