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    Default Few questions regarding (over)grips

    Please correct me if my assumptions are wrong.

    1. Overgrips are used on top of your standard badminton grip/replacement grip.
    2. It's to make it easier to swing the badminton racket.

    Do overgrips feel better?
    Do I need to replace them often?
    How well do they absorb sweat? (let's assuming I'm using the Yonex AC102)
    Can I put one over any replacement grip? Like say a Yonex high soft grip?
    Will the overgrip damage or leave glue marks on the grip underneath it should I chose to take it off?
    Any other benefits of using an overgrip that you care to share?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iLondon View Post
    Please correct me if my assumptions are wrong.

    1. Overgrips are used on top of your standard badminton grip/replacement grip.
    2. It's to make it easier to swing the badminton racket.

    Do overgrips feel better?
    Do I need to replace them often?
    How well do they absorb sweat? (let's assuming I'm using the Yonex AC102)
    Can I put one over any replacement grip? Like say a Yonex high soft grip?
    Will the overgrip damage or leave glue marks on the grip underneath it should I chose to take it off?
    Any other benefits of using an overgrip that you care to share?

    Thanks!
    I think your questions will mostly get personal opinion responses that differ depending on the person.

    I think overgrips feel better then the grip that comes with the racquet.

    Replacing them depends on personal preference and amount of use. Some people change it almost every day or week while others keep theirs for a couple of weeks to a couple of months.

    The type of grip changes absorption quite a bit, and since everyone sweats differently, "how well" really depends on the person. For me, the AC102 works quite well, but I consider myself a very mild if non-existent hand sweat person.

    You can put as many grips as you want over one another but a lot of people don't prefer to make the grip so big.

    Taking the grip off underneath is probably a common practice with more advance players since they become more picky with how the grip feels, size etc. But it's up to you, you don't have to. I don't usually. I just put a thin overgrip on top.

    The grip is the only part you contact for control in the game so I'd say it's fairly important. You want a grip that is comfortable (over long periods of play/rallies) and allows you maximum maneuverability (either for torque, touch, etc). Myself I also prefer good tack so the racquet doesn't slip or twist and I don't feel the need to grip too tight.

    Good luck.
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    Yes, grips are very personal choices. So it's really down to your own preferences.

    There are two type of grips - replacement and over grips.

    Replacement are thicker grips (and more expensive) that is designed for replacing the original grip.

    Overgrips are used on top of your original grip. They are thin and designed not to change the size of the grip much, but instead give you a new surface for the handle.

    However, there are no rules as such, people have used replacement grips on top of the original, and overgrips as replacement grips etc... it's all down to preference.

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    Thanks for the responses. I'll definitely try them out and experiment.

    But what about damage to the grip underneath when you take an overgrip off?
    Doesn't the glue leave marks, or takes bits of the grip underneath it off?

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    Normally overgrips do not have self adhesive back tape like those replacement grips, so you dont have worry about taking off the overgrips will damage your original grip.

    Im using overgrips on top of original grip and i change it once every 3-4 weeks because my hand doesnt sweat much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iLondon View Post
    Please correct me if my assumptions are wrong.

    1. Overgrips are used on top of your standard badminton grip/replacement grip.
    yes

    2. It's to make it easier to swing the badminton racket.
    putting an overgrip on the racket will increase the grip size, if that helps you swing the racket, sure

    Do overgrips feel better?
    i think so, mainly more tacky and can absorb sweat better

    Do I need to replace them often?
    as often as you feel necessary

    How well do they absorb sweat? (let's assuming I'm using the Yonex AC102)
    depends, i have dry hands, they work very very well, someone from east asia with very sweaty heads will say otherwise

    Can I put one over any replacement grip? Like say a Yonex high soft grip?
    yes

    Will the overgrip damage or leave glue marks on the grip underneath it should I chose to take it off?
    sometimes the grip will bleed thru the back onto the replacement grip

    Any other benefits of using an overgrip that you care to share?


    Thanks!
    good luck with your search of the perfect grip!

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    yeah,i change it once every 3-4 weeks because my hand doesnt sweat much.

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    I change my grip every 2, max 3 weeks - using AC102EX.

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    There's no glue under the overgrip. You need to pull it tightly, and it might help to overlap a bit instead of having leftovers that will be wasted anyway. At least that's what I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iLondon View Post
    Please correct me if my assumptions are wrong.

    1. Overgrips are used on top of your standard badminton grip/replacement grip.
    generally yes, but i have a mixed partner who only uses overgrips on her handle without the original grip

    2. It's to make it easier to swing the badminton racket.
    for some people, like myself, yes, the tackiness which helps keep the handle in my hand generally allows me to grip the handle with less strength, thus allowing a more flexible wrist for bette control and power

    Do overgrips feel better?
    purely personal preference, and on top of that, you have so many different types of overgrip to choose from

    Do I need to replace them often?
    i generally replace an overgrip every 3 weeks because of sanitary reasons, and i always replace it right after i let someone borrow my racket, again, for sanitary reasons

    How well do they absorb sweat? (let's assuming I'm using the Yonex AC102)
    that really depends on how sweaty your hands are, for me, they all work wonderfully and it comes down to how it feels in my hand because i have extremely dry hands.

    Can I put one over any replacement grip? Like say a Yonex high soft grip?
    that is also entirely up to you, because you need to figure out what feels best for you when you are playing

    Will the overgrip damage or leave glue marks on the grip underneath it should I chose to take it off?
    overgrip generally don't have any adhesive attached to it except the tip at the end and that's only to keep the grip in place and not come off of the handle. a replacement grip that replaces your original grip will have adhesive attached to the backside of the grip, which is usually just double sided tape and yes some will be stuck to your handle.

    Any other benefits of using an overgrip that you care to share?
    as i mentioned before, i use an overgrip mainly for the tackiness so i don't need to use too much energy gripping the racket. i also really dislike the original grip that the rackets come with mainly because it doesn't absorb sweat at all. i do sweat, but very lightly, and even then those original grips are horrible. at the same time i also enjoy changing the color of the grips so it matches the color scheme of the racket

    Thanks!
    hope this helps

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    i must be getting old because even with the little arrow as an indicator that i have responded to this thread i went ahead and respond a second time without remembering...sigh

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    Is it better to put the overgrip over the grip, or over the plastic that covers the grip in new racquets.

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    If you put a thin over grip on top of the plastic cover it can sometimes slip because its not sticky other than the first little bit, if you put a PU replacement type grip on top of the plastic it would be less of a problem because its sticky over the whole length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iLondon View Post
    Is it better to put the overgrip over the grip, or over the plastic that covers the grip in new racquets.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dave1011 View Post
    If you put a thin over grip on top of the plastic cover it can sometimes slip because its not sticky other than the first little bit, if you put a PU replacement type grip on top of the plastic it would be less of a problem because its sticky over the whole length.
    I had no slipping problem so far. I use various overgrips (AC102, AC143, Wilson Pro, etc) layered on top of original shrink-wrap with 50% overlap.

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