Solutions for Sweaty Hands & Wet Grips

SeanTV

New User
I'm one of the many people out there that struggle with sweat control on the court. Particularly on my hands and grip. On hot summer days in Colorado, once the sweat starts it never really stops, so, it's something I've thought an awful lot about. I've tried a number of different things to make the problem better; rosin (sticky and slimy after a couple games), liquid chalk (slimy immediately), and even a small Ziploc bag with saw dust (messy). The saw dust trick came from my aunt who is an avid tennis player and suffers from the same sweat issues. I recently tried something called Secret Stuff that's made for rock climbers - and it's been working pretty well for me.

What do other people like to use. Any tricks out there for being able to grip the racket on hot, humid, and inevitably sweaty days? I'd love any advice I can get!

Thanks.
 

Lefty5

Hall of Fame
Stop putting chemicals on your hands. Use Tourna Grip. It gets tackier as you sweat. That's why its so popular on the pro tour. Problem solved.
 

McLovin

Legend
Call me master of the obvious, but have you tried wristbands?

Seriously...you're talking to one of sweatiest people on this site (just ask mikeler), and the only remedy I've found is to carry ~ 20 wristbands in my bag & change them every 3-5 games.
 

mikeler

Moderator
Call me master of the obvious, but have you tried wristbands?

Seriously...you're talking to one of sweatiest people on this site (just ask mikeler), and the only remedy I've found is to carry ~ 20 wristbands in my bag & change them every 3-5 games.

I sweat more than most people but McLovin is in a whole different league.
 

TR3NT

Rookie
I live in a hot part of Australia (Temps often over 40 degree c/104 degrees f) and I also naturally sweat alot. I normally just swap wristbands every few games and snaplock a towel to the back fence and try to towel off when I get the chance.

I also found yonex supergrap or tournagrip to be the best grips
 

srvnvly

Hall of Fame
I use the Wilson pro overgrip (white); sometimes there's not much to do when it's very hot out, other than bring extra shirts, towels, and change your overgrip between sets
 

dman72

Hall of Fame
I'm one of the many people out there that struggle with sweat control on the court. Particularly on my hands and grip. On hot summer days in Colorado, once the sweat starts it never really stops, so, it's something I've thought an awful lot about. I've tried a number of different things to make the problem better; rosin (sticky and slimy after a couple games), liquid chalk (slimy immediately), and even a small Ziploc bag with saw dust (messy). The saw dust trick came from my aunt who is an avid tennis player and suffers from the same sweat issues. I recently tried something called Secret Stuff that's made for rock climbers - and it's been working pretty well for me.

What do other people like to use. Any tricks out there for being able to grip the racket on hot, humid, and inevitably sweaty days? I'd love any advice I can get!

Thanks.

Try living in someplace with actual humidity in addition to heat...Colorado is bone dry. .

I bring 3 of the same racquet and rotate them during a match, in addition to toweling them off and trying not to hold the grip in between points (hold at the throat). A guy I play brings a rosin bag. My favorite overgrips are head extreme soft but they are terrible in hot humid weather, so I switch to something more absorbent for July-August here on LI.
 

SeanTV

New User
Has anyone else noticed that Serena rubs something on her hands right at the end of changeovers? It looks like it applies like a lotion but I can't see any residue on her hands, any clue what this is?
 

Ramon

Legend
I live in Florida so I know what hot and humid is like. I do a combination of things: 1) Tournagrip, 2) wristband, 3) Prince Grip Enhancer, 4) towel.

The worst over grip to me for sweaty conditions was Wilson Pro. Yonex Supergrap was almost as bad and so was Head Extreme Soft.
 

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
if the problem is your palm and back of hand themselves are sweating, that is one problem.

overgrips and antiperspirant on your palms are what you need.

if the problem is sweaty arms and pits running down onto your hand, then the solution is wristbands.

HOWEVER, a word of caution. use COTTON wristbands, NOT poly pro.

Yes, you will have to change them during the match when they get soaked.
but poly pro does NOT absorb sweat, it just lets it pass through
(unfortunately in this case right down your arm onto your hand and racket handle)
 

kramer woodie

Professional
Summer time heat: Solinco Heaven dry overgrips, sweat wristbands, and a towel. Plus I use a 5 inch wristband on my left hand, I am right handed,
which I can wipe my right hand on or even my forehead.

Aloha
 
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