When people start to get more invested in a sport, they inevitably begin purchasing equipment they think will help them improve. After all, who wants to go into something without giving themselves every chance of success.
When it comes to squash, that usually means a racket and a ball. That makes complete sense, as ensuring you have a racket that suits your style and a ball that bounces at a speed to match your ability are both essential to your enjoyment and growth in the sport.
However, what many people don’t realise, is that you don’t simply have to rely on finding a racket that is already perfect for you when you get it. There are a number of ways to customise your racket, including things such as strings and dampeners.
However, there is perhaps nothing as important in determining how well suited a racket is to you than the grip that you use on it. That’s why today we want to take you through the options you have when it comes to squash grips.
We'll show you the different types that are available, explain the effect that each one can have, and tell you who each type is best suited for. Hopefully, that should give you all the information you need to perfectly customise your racket and get the absolute most that you possibly can out of it.
Types Of Squash Grip
Replacement grips are used when the original grip on a squash racket wears out. They are applied straight on to the handle of the racket and increase the level of both grip and comfort. They are ideal for use by all players, as they extend the life of a racket and allow it to continue performing at a high level.
Overgrips are placed over the original grip of a squash racket. They further increase its level of grip and comfort, as well as marginally increasing the size of the grip. They can make the racket feel how it would have when you first purchased it and are ideal for players at intermediate and pro levels, as they keep the racket performing to the highest possible level.
Things To Consider
The majority of squash grips are made from polyurethane, which will be suitable for the majority of players. However, if you have any issues, such as allergies or a tendency to sweat profusely while playing, there are other options available on the market.
While giving you a secure grip is the primary function of any squash grip, it also has the secondary purpose of providing the racket with a more comfortable feel. Ensuring you choose a grip that you find comfortable is important for anyone to maintain their enjoyment of the game and is absolutely essential for anyone who plays long or frequent matches.
The thickness and width of a squash grip is important for a number of reasons. For starters, a thicker grip generally increases the force you put into each swing. While this is great for players who rely on power, it is not ideal for those whose game is built around speed, agility or control.
It is also important for the simple fact that you need to be able to lock your hand securely around the handle. If you know you have small hands, you should strongly consider going for a thinner grip.
While both types of squash grip will wear out, replacement grips last much longer than overgrips. If you are worried about having to replace your grip too often, it is probably better to avoid using an overgrip.
The level of sweat absorption on a squash grip is important to consider, especially for anyone who tends to sweat profusely while playing. If you have this issue, perhaps consider an overgrip, as they are generally much better at absorbing sweat, due to their increased thickness.
The tackiness of a squash grip affects both its level of grip and its sweat absorption. Be sure to get one that addresses the issue you have a greater need for.
The weight of a squash grip is almost negligible, so shouldn’t cause an issue for most players. However, if you play at an advanced level and rely heavily on speed and agility, every little thing can have an effect, so it may be worth looking for a lighter option.
Most squash grips can be cut to size, so you shouldn’t have a problem with the length. That said, if you have an especially long handle, or are trying to use a squash grip on a tennis racket, make sure it is long enough before you buy it.
The padding of a squash grip effects both the comfort and the thickness of the handle. Be sure to consider how this relates to your personal preferences and style of play before settling on one.
While squash grips aren’t a particularly expensive item, you may still want to consider buying in bulk if you go through them quickly. That way, you will be able to achieve the best possible value from your purchase.
Squash Grip Maintenance
There isn’t really anything other than cleaning you can do to maintain a squash grip. They are going to wear out over time no matter what you do, based on how they are designed to be used. However, keeping them clean is an incredibly important part of keeping your grip functioning to a high level.
If you don’t keep them clean, they will become full of sweat and dirt. This will make them lose grip, smell horrible and wear away quicker.
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