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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 yearly.

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 self-explanatory; a replacement grip is 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 preinstalled Syntec grip, you can swap it 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 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 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 (Update 2022)

toalson asterista grip


In early 2022 as part of reviewing more overgrips to add to this post, I stumbled across the Toalson Asterista overgrip for the first time, and since then, it’s become my go-to overgrip.

The Asterista is one of the best all-around grips I’ve tried, it is slightly thicker than other overgrips at 0.7mm and longer, but it feels fantastic. Excellent tack, good absorption, and is very long-lasting.

Key Features

  • 0.7mm thick
  • Level of Tack: High
  • Moisture absorption: Medium

My Top Five Overgrips For 2022

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 Absorption CHECK PRICE

My Overgrip Testing

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

Some I took off earlier as I’d destroyed them; others 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


The Wilson Pro Overgrips is one of Wilson’s best-selling products and has been 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 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

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.


  • Nice tacky feeling
  • Great durability


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

Verdict: The best choice overgrip for most players.

Yonex Super Grap Overgrip

yonex supergrap


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 alongside the Wilson and Toalson overgrips from now on.

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


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


  • None

Verdict: One of my favourite overgrips.

Volkl V-Dry Overgrip

volkl v dry


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

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


  • Great absorption
  • Long-lasting


  • 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


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 decent if you like this style.

The Players Pro grip also feels relatively thin when 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 because it gets pretty slippy when wet and doesn’t have a cushioned feel like the Yonex Super Grap.


  • Textured feel
  • Good absorption


  • 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


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 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 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 to get the grey sticky residue off before applying another. 

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!


  • None


  • Price
  • Durability
  • Leaves residue

Verdict: Avoid

Head Prestige Pro Overgrip

head prestige pro


The Head Prestige Pro Overgrip has 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 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 feels 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.


  • Very comfortable
  • Good tack


  • Not that absorbent
  • 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


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

The Gamma Supreme is 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, I sometimes try to get the overlaps perfect and cut them with scissors; other times, I will just fit them quickly and hit the courts.


  • Several colour choices
  • Super tacky
  • Good durability


  • Not that absorbent
  • 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


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 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 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.

Players who want a thin, more cloth-type feeling from their overgrip will like this. But I prefer a slightly thicker rubbery feel.


  • Very thin
  • Ok absorbancy


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

Verdict: Just ok


tournagrip packaging


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 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.


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 has 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.


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


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

Verdict: Not as good as the Volkl V-Dry

Toalson Asterista Overgrip

toalson asterisk overgrip orange


Toalson is a relatively unheard-of tennis brand that makes some great strings, so it’s only natural they also make quality overgrips.

One of those is the Asterista, which has become my overgrip of choice since testing it earlier in 2022.

Key Features

  • Thickness: 0.7mm
  • Weight: 7.1g
  • Level of Tack: High
  • Moisture absorption: Medium

The Asterista is one of the most comfortable overgrips I have ever tried, and it is one that just felt great as soon as I tested it.

The thickness, tack and softness are all the things I’m looking for in a grip, and I found no real negatives with it.

toalson overgrip

Even though I’m usually not a fan of grips that have debossed logos, I can overlook it on the Asterista, and I would recommend that everybody tries it if they like the soft, wet, tacky feeling grips.


  • Excellent durability
  • Good levels of tack
  • Super comfortable


  • It might be too thick for some players at 0.7mm
  • Quite long and requires cutting with scissors to avoid bulk near the throat.

Verdict: One of my favourite overgrips

Artengo Absorb Overgrip

artengo overgrip


Artengo is the in-house brand of retailer Decathlon, and they’re becoming more well known for their well-priced tennis rackets, which are comfortably the best value for money rackets you get right now.

The French firm also does the full complement of accessories, including overgrips with three types to choose from.

I tested their ‘Absorb’ grip, which comes in a pack of three.

Key Features

  • Thickness: Not provided, approx 0.5mm
  • Weight: 6.1g
  • Level of Tack: Medium
  • Moisture absorption: Medium

Even though the grip is marketed as an absorption type grip, I found it more of a tacky style grip, and I enjoyed it. It has an excellent feeling – more on the firmer side than soft, but I liked how it felt when switching between forehands, backhands and volleys.

artengo absobr overgrip

The other advantage is that the outer edges of the grip are bevelled, which makes getting a uniform overlap very easy, as you can line up the grooves as you wrap them. 

One downside, however, was that the red tab to aid in peeling off the cellophane before fitting failed on all three grips – when I pulled that, the tab itself came away from the cellophane rather than separating it from the grip—no impact on the playability of the course, but just an annoyance.


  • Low price
  • Decent level of tack
  • Bevelled/grooved edges for uniform overlap


  • Not massively absorbent despite the name

Verdict: An excellent budget-friendly overgrip, worth trying.

Tourna Mega Tac

tourna mega tac overgrip


The Tourna Mega Tac is sold as the tackiest overgrip ever made, and like their iconic blue absorbent, overgrips come in a single thick roll with three grips.

Key Features

  • Thickness: Not provided, approx 0.6mm
  • Weight: 6.5g
  • Level of Tack: High
  • Moisture absorption: Medium

tourna mega tac

If you like tacky overgrips, you’ll enjoy the Tourna Mega Tac. Is it the tackiest overgrip available, as claimed? I think so, yes.

I don’t use it because I think it’s a bit of a one-trick pony; it does tack super well, but with other grips like the Toalson or Super Grap, I think you get enough tack plus a bit more comfort.


  • Super tacky
  • Tackiness lasts a long time
  • Good durability


  • No tapering at one end
  • It gets slippy if your hands sweat a lot (so dry grips would be better for you )

Verdict:  The tackiest overgrip you can buy.

MSV Cyber Wet Overgrip

msv cyber wet


MSV are a German company that produces some tremendous comfortable polyester strings like Focus Hex and Swift.

They all do several types of overgrip, and my favourite is their ‘Cyber Wet’ overgrip which is the tacky grip in the range.

Key Features

  • Thickness: 0.6mm
  • Weight: 6.8g
  • Level of Tack: High
  • Moisture absorption: Medium

The Cyber Wet is 1050 mm long, 29 mm wide and has a thickness of 0.60 mm. I tested it on my Boom MP, and I liked it immediately.

msv overgrip

It has an excellent tacky feel, and I find it hard to distinguish it from my other top picks, like the Wilson Pro Overgrip and Yonex Super Grap.

Durability is decent, and the Cyber Wet is simply a good all-rounder, which I’d have no qualms about buying and using if it were in a local store or the most accessible.


  • Good level of tack
  • Very durable
  • Well priced


  • I’m not a fan of debossed logos on the grip

Verdict: Comparable to the Wilson Pro Overgrip and the Yonex Super Grap.

Head Prime Overgrip

head prime overgrip


HEAD’s dry grip is called Prime; it’s a thin grip at 0.55mm and is said to have a dry, comfortable feel offering excellent sweat absorption.

Key Features

  • Thickness: 0.55mm
  • Weight: 5.5g
  • Level of Tack: None
  • Moisture absorption: Medium

Although it is classified as a dry grip, the Prime feels like a tacky overgrip, without the tack and more of a cloth-like texture. Almost like the back of a tacky overgrip.

I tested it on the Boom MP over top of the Hydrosorb Pro grip and didn’t have good results. I found it poor for durability, slack after a couple of uses and just all around; not a good grip for my taste.

head prime overgrip

While some players might like this style, if you want tacky grips, avoid it, and if you like absorbent grips, the Prime doesn’t have as good absorbency as others, like the Volkl V-Dry.


  • None


  • Not great for absorbency
  • Not durable

Verdict: The Volkl V-Dry is a better buy.

What Overgrips Do Tennis Pros Use?

overgrips used by the pros

Several overgrip brands are widely used on the ATP and WTA professional tour, with the Wilson Pro Overgrip being the most common.

Player Overgrip Used
Casper Ruud Yonex Super Grap
Andrey Rublev Head Prime Tour Overgrip
Rafael Nadal Babolat VS Overgrip
Daniil Medvedev Tecnifibre ATP Pro Players Overgrip
Stefanos Tsitsipas Wilson Pro Overgrip
Alexander Zverev Head Prime Tour Overgrip
Carlos Alcaraz Babolat Pro Tour Overgrip
Felix Auger Aliassime Babolat Pro Tour Overgrip
Cameron Norrie Tourna Grip

Below are the three most widely used grips and a selection of players that use them.

Wilson Pro Overgrip

  • Roger Federer
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas
  • Pablo Carreno Busta
  • Kei Nishikori
  • Sebastian Korda
  • Danielle Collins
  • Ons Jabeur

Yonex Super Grap

  • Denis Shapovalov
  • Frances Tiafoe
  • Nick Kyrgios
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Stan Wawrinka
  • Casper Ruud

Tourna Grip

  • Andy Murray
  • Gael Monfils
  • Karen Khachanov
  • Kevin Anderson
  • Richard Gasquet
  • John Isner
  • Lucas Pouille
  • Andreas Seppi
  • Karolina Pliskova
  • Madison Keys

Frequently Asked Questions

How much weight will an overgrip add to my racket?

All the weight is added to the handle. An overgrip with the finishing tape will weigh around 5-6 grams. While it is negligible (only about 2% of a typical strung racket’s overall weight), it’s worth considering if you customise or match frames.

Do I need to use all the overgrip?

Most overgrips 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. Stan Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet only wrap halfway up the handle as their hands never gripped the upper part of the handle.

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

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, many players choose not to use one, and it boils down purely to feel and preference. I like how 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, but I 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, and steering wheels.

Do tennis pros use overgrips?

Yes, virtually every pro player on the ATP tour will use an overgrip on their racket.

Some players, like Djokovic, even use two to get the grip to the desired level of thickness and comfort.

Most players use their base grip (often a leather grip) and one overgrip over it. Federer uses this setup with the Wilson Pro Overgrip. 

Perhaps the most recognised overgrip user is Richard Gasquet, who uses a Tourna Grip that he only fits halfway up his racket and refits a new one multiple times throughout a match.

How long do tennis overgrips last?

Most players will get around 7 to 10 hours out of an overgrip before switching it out.

But it is mainly down to personal preference; some switch it as soon as it gets a bit dirty or loses some tackiness, and others wait until it falls to pieces.

The dry/absorbent grips typically last around half of that time as they tend to wear out faster.

What are tennis overgrips made of?

Overgrips are usually a combination of non-woven microfiber felts + polyurethane or 100% polyurethane.

The various properties of tackiness or absorbency are created by different polyurethane coatings or by sandblasting the grip to produce the dry absorbency feel.

How does an overgrip effect swingweight?

Adding ~6g to the racket might give the impression that it will change the swing weight, but the change is negligible because it’s to the handle.

I’ve tested multiple overgrips on multiple rackets, and it typically only adds around 0.50 swing weight points, which is a number most swing weight machines won’t even pick up.

For comparison, adding strings adds around 30-35 swing weight points, so you can see the difference.

Overgrips Next On My Playtest List

overgrip playtesting

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

  • Dunlop Supertac
  • Head Prime Tour
  • 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.


Editor of Perfect Tennis and a big fan of Roger Federer, I've spent countless hours watching and analysing his matches. Alongside playing the sport, I also enjoy writing about the tour, rackets, strings, and the technicalities of the game. Whether it's breaking down the latest tournament results or discussing the latest gear innovations, I'm always eager to share my insights with fellow tennis enthusiasts.

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    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?


  4. I currently use a ProKennex Ki Black Ace Pro with a grip size of 2 (4 1/4). As replacement grip I still use the ProKennex synthetic which came with the racket. On top of the replacement grip I have on one MSV Cyber Wet (white) and an additional double folded MSV Cyber Wet (white) on top.
    I use the MSV Cyber Wet because I like the tacky feeling and durabilty it provides. I also tried MSV Skin and MSV Prespi Absorb but MSV Skin they weren’t durable enough for me. Next I am going to try the Gamma Leather replacement grip, Wilson Pro overgrip and Yonex Super Grap.

    I am excited to hear what you have to say about the MSV Cyber Wet and Head Prime Tour. The Solinco Wonder Grip could have the same problem like the Luxilon Elite Dry where the production quality got worse over time.

    You could test Yonex Super Grap Tough (is it worth the higher price tag in comparison to the normal one?) and Solinco Heaven Grip.

    1. Cool thanks, I have not tried all those MSV ones. Will add them to my list.

      How thick does the grip become with those on? Not sure what double folded means? folding it in half and then gripping half the racket?

      I will update this post soon as I’ve tested quite a few since it was last updated. I’ve been using a Toalson one recently, was very good.

      1. Sorry for my late response.

        Regarding the double fold. The double folding at the end of the grip right at the butt cap is somehow similiar to what Gasquet does just less extreme. You take the wider end of the overgrip, fold it in half (the tacky side is otside on both sides) and wrap that folded part around the butt cap. Then you wrap the rest of the grip normally. I saw this method in a Tennis Spin video ( where you can see what I tried to explain here. I thought I give it a try and after getting used to it I really like it this way now.

        The circumference of my grip is 14,2cm at the butt cap and the rest has 12,6cm.

        That’s great to hear. I am excited for your updates and other new topics here.

        Soon I will write a comment about the Head Lynx Tour in 1,25mm in champagne.

      2. Hi,

        Ah cool thanks, I saw that video too, I do it when I don’t have scissors to hand to cut it neat rather than have bulk at the throat. Never really thought about it flaring the butt cap, I might test more wrapping as I only use half the grip anyway, OHB.

        Ye let me know your thoughts. I am using Lynx Tour Grey at the moment in a Boom MP. Really good tension maintenance and not much string movement.

      3. Hey Jonathan,
        I changed my grips again and I now use my “Pro Kennex Black Ace Pro (4 1/4″)” with a “Head Hydrosorb Comfort (white)” replacement grip and two “MSV Cyber Wet (white)” overgrips without any special folding. My aim was to get a thicker and shock absorbing setup with a lot of tackiness and good durability. I am still going to test the “Yonex Super Grap”, “Dunlop Ultra Tac”, “Toalson Power Grip” and “Toalson Ultra Grip” as the “MSV Cyberwet” on rare humid and/or sweaty days is a bit slippery for me.

        With this setup I tried the “Head Lynx Tour (1,25 mm/17g) (champagne)” at 22/22 kg (~48,50 lbs) on clay this summer. I usually play with “MSV Focus Hex Ultra (1,25 mm/17) (black)” at 25/24 kg (~55/53 lbs) or 24/23 kg (~53/51 lbs) and currently experiment with lower tensions. After getting used to this setup I did really like the “Head Lynx Tour (1,25 mm/17g) (champagne)” for heavy groundstrokes and aggressive attacking balls. The strings did move more than I liked (a friend of me said that too) but that wasn’t to big of a problem for me. I will definitely try this string at 23/22 kg (~50,71/48,50 lbs), 23/23 kg (~50,71 lbs) and 24/23 kg (53/50,71 lbs) again and compare it to the same tensions of “MSV Focus Hex Ultra (1,25mm/17) (black)” and “Gamma Ocho (1,25mm/17) (white)”.

  5. I think tournagrip should be number one because of its absolutely ridiculous amount of absorption and it’s nice feel, although it doesn’t last long it’s easy to apply and nice to store.

  6. I use Wilson Pro Overgrip, but it is not durable in the humid and hot condition in South East Asia. I have to change very often. These are the options if you want more durability:

    2 other best overgrip I’ve tried, tackier feel than Wilson but much more durable. Both made in Japan.

    * Kimony KGT 100 HI-SOFT EX

    * Toalson Ultra Grip

    1. Hi,

      Thanks for the suggestions.

      I have been using the Toalson Ultra Grip and agree, it needs adding to this list, really good quality.

      Not tried the Kimony.


  7. Hello all, I just dropped by to say that on August 2nd 2022, I decided I will start watching women’s tennis again! So much to catch up on.

    1. Hi,

      What would you like to know?

      I’ve tried several of them, and I am currently trying a perforated Artengo grip. It feels ok but not tacky.

      I don’t mind them, but overall I prefer the non perforated grips, I feel like I can manipulate the racket better in my hands.

  8. Wilson pro comfort all the way. Love the 5mm thickness, so that I can get a great feel of the racket handle.

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