How To Apply Overgrip To Tennis Racket

I’m here to show you how to slap on an overgrip to your tennis racket. An overgrip is key for getting that perfect hold on your stick. It’s not just about making it more comfy and cushiony; it can also help you play better. Trust me, with the right moves, you can pop on an overgrip in no time, no sweat. In this guide, I’ll break down how to pick the right overgrip, get your racket set up, wrap on the overgrip, and finish it up, along with how to keep it in good shape. Let’s dive in!

Pick the Right Overgrip

Picking the right grip for your racket can seriously change your game, so take your time finding one that clicks with you! When you’re choosing an overgrip, think about two big things: what it’s made of and its size. Most overgrips are either leather or some fake stuff; each has its own pros and cons. For instance, leather grips are usually tougher and cushier than the fake ones but might not be as sticky. Fake overgrips are often stickier but wear out quicker. And don’t forget to get the size right for your racket handle—you don’t want it too big or too small, or it’s gonna feel weird.

If you’re not sure what kind or size of overgrip is your jam, you can always ask the tennis guru at your local sports store or even a tennis coach. They’ll give you the lowdown based on what you’re into. Or if you’re up for it, just try a bunch until you find your fave—it’s often the best way to find what really works. Whatever you pick, make sure it fits well and gives you good grip, ’cause that’s gonna help you feel better and play better in your games.

Get Your Racket Ready

Okay, now that you’ve got your gear, it’s time to prep your racket. Before you stick on the overgrip, double-check that the original grip’s size and tightness match how you like to play. If you’re not sure about what size or how tight it should be, hit up a tennis coach or racket expert. With the original grip good to go, you’re ready to start with the overgrip.

First, yank off any old overgrips from your racket’s handle. Then unroll a bit of the sticky side of the new overgrip and start wrapping it from the bottom of your racket handle towards the top. Make sure you’re not trapping any air bubbles and press down a bit as you go to make sure it sticks. Once you’re up near the top, cut off the extra stuff with scissors or something sharp, and press it down to lock it in place.

You can use a bit of masking tape to keep things tidy and make sure the edges don’t start peeling up later. Last up, you might wanna adjust how sticky it is—you can either wipe off a little sweat or sprinkle on some more grip powder, depending on what you like. Do it right, and that overgrip should stay put until you gotta swap it out down the road!

Putting On the Overgrip

Alright, gear up—let’s slap this overgrip on! Popping an overgrip onto a tennis racket is pretty chill and no big deal. You just need a roll of overgrip tape, some scissors, and a touch of chill. Kick off by unrolling the length of tape you’ll need for your racket handle. Be sure to keep a pull on the tape as you unroll so it stays straight. Then, stick the end of the tape near the bottom of your racket and start wrapping upward toward the head, keeping your taping game steady and even. As you go, make sure to press each strip snug against the last one to make it stick real good. Once you hit the top of the racket handle, snip off any extra tape and pat it down to wrap it up. With a bit of practice, putting on an overgrip will become second nature—now go smack some balls around!

Finishing Up the Grip

A couple of final touches, and you’ll be set to rock the court with your fresh-gripped racket. Start by double-checking that the grip size of your overgrip jives with the size of your racket handle. If it’s too tiny, it won’t cover the handle well and won’t last through much action. Make sure to pick a sticky stuff that can hang with lots of use and hardcore sweating. A good choice of sticky stuff can also add some extra cushion for your hands when you’re in the game.

To wrap up the grip, spin the overgrip around the handle, kicking off at one end and keeping a pull on it as you go. Make sure there’s no air pockets or folds in the material and keep at it until you loop back to where you started. Lock both ends down with some tape if you want; it helps keep everything secure while you’re playing or moving your racket between games.

After you’re done sticking on your overgrip, give it a feel before you hit the court. You should feel a better grip and quicker moves since you’re more in sync with your racket than before when you were playing all naked-grip style!

Keeping Your Overgrip in Shape

Your overgrip can help bump up your game, so let’s make sure it stays awesome! One of the best hacks for keeping your overgrip doing its job is to clean it on the regular. Dirt and sweat buildup on the grip can turn it slippery and kinda gross, which sucks for playing. Also, double-check that the grip size still works for you; if it’s too skinny or chunky, it’ll mess with how you control the racket.

The simplest way to clean grips is with a rag and warm H2O; just make sure any soap you use isn’t too harsh ’cause that could mess them up. If they’re super grubby, rubbing alcohol could work, but go easy ’cause alcohol can wear stuff down quicker than just playing would. Also, skip anything scratchy like sandpaper or steel wool ’cause that’ll just wreck them more.

If your overgrips are feeling tired after lots of play, you might need to swap them out to keep your game tight. Overgrips come in all sorts of sizes and colors, so picking a new one that’s up your alley should be a breeze. Just make sure to change out all the grips at the same time so they’re all even-steven; having grips of different sizes can throw off your game by making your racket feel all wonky!

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I swap out my overgrip?

Changing your overgrip is key to keeping a solid and comfy hold on your racket. Depending on how the grip feels and how much sweat it soaks up, you might need to switch it out more often. As a rule of thumb, you should switch up your overgrip every 2-3 months or when it starts feeling less sticky or gets all worn out. A solid overgrip should last long enough and be comfy enough so you’re not always having to change it.

What kinda overgrip works for how I play?

When picking an overgrip that suits how I play, I look at the grip size and how thick the overgrip is. If I like a bigger grip or if my hands get all sweaty, I usually go for a thicker, more absorbent overgrip to get more cushion and better sweat control. But if I dig a smaller grip, then a skinnier, lighter overgrip works since it won’t make the handle feel bulky. Finding the right mix of grip size and overgrip thickness makes sure I’m comfy while playing.

Any special tools I need to put on an overgrip?

When slapping an overgrip onto a tennis racket, it’s a good idea to use the right gear. This stuff includes grip tension meters and grip sizing tapes so you get the fit that works for how you play. With these gadgets, you can figure out how big your handle is, find out how tight the grip needs to be for a snug fit, and then get that grip on there. This helps make sure your overgrip feels good and fits just right for top-notch performance.

Can I reuse an overgrip?

Yep, you can totally reuse an overgrip, just make sure it’s still clean. While some folks might want a fresh grip every time, there are overgrips you can use again if you take care of ’em. To save some cash or cut down on waste, reusing an overgrip is a solid move. But always double-check that it’s still in good shape and comfy for playing before you go for it.

How can I make my overgrip last longer?

If you’re looking to stretch out how long your overgrip lasts, tweaking the grip tension and size can help. When it comes to how tight the grip is, make sure it’s not too snug or too loose, ’cause that can mess with how long it’ll last. On the flip side, you gotta make sure the grip size fits you well since a bad fit won’t feel good or work well. Keep those two things in mind, and your overgrip should last a lot longer than usual.


I’ve got putting on overgrips down to a science! It’s not rocket science or anything, just takes some getting used to. Following these steps, I’ve nailed the perfect grip each time and keeping it in shape’s a breeze. Now all that’s left is to work on my swing to up my game. With the right overgrip backing me up, I’ll be smashing those balls like a champ in no time.