The grip in tennis will always be important because it will make the link between the hand and the racket of the player. Well chosen, the latter will significantly improve the player's experience. There are two categories: Basic grips (also called cushion) and overgrips. Here's how to decide between them.
In this article:
· CUSHION GRIPS (COMFORT VS FEEL)
· OVERGRIPS (ABSORTION VS TIGHTS)
Before starting, you must understand one thing: It is mainly through the basic grip that the comfort or sensation will pass. It is therefore important to choose well. The concept is simple; the thicker and more padded the base grip, the more comfortable the experience will be. Some basic grips will use gel, such as the Wilson Shock Shield Hybrid which will absorb most vibrations. However, if the vibrations are eliminated, it will also mean that the sensations as well. These cushion grips are highly recommended for players with sensitive arms and players suffering from lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow).
Therefore, on the market there are also much thinner cushion grips, without additional padding or no padding at all. These grips, like the Babolat Natural Feel Grip leather, will bet everything on the feeling brought to the player. Naturally, more sensations represent more vibrations and therefore, less comfort. These grips are all indicated for competitive players.
Overgrips have the task of adjusting everything. The primary task of overgrip is to perfect the level of tights or sweat absorption. The so-called sticky overgrips (or tacky) are perfect for the player who produces little sweat and seeks that the racket sticks well to the hand without effort. Several overgrips are very popular in this category, but this crowned champion will undoubtedly be the Yonex Super Grap, which contains silicone. This overgrip is the best-selling of all time. Especially because it is also very popular in badminton.
However, if the player produces more sweat, he will be much more comfortable with an overgrip called sec that will absorb the latter. The more the player sweats on this overgrip, the stickier he will be by hand. A good example is the Babolat Pro Team SP, which is coated with silk powder and can absorb up to twice its weight in liquid.
But that's not all. An overgrip can also be thicker and can come to make a final adjustment to the level of comfort and sensations of the player. Professional gamers love to combine a thinner cushion grip with an overgrip to give comfort vs the maximum feel.
The ovegrip is also perfect for emergency situations, as it can be replaced quickly at any time, even between important sets. A pair of scissors may or may not be necessary, depending on the degree of finish you are looking for.