Am I not suppose to use the regular grip by itself?

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  1. tracerit

    tracerit New User

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    I see a lot of talk about leather and synthetic grips, but in the end almost everyone uses an overgrip which basically covers up the leather/syn grip.

    How often do you switch out overgrips too?
     
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  2. scraps234

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    i switch my overgrips whenever i play b4 a tourny and it is starting to get darker
     
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  3. canadave

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    I use Tournagrip, and I switch it out as soon as it starts to show significant wear and/or become irretrievably damp from sweat. The time? Varies, but usually if I have a fresh grip on, it'll take me about a season to wear it out (playing 2 or 3 times a week for about 2 or 3 hours a session).

    The reason it's a good idea to use overgrips is that when they're worn out, you can take it off, throw it away, and put a new one on, for cheap. If you don't use an overgrip, and you start to wear out your leather/synthetic grip on your racquet, then you face a more expensive and time-consuming replacement process.

    Plus, overgrips do a much better job at sweat absorption in general.
     
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  4. Power Player

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    This is true that overgrips are cheaper, but they also wear down really fast. I bought a Head ErgoFeel for 8 dollars, and that should last me a month or so.

    What makes you say that replacing the grip is more time consuming? Don't you just staple and twist, then cut at an angle and done?
     
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  5. Dags

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    Whether you use an overgrip or not is personal preference. Reasons you might want to do so include:

    - making your grip bigger (typically by about half a size)
    - overgrips tend to absorb sweat better
    - you prefer the feel of a particular grip
    - because overgrips wear more quickly you will replace them more regularly, keeping your grip fresher

    I never used to use an overgrip, but when I was demoing racquets I played with one that had a Tournagrip on it, and I really liked the feel of it.
     
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  6. Power Player

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    Is it best to use a grip for a bit until it is worn, then put an overgrip on?
     
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  7. Dags

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    So long as the overgrip is able to wrap correctly (i.e. it is even, doesn't slip etc), then there would be nothing wrong with putting an overgrip on a worn grip. You may find a difference in the way if feels though, particularly if you use a synthetic grip underneath - building up a worn grip will mean you don't have the same cushioning for instance as if it's over a new grip.
     
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