What is the Difference Between Overgrip and Replacement Grip

The grip of your tennis racquet is an important feature that allows you to grasp and control it. There are two types of tennis racquet grips: overgrips or replacement grips. 

Replacement Grips

Replacement grips are normally applied directly onto the racquet handle. They are thicker, have a sticky back and offer a good amount of cushioning (and therefore, provide great comfort). The replacement grip replaces the grip that came installed from the factory (aka. the original grip) and it is considered to be a base material for the overgrip. Since regularly changing the replacement grip is relatively difficult and expensive, most players opt-in applying an overgrip!


Overgrips are normally applied over the replacement grip. They are pretty thin and have no sticky back (although many of them have a small strip of adhesive on one of the ends). Overgrips are predominantly used to provide specific gripping characteristics or to slightly increase the grip size, while keeping your tennis racquet grip feeling fresh and new-looking. Overgrips come in a variety of colors and offer various levels of cushioning, thickness, and texture (e.g. from smooth, perforated, with raised ribs). It is entirely up to the player what type of over grip would work best for him or her. Overgrips are pretty much a necessity in humid and hot climates due to plenty of sweating while playing. Most tennis professionals on the tour replace their over grip every time they play, while recreational players do not normally do that (although regular overgrip change is recommended).

It is a personal choice what type of overgrips or replacement grips you prefer. However, it is important to regularly replace those as it is hard to make a good stroke at the ball, or control your shots, if you are unable to hold onto your tennis racquet!