Grips

Have you ever had the racquet or paddle slip out of your hand during a match or worse yet, during a point? OK, maybe your hand needs to be stronger. Get a squeeze ball and use it until your wrist and hand improve. But just as likely, your equipment’s grip has failed you. You shouldn’t have to squeeze your equipment as if you are trying to crush an oil drum with your bare hands. It’s time to shop for one of the cheapest, yet most important products in racquet sports: the grip.

Grips

Have you ever had the racquet or paddle slip out of your hand during a match or worse yet, during a point? OK, maybe your hand needs to be stronger. Get a squeeze ball and use it until your wrist and hand improve. But just as likely, your equipment’s grip has failed you. You shouldn’t have to squeeze your equipment as if you are trying to crush an oil drum with your bare hands. It’s time to shop for one of the cheapest, yet most important products in racquet sports: the grip.

Replacement vs. Overgrips

All equipment comes with a grip installed over the handle. But the original equipment quickly wears out and you must then decide whether to put a new grip on as a replacement or to add some material over the original. See our guide for detail on the differences between replacement and overgrips but the typical main difference is thickness. A replacement is usually thicker than an overgrip. Thickness is a big deal as the total diameter of where your hands meet the racquet must be carefully considered. Our guide on making sure you have the right size will help you avoid injury to your hand and arm.


Who makes the best grips?

It is important to note that there are no rules regarding what brands can be used in what sport. In other words, if you find that a racquetball grip (for example) works great on your tennis racquet, then go ahead and use it. Manufacturers have smartly decided to market grips across sports.


  • Tennis: The industry leader for years was Gamma. However, the major racquet companies have all entered the grip business and sometimes their handles have a length almost requiring the use of their own grips and sometimes even overgrips. Head and Wilson are major players in this space.

  • Squash: Karakal is recognized as the leader in replacement grips while Tecnifibre is often the overgrip of choice.

  • Pickleball: Tourna and Gamma are the big players here.

  • Racquetball: Python and Head are regarded as the best sellers.

  • Badminton: Tourna and Yonex are widely used grips.


Top 5 Tips for Buying Grips

  1. Get educated. See our Tennis Grip Buying Guide for all kinds of helpful detail and information.

  2. Know what you want from a grip: sweat absorbtion, tackiness, and comfort are common goals. But try to prioritize what you need most.

  3. Try several. They’re cheap! 

  4. If you have a brand from another sport that works for you, try it on a new sport. For example: a tennis overgrip you like should work just fine for your pickleball paddle.

  5. When in doubt, use a grip manufactured by the maker of your equipment.


Who installs grips and overgrips?

Overgrips are usually a DIY project. It is not complicated and you can get it just the way you like it. Replacement grips can be a DIY project too. However, some prefer to have their stringing professional install these.


Tennisracquets.com has a gigantic selection of grips and overgrips. Since prices are low, you can afford to experiment until you find the perfect one for you and your game. Call us if you have questions about grips, racquets, accessories, or clothing. We are your one stop shop for everything you need to play well and to have fun.