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The Best Tennis Racket Overgrips

Sweat absorption, tackiness, durability, colour? Which tennis overgrips are the best?

The overgrip is the staple tennis accessory for tennis players across the globe, and virtually everyone who regularly plays the sport will go through several of them every year.

Players use them for various reasons, such as making the grip size thicker, increasing comfort, absorbing more moisture, or creating a more tacky feel to stop the racket from slipping from the hand.

In some cases, you might put an overgrip on to keep the original grip in better condition to prevent having to replace it.

But which overgrips are the best? Are some better than others? Or, like tennis balls, are they all coming from the same factory anyway? Let's take a look.

What's the Difference Between an Overgrip and a Replacement Grip?

replacement grips

The names are pretty self-explanatory; a replacement grip is a grip designed to replace the base grip on your tennis racket.

For example, if you've bought a new Babolat Pure Drive but don't like the Syntec grip that is preinstalled, you can swap it out with a replacement like a Head Hydrosorb Pro. 

An overgrip is a thinner piece of tape-like material designed to sit on top of the base grip to absorb moisture, increase grip thickness or boost the grippy-ness for the hand.

Do you need to use both? Not at all, many players will play with the base grip on the racket, and they will swap this out regularly when it wears out.

It's worth noting that replacement grips are often adhesive-backed and can be a bit more awkward to remove and install than an overgrip which are designed to be replaced regularly.

Some players like Dan Evans only use an overgrip with no base grip underneath, this is rare as it creates quite a defined bezel on the handle, which most players will find uncomfortable, but he likes that feeling in the hand.

I don't particularly like the look or feel of the worn base grip, so I've always put on an overgrip as I like the feel and the visual of a fresh white grip nicely fitted on the handle.

How Often Should You Change Overgrip?

wilson pro overgrip

Richard Gasquet changes his overgrip multiple times throughout a match, often using more than one per set. But do you need to mimic him?

Not really, but it's a personal choice; if you're a player who sweats via your palms profusely, then you might not have any other options but to change grips frequently, including mid-match.

I don't sweat much on the palms, and I wear a sweatband to stop it from running down from the forearm, so I tend to keep an overgrip on for the same duration as I keep the strings in. 

Sometimes I'll keep it on longer if it's still looking fresh and there's still a tacky enough feel to it, or I'll change it more regularly if I've played on a dirty court, clay, or a wet day as they get discoloured quickly. 

You can see my what state they can get to below:

wilson dirty overgrip

Are There Different Types of Overgrip?

dry grip

Overgrips fit into two categories – tacky or absorbent/dry.

The names are self-explanatory, with tacky overgrips offering more of a sticky feeling in the hand. And the dry overgrips are designed to absorb sweat and keep your hands dry.

The Overgrip I Use Most Often

tennis point premium grip

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The overgrip I have used most frequently over the last eighteen months is the Tennis-Point Premium Overgrip. 

I only tried them because Wilson Pro Overgrips weren't in stock, which turned out to be a great find. They're very similar, cheaper and do the job I need.

Key Features

  • 0.45mm thick
  • Both sides cellophaned
  • Level of Tack: High
  • Moisture absorption: Medium

Unfortunately, they aren't easy to get hold of for those of you outside Europe. For alternatives, they are very similar to the Dunlop Supertac, Wilson Pro Overgrip and Gamma Supreme.

My Top Five Overgrips For 2021

Over the years, I've tested all types of overgrip, even once as a kid wrapping a racket handle in electrical wiring tape as a test. While it looked pretty nice when complete, I wouldn't recommend it as at the first sign of moisture; it was like holding a bar of soap. 😁

Based on my testing, below are my top five overgrips that I recommend for all players. 

Four of them are tacky overgrips which are my preferred style, and I've also included my favourite dry overgrip.

  Thickness Weight Key Feature  
Wilson Pro Overgrip

wilson pro overgrip

0.55mm 5g Durability CHECK PRICE
Yonex Super Grap

yonex supergrap

0.6mm 6g Cushion CHECK PRICE
Head Prestige Pro Overgrip

head prestige pro overgrip

0.6mm 6.5g Tack CHECK PRICE
Gamma Supreme Overgrip

gamma supreme overgrip

0.6mm 5g Tack CHECK PRICE
Volkl V-Dry

volkl vdry

0.5mm 5g Absorbtion CHECK PRICE

My Overgrip Testing

I tested several overgrips, and you can read the full reviews below. Most of the overgrips were used for a minimum of three 90 minute hitting sessions.

Some I took off earlier as I'd destroyed them, others that I like were kept on longer.

You can read the full reviews below.

The Limitation of My Overgrip Reviews

I am not a player who sweats a lot from the hands, so I prefer tacky grips. I also wear a sweatband to limit any runoff from my forearm.

That means I can't test the ‘dry' overgrips to their full potential or say whether they will suit you if you sweat profusely via your hands. I can only tell if they struggle with limited moisture absorption.

I also tend to play better with a tacky grip as I can manipulate the racket easier in my hands; I find the dry overgrips slightly abrasive so that bias factors into my reviews.

Wilson Pro Overgrip

wilson pro tennis overgrip white

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The Wilson Pro Overgrips is one of Wilson's best selling products and is used by several pro players, including Roger Federer and Serena Williams have used it throughout their careers.

Key Features

  • Thickness: 0.55mm
  • Weight: 5g
  • Level of Tack: High
  • Moisture absorbtion: Medium

I've been using the Wilson Pro Overgrip for over ten years, and it's consistently one of my go-to products.

I have only ever tried other overgrips on the market because the Wilson were out of stock.

At 0.55m thick, it offers decent comfort without adding much bulk to your grip size. There's no debossed logo like some others either, so it's a consistent texture throughout.

wilson pro overegrip

I always find the Wilson Pro Overgrip has excellent durability, a good tack level, and is easy to fit.

With some overgrips, it can be tricky not to get pleating when fitting it, but the Wilson's always seem to go on without having to pull it tight and rewrap constantly.

Pros

  • Really nice tacky feeling
  • Great durability

Cons

  • Wilson has a wide range of grips that look similar, but some are not ‘Pro' and are cheaper in quality.

Verdict: The best choice overgrip for most players.

Yonex Super Grap Overgrip

yonex supergrap

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The Yonex Super Grap overgrip has been sold enough to wrap around the world six times and is used by Denis Shapovalov, Frances Tiafoe, Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios.

Key Features

  • Thickness: 0.6mm
  • Weight: 6g
  • Level of Tack: High
  • Moisture absorption: High

This was the first time I've used a Yonex overgrip in a long time, and I was instantly a fan of the Super Grap.

It is one of the thickest grips at 0.6mm, so it has an excellent cushion level and feels great in hand.

super grap fitted

The pack I bought was the black grips, and they have a slightly less tacky feel than the white ones (probably the dye reduces this). So if you want even more tack, get the white ones.

Based on my playtests, the Super Grap slots easily in the top three and I will be using this grip from now on alongside the Wilson and Tennis-Point overgrips.

You get plenty of tack, it lasts a long time, there's no discernible wear or chafing that leaves residue on the hands, and the comfort level is high.

Pros

  • Feels great with a lot of cushioning
  • Long-lasting
  • Good level of tack

Cons

  • None

Verdict: One of my favourite overgrips.

Volkl V-Dry Overgrip

volkl v dry

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Volkl's V-Dry overgrip is an ultra moisture-absorbent overgrip making it perfect for those who play in humid climates or sweat a lot via the hands.

Key Features

  • Thickness: 0.5mm
  • Weight: 5g
  • Level of Tack: Low
  • Moisture absorbtion: High

I used the Volkl V-Dry over three hitting sessions, and it's probably my favourite amongst the ‘dry' grips out there.

It lasts longer than a Tournagrip, is available in several colours and is significantly better than the Luxilon Elite Dry.

The negatives would be that I found the grip hard to fit snugly to the racket thanks to the cloth-like texture.

That means it keeps getting slack when wrapping and generally has a loose feel on the handle. It also looks quite loose when fitted, which I don't like.

volkl v dry grip

As you can see from the pictures, the V Dry Overgrip has the logo printed onto the grip, which some players don't like.

I tested this during summer, and the grip did a good job absorbing any moisture on the hands.

Overall, I found it a bit too dry for my taste with no real tack to it, but for players who want moisture absorption over everything else, the Volkl V Dry will be a good choice.

Pros

  • Great absorption
  • Long-lasting

Cons

  • Hard to fit neatly
  • Not the most comfortable
  • No tack

Verdict: A good option for players looking for a ‘dry' grip. It will last longer than Tournagrip.

Tecnifibre Pro Players Overgrip

tecnifibre players pro

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Tecnifibre Pro Players is marketed as a durable and absorbent overgrip used by several Tecnifibre touring pros.

Key Features

  • Thickness: 0.5mm
  • Weight: 6g
  • Level of Tack: Medium
  • Moisture absorbtion: High

The Tecnifibre Players Pro Overgrip features Hydrocell Bond Technology, which can absorb moisture up to 5 times faster than a traditional overgrip.

As someone who doesn't sweat profusely via the hands when playing, I can't verify that claim, but the grip did a decent job absorbing moisture throughout the playtest.

players pro tecnifibre

As you can see from the pictures, the Players Pro overgrip has a perforated design that gives it a more textured feel.

I am not a massive fan of the dimpled effect and prefer a smoother grip, but it's a decent grip if you like this style.

The Players Pro grip also feels relatively thin when it's on the racket, which will suit players who like the bezels to be more pronounced.

The reason it's not one of my favourites is that it gets pretty slippy when wet and doesn't have a cushioned feel like the Yonex Super Grap.

Pros

  • Textured feel
  • Good absorbtion

Cons

  • Feels thin
  • Durability
  • Dimples collect dirty easily

Verdict: It feels a bit thin, and the perforated design isn't my favourite.

Luxilon Elite Dry Overgrip

luxilon dry elite

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Luxilon claims that revolutionary soft-touch fabric and moisture-tack technology deliver a comfortable feel and increased tackiness as you sweat.

Key Features

  • Thickness: 0.45mm
  • Weight: 5g
  • Level of Tack: Low
  • Moisture Absorbtion: High

The Luxilon Elite Dry is billed as ideal for humid or for players who want an enhanced grip, and their marketing gives you the impression this is a premium product.

However, this was by far the worst overgrip I've ever used. You can see how it looked after a single hitting session below:

luxilon dry elite used

I could feel this overgrip fraying after just 5 minutes of play, and it wasn't long before a whole section of it'd had worn out and exposed the leather grip underneath.

While it's normal for ‘dry' overgrips to fray and requires swapping out quickly, this one lasted nowhere near as long as a Tournagrip or a Volkl V-Dry.

To make matters worse, when I removed it, it had left a ton of residue on the Wilson leather grip that I had to clean off.

So not only did it wear out after one session, I had to spend 10 minutes with a damp cloth trying to get the grey sticky residue off before applying another one. 

Was this a bad batch? Who knows, but I can't see how this is a viable product if other customers get the same experience as they are useless within 5 minutes. Even Gasquet needs more playing time than that!

Pros

  • None

Cons

  • Price
  • Durability
  • Leaves residue

Verdict: Avoid

Head Prestige Pro Overgrip

head prestige pro

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The Head Prestige Pro Overgrip comes with a specially reinforced polyurethane elastomer material to offer maximum tackiness.

Key Features

  • Thickness: 0.6mm
  • Weight: 6.5g
  • Level of Tack: High
  • Moisture absorption: Low

The Prestige Pro overgrip is very similar to the Wilson Pro Overgrip and the Gamma Supreme. It feels identical once on, and if this was a blind test, I'm not sure I'd have been able to tell the difference.

head prestige pro overgrip

I tested this one on outdoor hard courts over three hitting sessions, and after using the Tournagrip, this was a welcome change back to my preferred ‘tacky' grip.

The Prestige Pro is quite a thick overgrip, so it does add a bit to the grip size, but I liked the feel. It offers a good level of tack and felt good in the hand.

Overall I'd say it starts tacky but doesn't hold tack as well as the Wilson or the Yonex, but I was more than happy with it.

I'm not a massive fan of the debossed logo, but you can wrap it in a way so that the majority of the hand is not touching it.

Pros

  • Very comfortable
  • Good tack

Cons

  • Not that absorbant
  • Head logo in the middle of the grip

Verdict: Solid overgrip, just not quite as good as Yonex or Wilson

Gamma Supreme Overgrip

gamma supreme

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The Gamma Supreme Overgrip “helps you rule the court and provides maximum durability for hours of play”. Bold claims, but it's a decent overgrip based on my testing.

Key Features

  • Thickness: 0.6mm
  • Weight: 5g
  • Level of Tack: High
  • Moisture absorbtion: Medium

It features what Gamma call a high traction polymer coating, and for players who like a tacky, then the Supreme Overgrip is a good buy.

gamme supreme overgrip

I find the Gamme Supreme very similar to the Yonex Super Grap and Wilson Pro Overgrip. The three are almost interchangeable, but the Gamma is not as soft/comfortable as those above.

It also has the logo debossed on the grip, which I'm not a massive fan of, which is why I would pick the Super Grap, Wilson or Tennis-Point in front of this.

One advantage over the competition is that Gamma Supreme is tapered at both ends, so depending on the racket handle length and how much you overlap, you can get a neat finish without using scissors to cut it.

That won't bother many players, but it does look tidier when the top end tapers to a finish. As you can see in my photos, sometimes, I'll make an effort to get the overlaps perfect and cut it with scissors; other times, I will just fit it quickly and hit the courts.

Pros

  • Several colour choices
  • Super tacky
  • Good durability

Cons

  • Not that absorbant
  • Gamma logo in the middle of the grip

Verdict: A decent overgrip and one of the most widely used. 

Babolat Pro Response Overgrip

babolat pro response

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The Babolat Pro Response is the overgrip of choice for Felix Auger Aliassime, and it's the thinnest of Babolat's tacky overgrip range.

Key Features

  • Thickness: 0.45mm
  • Weight: 5g
  • Level of Tack: Medium
  • Moisture absorption: Low

The Pro Response is one of the thinner overgrips out there at 0.45mm and is a decent choice for players who want less bulk on the grip while keeping good tack levels.

babolat pro response

Before this playtest, I'd never tried a Babolat overgrip, and after using the Pro Response, I think I'd like some others more in their range.

I didn't enjoy the texture or the debossed logo, so while it did the job, it's not one I would return to.

For players who want a really thin, more cloth type feeling from their overgrip, they'll like this. But I prefer a slightly thicker rubbery feel.

Pros

  • Very thin
  • Ok aborbancy

Cons

  • Babolat logo in the middle of the grip
  • More ‘dry' overgrip like texture rather than tacky

Verdict: Just ok

Tournagrip

tournagrip packaging

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The Tournagrip is one of the easily recognised accessories out there, thanks to Pete Sampras using it on his trusty Wilson Pro Staff 85 for all of his fourteen Grand Slam Wins.

Key Features

  • Thickness: 0.5mm
  • Weight: 5g
  • Level of Tack: Low
  • Moisture absorbtion: High

Tourna markets it as the most absorbent grip in the world and perfect for hot and humid conditions. It comes in at 5g and has no tapering on either of the ends nor does it have a small sticky square for adhesion to the butt cap like most grips.

tournagrip

The Tournagrip is one of the most widely used grips, but I think it's overrated. I find the grip quite harsh on the hands and hard to manipulate the racket when switching grips.

I only kept this grip on for two hitting sessions as the abrasive nature started to cause a blister on my thumb.

I also didn't play well with it as it gave me a disconnected feel from the racket, which also gave me a bad impression.

As for durability, it's somewhere in the middle. I didn't keep it on long enough to test longevity, but it lasts longer than the Luxilon Dry Elite but had more wear than the V-Dry.

Overall, I think the Volk V-Dry is a better buy as it will last longer and is more comfortable to use.

Pros

  • Good moisture absorbtion
  • More tack than some other dry grips

Cons

  • No tapering
  • No adhesive starting square
  • Abrasive
  • Not the best durability

Verdict: Not as good as the Volkl V-Dry

Frequently Asked Questions

How much weight will an overgrip add to my racket?

All the weight is added to the handle. On average, an overgrip with the finishing tape will weigh around 5-6 grams. While it is a negligible amount (only about 2% of a typical strung rackets overall weight), it's worth considering if you are customising or matching frames.

Do I need to use all the overgrip?

Most overgrips that are wrapped individually are too long for a standard racket handle. Many players will double wrap the last bit to use it in its entirety, but you can produce a much neater finish by trimming the end with scissors. 

You can also use far less overgrip if you have a one-handed backhand. Both Stan Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet only wrap halfway up the handle as their hands are never gripping the upper part of the handle.

Should the sticky part be used at the top or the bottom of the handle?

The instructions will tell you to place the adhesive part on the corner bezel at the bottom of the handle. However, many players do the reverse; they fold over the other end to create another tapered end and then use the adhesive part to fasten the overgrip at the top of the racket.

What is the tackiest overgrip available?

The Tourna Mega Tac is the tackiest overgrip, so if that's what you are after, that's the overgrip you should buy.

Do I even need an overgrip?

Not at all, a lot of players choose not to use one, and it boils down purely to feel and preference. I like the way an overgrip feels over a leather grip, so that's my preferred setup.

I sweat a lot from the hands; which overgrip is best?

I would recommend the Volkl V-Dry right now but will be testing more dry-type grips in the coming months.

However, many players who say they sweat a lot from their hands sweat more on their forearms but don't wear sweatbands, which means the sweat runs down onto their hands.

If I didn't wear a wristband, my hands would get slippy, too, so I'd recommend testing some decent wristbands like the Nike doublewide first and seeing if that makes a difference.

Are overgrips just for tennis rackets?

Overgrips can be used for all sorts of things. As well as tennis rackets, Players can use them on Pickleball rackets, squash rackets and Padel bats.

I've also seen people use them for anything that requires a grip. Think dumbells, pull up bars, axes, door handles, steering wheels.

Overgrips Next On My Playtest List

overgrip playtesting

Over the coming months, the following overgrips will be playtested:

  • Dunlop Supertac
  • Head Prime Tour
  • MSV Cyber Wet
  • Prince Tacky Pro
  • Solinco Wondergrip
  • Wilson Advantage

I will add the reviews to this post over time.

Which overgrip do you use and why? Got any suggestions for overgrips I should review? Let me know in the comments.

Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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18 Comments

    1. This seems important inf for tennis addicts. I’m sure such a detail and a right or wrong choice may decide a match – at least how much fun you get out of it. Nice also to see an explanation on Gasquet’s occupationing during the match-pausing.

      1. Many say it’s (at least for Gasquet) a routine like Nadal’s bottles. To chill out and don’t think about what’s went wrong in the last game and focus on the next game – kind of resetting your mind. Can’t really have such a great impact on the game.
        Every player has 5-8 rackets in the bag and he can take anytime another racket with fresh overgrip and give the “used” racket to your box and before next game you have the same racket with overgrip replaced by someone from the box.
        So I guess it is a magic to ficus better. Good overgrip (they are all good enough in this sense) holds many hours, so even the long match at least. And multiply it by 5-8 or you squash rackets every second game 😉
        I have never seen Fed doing such things and he changes rackets in very specific moments and for very specific goal. Mostly when the opponent is going to serve (without change-over) and Fed needs to break or re-break, so this is rather for distracting the opponent than for any other reason.
        Some change rackets when new balls come and maybe it’s sometimes the case for Fed too, but at least quite frequent to prepare for breaking the serve of the opponent. Many others do the same for the same reason – just copying Fed or any other top guy. A kind of taking 7 minutes bath break (by Tsitsipas in the match vs. Murray Tsitsipas was going to lose and was then angry and told to have lost respect for him.
        My preferred overgrips are Babolat, which has no rational background. I bought once a Babolat overgrip by accident and I liked it, not analyzing why.

      2. BTW – Gasquet has some other “magics”. He often asks ballkids to give him the ball, with which he just won a point. It’s obviously “magic”, because usually one looks for the ball which had just some time to “recover” after hitting it, so it’s kind of fresh again.
        And before returning Gasquet touches the court with the racket many times with a certain pattern.

      3. Thanks.

        @muser – yes there is little to separate quite a few of the overgrips as they are near identical (likely same factory) so I’m sure in a blind test many pros could not tell the difference. But to ask someone to play with Tournagrip when they normally use Wilson Pro Overgrip is a big change for example example.

        @PRF – which Babolat one do you use?

      4. @Muser – you can watch Gasquet this week, he beat Pouille today in Orleans. It’s streamed via the ATP.

        I think Gasquet does it for both routine and a mental reset, but also because he wears Tourna grips out super quick and must prefer the fresh feeling. He could just take a fresh racquet, but he changes grips way more frequently, he’d run out.

      5. @Jonathan
        Oh, I’m not that particular about overgrips. Every year I use the current middle-priced model. This year it is Babolat Pro Tacky. But I guess, many others would serve well and in a blind test I would never guess, which brand or model it is. Only if it is fine for me and most of them pass my QC 😉

      6. @Jonathan
        Look Gasquet’s face when he changes the overgrip. Looks like small religion 😉 Maybe he really needs to change frequently because of the precision he needs for his SHB not being very muscular and not having firm grip would host him some precision deficit. What if he feels he needs new overgrip during a longer rally? Well, he probably misses next SBH shot and loses 😉
        But changing the overgrip every game by someone from the box, he would actually always have 5-8 rackets with fresh overgrip, so I think this is more magic than real need. Or maybe a mix of both. Maybe he always needed frequent overgrip changes and then some day perceived it gives him more as spiritual balance means than the real grip feeling improvement. Or maybe he would not be able to tell himself, why is he doing this.

  1. Just giving the racket and the overgrip to be changed by his box at the change-over after having won first set 🙂

  2. I would try Solinco heaven grip, think Jenson brooksby uses it. It’s very good, dry feeling with a bit of cushion.
    As for luxilon elite grips, they were very good a coue of Years ago but something has happened to them in manufacturing and they are basically falling apart. I’ve logged a complaint with Wilson about it.

  3. Hi,

    I am interested in hearing more about the Volkl V-Dry you tried. I have tried the black version, but I didn’t quite like it. I have heard that there are some noticeable differences between the black and white V-Dry, so I’m interested if you can comment on that. What did the white one feel like?

    1. Hi,

      Ok, I can try, but a few questions…

      What didn’t you like about the black Volkl V-Dry?

      What are you looking for in an overgrip, and what do you use currently, and why do you want to change?

      Cheers.

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