An overgrip is a thin grip that is placed above the thicker base grip, these are used to adjust the racket handle to the size of your hand whilst providing extra comfort to the player.
They are used by high-level athletes and recreational players alike to ensure they are as comfortable as possible, especially when enduring a long game. They can help prevent injuries.
A lot of pro-level athletes may get sponsors or manufacturers to make a racket with different size handles which are custom-made, but this isn’t an option for the casual player.
The cost-effective method is to have an overgrip to increase the feeling through the racket and eliminate as many mistakes as possible from your game.
Players with bigger hands may choose to use multiple overgrips to increase the thickness of their racket although this does subsequently make the racket even heavier.
Your grip is normally affected when you start to sweat although overgrips can absorb sweat whilst you are playing allowing you to keep control over your next shot.
This does mean that your overgrip will begin to degrade at a quicker rate which will mean a new grip is needed sooner, you may see some players change grip multiple times during a game.
How do you put an overgrip on your racket?
- You want to remove the plastic and have it at hand for later
- Remove the plastic layer and place your grip perfectly in line starting from the bottom of the racket in line with the primary grip
- Press on the first placement to ensure it stays in place
- Slowly but tightly rotate the racket round to ensure the grip is being wrapped around the racket
- Only just overlap your previous rotation, for a thicker grip overlap the grip more
- Rotate up to the top of the original grip
- Use scissors or you may be able to pull the grip off if there is an excess of grip
- Wrap the plastic strip from Step 1 around the top of the grip
Now go wrap your racket! Get yourself on the court, find the nearest padel court on our UK Padel Club finder.