Why do all pros seem to use white overgrips (besides tourna)?

I prefer white grips over black, I just think it’s a nice clean look. Black to me is just boring. I also don’t mind other colors, but I prefer almost anything over black. About the only time I’d prefer a black grip is if my racquet was white. I like contrast or a change in color. If there’s a little pop of color in a frame a grip color to match looks good to me. I used to love orange grips with my VCORE 97’s or a black grip with a PA 2019, etc. But white goes with anything.
 

McLovin

Legend
Believe it or not, the dye actually changes the feel, and in some cases, the durability/longevity of the grip.

I thought people were crazy here when I first heard this, but over time I’ve come to notice, at least with Wilson Pro and SuperGrap, that some colors are different from the white.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I have wondered this for a long time. Personally I prefer buying black ones.

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Easy Answer. Colored overgrips have dye in them to add color... and when you do that it isn't as good at tackiness and grip. white ones have no dye in them. so they make better grip and feel
 

Pmasterfunk

Professional
Believe it or not, the dye actually changes the feel, and in some cases, the durability/longevity of the grip.

I thought people were crazy here when I first heard this, but over time I’ve come to notice, at least with Wilson Pro and SuperGrap, that some colors are different from the white.
My wife works in the biomedical industry, and told me that dyes can have a big impact on the mechanical properties of materials, even biocompatibility may be affected. So it's not just our collective imaginations.

White overgrips are clearly better. My tennis improves 200% with them.
I still play like feces no matter which color I pick. I must be doing something wrong.
 

Rosstour

Hall of Fame
Easy Answer. Colored overgrips have dye in them to add color... and when you do that it isn't as good at tackiness and grip. white ones have no dye in them. so they make better grip and feel
I very much doubt there is no dye in white overgrips.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I have wondered this for a long time. Personally I prefer buying black ones.

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You don't see to many colored overgrips on either tour. I know Sabalenka used lime green with her Wilson Blade at one point. Funny you bring this up though, I ALWAYS play with white overgrips, because they look better on my Ezones and they show dirt so it's easier to know when its time to change it. I did however just order a 3 pack of black Yonex Supergrap overgrips to try with my Osaka edition Ezones that will be coming in soon. The racquet is white with gold accents, I thought the black overgrip might look nice on it. If not, I'll go back to my white overgrips.
 

Arak

Semi-Pro
It's because of privilege it looks cool. Shows signs of age quickly so you know when to switch. I'm also picky with grips so it's easier to see overlaps.

As opposed to the other colours, which are achieved with the four natural elements, wind, earth, water, and fire?
In response to those who claim white grips are not dyed. All colors are dyed.
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
In response to those who claim white grips are not dyed. All colors are dyed.
That's fair. But I think the point is that if white is the baseline colour, then the use of additional or other / different dyes will cause the grips to perform differently.

Same way ALU Blue is meant to be the same as ALU silver and yet anyone who's played with both will tell you they are not the same.
 

Arak

Semi-Pro
That's fair. But I think the point is that if white is the baseline colour, then the use of additional or other / different dyes will cause the grips to perform differently.

Same way ALU Blue is meant to be the same as ALU silver and yet anyone who's played with both will tell you they are not the same.
I agree.
 

Dragan

Semi-Pro
Every racquet looks great with a clean white overgrip, and it's clearly visible when it's dirty and due for replacement.
 

McLovin

Legend
Are you sure there is no dye in the white ones? I use white because it shows dirt, and reminds you to change. It also goes with any coloured racquet or string.
To be clear, I never said there was no dye in the white, just that the dye itself can change the feel (I believe you were responding to Fedace, but just want to make that clear).

I've also heard people say different colors of the same string play differently (e.g., YPTP yellow vs black vs blue). Can't say as I've noticed this, but I'm less sensitive to strings than I am to grips.
 

ChrisG

Semi-Pro
Colors change the nature of the grip. I’ve experienced it on various brands and the variations can be very important.
I believe the white version of each grip/OG is the best performing iteration of each model.
 

heftylefty

Hall of Fame
I've tried Super Grab in other colors and it feels very different than the white. I believe that the dyed grips are less tacky.
 

jered

Rookie
The bulk packs of Wilson Pro overgrips only come in white (except for the random color 60 pack bucket) so that's what I get. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Dyed grips aren't as good, although it would be super cool to see Federer use a black overgrip with his blackout RF97. Add in an all-black USO07-esque outfit and blacked-out Vapors.

That would be THE definitive RF look.
 

Born_to_slice

Hall of Fame


It's just such a perfect look for Fed. Classy, regal, and intimidating. If only the K90 was blacked out, that would complete the entire image.
Not really my point but yeah black can be good look for anyone. Shorts and shirt don't match well though. Different material and color. And that glossy stripe is eww. Black socks and shoes also don't match well. Doesn't matter from afar maybe. :sneaky:
 

NickJ

Professional
I use white just as it's easy to tell if it needs replacing. I do have some Tourna on some frames, but Yonex Supergrap on match racquets.
 

Lavs

Hall of Fame


It's just such a perfect look for Fed. Classy, regal, and intimidating. If only the K90 was blacked out, that would complete the entire image.
Does it really matter color of wear or overgrip? Isn't it more important how effective you are while wearing/using those?
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
I reuse a tourna grip by turning it inside out and upside down. Then it lasts longer than my strings. Or maybe even longer than 2 string jobs. So what you're saying is pretty much nonsense
Very innovative of you. I did that same thing back in the 90s before you were born. Maybe you're one of my kids actually :unsure:
 
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