Purpose of an Overgrip

FreshStew

Rookie
I was just wondering why so many players use an overgrip. I play with the Wilson K Factor 95 and like the feel of the True Grip but my fingers overlap. I tried the Wilson Pro Overgip for a while and loved the feel but it was a little thick for my small hands. Last week a guy at Sports Chalet put masking tape under my grip to make it thicker since that is what he does with golf grips that don't fit his hands :confused:. Is the overgrip used for making a grip thicker, sweat, or to save money on buying a replacement grip?

ANY HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED;-)
 

Mick

Legend
So you protect the original grip but never use it?
I would put the overgrip over the original grip and use the racquet. when the overgrip is dirty I would replace it with another overgrip and the original grip would look perfect.
 

ambro

Professional
Better grip. I prefer the feel of an overgrip on top of a leather over a regular replacement grip.
 

FreshStew

Rookie
I would put the overgrip over the original grip and use the racquet. when the overgrip is dirty I would replace it with another overgrip and the original grip would look perfect.
Do you like the feel of the overgrip better than the original?
 

Mick

Legend
Do you like the feel of the overgrip better than the original?
you know, I have never removed the plastic wrapping on the grip for all the racquets that I bought new, so the overgrip definitely feels much better than the grip with the plastic wrapping over it :)
 

FreshStew

Rookie
you know, I have never removed the plastic wrapping on the grip for all the racquets that I bought new, so the overgrip definitely feels much better than the grip with the plastic wrapping over it :)
Was that a joke?:grin:
 

CaveMan

Rookie
i am like mick, only I remove the plastic. But I try to keep my racquets looking nice, so I don't want to damage the original grip.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
I sweat a lot and just can't get a good grip without overgrip. I couldn't care less about maintainin the original grip.

I really like the feel of a racquet with no overgrip, but I just can't do it. My racquet would fly out of my hands and I would have no confidence holding on to it.
 

dancraig

Hall of Fame
I was just wondering why so many players use an overgrip. I play with the Wilson K Factor 95 and like the feel of the True Grip but my fingers overlap. I tried the Wilson Pro Overgip for a while and loved the feel but it was a little thick for my small hands. Last week a guy at Sports Chalet put masking tape under my grip to make it thicker since that is what he does with golf grips that don't fit his hands :confused:. Is the overgrip used for making a grip thicker, sweat, or to save money on buying a replacement grip?

ANY HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED;-)

There are two main types of overgrip, tacky and absorbant. The tacky overgrip is intended to reproduce the feel of a new permanent grip. The absorbant overgrip is for fighting the effects of sweat in warm weather.
 

Holdfast44ID

Semi-Pro
Don't like them...

I like to feel the bevels of the racquet grip. Overgrips round the grip a bit and I don't like that. As a junior player, I used overgrips until I realized I didn't feel the ball as well. Used Tournagrip (yuck!) and, believe it or not, a chamois skin grip that was popular for a period of time. The chamois was terrible as it would start off being too smooth/soft, then it would get too dry/rough! I also used other thin overgrips. One other thing I don't like about overgrips: I could never regrip my racquets so they'd feel exactly the same. I'm real picky about the feel of the grip, where my index finger rests, etc. I'd prefer not to think about it, but when something feels different, you think about it! Any inconsistent feelings on the grip bug me. I want the grip to feel the same all the time, like my strings.
 

FreshStew

Rookie
I like to feel the bevels of the racquet grip. Overgrips round the grip a bit and I don't like that. As a junior player, I used overgrips until I realized I didn't feel the ball as well. Used Tournagrip (yuck!) and, believe it or not, a chamois skin grip that was popular for a period of time. The chamois was terrible as it would start off being too smooth/soft, then it would get too dry/rough! I also used other thin overgrips. One other thing I don't like about overgrips: I could never regrip my racquets so they'd feel exactly the same. I'm real picky about the feel of the grip, where my index finger rests, etc. I'd prefer not to think about it, but when something feels different, you think about it! Any inconsistent feelings on the grip bug me. I want the grip to feel the same all the time, like my strings.
Yeah I like to feel the bevels and the ball. Is there a good thin, tack overgrip out there?

Has anyone ever heard of putting masking tape under a grip? Does it have any effects on the racquet?
 

Babb

Professional
Overgrips for me are for more sweat absorbency. Standard grips don't really absorb moisture and get really slick after just a little while.
 

chapjp22

New User
you know, I have never removed the plastic wrapping on the grip for all the racquets that I bought new, so the overgrip definitely feels much better than the grip with the plastic wrapping over it :)
you know thats interesting. i was thinking of doing that too. but whats the real purpose of doing it? just saving the factory grip?
 

Mick

Legend
you know thats interesting. i was thinking of doing that too. but whats the real purpose of doing it? just saving the factory grip?
yep.
to me, overgrip over plastic wrapping and overgrip over grip without plastic wrapping both feel the same, so why remove the plastic wrapping ?
 

sixone90

Professional
What a great idea. I'm not removing the plastic wrapping after I buy my next racquet! Is it harder to put the overgrip on while the plastic is still on it?
 

Lefty5

Hall of Fame
its to get a better grip on the racket. Original grips have no sweat absorbing qualities and will slip out of your hand. Tourna Grip is the best all around grip hands down. Some others are tacky but the tack wears out quickly.
 
If you're going to use an overgrip to protect a racquet's original grip then I find that its better if you REMOVE the plastic wrapping. If you don't remove the plastic after buying you will never be able to remove the plastic cover without damaging the original grip. This is because the plastic will stick to the grip after a while, specially if you apply pressure on it (putting an overgrip on top and then playing with it). It won't matter if you will never remove the plastic as you'll not damage it, but the way that I think about it is that the grip is damaged already, you just don't see it.

I've personally experieced this after I finally decided to take off a plastic on top of one of my racquet's original grip after a long time of having it in. I really tried to take it off as carefully as I can but there was no preventing the damage. :( This happened a while ago on one of my starting frames that did not have leather grips on them. I learned my lesson right there and didn't want any more of my original grips ruined (specially the leather ones). Since then I've always taken off the plastic and put on overgrips on all the frames I buy, even those I'm not stringing yet.

Personally, I use overgrip (Wilson Pro Overgrip - white) because I want to protect my original grip, I love how it feels on top of Wilson's Leather Grip, and its much easier to install and replace.
 

autumn_leaf

Hall of Fame
i use overgrip to give a more cushy feeling. and the fact that it's a lot cheaper than replacing original grips is a plus.
 

FreshStew

Rookie
I sweat a lot and just can't get a good grip without overgrip. I couldn't care less about maintainin the original grip.

I really like the feel of a racquet with no overgrip, but I just can't do it. My racquet would fly out of my hands and I would have no confidence holding on to it.
The racquet would sometimes slip in my hands with overgrip.

Is there an overgrip similar to the Wilson Pro Overgrip but thinner?

I love the feel of the Pro Overgrip but I can't feel the bevels and its a lil thick for my small hands?

Also, does absorbant overgrip last longer than tack overgrip?
 
Is there an overgrip similar to the Wilson Pro Overgrip but thinner?
You're looking for the Yonex SuperGrap. Its very similar to Wilson Pro, but slightly thinner. (we're talking very slightly thinner here, but its noticeable)

I love the feel of the Pro Overgrip but I can't feel the bevels and its a lil thick for my small hands?
You can adjust the thickness of soft overgrips like the Wilson Pro and the Yonex SuperGrap by how tight you wrap it around the handle. I personally like the SuperGrap, but I gotta say I really prefer the Wilson Pro because it just peforms better. The slight increase of thickness goes a long way in providing a softer touch specially when wrapped over leather.

Also, does absorbant overgrip last longer than tack overgrip?
Absorbent overgrips tend to be replaced quicker than the tacky ones since people who buy those have really sweaty palms and don't like keeping them on as they won't be as effective next time.
 

FreshStew

Rookie
You're looking for the Yonex SuperGrap. Its very similar to Wilson Pro, but slightly thinner. (we're talking very slightly thinner here, but its noticeable)


You can adjust the thickness of soft overgrips like the Wilson Pro and the Yonex SuperGrap by how tight you wrap it around the handle. I personally like the SuperGrap, but I gotta say I really prefer the Wilson Pro because it just peforms better. The slight increase of thickness goes a long way in providing a softer touch specially when wrapped over leather.


Absorbent overgrips tend to be replaced quicker than the tacky ones since people who buy those have really sweaty palms and don't like keeping them on as they won't be as effective next time.
Thanks

Big ups to Tennis Perfectus:cool:

Does SuperGrap lasts longer?
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
Also, does absorbant overgrip last longer than tack overgrip?

No. I use Tournagrip for sweat absorption and I change grip ALL THE TIME. I buy the 30 packs from TW. During indoor season, I can sometimes use a grip for multiple matches (bu I don't like too). During the summer, I change grips every time I play. Sometimes I change between sets in a tournament. Simply a fact of life for a heavy sweater.
 

symon_say

Rookie
I use grip cause they feel better than original grip, and are cheaper to change, y play 3 times a week, and like to use white grip and i change it max every 2 weeks cause it gets really dirty.
 

Cup8489

G.O.A.T.
Anyone tried the TournaGrip II?
it's mainly for people who use tournagrip but don't sweat alot, but still like the tournagrip name. if you want something tacky, yonex supergrap really is the way to go. it comes in black 30 grip reels, which is just awesome, because white gets too dirty too quickly.

i have a question for you though: did the masking tape get placed on the bare handle or was it over the original grip? if you want to feel the bevels more, leather is very firm and lets the bevels stand out, but is cushy enough for you to use most overgrips comfortably. when you wrap an overgrip, make sure that it overlaps the same amount all the way down the handle, for a uniform feel.

but for sweaty hands, Leather Replacement grip + Tournagrip on top = perfection (i use this setup, and wont use anything else, ever)

but if you DONT use a regular grip, and just the overgrip on the masking tape, can you explain why you didnt put another grip on once the first wore out?
 

greenfan

Rookie
For me is firstly to absorbe sweat. You can change it every time your hands slip and the original grip stays as new....
Furthermore it makes the grip a little thicker and I can handle it better.
 

FreshStew

Rookie
it's mainly for people who use tournagrip but don't sweat alot, but still like the tournagrip name. if you want something tacky, yonex supergrap really is the way to go. it comes in black 30 grip reels, which is just awesome, because white gets too dirty too quickly.

i have a question for you though: did the masking tape get placed on the bare handle or was it over the original grip? if you want to feel the bevels more, leather is very firm and lets the bevels stand out, but is cushy enough for you to use most overgrips comfortably. when you wrap an overgrip, make sure that it overlaps the same amount all the way down the handle, for a uniform feel.

but for sweaty hands, Leather Replacement grip + Tournagrip on top = perfection (i use this setup, and wont use anything else, ever)

but if you DONT use a regular grip, and just the overgrip on the masking tape, can you explain why you didnt put another grip on once the first wore out?
Thanks Cup

Yeah the masking tape was placed under the grip to thicken the grip a bit so that it would fit my hands.

I like how I can feel the bevels with leather grip but leather feels stiff. How is the feel under Yonex SuperGrap? Is leather thinner than the Wilson True Grip?
 

mdjenders

Professional
IMO, overgrips are a necessity to maintain a grip on the frame because all standard replacement grips get slippery when soaked thoroughly. However, I agree with several posters that overgrips feel like trash over many cushioned replacement grips because all the bevel feel is lost. I used to use leather under my tournagrips, but now I like the Laserfibre Tour Fit grip underneath. It is cheaper, and if you stretch it tight when wrapping, you get nice bevel feel with the overgrip.
 

TenniseaWilliams

Professional
I like the firmness and the feel of the bevels through a leather grip, but it tears up my hands and gets too slick when profusely sweated upon. Supergrap is less expensive (unless you like white and buy 30 at a time) and seems to last a little longer the Wilson Pro.
 

Topspin Kid364

New User
Well, my racket has a smaller handle size than i would like, so i put on an overgrip on. I also use overgrips because they have more absorbtion, tack, and feel. The regular grip that comes with the racket is usually just for cushion.
 

FreshStew

Rookie
I took the TrueGrip and masking tape off and put on a Head Hydrosorb grip from my other racquet. I just put the TournaGrip over the Hydrosorb and it feels real good.

How long do TournaGrips usually last?
 

Babb

Professional
Anyone tried the TournaGrip II?
It's everything that the original is not. TG's legacy lies in its absorbency, and that is something the tacky does not have. I tried it and absolutely hated it.

Maybe for tacky fans it would be worth a try, but it shouldn't have the TG name on it...
 

WilsonPlayer101

Professional
I only put an over-grip on my original grip to make it bigger a bit. I used to put some gauze grip under the original grip then put the original grip back on but now I just put an over-grip on. I don't see the reason for an over-grip other than just to make the grip bigger. Other than that use the original grip because the surface area last longer than an over-grip. You'll be replacing an over-grip a lot and might as well use the original grip and when it goes bad just buy a new one.
 
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