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Overgrip vs Replacement Grip: How Do They Differ?

Written by Brian G Smith

Knowing what tennis grips do and how they differ will help you cover all the bases when improving your game.

How do an overgrip and a replacement grip differ? Let’s find out!

What is an overgrip?

What is an overgrip

An overgrip is pretty thin and does not have adhesive backings. Overgrips work to enhance gripping capabilities or to increase grip size. They also improve the feel and appearance of tennis racquet grips. Colors, textures, and thickness of overgrips all differ.


  • Extra cushion and softness for grip
  • Sweat absorption improvement
  • Allows you to grip the racket better
  • Many colors and styles are available
  • Cheaper option
  • Quicker to replace


  • Needs changing more often
  • Need to buy in bulk when playing often
  • Can make the grip bulkier

What is a replacement grip?

replacement grip

As the name implies, the replacement grip replaces the factory grip. Racquet handles are fitted with replacement grips directly. Thick and sticky, these cushions provide great comfort.

This material serves as the foundation for the overgrip. It is difficult and expensive to replace the grip regularly. Many players opt to apply an overgrip instead!


  • Does not need changing as often
  • Lasts longer than overgrip
  • Can be cheaper to replace if you play often


  • Lasts longer
  • Can lose their stickiness quickly
  • The feel becomes lost over time, especially if you sweat a lot

Overgrip vs Replacement Grip: How Do They Differ?

Types of materials

Synthetic material, rubber, and leather make-up replacement grips while replacement grips use rubber and synthetic materials.

Adhesive layer

This layer usually is thinner is no sticky backing on the overgrip. The adhesive backing on the replacement works to adhere the grip to the original backing.

Cushioning and thickness

Replacement grips provide better shock absorption and cushioning. However, overgrips do not have any cushioning.

A replacement grip increases by one full-size level, while the overgrip increases by half.

Main purpose

Replacement grips replace the factory grips. They are the base material for overgrips.

Overgrips work to enhance gripping properties or to increase grip size.


The replacement grip is smooth, and you may prefer one with ridges. You might like smooth surfaces with a little stickiness, but have one that is rigid and feels dry.

You can change the way your racquet feels by adding an overgrip that meets your preferences.

Time to replace

Applying an overgrip is faster. It takes longer to replace the grip because it is stickier and heavier. The overgrip can be easily rolled off and replaced quickly.

Frequency of grip changes

If you notice a dramatic drop in performance, you need to change your tennis overgrip. We can’t estimate a particular time frame because factors come into play.

Your preference, level of play, humidity, sweat, and swing power impact it significantly.

Permanent vs temporary solutions

Overgrips are more effective as a temporary solution. A player may apply an overgrip immediately to a new racket to preserve the grip. As a long-term solution, replacement grips are preferable to overgrips.


Replacement grips are more durable than overgrips. Overgrips need replacing more often since they don’t last as long.

Replacement grips are more durable and thick. The top layer provides tackiness, followed by a layer of gel or foam and an adherent layer.


In my experience, the cost of an overgrip is less than the replacement grip. Due to overgrips wearing out so fast, it might be financially better for you to buy a replacement grip. You won’t be changing as often.

Replacements start at $22.00 for one basic and $ $29.00 for a 12 pack of overgrip.

Sold as singles or packs

Since overgrips wear out much more quickly than replacement grips, they come in packs. Replacement grips are often sold singularly.

When to use an overgrip?

Tennis players use overgrips. This is because the original grips on their equipment are thin and hard. These grips don’t last long and are expensive to replace.

Those who sweat a lot during gameplay will also enjoy these. If you do not like the feel of the standard grip, an overgrip is an option to change the texture and thickness.

When to use a replacement grip?

Replacement grips offer more cushion, and they offer features like finger ridges. If you don’t like changing your grip frequently, opt for a replacement grip.


1. Can an overgrip work instead of a replacement grip?

Ans. No, you can’t. This is because they do not have a tacky side that attaches to the handle.

2. Can I increase the grip size by using a replacement grip over the existing grip? Instead of many overgrips?

Ans. Sure you could. As an alternative, get some duct tape out and use that instead. The replacement grip will provide you with more thickness.

About the author

Brian G Smith

“Hey, are you out of your mind?” - this is what I often hear when people see me performing some really dangerous stunts. While most people use scooters to commute, I use mine to hone my stunting skills. Yes, that’s me, Brian Smith. I’ve a small group of like-minded people in my team that love to do all sorts of stunts with their kick scooters and skateboards. My fans also ask me to teach them a thing or two every now and then. This is why I am here. In my leisure time, I like to write about what I do with my scooters and what I am going to do next. One thing I want to say to all my fans - Don’t hit the streets without proper information and training..

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