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How To Apply an Overgrip

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Use an inexpensive overgrip to preserve your original grip, keep your racquet from slipping in your hand, and fatten a handle that's a little too small.

See an illustrated version of this how-to here.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Peel off the transparent plastic covering (if any) on the outside surface of the overgrip.
  2. Peel the covering (if any) off the small sticky tab at the tapered end of the inside surface.
  3. Peel the covering off the separate piece of tape.
  4. To have the tape handy, stick the end of the tape to a nearby table or to your shirt.
  5. Hold your racquet in your left hand (if you're a righty) with the butt end pointing straight up.
  6. Place the non-tapered end of the overgrip half an inch below the butt end of your handle, with the outside surface facing out.
  7. Hold the end of the overgrip against the handle with your left thumb.
  8. From the point at which your thumb is holding the end of the overgrip, angle the rest of the overgrip slightly UPWARD toward the end of your handle.
  9. While still holding down the end, wrap the overgrip once (clockwise for righties, counter for lefties) around the handle so that its outer (upper) edge lies flush with the end of your handle.
  10. Once you have made the first full wrap, the overgrip will cover and hold down its end. Move your left hand down closer to the throat of the racquet.
  11. Wrap the overgrip by turning your left hand while maintaining a slight stretch on the overgrip with your right hand.
  12. Angle each wrap down your handle so that it overlaps each previous wrap by 1/4 inch for most grips, less or more for very short or long handles.
  13. When you reach the end of the overgrip and the top of your handle, use the sticky tab or your thumb to hold the end down.
  14. Wrap the separate tape around the end of your overgrip.

Tips:

  1. If your overgrip moves during play, rewrap it, applying more stretch in step 11.
  2. A pack of three overgrips should cost between $3 and $6.
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