When to change an overgrip?

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  1. Virgilio

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    Do you change your overgrip when it is completely wear out or just when it gets a little slippery or just when it gets dirty?
     
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  2. jamauss

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    I used to wait until it got really worn out but now that I buy the 30 pack of Yonex SuperGrap I find myself replacing it after 3 or 4 sessions when it doesn't have the really tacky feel to it anymore. I hit the ball so hard that I really need to be able to maintain a tight grip on my racquet so I need the tackiness. It all depends though. I'd say if the grip still feels comfortable enough in your hand, keep it on there. If the racquet is slipping a little, time to change overgrips.
     
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  3. Bryant

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    It depends on how picky you are on the feel of your racquets. Some people can hardly play with a slightly worn overgrip and re wrap every match/set/whatever.
     
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  4. Faber

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    I have a 30 pack of Wilson Pro Overgrip. I put new grip on every time I play. I played last night for 2 hours and the tackiness was gone. I noticed the grip was slipping near the end. What I usually do is switch racquets in between.

    I used to wait till there were rips etc then replace...However I used to get lots of blisters that way, so I've resorted to changing it everytime I play.
     
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  5. Tennis Man

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    Depends on how much you sweat and how you handle your racquet, I change my overgrip like once in 2 weeks... when it starts falling apart .. but that's just me
     
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  6. Silentgunz

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    For me i change mine ever week... i usually change it when the color wears out where i grip it and is black
     
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  7. Zets147

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    Usually every 4-5 hours (2 practice sessions).
     
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  8. snoflewis

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    depends...sometimes, the grip feels really slippery, but it's because my hand's so dry and/or the courts are dusty. i can tell that a grip is worn out if i wet my hands and the grip is still slippery (a little water helps clean the hands a bit from the dust and also the grip)
     
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  9. Virgilio

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    Correct me if I am wrong but it seems that you change grip:

    1) Depending on your level;
    2) Depending on how much you have as reserves;
    3) How picky you are.

    I asked because I now have a good reserve of overgrips, but though the grip is starting to get slippery, I find it a pity to change it since it's not very worn out yet. On 1 of the racquets I just put some gauze on and play it that way.
    The problem is that I am using Dunlop Hydramax and they just last soooooo long (I don't play too often, though, just like once a week). So the grip doesn't wear out, is still comfortable, but loses some tackiness (though I don't think the grip was too tacky neither when new).
     
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  10. slice bh compliment

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    Know just what you mean, brother. I have the same problem. I hit the ball so hard that:

    1] I change frames every 7 or 9 games.
    2] my opponent needs to change his underwear every 7 or 9 games.
    3] the balls break every 7 to 9 games anyway.
    4] There is always a big crowd watching my matches and my practices, so I feel like I have to go through the very popular shirt-change, grip-change ritual every few changeovers.

    Well, enough about me [hee hee], what do YOU guys think of how hard I hit the ball?

    Jamauss, I'm just messin' with you. The "I hit the ball so hard" thing just had me laughing, that's all. A guy on my college team said that once to a chick at a party and we never let him forget it.

    I'm a 30 pack Yonex guy myself, and I play 5 to 7 hours a week almost all year 'round. I rotate three sticks and I get 3 or 4 weeks out of my overgrips. I like 'em thin and tacky, just like my women. [kidding]
     
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  11. Nextman916

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    I rotate through Yonex Supergrap, Tourna XL, and PK superwrap. I replace the Yonex and the PK after about 6 hours of play(PK keeps tack a little longer). Tourna lasts me about 3 or 4 depending on how much i sweat. I usually throw a tourna on for match play, because it feels so dam good. I recently just bought some laserfibre tournafit? I think thats what its called, looked good so im gonna try it.
     
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  12. jamauss

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    HAHAHA - the thin & tacky joke - NICE! (Had me laughing).

    It's actually not "how hard" I hit the ball now that I think about it - it has more to do (I think) with how fast I swing and how much wrist I use - and the fact that I don't like to "white knuckle" grip my racquet.

    Funny (true) story - last night I was playing and the racquet slipped out of my hand. It flew about 30 feet, over the fence, into a sand volleyball court where some people were playing. Needless to say they gave me a strange look...
     
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  13. migjam

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    I use white overgrip and usually change when it gets somewhat dirty.
     
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  14. Nuke

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    Two matches for Tournagrip.
     
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  15. StealthGnome

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    I change overgrips about every month. I don't play much. Only during the weekends.
     
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  16. plarazza

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    I use Wilson Pro Overgrips in white colour. I go through them like there is no tomoro I am usually changing them about every 2nd time i play
     
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    Well I'm not too rich, plus I'm not too good of a player, so I stay with one over grip for about 2 weeks. That might seem like a pretty short amount of time but I play up to 10 hours a week and my hands sweat a lot, these grips get really nasty after that.
     
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  18. WhiteSox05CA

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    I just change it when I feel it's lost it's use in supplying a better grip. Too long and it can affect your game. It always feels good to have a new grip on too.
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  19. Robbie_1988

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    I change my Wilson Pro overgrip when it becomes too slippery. It usually takes 3 weeks for it to get to that point and I play twice a week currently.

    And if I don't change it, my racket will become like 007's Oddjob's hat and people get decapitated left, right and centre.
     
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  20. ajspurs

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    I actually honestly know what you mean, i dont hit the ball tremendously hard, but to hit it hard i need to hold my racket really tight, its strange how much it improves your performance by just changing ur grip, I use wilson pro overgrip(white) and stop using it when the grip has gone slightly grey, usually after 2 weeks.
     
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  21. xkcwlx

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    I'm kind of having the same problem with this too.

    I just started playing tennis about 3 months back and I just started trying to use an overgrip while playing last night. I felt the feel of the racquet was alot better but after just that one 2h game, I had my white Wilson overgrip all grey looking. It looks really bad now. I think its got alot to do with my sweaty palms. And so now I'm not sure if I should change my overgrip before I play tomorrow because it looks so worn but I'm not sure if I can afford to switch through overgrips so quickly seeing as how I'm not even that great a player.

    Or maybe I should just use non-white overgrips so they won't get dirty so quick?

    By the way the overgrip is still a little tacky now.
     
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  22. whodey

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    I use wilson pro overgrips and i go through about 2 in an average month.
     
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  23. joeyscl

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    Change as frequently as you like/can afford to :D
     
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  24. pNoyr3D

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    I have been using my tourna grip for over half a month and haven't changed it yet, I will probably change it next month but I will have to buy more, got 1 left :(
     
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  25. Dashbarr

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    i play, on average, 5-6 days a week, and i end up using 3 tournas at least. however, i think that if you dont stretch it or shred it too much, you can get a set in with it reversed.
     
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  26. mhstennis100

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    I left a wilson pro overgrip on my racket for almost 2 months playing every day. Needless to say it was past light grey, nearing black. This was a few months back but if I remember correctly, I still felt decent and it was just starting to rip at the very bottom. I switched to tourna and I feel like I'm replacing it every few days. Does anyone have any information on the Prince No Sweat grips and the Yonex Supergrap?
     
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  27. slice bh compliment

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    Don't know much about the Prince grips, but I know this much: it is tough to tell the difference between Yonex Supergrap and Wilson Pro Overgrip (at least in white).
     
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  28. Rafa's best friend

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    Wilson proovergrip, change every 5 games.
     
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  29. jjk20

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    am I the only one that uses Klipper grips? :?
     
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  30. bcsax123

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    The Wilson Pro is a nice grip. The tackyness doesn't last very long, but it has a grippy rubbery feel to it. When that's worn, you can replace it and get a nice dry feeling overgrip.
     
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  31. Swissv2

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    Change your overgrips when you feel like it.
     
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  32. psamp14

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    i change it when it gets moderately slippery...i have a one handed backhand, so my right hand covers any dirty part of the grip
     
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  33. Byakuya

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    pretty much the same with me... Love Tournagrip.. but it falls apart so fast :(
     
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  34. s_andrean

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    I also like the feel of Tournagrip... but cos i hold my racquet a bit too tightly, they sometime only last me like 20 mins before they start to tear :(

    I dunno what to do..

    My Supergraps dnt last long either, neither do the Wilson pro's.

    Plain leather i wear out too (though it takes a bit longer, and i don't like the feel so much)

    help!
     
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  35. aroddick

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    SLIPPERY as simple as that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  36. mucat

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    When you try to overhead smash the freaking ball and the racket flied out of your hand!! :mad: cheap ******* mucat!! you should change the grip earlier!! :cry:
     
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    When the bacteria count gets too high.
     
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