Tennis grips – dry or tacky? Characteristics and use

Tennis grips – dry or tacky? Characteristics and useProfessional tennis players and advanced amateurs know how the game quality and comfort can be influenced by the well-matched racquet grip or overgrip. Unfortunately, less advanced players often tend to ignore it, so that they do not even know what type they use. What is the difference between dry and tacky grips? How to choose the best one for you? The answers to these questions are in the text below!

First of all, a good grip is one of the most important issues when it comes to tennis ecquipment. Only the choice of a racquet and string can be considered as more significant. We divide grips into two groups: base grips (factory grips, replacement grips) and overgrips. The main difference between them is their thickness. Base grips are much thicker than overgrips, and also they are used in a different way. Base grips are applied directly onto the racquet's handle and they are included in every brand new racquet as a factory grip. On the other hand, overgrips are wrapped over base grips to improve a grasp, adhesion, comfort of playing, as well as visuals.

Tennis overgrips: dry or tacky?

It is often said that players looking for a well-matched overgrip should take into consideration four basic factors. They are:

- adhesion,

- water absorption,

- durability,

- price.

The most important are factors number one and two on the list. They are also the most debatable two. Internet discussion boards are filled with topics such as “overgrip dry or tacky?”. As well as in many other issues connected with choosing tennis ecquipment, the choice of an overgrip is also a matter of individual preferences and predispositions. Dry overgrips are dedicated for players who do not experience the problem of sweaty palms. On the contrary, tacky overgrips are recommended for those who are afraid that wet hands will affect their game and make it more difficult.

How often should you change a tennis racquet overgrip?

The frequency of changing an overgrip depends on earlier mentioned durability and the time spent on a court. In case of recreational playing, an overgrip of a good quality should maintain its characteristics and visuals for about 5-6 games, 2 hours each. Overgrips used by advanced players during matches do not last for so long. They often need changing after each game.

It is worth to remember that worn-out, unaesthetic overgrip should be changed, even if it still has not lost its characteristics. Overgrips in light colours are getting unclean very fast (particularly on clay courts), so they usually need changing more often. It is not a pleasant view for both the player and his opponent. Taking into consideration that the prices of good overgrips start with even 1 euro, it is not something worth saving. Especially, that dirty overgrip shows a player in a very bad light.

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