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Overgrip Your Pickleball Paddle

Published: 2022-07-21
Overgrip Your Pickleball Paddle
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What is an overgrip on a pickleball paddle?

An overgrip is a thin, adhesive layer that can be wrapped around the handle of a pickleball paddle to enhance comfort, grip, and moisture absorption. This additional layer is designed to go over the original grip or a replacement grip, providing extra cushioning and an improved tactile feel. Overgrips are particularly popular among players who need a more secure hold on their paddles, especially during hot and sweaty conditions. They are available in various materials, textures, and thicknesses, allowing players to customize their paddle handles according to their preferences and needs.

 

Why overgrip your pickleball paddle?

Overgripping your pickleball paddle offers several benefits that can improve your playing experience and performance. Here are some reasons why you should consider using an overgrip on your paddle:

  1. Enhanced Grip: Overgrips provide a tacky surface that helps players maintain a firm and secure grip on their paddles. This ensures better control and precision during play, especially when executing shots that require finesse and power.

  2. Improved Comfort: Overgrips offer extra cushioning and a more comfortable feel, which can reduce hand fatigue during long or intense matches. This can be particularly beneficial for players who are prone to blisters or have sensitive hands.

  3. Moisture Absorption: Overgrips are designed to absorb sweat and moisture, preventing the paddle handle from becoming slippery during hot or humid conditions. This ensures that players can maintain a steady grip, reducing the risk of mishandling the paddle and making errors.

  4. Vibration Dampening: Some overgrips can help reduce vibrations felt in the paddle handle, which may lessen the impact on your hand and wrist during play. This can be especially helpful for players with a history of hand, wrist, or arm injuries.

  5. Customization: Overgrips are available in a variety of materials, thicknesses, and textures, allowing players to customize their paddle handles to suit their preferences and playing styles. This can lead to a more enjoyable playing experience and better overall performance.

  6. Easy Replacement: Overgrips can be easily and inexpensively replaced when they become worn or lose their tackiness. This allows players to maintain a consistent grip without having to replace the entire paddle or the original grip.

 

How to overgrip your pickleball paddle?

Overgrips are generally applied from the bottom of the paddle or “butt cap” and up towards the neck or throat of the paddle. You can wrap the grip as tight or loose as you’d like, depending on how you like the feel. 

When you are done wrapping make sure the finishing tape is making contact with the grip as well as the paddle. Wrap carefully.

 

 

Overgrip for pickleball

Gamma overgrip will ensure you have full control of your paddle no matter how sunny or sweaty your conditions get. The material prevents your hand from slipping during sweaty, intense games.

 

The Overgrip comes in several rolls so that you can build up your handle to the size you prefer.

 

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Start with the butt cap and do as many overlaps there as you like (some people like their cap to be fat). Make sure to go slightly over the edge.

 

 

Start wrapping the grip by always tightening the tape and overlapping it over. Depending on the thickness you like, the overlap can go up to ¾ of the tape you just applied on the previous round.

 

 

Keep doing it until you reach the top

 

 

Once you reach the other end of the paddle grip, simply cut the tape.

You can then apply the small finishing tape that came in the box. Go around to make sure the overgrip tape stays in place. 

 

 

 

Voila! You’re ready to go play and sweat. Don't forget your wristband.

 

Make sure you have the right equipment underneath the tape. Check out our suggested GAMMA paddles