A big pet peeve of mine is when I see my
own students put on an overgrip and they don’t do it correctly. Something
like this where the bottom cap of the racket is overlapped by the grip and
there’s gaps in the grip or even worse I’ve seen some of my students start the
wrong way and tape the grip on the bottom. I have regripped thousands of
racquets if not more and I have my own little technique that I would like to
share with you. So the first thing you’re gonna do is you’re gonna remove the
plastic part of the grip. Now as obvious as this seems a lot of players forget
about this part and actually leave this plastic on the grip. So you got to
remember to remove the plastic. So every grip will have an adhesive part you can
see here there’s an adhesive part of this overgrip and obviously gonna start
with the thin part and we’re gonna simply place the adhesive part on the
bottom of the handle and let’s use this little hole on the butt cap as a
reference point this hole is there for you to remove the butt cap if you have
something stuck in your frame you can shake the racket and get it out. So this
is our starting point now we’re gonna hold the racket with the non-dominant
hand with the thumb extended. I’m gonna hold the grip with the thumb and the
index finger now we’re gonna start on the bottom right along the edge and now
we’re going to be rolling the grip with our non-dominant fingers while
controlling the grip with the thumb. See this thumb is gonna be on the grip while
the index finger is controlling the other part and the non-dominant hand
just simply rolls the grip while you’re two dominant fingers are
controlling the situation. Now you keep going all the way up until you reach the
end. Now one little trick that I can show you is you can adjust the thickness of
the grip. So the tighter you make the spaces the thicker your overgrip is
gonna be and the longer you make the spaces the thinner your grip is going to be.
Obviously, you don’t want gaps and going like this you don’t want any gaps but in
my case I like the grip to be nice and thin so I like to go right along the
edge. Another thing that’s happening with the modern rackets is that the handles
seem to be getting shorter and shorter which just makes it very difficult for
us two-handers. So in my case I like to go all the way up
like this and I use a special little trick that I want to share with you. So
at the end of the grip, I make a small triangle with the end of the grip like
this. You can see there’s a small little triangle right at the end. So once you
have this small little triangle you’re gonna actually take tape and you’re
gonna put it right along this triangle like this and now you’re gonna start
rolling the tape in this way. I actually like using a regular tape rather than
the tape that comes provided with the grip and I
go all the way around until the end. Now the reason why I like using this
triangle technique is if you happen to have a two-handed backhand and if you
slide your hand from the ready position down onto the racket you don’t want
anything flapping in the way so your fingers get caught. So I like having this
area as smooth as possible and that’s where this triangle technique comes in
very handy. Every racket that you buy will come with an original grip and that
is not an over grip and this can be removed but make sure that when you
remove the original grip that you buy a replacement grip and not an overgrip. A
replacement grip is much thicker than an overgrip. All original grips on all
rackets are put on right-handed and this is something that you have to understand.
So if I hold the overgrip in my dominant hand and I put my non-dominant
hand on the bottom of the grip and if I start rolling and the grip this way I’m
gonna be following the original grip and this is great for right-handers. You can
see here that the overgrip is following it the original grip. Now you can do the
opposite, some players prefer this and you can put a grip on lefty.
Maria Sharapova is one player who puts on her grips left handrd even though
she’s a right-handed player all you have to do is switch hands. So now you
hold the racket with your dominant hand that the non-dominant hand will roll the
grip now I’m not as good putting grips on with my left hand it’s gonna be a
mess but I just want to show you what happens to the grip when
it’s put on in this manner. Now see that the grip is going in the opposite
direction you see it’s going in the opposite direction of the original grip
and what happens is it becomes a little bit more rigid when you hold the overgrip in this way and some players prefer this. I personally don’t like it I like
the grip to be a little bit smoother but it’s an option for you to consider
putting the grip on the lefty way. And finally I want to share with you guys my
personal method or how to optimize a grip even more. What I do is tape
the very bottom of the grip you see how here how I have taped off the very bottom
portion of the grip and now it’s made the grip much bigger but only on the
very bottom. Professional players that use this gripping technique are Yevgeni Kafelnikov and Richard Gasquet. And this is what the grip looks like if you
tape the very bottom of it to. See it looks like a big bubble right on the
bottom of the grip. Now for demonstrative purposes I made it a little bit extra
big Kafelnikov/Gasquet style. These guys indeed have it this big if not bigger.
Personally, this is too big for me I have it much thinner than this. And I’ve
copied this gripping technique from a fellow player about 20 years ago and
I’ve never looked back I just love the way the grip feels when it’s taped on
the very bottom and what I like about it is when I grip the racket I have the end
piece of the grip inside my hand and then my little finger is settled right
below where the tape is and now because this part is thicker my hand feels more
solid it feels like it doesn’t slip and for me it’s a much better feeling than
having a thin bottom piece of the grip. in fact, if I use a racket it doesn’t
have tape on the bottom of the grip I cannot play with it because it feels so
thin it feels like my hand is going to slip off the racket. So this is something
that you can consider in making your hand even more stable when you hold the
racket. Regrip your rackets as often as possible so that you can get faster at
regripping and therefore can maybe do it at a changeover during a match.
Playing with a fresh grip can actually make you play a little better. So now I’m
going to time myself and see how long it takes me
to regrip a racket. Now one little trick that you can do if you’re playing a
match all that annoying plastic removed off
the grip that can save you a lot of time. So now let’s prepare everything and the
clock starts right now let’s see how long it takes me to put a new grip on
the racket. Now if you ever watch Richard Gasquet play a match he’s
probably the fastest regripper I have ever seen and he regripps his rackets on
every single changeover. Now because he has a one-handed backhand he cuts them
off about half way. Another player that used to do this on every single
changeover was Vitas Gerulaitis. So I’m pretty close to the end here let me do
my little triangle at the very end my tape already prepared and get this tape on and there’s the new grip. Remember to change your grip very frequently. I
personally change grips every set when I play matches and when I teach I like to
change it daily. There’s nothing that feels better than having a fresh
grip that’s still tacky so I encourage you to change grips as often as possible.
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Dennis Veasley

6 thoughts on “How To Replace Tennis Racquet Overgrip”

  1. It’s important to hold the racquet with the non-dominant hand. This way the grip will be aligned with the original grip that’s on the racquet. It feels a lot smoother this way. Now there are some players who prefer to do it the opposite way. Sharapova, for example, has the overgrip on her racquet the wrong way. She got used to this and prefers it. If you were to do it in this fashion, the overgrip would be misaligned with the original grip and the feel is a tad more rigid. To do it the Sharapova way simply hold the racquet with your dominant hand and have the remaining piece of the overgrip in your non-dominant hand.

    This video is for right-handed players. If you are a lefty you could do it both ways. Rafael Nadal puts his grips on the right-handed way. Fernando Verdasco, on the other hand, does it the lefty way. Try both ways and see what works best.

  2. Hi Nikola,

    I have a question and a comment. Do you make the part by the bud cap of the racquet thicker by rolling the overgrip several times? And does the thick part interfere or help with the serve?

    And the comment: Now I know why my forehand, backhand, serve, and volleys suck: I don’t overgrip enough 🙂

    Thank you for very helpful video.

  3. I used to tape it upside down, but I have a new technique. Thought this was uber helpful tbh, especially for newer players !!

  4. Wow. For something as important as changing the grip on a racket, this is the first time I have come across an instructional video on how it should be done and how to do it efficiently. I will definitely post this for my tennis players. Thanks!

  5. I'm glad you mentioned the "lefty" vs "righty" winding of the overgrip, Nick. I find the real advantage (it's only a small one) is that, for me as a lefty, the lefty winding direction fits my hand a bit better. That's because the diagonal slant of the lefty winding matches the diagonal angle of my left handed grip a bit better.

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