Applying a new grip to your squash racquet handle can be a tricky task if you haven’t tried it much before, but once you get the hang of it a new grip can give your racquet a new lease of life.
This is also one of the cheapest things you can do to take care of your racquet and improve its performance.
Top Tips before you start:
• Buy a couple of spare grips, and practice on an old unused racquet first (if you have one).
• Keep the grip wrapped tight through the whole process for a better fit.
• Apply the sealing tape very tightly at the end to avoid grip movement during play.
• They don’t last forever, so have a couple of spare grips in stock to fit when you need – they aren’t expensive so it’s well worth having a few ready to go.
Choosing a Grip:
You don’t have a huge range of options on your grip, but one of the key things is how thick you prefer your handle to be. The grip overlays do vary in their thickness, which affects the size of the handle in your hand, so this is just something to bear in mind. Then of course you need to pick your favourite colour – this is very important!
Here are a few recommended grips you can pick up cheaply from Amazon UK:
Fitting the Grip:
First you should decide whether you want to remove the original grip from the racquet. You can stick the new grip on top without any problems, but bear in mind this will make the handle thicker to hold. If you don’t want that, then just smoothly peel off the racquet grip starting at the top.
Peel the tape off the new grip, exposing the sticky surface ready to wrap around the racquet handle. Try to avoid the grip sticking to itself as you unravel it – this can be very annoying!
Starting with the thin, angled end of the grip, begin to stick starting from the bottom end of the handle. It’s then a case of slowly wrapping the grip around the racquet working your way up the handle, with a very small overlap on each turn. As you go, make sure the grip is fixed firmly in place, don’t fit loosely and then firm it all up at the end because the grip will inevitably move during the fitting.
Once all wrapped around, stick the additional fixing tape around the top end to seal the grip to the racquet shaft, again minimising future movement.
If you need a little more guidance with some moving pictures thrown in (and who wouldn’t want that?!) then check out this video tutorial below from PDH Sports which we found to be a very helpful and to-the-point walkthrough:
Drop us a comment below if you have any more questions or pointers during fitting a new grip, we would love to hear from you!