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Tennis : Replacement grip vs Over grip

Updated on June 21, 2011

Mighty details

I am an avid tennis player from a relatively young age , and when it comes to tennis information and tennis knowledge , proficiency is the first thing that comes into my mind.

However there are certain things or details that everybody forgets or doesn't elaborate when it comes to any subject in general. The kind of details that don't seriously hurt your knowledge level or performance if you like , but they nonetheless decrease in some sort of way or hinder many of the commodities that you have associated with those subjects

Now when it comes to tennis , I personally only recently elaborated the difference between a replacement grip and an overgrip as earlier in my life I hadent given it much thought and importance and there haven't been any huge pitfalls whatsoever but there have been a few things that I would have done differently when it comes to overgrips and replacement grip selection.

I am the type of tennis player that doesn't mind this type of seemingly nonsense subjects when it comes to playing the game , as the only thing I care doing is grabbing my tennis racquet and just getting out there and play to exhaustion . I think many people have this type of mind boggling , passionate relationship with tennis and as im not saying its wrong to love the sport . I believe that when it comes to performance and to thoroughly enjoy the sport as much as possible and for as long as possible , you should really pay some attention to those details which at least will save you some “not so serious” money but could also prevent injuries and other benefits they might individually hold.

I mean you just can't get out there on the tennis courts and play with your flip-flops , especially in the USA , where hard courts are the only type of courts to be seen anywhere in the horizont. Its appealing , yeah but not advisable, except if you are some kind of a clown and want to joke around for a couple of hours with your friends.

Now lets get down to business. One of those so many details that many tennis players(mostly recreational players) in general don't take in consideration is the replacement grip / overgrip discussion .

As of course they are not the same thing !

I will be comparing the replacement grip with the overgrip and explaining the reasons behind why players put and overgrip above the replacement grip:

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Replacement grip vs Overgrip

When you buy a tennis racquet for the first time , it has a replacement grip on its “handle” . What I would suggest is before you start playing with the racquet to go buy some overgrips for the racquet and put them above the replacement grip which is already on the handle . Why ??

Well for a few reasons . The replacement grip (which comes with the new racquet ) is about 2 times thicker than the over grip and the cushioning as a result is better then the overgripes . However that makes the replacement grip more expensive than the Overgrip as it costs more to be produced as well .

So that's the first reason why that you should put an overgrip on top of the replacement grip , because it costs less than the replacement grip and as they will both wear out you don't want to spent 6,7,8$ for a replacement grip instead of about 2 $ for the overgrip every time they wear out .No you want to spend as few money as possible when it comes to the things that you know ,you'll have to continuously buy.

The second reason: Well why than don't we just put the overgrip directly on the handle and cut the middleman out (replacement) since it so happens that the overgrip is considerably cheaper thatn the replacement grip ?? Well that precisely is the second reason : we have to go back to some of the above lines that I was talking about (cushioning) . Now I said that the replacement grip is better cushioned and as you can't get smth for nothing , fair enough its also more expensive than its pear but nonetheless the cushioning is fundamental to the arm , and as an injury preventing measure ! What would inevitably happen if we were to put the overgrip directly on the handle with out a replacement grip underneath it , is an arm injury after an indefinite amount of time spent with the racquet smacking balls down the other side of the court .

Final Word

The main “theory” here is : Put an overgrip in top of the replacement grip that comes with the racquet . If the racquet doesn't come with a replacement grip , than go buy a replacement grip first than put the overgrip in top of it. You will save yourself some money and above all else some big strain to your arm and even injurys if it is that you play tennis as much as I do . Good luck !


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      Arutyun Adzhemyan 

      2 years ago

      Does adding an overgripp increas the grip size too much. if the reacket is your ideal grip size and you feel more comfotable feeling the factory size, then adding an overgripp wont make the racket oversized?

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      6 years ago

      The original replacement grip is normally leather. Would you recommend taking this off and using a softer tacky replacement grip and then putting an overgrip over the new replacement grip ?

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      6 years ago

      Thank you was confused whether the one that came by default on the racquet was the overgrip or the replacement grip..

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      8 years ago

      I agree, having a replacement grip gives you much more cushioning. I have one on my racket, then just keep replacing the overgrips.


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