Ok, I get it, it’s come to that time when you need a replacement grip for your squash racket… Your hands are sweating, you were deep into a rather long competitive rally with a close rival and then you took a swing, and the racket went flying and nearly took off your opponent’s head. If that really was the case, then it’s time for a squash racket grip replacement!
When To Change a Squash Racket Grip
The above example is a little extreme, I admit. However, it does happen, and it has happened to me before! More likely, however, is that you’ve simply started noticing your hand slipping a little on the grip as it’s got a little too shiny from weeks of playing with sweaty hands. Hands slipping from the grip can result in lots of miss-hits and not always the fluke-type ones that hit the nick, more likely ones that hit the tin or fly out of court!
How To Change a Squash Racket Grip
Personally, I think the best way to demonstrate how to replace a grip is to show you how to do it on a video. Here’s a guy from PDH sports showing you how to do just that with my favourite grip of choice the Karakal grip…
Squash Grip Lifespan
Basically, if you’re noticing that you can’t firmly hold your racket position then it’s time to change your grip. It’s not a time-based thing either, you must simply notice for yourself when it’s time to change. Factors such as how often you play and how much you sweat are big factors when it comes to how often you need to change your squash grip.
Squash Grip Thickness
If you have big, large, thick hands then you probably want a larger thickness of grip than someone with smaller hands. Thicker grips aren’t always easy to come by however you can get by this problem by simply putting two grips onto your squash racket.
Applying one grip to the top of another grip is often referred to as a squash overgrip. When you get your brand-new, shiny racket, I often find that the manufacturer-supplied racket grip is not that great. At this point, you have two options, one to remove it and put a new grip on in its place or two to place a new grip over the manufacturer-supplied grip – a squash overgrip. Again, it usually depends on the size of your hands and/or personal preferences.
What is the Best Squash Grip for Sweaty Hands?
I feel like I’m well qualified to answer this question as I’ve always had sweaty hands when I play. In fact, I just generally sweat a lot everywhere when I play!! For me I find the Karakal squash grip to be an excellent choice. I wrote a short article about the Karakl grip that you can read here. You also might want to consider a squash overgrip or double grip if you have sweaty hands as the claim in that it can help with absorption.
Squash Grip Powder
I’m no expert on squash grip powder as personally I’ve never tried the stuff, however, I have seen other players who use it religiously! You apply it directly to your hands or the grip or sometimes to both. Its aim is to dry your hands and grip and give you a kind of a tacky feel to the grip of the racket.