REGRIP YOUR TENNIS RACQUET WITH 7 EASY STEPS
All you need to know on how to regrip your tennis racquet like a pro
If you’re a devoted tennis player, then you know the impact your tennis grip has on your performance. This very small area of your tennis racquet while often time is ignored, allows you to hold the racquet comfortably and improve your strike.
With the awareness of how important the grip is on overall execution, more and more tennis players are learning how to regrip their racquets themselves instead of waiting to have it professionally done once or twice per year, when replacing the strings.
So if you’re a lover of this sport, to enjoy the full benefits whether it be professionally, for fun or fitness, make sure to keep your racquet in top condition as maintenance is key.
To regrip your tennis racquet here are 7 quick and easy steps to follow to have your racquet regripped and ready in no time.
1: The grip
You know that rubbery part on the handle of your racquet? that’s the grip. When you buy a fresh new racquet, the handle already comes wrapped with a nice grip; but after constant use it wears down. It’s up to you to either replace that grip right away when you notice it’s first signs of decay, or you may have problems in the middle of your practice, or even on an important match day.
2: Removing the grip
To remove the grip take the rubber band that holds it all together that’s located at the top of the handle or the throat area, that’s the Y-split frame between the head and the handle and move it out the way.
Have a good pair of scissors with you like a fabric titanium one if possible, as material located under the grip can be pretty hard to cut, if there’s any.
Once the rubber band is out the way, begin to peel off the grip tape; depending on varying factors like the type of adhesive, the tape may come off easily or give you a bit of a sweat.
If when you remove the grip and there is any tape or plastic wrap underneath, you may want to leave it on as sometimes the new grip’s adhesive won’t stick to the polyurethane of the racquet. However, if it’s too worn you should take it off and replace it, but usually it’s easier to just leave it there.
3: Check it out
Once you have purchased the best grip for you, unfold the entire grip and inspect it before you apply it to your racquet. This is important because even if you buy a new one from the store, that grip may have been sitting there for a while. Time can damage the grip or even get some parts of it stuck on itself. If that is the case, ask for a replacement.
Also make sure not to lose the grip tape, but if you do, you can always use electrical tape which is not optimal, but will get the job done.
4: Start on the corners
On the grip you will notice that there are two different ends: a tapered one and a square one, the tapered end is where you will begin. Get your racket and look at the butt cap of the handle, sometimes there is a notch where you can slide the grip underneath for a tighter fit. If your racquet doesn’t have such a notch, worry not: you can do without it, no problems.
Remember to keep the writing the way you want it to be, and peel a little portion of the grip. Start by sticking it on a corner, not on a flat side. This will prevent a high spot on the grip that could compromise your feel.
Give a decent pull while you're applying the grip, you want it tight and firm, but be careful not to put too much strength on the pull or you might rip the grip.
5: The overlap
This is something that requires a good deal of your attention!
If you look closely to the back of your grip where the adhesive is, you will notice that it’s a bit raised in the middle and it tapers off to the edges.
The key to getting a good overlap is making sure you don’t overlap two layers of adhesive, instead you want to overlap the part of the grip that does not have adhesive. If it’s too narrow, the part without adhesive will flare up and the double-layered adhesive part will rise, giving a strange feel to your grip.
On the other hand, if it’s too far apart it will sink down and compromise the feel.
Peel as you go, keep your thumb on the tip of the grip and press it down as you apply it. You'll be thankful for leaving the plastic wrap or adhesive on in this process, because it helps the new grip to stick better and without any build-up effect.
Keep going with a firm pull and remember to only overlap the part of the grip that doesn’t have adhesive, and you’re good. This makes for a consistent, smooth grip without indentations.
6: Don't rush it!
This grip will last for a long time on your racquet, so don’t apply it in a rush, make sure you take your time and do it with care and attention.
Sometimes it may be a whole year or more before you need to replace it again… and if you do it carelessly, you may have to peel it off and apply it again which will impair the quality of the adhesive and thus compromis the durability of the grip.
7: Finish it
When you’re at the top of the handle, up to the frame area you can apply a bit of the grip onto the graphite.
Once you’ve done so, get that pair of scissors and hold your grip horizontally and cut it on a straight diagonal line to create a taper similar to the one you used on the bottom, but a bit bigger. If you do not have a good pair of scissors, you might have a bad time finishing your grip.
Once you have your neatly cut grip, apply the taper until the end. The taper should be flat and flush with the top of the foam.
When you’ve applied the taper you will notice you have a bit of an edge. To smooth those edges and get it neatly tightened up, hold it with your thumb while you get your grip tape and give it a few turns with a good pull, not too much or it will rip. You want it to stretch just a little bit, giving you that professional finish.
And there you have it! A brand new looking grip that appears fresh out of the factory.
If you have done everything right, it will be nice and even all the way around! Now just lower the rubber band and cover the tape, and go out to play with your friends and get some aces.