Do pros tend towards tackier overgrips or more suede leathery type overgrips?

Tennease

Legend
I think it's just a personal preference. Gasquet and Dimitrov and Sampras likes blue tourna grip, which can feel a bit "furry" or less tacky after a long use. I think this over grip is good for feeling the racquet handle, especially for single hander players who often change their hand position on the grip. This tourna grip is also great for absorbing sweat.

I noticed Hewitt used more of a tackier overgrip, which perhaps useful for a two hander long grinder like him.
 

Djokovicfan

Professional
I think it's just a personal preference. Gasquet and Dimitrov and Sampras likes blue tourna grip, which can feel a bit "furry" or less tacky after a long use. I think this over grip is good for feeling the racquet handle, especially for single hander players who often change their hand position on the grip. This tourna grip is also great for absorbing sweat.

I noticed Hewitt used more of a tackier overgrip, which perhaps useful for a two hander long grinder like him.
I used to use tourna as a wee lad but these days i prefer grips that last a bit longer.
 

Lefty5

Hall of Fame
Looks like a pretty even split between Tourna Grip and "every other kind of white grip" on the market...at least on the mens tour. The women seem to like the Tacky grips better, since their hands don't sweat too much. I think guys like Delpo could use Tourna Grip, I die watching that guy wipe his hand and blow on it between every point. Its like, c'mon man, there's a grip for people like you! The Wilson advantage grip is pure garbage by the way.
 
Women's hands sweat as much as men's. I had a Babolat sponsorship and used their white overgrip. I admit I don't recall the name.
 

nvr2old

Hall of Fame
Personally think the overgrip idea is useless. A grip over your grip! Why? Oh yeah wait, produce a bad grip so you have to buy an additional “overgrip”, now I get it.......$$$$$$$
 

Luis88

New User
Personally think the overgrip idea is useless. A grip over your grip! Why? Oh yeah wait, produce a bad grip so you have to buy an additional “overgrip”, now I get it.......$$$$$$$
You get it wrong imho. Replacement grip and overgrip both can only absorb so much sweat. For my case, none of them will last me 2 sets. So i use overgrip to change out as often, as ecomically and without messing up the shape of my grip too much, as i can.
 

Djokovicfan

Professional
Looks like a pretty even split between Tourna Grip and "every other kind of white grip" on the market...at least on the mens tour. The women seem to like the Tacky grips better, since their hands don't sweat too much. I think guys like Delpo could use Tourna Grip, I die watching that guy wipe his hand and blow on it between every point. Its like, c'mon man, there's a grip for people like you! The Wilson advantage grip is pure garbage by the way.
Why dont you like wilson advantage? Youre referring to the one thats kind of leathery and suede-like right? I feel like it grips better when you sweat than the tacky/sticky grips do.
 

Djokovicfan

Professional
You get it wrong imho. Replacement grip and overgrip both can only absorb so much sweat. For my case, none of them will last me 2 sets. So i use overgrip to change out as often, as ecomically and without messing up the shape of my grip too much, as i can.

I like how you used the entire phrase, “without messing up the shape of my grip too much”, as an adverb. Creative.
 

Djokovicfan

Professional
Looks like a pretty even split between Tourna Grip and "every other kind of white grip" on the market...at least on the mens tour. The women seem to like the Tacky grips better, since their hands don't sweat too much. I think guys like Delpo could use Tourna Grip, I die watching that guy wipe his hand and blow on it between every point. Its like, c'mon man, there's a grip for people like you! The Wilson advantage grip is pure garbage by the way.
Also (assuming you are talking about wilson advantage), dont you think its similar to tournagrip texture? They both kind of have a leathery feel when fresh dont you think?
wilson advantage lasts alot longer, but yeah...
 

nvr2old

Hall of Fame
You get it wrong imho. Replacement grip and overgrip both can only absorb so much sweat. For my case, none of them will last me 2 sets. So i use overgrip to change out as often, as ecomically and without messing up the shape of my grip too much, as i can.
Yup to each his own. But for me I have it exactly right!
 

wangs78

Legend
I use Wilson Pro or Yonex Supergrap most of the time (prefer Yonex but I have a 50 pack of Wilson that I can't seem to use up). When it is really humid and sweaty, I use Tournagrip.
 

FedLIKEnot

Professional
In staying on topic I would say most pro are split between Tourna, and their racquet brands version of the Wilson Pro Overgrip. I dont use the other brands so excuse my ignorance on the version across the various racquet makers. Now there are a few outliers biggest was Lleyton Hewitt as his grip was so sticky it almost appeared wet at times in various photos.

Making this personal in my experience about 1/3 of USTA / club players dont use an over grip at all. Personally for me I live in Nor Cal and in the winters and cold fall matches I use Gamma Supreme and summer I use Wilson Pro exclusively.
 

Holdfast44ID

Semi-Pro
I notice some pros like overgrips (Federer, etc.). My hands don't sweat much at all (I sweat a lot, but my hands stay relatively dry). I personally prefer just tacky replacement grips so I can feel the bevels. I also want a consistent feel from grip to grip. With overgrips, they never feel quite the same. I used to use them and would go crazy rewrapping them over & over until they felt just right. hated Tourna Grip. No feel and too dry for me. With pros being so picky, I wonder how they can stand using overgrips if they are not wrapped 100% consistently from frame to frame. I mean, I need the overlap of the replacement grip to be done exactly the same so I feel where everything is & only hold the racket on one side because the butt cap lays flatter on one side than the other, etc.
 

Bobs tennis

Semi-Pro
Personally think the overgrip idea is useless. A grip over your grip! Why? Oh yeah wait, produce a bad grip so you have to buy an additional “overgrip”, now I get it.......$$$$$$$
Lately I also have been just using a tacky replacement grip. I like a smaller grip and none of the overgrips really feel comfortable to me.
 

Ethan0607

New User
I notice some pros like overgrips (Federer, etc.). My hands don't sweat much at all (I sweat a lot, but my hands stay relatively dry). I personally prefer just tacky replacement grips so I can feel the bevels. I also want a consistent feel from grip to grip. With overgrips, they never feel quite the same. I used to use them and would go crazy rewrapping them over & over until they felt just right. hated Tourna Grip. No feel and too dry for me. With pros being so picky, I wonder how they can stand using overgrips if they are not wrapped 100% consistently from frame to frame. I mean, I need the overlap of the replacement grip to be done exactly the same so I feel where everything is & only hold the racket on one side because the butt cap lays flatter on one side than the other, etc.

Finally someone that shares my ocd about overgrip wrapping. I literally have gone through 2 12 packs of wilson pro in a span of 2 weeks constantly rewrapping over and over. I hold my racquet only on one side and the overlap ridges have to be perfect placement, both in terms of how far down they are on the handle, how much overlap/thick the ridges are, and how far apart they are spaced since thats where I rest my fingers.. I'm guessing pros have wrapped their grips so many times that they can get it pretty close to perfect on the first try.
 

WestboroChe

Hall of Fame
Personally think the overgrip idea is useless. A grip over your grip! Why? Oh yeah wait, produce a bad grip so you have to buy an additional “overgrip”, now I get it.......$$$$$$$
A lot of players put it over a leather grip because they want the weight and feel of leather but not the slip.
 

mmk

Hall of Fame
Women's hands sweat as much as men's. I had a Babolat sponsorship and used their white overgrip. I admit I don't recall the name.
Yep, everyone is different. I'm a guy and my hands don't sweat at all, even during the humid mid-Atlantic summers. My wife's hands sweat quite a bit just taking a walk in the summer.
 
Tournagrip doesn't feel leathery in the slightest. It's rough, dry and almost clothy.

Depends which side you use.

One side of the Tournagrip (the exposed side) feels rough, dry and cloth like.
The other side (the side that is protected by the clear plastic) feels leathery.

I've tried both sides. I prefer the clothy side. But other player's I know prefer the leathery side.

I think the leathery side is a bit more durable but is not as tacky!
 

chikoo

Hall of Fame
Personally think the overgrip idea is useless. A grip over your grip! Why? Oh yeah wait, produce a bad grip so you have to buy an additional “overgrip”, now I get it.......$$$$$$$

It is like having cheap seat covers on your expensive sofa.
 
Personally think the overgrip idea is useless. A grip over your grip! Why? Oh yeah wait, produce a bad grip so you have to buy an additional “overgrip”, now I get it.......$$$$$$$

The whole point of an overgrip is that it give the player the ability to have a consistent racquet grip with spending a fortune.

A standard grip wears out over time. The more you play, the quicker the standard grip wears out. Most people don't replace their grips frequently so when the grip finally does need replacing there is a huge change and requires an adjustment period. In the meantime, as the grip wears out, it is not delivering the same performance.

Using overgrips mitigates that issue. But I guess a lot of players really don't care about their performance so they are happy to tolerate different equipment every time they go onto the court. The more serious players realise the benefits of keeping their equipment as consistent as possible.
 
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