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

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Does it really matter color of wear or overgrip? Isn't it more important how effective you are while wearing/using those?
It doesn't, which is why everyone uses white grips.
Just saying it would be really cool if Federer used a blacked out 97.
 

Nate7-5

Professional
Original Tourna is great if you are sweating your ass off in a 3 hour match. Wasnt so great for me playing indoors for an hour in the middle of winter - I was flicking water on it to make it useable.
 

ichaseballs

Semi-Pro
so all the pros like white because of the no-dye / feel?
do they make fun of the other pros if they don't use white/tourna?
i use yonex supergrap, and have tried many colors. personally i still like the feel of the black ones.
 

NLBwell

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.
I don't know if it is because of dye, but I tried a couple of different colors of both SuperGrap and the Wilson as well as Tournagrip and a couple of others. In the end, I like white SuperGrap the best, so that's what I use.
 

David Le

Hall of Fame
I only use Tourna Dry XL during the Spring and Summer months. When indoor season comes in Autumn and Winter, I ditch the TG Dry and use either Yonex Super Gap (yellow) or Unique/Tourna Mega Tac (white)
 

Flootoo

Rookie
Wow. I just buy whatever grip looks cool. And I avoid white precisely because it shows the dirt. Replace grip when it starts to look ragged.
 

ryushen21

Legend
Tourna is garbage. Wilson pro and Yonex Supergrap are better in every way.
Except that Wilson Pro and Supergrap (and Gamma Supreme) feel nothing like Tournagrip. So in that sense, they are the garbage while Tourna is the best.

I've been looking for a more durable alternative to Tournagrip and haven't found one yet. But I'm gonna try Yonex Drygrap and Volkl V-Dry.
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
Except that Wilson Pro and Supergrap (and Gamma Supreme) feel nothing like Tournagrip. So in that sense, they are the garbage while Tourna is the best.

I've been looking for a more durable alternative to Tournagrip and haven't found one yet. But I'm gonna try Yonex Drygrap and Volkl V-Dry.
Yeah if you're looking for that Tourna feel there isn't anything else like it I think. Wilson pro and yonex super are totally different. I like the tacky feel of Wilson pro. Dont care for the feel of Tourna but to each their own.
 

Robert F

Professional
I've been using white Wilson Pro for years. Every once in a while I get the desire to go with black for a slick all black look. Every time I've gone to the black Wilson Pro I'm changing it the next day scrambling for the white. The white seems to have a little more tack, seems to have better feel and feels crisper/thinner. The black seems OK at first gripping, but as you start playing with it, it just seems blocky and almost too cushy. It looks the same, smells the same, but just ain't.

A buddy who borrows overgrips from me all the time, gave me a 3 pack of Wilson Pro Neon Green. It seemed closer to the White but still not as well of a fit to the racquet.

The rational person in me says it has to be in my head, but once I put on a white grip--I feel I hit clearner, it feels cleaner and my grip is in place better more often. On the black I felt my grip was getting to western and I have no idea why.
 

Simplicius

Semi-Pro
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Why do all pros seem to use white overgrips (besides tourna)?
Now I'm shocked !!! I believe this is "tennis theory" ...since always!
I know that and I'm (almost) always use white overgrips. But now, I search for the sources of this theory and I can not find anything.
Also no one above have mentioned that "we have to better use white overgrips because in that color we understand the wear of it, easily as it's getting and looks dirty".
 

Nate7-5

Professional
Feel aside, because of how dirty white looks people will change them up more. Would make sense to push pros to use white. Looks premium when fresh and people will identify with pros. More sales.
Please. The pros are going to use what feels to best for them.
 

jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
It's been discussed before, even in this thread, that less dye = more tack, with white having the least - or some claim no - dye.
 

AceyMan

Semi-Pro
Among all the valid reasons stated so far, one thing not yet mentioned—

The bulk OG spools are almost always in white. Ergo, I suspect that's what the tournament stringers keep on hand / are provided by the mfgr reps. When you are burning thru dozens of re-grips a day, fooling with 3-packs is just time—and someone's money—wasted .

/Acey
 

nov

Semi-Pro
I always liked Wilson Pro white ones. Lately i thought i need to use whats left in my stock of Yonex Supergrap black and then stick to Wilson Pro white. The Yonex sucks compared to Wilson. I dont know if its Yonex Supergrap bad or because black color, but Wilson much better.
 

Lefty5

Hall of Fame
Tourna Mega Tac is as tacky in Black as it is White. True story. But to answer the question, i think the white grips are used due to the Fed Factor. Fed for a long time was the GOAT. People wanna look like the GOAT. There was the Sampras effect for a long time too - previous GOAT. People wanted to be like that GOAT. People STILL want to be like that GOAT based on all the Blue Tourna I see out there. Question is will the white fad fade when the current GOATS go to pasture.
 

ichaseballs

Semi-Pro
Everytime I watch pro TV I still look to see if any new players would dare using a black or different color grip... still no luck
Just even a set or two... The fact it never happens is what intrigues me.

More importantly I would like to announce that I am now officially using only white overgrips.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
Everytime I watch pro TV I still look to see if any new players would dare using a black or different color grip... still no luck
Just even a set or two... The fact it never happens is what intrigues me.
I’ve only seen white overgrips or Tourna Grip used on the WTA side.
 

glenWs

Rookie
Neutral color. Easier to tell when it’s dirty. Looks better. I am pulling excuses out of my ass. Who the hell knows. I’ve almost always used white, sometimes blue, because I like the way white looks. That simple.
 

Crazy Finn

Hall of Fame
I generally go with a black grip to match the racquet colors better. If the white grip felt better than the black, I'd use it, but I couldn't tell the difference when I had one of each on my racquets. I guess pros are more sensative to these things, not surprising. I don't care about seeing the dirt, I'll replace it when I feel like it needs it. I don't need a visual reminder.
 

Digital Atheist

Professional
Sure, but that only addresses one aspect; imo this thread relates more to pigment than physics. Here is a thorough and quite interesting overview on the topic:

 

wangs78

Hall of Fame
I use red Supergrap but notice that on very sweaty days the grip gets a bit slippery. Will try white next time and see if it's better.
 
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