How to choose which grip to buy?
Although not as complicated as choosing a set of strings and tension, there are a number of things to consider when choosing the right grip for your particular needs - not least whether you need a replacement grip or an overgrip. This page provides a guide to the various characteristics of different grips which you should consider and their effect on the feel of your racquet.
1. What are the differences between tennis, squash and badminton grips?
In short, not a lot... The vast majority of racquet grips available are designed to be used for all racquet sports; typically the key difference is the pictures on the packaging rather than any difference in the grips themselves. The only grips that you'll find which are specifically for any of the three sports will be those designed for indoor play (i.e. squash and badminton) where players tend to get far sweatier hands and need grips with very high levels of absorption. A good example of this is the traditional towelling grips which some squash players use, another example is the Wilson Micro Dry Indoor grip which is just a very absorptive replacement grip which could equally be used by tennis players looking for high levels of absorption. There are very few other grips available which are designed for a particular racquet sport - if you're uncertain just drop us an email to check.
2. What is the difference between a replacement grip and an overgrip?
Grips are either replacement grips OR overgrips. A replacement grip can be applied directly onto the handle of a racquet, they have a sticky backing and offer a reasonable amount of cushioning. An overgrip, on the otherhand, does not have a sticky backing and is typically much thinner. Overgrips are predominantly used to provide specific gripping characteristics or to slightly increase the grip size. Overgrips commonly offer one or more of the following characteristics:
Tacky surface to provide extra grip
Extra sweat absorbency
Textured suface for extra grip (includes grips with perforations)
The added benefit of overgrips is that they are cheap and therefore people are prepared to replace them more frequently, they also come in a far wider variety of colours! You can restrict which type of grips you want using the filters at the top of our Grips page, details are also given on each individual grip's listing page identifying it as either a replacement grip or an overgrip.
3. Why would I want a textured grip?
When classifying grips on our site, we have described any grip with either coutours or large perforations as being 'textured'. You will find additional details regarding the exact properties of the grip within the item description. Some players prefer the feel of a grip with contours (some have cut out troughs and others have raised ridges (e.g. Tec Ace Ribbed Replacement Grip)) as they like something to wrap their fingers around and they feel they get better control of the racquet as well as being more comfortable. Grips with perforations have less impact on the way the racquet feels, but these grips commonly have better cushioning and better absorption.
4. I play indoors or in hot conditions, what type of grip should i use?
If you play in hot conditions, you should consider using a grip with high levels of sweat absorption, to enable you to keep a good grip on the handle. Typically the best grips in this situation are overgrips. Grips with high levels of absorption are indicated in our "Online Shop" and you can filter the grips according to the level of absorption.
5. I suffer from elbow problems, what type of grip should I get?
Players suffering from elbow pain should consider those grips which offer a lot of cushioning and using both a replacement grip and an overgrip, increasing the size of the handle. You should also consider the strings and tension that you are using.