Like the strings, the handle of the racquet is an often underestimated – and therefore neglected – part of the tennis racquet. If you play more frequently you will recognize that the grip has a significant impact on the feel of your racquet.
If in doubt, or if you feel like you fall in between two grip sizes, we recommend to choose the smaller grip size because you can easily build up a grip if necessary. Also a smaller grip leaves room for the use of an overgrip.
Generally smaller grips allow greater freedom of movement and increase the power of a wrist snap shot. On the other hand using a smaller grip requires more muscle strength to keep the racquet from twisting in your hand – especially if you hit the ball off-center. That´s why prolonged use of a grip that's too small can contribute to tennis elbow problems.
A new tennis racquet comes with a stock grip, which is attached to the handle to protect your hand and provide comfort. But it’s also a critical component to performance because it ensures you can properly hold and maintain control of your racquet.
Over time, these grips wear down and eventually lose thier cushion. At least now take the chance to customise your grip to your personal needs and preferences! There are many different types of replacement grips available.
Especially if you’re suffering from an arm injury like tennis elbow or even mild arm discomfort, then Wilson Cushion-Aire Perforated replacement grip can be a great option to help reduce shock and absorb vibration you feel when hitting.
Beyond optimizing your base grip, you may want to consider to use an overgrip, also known as a grip tape. For players of all skill levels, this is an inexpensive way to make sure you have a firm and consistent grasp and enjoy playing tennis.
An overgrip increases traction, absorbs sweat, reduces blisters and can drastically increase the life of your base or replacement grip. You can also use an overgrip to make minor adjustments to the size of your racquet’s handle. Overgrips come in a variety of colors, textures, and thicknesses.
When you find an overgrip begins to lose its tackiness don´t hesitate to replace it!