Why use an overgrip?

fredbeer

New User
In the past I have bought a 4 1/2" grip racquet then added an overgrip to meet my correct size of 5/8. The recent purchase was a 5/8 grip, which feels pretty nice. If I add an overgrip it will be too large.

Guess my question is, why does it appear like everyone uses overgrips, pro's included, when they could use the factory grip. Then replace it when worn out. A factory replacement grip is not that expensive, and definately last longer than an OG.
 

i8myshirt

Rookie
I use an overgrip because the racket thickness wasn't thick enough, so I was getting blisters and such. The overgrip fixed the size and now everything is all good.
 

Dr. Acula

New User
I use an over grip because if you play in the south you sweat like a greased pig and my opponents don't like it when I accidentally throw my stick at them.
 

Nanshiki

Hall of Fame
Factory grips don't have as much, well, grip. And they are almost never as absorbent. So it makes a lot more sense to play with something that can be easily replaced after an hour of play or so.
 

meowmix

Hall of Fame
Same as above. I'm in between a 4 3/8 and a 4 1/2. Also, OG cost a lot less than a regular grip.

Besides, I use tourna over leather. Bare leather doesn't chime very well with me, but leather + tourna works very well.
 

logansc

Professional
I use an over grip because if you play in the south you sweat like a greased pig and my opponents don't like it when I accidentally throw my stick at them.
Word. I've cracked a racquet before with this type of situation. I now have to buy a third stick to replace it. Solution Tournagrip in bulk.
 

Zielmann

Semi-Pro
Some people (me included) use it to increase their grip size by half a size. Basically, I find the #3 grips to be a bit too small, but the #4's are a bit large, so I buy the #3, and put on an overgrip to acheive something like a #3.5 I suppose you might call it.

The other benefits from them though, include extra absorbtion, extra cusioning, and easier replacement. It's much easier to remove and reapply an overgrip than to replace an actual grip. But I do replace the regular grips every so often anyhow, because they do lose some cushioning over time, too.
 

pfchang

Professional
same here. leather + Tournagrip II

load of feel.

but i hate it when the leather rubs off.

still, a lot of people choose to use OG's to preserve the stock grip posssibly for resale. I did it primarily for that reason, but with leather now, OG's are required.
 

Il Mostro

Banned
Thin **** grip + Supergrap works for me. Sharp bevels and the tackiness and absorption of the Yonex over grip are a perfect combination for my hand.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
I love the feel of no overgrip, but I sweat way too much.

I could never get a good grip otherwise. My expenditure on Tourna grip could probably pay for my retirement.
 
me...

1) feels way better (tacky is way nicer)
2) helps me make the grip smaller (cos i use 2 overgrips instead of replacement grip + overgrip)
3) feels way nicer
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Trasher

Banned
In the past I have bought a 4 1/2" grip racquet then added an overgrip to meet my correct size of 5/8. The recent purchase was a 5/8 grip, which feels pretty nice. If I add an overgrip it will be too large.

Guess my question is, why does it appear like everyone uses overgrips, pro's included, when they could use the factory grip. Then replace it when worn out. A factory replacement grip is not that expensive, and definately last longer than an OG.
Have you had entire hitting sessions or matches without using an overgrip? Worst thing ever!

I seriously cannot play without my white wilson pro overgrip, or profile, anything white does the trick. It just does not feel like a racket without the OG, and I get less creative because of that
 

ear_lobe

New User
To preserve the original grip (if it's leather you don't need to replace it, $15). Also some grips are abrasive like leather where they'll give you caluses; overgrip provides a bit of cushioning and tackiness. Overgrips usually don't increase the gripsize that much, after a few weeks the gauge will go down as the material wears and impacts from the usage. And it'll be close to your original gripsize. Most tennis players use overgrips. BTW, using two overgrips at the same time only rounds out the bevels in the racquet. I tried that to increase a racquet hopefully two sizes bigger, I ended up having difficulty changing my grip from backhand to forehand because i couldn't feel the bevels anymore.
 

fredbeer

New User
Thanks for the responses. I like the feel of overgrip, but my current racquet is the right size for my hand with the factory grip. I guess a thin OG would be best. Which ones are the thinnest and durable?
 

stician

Semi-Pro
leather grip + overgrip =super
Same as above. I'm in between a 4 3/8 and a 4 1/2. Also, OG cost a lot less than a regular grip.

Besides, I use tourna over leather. Bare leather doesn't chime very well with me, but leather + tourna works very well.
+2

also for me it's a chance to put on fresh grips before a match and Babolat VS Original is pretty thin. Also much easier to regrip in between sets if you do sweat through one.
 

In D Zone

Hall of Fame
Don't use overgrip unless I need to built up the grip size.

Prefer to play with the actual grip on the racquet. Overgrip bothers me, especially on serves. I need to be able to feel the bevel of the grip.
 
1. overgrips feel nice, 2. easier to replace than a replacement grip, 3. to build 1/2 of a grip size. my hand is too small for a 4 3/8 grip, but too small for a 4 1/2 grip, so i use 4 3/8 and an overgrip to make it 4 3.5/8. exactly like what someone else said before me.
 

Wilson6-1

Rookie
I prefer an overgrip.

I remember early on before using them, I bounced a racquet over my partner. I was serving in the second set, and up 40-15 so thought I would go for a little more on my first serve, well, right after striking the ball I lost it and the momentum carried the racquet into the ground right behind him, hit the ground, and then bounced over his shoulder. Surprisingly, it did not crack.
 

tennisguyak

Semi-Pro
It lasts way longer because it isn't designed for comfort and performance like an overgrip, but just durability. Overgrips feel way more comfortable, and fyi they add half a grip size. Plus they are easier and more quickly replaced.
 

Wilson6-1

Rookie
^^^^ ouch, that makes my blood cold whenever I drop my racquet, let alone have it bounce over someone's shoulder.
Happened so fast I couldn't even warn him. Felt terrible. Luckily, it didn't affect him.

Funny thing is, I have never hit any partner with the ball while playing, but have been struck myself numerous times by different partners.
 

Nanshiki

Hall of Fame
The original will always last longer but it has lower performance... especially for people with sweaty hands.

An overgrip will have better performance but it will only work for an hour or so because it needs to be changed out (you have about half the grip at that point).

IMO, find one you like and always buy in bulk... saves a lot of time and money. I find that a bad grip ruins my tennis (although not as much as worn out string).
 

LPShanet

Banned
Thanks for the responses. I like the feel of overgrip, but my current racquet is the right size for my hand with the factory grip. I guess a thin OG would be best. Which ones are the thinnest and durable?
As far as I know, the Babolat VS overgrip is among the thinnest made. Not my absolulte fave in terms of feel, but it's pretty good and very thin. Gamma used to make a thin one as well, but not sure if it's still in the line.
 

Dr. Acula

New User
Thanks for the responses. I like the feel of overgrip, but my current racquet is the right size for my hand with the factory grip. I guess a thin OG would be best. Which ones are the thinnest and durable?
I don't think overgrips are particularly made for durability. They are made to be disposable. I love tournagrip but I am lucky to get two sessions out of one overgrip, especially in the summer. I buy in rolls of 30. I like the babolat overgrip and I hear the yonex OG is good. As far as thin, I think an overgrip increases the grip by 1/32 or 1/16. I doubt it really makes that big of a difference to most folks, even though they will swear otherwise.
 
I also use the the white Wilson overgrips - the
best overgrip that i have ever tried, and i have tried
every overgrip that you can imagine. The Yonex
supergrap overgrips come a close second.

I hate Tournagrip - i just don't like the feel at all.
Horrible.

Why do i use overgrips? Purely because i sweat
a lot (think Roddick)!! - so the racquet will (inevitably)
loosen in my hand/ palm... sometimes flying out across
the court, esp. on the follow-through on serve.
Towelling off the racquet handle just doesn't do it
for me...

Saying all that, on a cold day (and if i can possibly get
away with it), i actually prefer using the base grip
(i.e. no overgrip), as i find that i get greater feel, both
on serves and (especially) on groundstrokes.

I feel like i have better wrist manipulation without
an overgrip...
 
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Lucky57

Rookie
overgrip adds a world of comfort for me when i hit with my racquet. and with more comfort, i feel like i'm striking the ball cleaner.
 
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