There are some pieces of equipment that padel players probably neglect the most - grep. The truth is that many recreational padel players don't even know how to replace a grip, even if it's super easy! This is because they rarely do it themselves.
Why did you want to bother changing grips? Grepr improves performance. Padel technique requires you to have a firm grip, but not to squeeze the racket handle too tightly. You must allow room for movement and have a relatively relaxed grip. This is impossible to achieve if the overgrip is happy. What happens to you is that if a ball hits the racket head off center, the whole racket will spin in your hand. Results? Incorrect or poor returns at best. In addition, you will get blisters on your hand due to this unwanted sliding of the racket handle when you play.
This is where grips come in handy, they have different properties such as moisture absorption, damping and stickiness, all designed for to improve performance on the court.
There is really no reason to skip replacing overgrips as they are much cheaper than padel balls for example, but they make so much difference.
If you are a regular recreational player who plays padel from one to four hours a week, you should change your grip on a weekly basis. Even if you don't play a lot of a given uke, you should still change grips. As soon as you wrap a new grip on your racket, it starts to lose its properties. Stretching a thin grip and exposing it to air and moisture certainly affects it. Although it may look good, you are much better off changing it regularly. You can get hold of packs of dozens, and consider making it a habit to change them at the end of each week.
If you play padel several times a week, you should consider changing your overgrip at least twice a week. This is especially important if you like to play local club tournaments and league matches. You will use your grips much faster at this speed and level of padel, so you must change them sooner.
A good trick to get you to change grips regularly is to buy them in white or other light colors. They get dirty quickly, as a reminder that they need replacement.
If you are a junior or aspiring pro, training 6 days a week, you should consider changing the overgrip at least 3-4 times a week. Players at this level train at least 4 hours a day, and that type of training makes grip quickly lose its effect. If we add the hot climate factor, the sweat will accelerate the process by which your grip deteriorates. It's amazing how much a new grip can improve your game.
The truth is that the pros change their grips all the time. They do it before every session. You may have noticed that the pros have changed grips between sets or every few spills. In preparation for a fight, the pros have fresh overgrips on all their rackets in their tennis bag. Even if they didn't use a particular rocket in the past, grabs will likely be reimbursed.
Change grips regularly
Greps are reasonable, and all padel players should change them at least once a week. Grips cost much less than balls, but they can significantly affect the game and improve the experience and comfort of the racket. If you've never seriously thought about grips, now is the time to make regular grip replacement a habit. Your body (and your mental spillage) will thank you for it!
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