When it comes to the arsenal of equipment that makes it into the kit bag of the world’s best players one of the most often overlooked ingredients, yet most intrinsically vital, is the grip.
Squash grips do the most basic of jobs – but one that is vitally important to your chances of success on court. When you find yourself profusely sweating and in the midst of a crunch point, a good quality grip could be the difference between hitting a winning point and hitting the spectators in the balcony.
What grip works for you and your game will be a very personal choice. The size of your hand, the thickness of racket handle you like to play with, your sweat levels, how often you change your grip position in-play and the amount of softness you want from your grip will all play a role in your decision.
Thankfully grips are one of the cheapest items on the squash market so there’s plenty of room to experiment and find the combination of grip and racket that feels best and delivers best results for you.
As all new rackets will come with a stock factory grip (normally a cheap, basic production) and when it comes to replacing this there are two options available to you.
First is to put an ‘overgrip’ on top of the factory grip. These are normally thin, fabric based materials which help with sweat absorption and increase the size / width of the grip to improve racket comfort.
The second option is to purchase a ‘replacement grip’. These grips range in thickness, softness and ‘tackiness’ and are used by completely removing the factory grip and placing the new grip directly onto the racket handle via a self-adhesive strip on the rear.