Players need a proper tennis gril at all times during a match to have any type of success overall. If a player has poor gril, it will negatively affect all aspects of a player’s game.
Each tennis racquet comes with its own grip in the very beginning, but that might not be enough for some players. Just about every professional player uses an overgrip, and most recreational players use them as well.
These thin overgrips go over the regular grip and add just a little bit of bulk to the handle. They are meant to only last a short amount of time, depending on how much a person sweats, and how warm the weather is.
A lot of top companies have their own versions of overgrips to pick from. Below are the best 11, which are then narrowed down to the best of the best.
1. Tourna Grip XL
Best for: Heavy sweaters and players who don’t want to replace their grip too often.
Throughout the years, this is arguably the most popular overgrip on the tennis tour. With this distinctive light blue color, it is a grip that is perfect for fighting against sweaty conditions. It does a great job taking moisture away from the hands and absorbing it, enhancing the grip uniquely.
The one complaint a lot of two-handed backhand players have is that the original Tourna grip is not long enough to cover the entire handle of a racquet. This isn’t as much of an issue for a one-handed backhand player, but still doesn’t look as aesthetically pleasing. Look for The XL or even the XXL option for full coverage.
There will not be that noticeable tackiness that some of the other over grips have in the beginning. Turn a group really shines later on in the lifecycle, actually enhancing the grip when it gets more and more moisture on it. It’s highly recommended to try for any player who sweats a lot and nothing else seems to work. The moisture will sit on a lot of other grips, making it tough to use as soon as a person starts to sweat quite a bit.
2. Wilson Pro Overgrip
Best for: Anyone looking for a long-lasting, tacky feel with a decent amount of shock absorption.
The Pro Overgrip option from Wilson is their best seller, and they provide the right amount of tax for any person to use right away. Now available in a lot of different colors, it’s very easy to throw on and use for a decent amount of time.
The overgrip focuses mostly on comfort, as it has a little bit of cushion into it as well as stem stickiness. It is thin enough that it doesn’t really add much to the grip, but the even thinner option (below) is on another level.
When this grip is brand new, it is one of the very best in the business. It has the perfect amount of stickiness to it without putting any restrictions on grip changes it also looks very clean when it is first attached, no matter what color a person decides to use.
Wilson is the most popular tennis company that puts a lot of effort into making great overgrips. It shows with this one, and is officially endorsed by a lot of the top Wilson-sponsored pros.
3. Wilson Pro Overgrip Sensation
Best for: Players who don’t want to sacrifice the size of their grip for added tack.
The sensation version of the Pro Overgrip is a thinner version of the popular standard pro overgrip offered by the company. It is 25% thinner, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but it helps people who don’t want to add much bulk at all to their original grip.
One of the biggest reasons why people stay away from overgrows is that they don’t want to change how the racquet feels in their hand. Even a tiny change in the size of the grip can alter how a person plays. This might not be quite as durable of an overgrip option compared to others, but the trade-off is excellent feel overall. It feels like the grip is virtually not even there, but it still adds a lot of tack while taking on a lot of sweat.
After extended use, it is a little more prone to a slick type of feel compared to the thicker version above. However, most people have already switched out the grip for something else before it gets too bad.
4. Yonex Super Grap
Best for: Players looking for the best combination of an absorbent and tacky grip
Some people like tack, while others want absorbency in an overgrip. Just about everyone would love to have more durability, as I cut down on cost. Super grab might be the best option overall for someone who wants it all. It might not be the best in any one category, but it is above average in every quality a person is looking for out of an overgrip.
Super Grap is easy to throw on and use for a match, and there is no breaking time at all. Players will notice a very tacky grip in the beginning, and it can absorb perspiration during play.
Another thing that stands out with Yonex is that the Super Grap grip does a great job of absorbing shock as well. Not a lot of people expect that out of a grip, but it is noticeable to a lot of players. It just feels very soft and plush in the hand, without feeling too squishy.
Yonex has gained a strong following on tour, and some players even use the grip despite being sponsored by another company. It is hard to tell on television with different labeling used for the finishing tape, but a lot of white overgrips on tour are made by Yonex. That is perhaps the greatest testament of them all that they make a product worth checking out.
5. Babolat Pro Tour
Best for: A player looking for something similar to the Yonex Super Grap, but thinner
The Babolat Pro Tour overripe stacks up pretty similarly to the Yonex Super Grap, but maybe just slightly below in overall quality. That’s not to say that the Babolat Pro Tour is terrible, but Yonex has a slight edge in head-to-head.
As far as advantages go, Babolat does have a slightly thinner overgrip for people who are looking for feel. That reduces the shock absorption a little bit, but that’s a trade-off a lot of people are willing to make. An overgrip that is too thick can start to feel like moving up an entire grip size.
Babolat also offers the same amount of tack overall that a lot of people love from Yonex. Where it lacks a little is absorbency and durability. Players will probably get a little more use out of the Yonex‘s option, and it handles sweat a little better.
Since they are similar enough, it’s still worth trying out the Babolat Pro Tour for a personal test. Some people may prefer a slightly thinner grip and not care as much about the other differences. It’s probably going to cost a little bit more money in the long run using these, but not to the point that most tennis players will notice too much of a difference.
6. Head Super Comp
Best for: Heavy sweaters who want an affordable option to control moisture
Think of this as a grip that compares in a lot of ways to Tourna Grip. It is more focused on sweat absorption than offering extreme tackiness, which is good for some players. The moisture absorption is great overall, and allows players to have a very soft feel the entire time they are using it.
Head isn’t particularly well-known for their overgrips, but this is the one that does get great reviews. People like it as an alternative to Tourna Grip, and having the ability to buy it in a few different colors is great as well. It doesn’t have quite the same feel to it as Tourna Grip, which is a positive or a negative depending on who you ask.
What’s great about this option is that it is one of the cheaper options made by a well-known company. In fact, it can sometimes be found for half the price compared to other options on the market. That is something that encourages a lot of people to initially check it out. After trying it, some feel convinced it is time to switch over for good.
It’s a very firm grip overall, and the absorbency is above average. It’s not going to win any “best of” awards, but it’s good enough to make the list for a budget-conscious tennis player looking for some moisture control.
7. Tourna MegaTac
Best for: Players looking for the tackiest grip on the market
Deviating quite a bit from their original Tourna Grip, Tourna MegaTac focuses on being the tackiest grip ever made. It lives up to the hype, as this is the tackiest grip that makes this list. Unfortunately, there has to be some trade-off, and that is durability. The grip feels perfect early on, but it starts to slow down a little faster than some of the other grips on this list.
It’s frustrating because it feels so great in the beginning, but just be aware that it will probably be a grip that needs replaced a little more frequently. It gets a little slick once it starts to lose its tack, which puts a player in a pretty tough situation.
Moisture absorption is also not the best, although it does an adequate job of removing sweat during a match. People buy this for the tack, and as long as longevity is not a major concern, it provides that tack. The racquet is going nowhere with this type of set up. In fact, some people feel like it is too tacky in certain conditions, making it slightly difficult to switch grips.
Since it does wear out fairly quickly, it isn’t the most economical overgrip to use consistently. Some people will use the grip for certain weather conditions, and then switch to something else later on. If that extra bit of tack makes a difference, this is the grip to go with.
8. EcoGrip Hi-Tac
Best for: The environmentally-conscious player needing absorbency and tackiness
For some tennis players, they might not know anything about eco-grip as a company. They are exactly household names in the tennis industry, but they do offer a pretty great option that is completely biodegradable.
The outer texture of the grip is very absorbent, which feels rough at the beginning of play. That is because a person has dry hands, and it needs to start building up a little bit of moisture to take it up a notch.
As soon as the person starts to sweat, the grip will then absorb some of the moisture and make it a pretty tacky feel overall. The holes in the grip help keep everything dry, even for those people who sweat a lot. It Play is a little similar to turn a grip, but the perforated holes seem to dry things out a little quicker.
For those who are conscientious about the environment, there is also the bonus of these grips being completely biodegradable. It’s just another way for the company to stand out from the competition, offering tennis players and alternative that is starting to gain traction.
This is still clearly an overgrip that is flying under the radar, but they are starting to become more and more prevalent. It’s more than just a gimmick, but a legitimate overgrip even if it didn’t help out with keeping the environment clean.
9. Gamma Supreme
Best for: Players needing a tacky grip who don’t sweat a ton.
Gamma is a pretty trusted company in a tennis world, but sometimes they are lost in the shuffle. They have a few different over grip options for people to choose from, but their best overall for performance is the Gamma Supreme. It is an inexpensive option that offers a very similar amount of tackiness and durability compared to the competition.
The tackiness stands out in the beginning, but it does seem to lose that power somewhat quickly when used by heavy sweaters. Be prepared to possibly switch over grips twice in a match at least due to how slippery it can get after heavy play.
One thing that does stand out with Gamma is they offer angled ends on both sides of the grip. This might not seem like much, but it makes putting it on a lot easier for people who are in a rush or not used to put it over grabs on in general. Sometimes, the little things can make a big difference.
When considering any option from Gamma, this is the one to try out. It might not be for everyone, but right out of the box, it feels pretty great in the hand.
10. Luxilon Elite Dry
Best For: Sweaters looking for an alternative solution to absorb moisture.
Luxilon makes a few different over grips, but this is definitely a new option that they are bringing to the table. They worked on some moisture-tack technology using soft-touch fabric to provide players with great feel, sweat absorption, and overall comfort.
The outer layer has a very dry texture to it, but it gets tacky over time. The layers shed more and more during standard play, which means that it isn’t the most durable grip. However, when it is performing at a high-level, many people like what it brings to the table.
Luxilon deserves a lot of credit for bringing something news the table, but the lack of durability is going to prevent a lot of recreational players from using it. Some pros have tried it out and really like it, but it does tend to run a little bit more expensive.
At this point, Luxilon Elite Dry deserves a lot of credit for trying something new, but it is still a very niche option for tennis players who are just not satisfied with some of the other absorption overgrips out there. There’s a select few who love the grip, but most just can’t get over the lack of durability plus the high price tag.
11. Volkl V-Dry
Best For: Players who sweat a lot and don’t mind the lack of durability.
This is a very underrated overgrip for sweat absorption, and it helps quite a bit with cushioning as well. People who use it regularly feel like it really helps out with its smooth finish not found on many overgrips known for absorbency.
Like a lot of the grips built to absorb a lot of moisture, it is hard for it to keep up its level of durability for a long time. A player will likely only use this a couple of times in the summer before it needs to be replaced. The top layer will start to flake off a bit, which will compromise the grip.
Overall, there are a lot of positives to using a grip like this when it is in great shape. No one wants to be a person who is constantly replacing their grip, but sometimes that is the necessary evil of playing at a high level during the summer.
For the spring and fall, this is a perfect option to consider for players. If a person wants to use something a little bit more durable in the summer, they won’t be constantly replacing the overgrip too much.
Best Of The Best
All 11 listed are great in their own right, but what overgrips are the best of the best in particular categories? Some players know exactly what they want out of an overgrip, and they want to try what is available in that category instead of wasting time with other options that won’t help them out.
Best For Feel: Wilson Pro Sensation
It’s just hard to beat a thin overgrip that still feels comfortable at all times. It honestly feels like the racquet has no overgrip on it to a lot of players. This is the perfect solution for people who are too worried that they might not be able to hold onto their racquet the same way as before by adding another layer.
Best For Comfort: Yonex Super Grap
An overgrip should enhance the playability of the racquet as much as possible for people who are trying to step up their game. The Yonex Super Grap is very comfortable from the second it is put on the racquet. It is thick enough (without being too thick), for players to feel a little less vibration throughout their arm on each shot. It’s subtle, but it is there.
Best For Tack: Tourna MegaTac
A lot of people first use the Tourna MegaTac and feel like it has something sticky on it. That’s really how much tackiness it has added to the grip. It might not have a ton of durability, but when it is first put on to a racquet, there is virtually no chance of losing any grip.
Best For Sweat Absorption: Tourna Grip
One of the original overgrips does so many things well that it is hard to leave it off of any “best of” list. It isn’t an overgrip that everyone will appreciate because of the paper-like feel it has at times, but it soaks up sweat very easily.
Best Overall Overgrip: Yonex Super Grap
The perfect overgrip that does everything at least fairly well is Yonex Super Grap. It is first and foremost a grip that provides excellent feel, comfort, and tact. It also has above average durability and some added shock absorption. To top it all off, they have multiple colors to choose from, allowing people to be a bit creative with what they go with.
Yonex is a very trusted brand in the tennis world, and they have all but perfected the overgrip. Will every single person love it? No, but it’s the one option everyone needs to try out at least once before making their final decision.
How Long Should an Overgrip Last?
It is nearly impossible to put an actual time on how long an overgrip is going to last a person. That is because every single person is different as far as sweating is concerned, their ability to grip the racquet in the first place and more. Personal preference is also going to play a role in just how quickly and overgrip is thrown aside for a new one.
In the summer months, overgrips pop up more often than any other time of the year. Getting around 10 hours of playing time with an overgrip is a pretty good life cycle for a lot of players. Some will go well beyond that, but remember that pro players might change over grips after just a few games. They have the funds to do that, but it shows how quickly some grips get wet.
Since the price of a grip is around the same as a case of balls, look at them the same way. Tennis balls used for 10 hours on the court are going to be pretty beat up and not bouncing all that well.
Making The Final Decision
At the end of the day, overgrips are something that are completely optional for tennis players. Some professionals don’t use an overgrip, and they never have used one in their life. Maybe they don’t sweat that much, or they just hate the feel of it overall.
On average, an overgrip is going to be about the cost of a new can of balls, so it isn’t a huge investment to try all of the top ones at least once before commiting. Make sure to judge the grip not only in the beginning, but after a few hours as well. Almost every overgrip feels great early on, but it needs to perform later on to get great value.
The final tip is to make sure that you wrap the grip both ways to see which feels better. It might not seem like it would make a big difference, but it does play a role in just how comfortable the grip is. Don’t be someone who writes off a new grip simply because it wasn’t put on the racquet the right way.
A lot of people feel like there is a way to wrap it for right-handers, and a way to wrap it for left-handers. The spiral is either going up one way or the other, so try out how it feels and see if it even makes a difference.
Here is the full list of the best tennis overgrips