How to Re-Wrap a Tennis Racket Handle

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Re-wrapping, or re-gripping a tennis racket involves the use of a replacement grip or an over-grip. Find out why it's important to get wrinkles out when adding a new tennis racket grip with help from a USPTA certified tennis pro in this free video on tennis equipment.

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Hi my name is Lincoln Ward. I'm a USPTA Certified Teaching Pro, also the director of the Austin Tennis Center here in Austin, Texas. Today we're going to talk about how to rewrap your tennis grip. Commonly known as regripping your racket. The first thing you have to do is decide whether you're going to use a replacement grip or an overgrip. This particular grip has an overgrip already on it. The first thing you want to do is remove that overgrip by taking the little tape off the top and you're going to simply take off the overgrip. The original grip is still on underneath as you can see. Changing your original grip and adding an overgrip is the exact same process so we won't do them both. We're just going to add this replacement grip. The first thing you want to do is go ahead and take the little clear plastic layer off of the top of your overgrip and there we go we take this little plastic cover-on. You'll notice when you end up you have this little piece of finishing tape along with your replacement grip. Just go ahead and put that finishing tape off to the side for a few moments. Your grip tape is going to have a tapered edge. That's the edge you want to start off on. Occasionally your grips will have a tape at the bottom, at the back end of it. That's to help you start off your gripping. So you're going to start off at the base of the handle. Go ahead and place that there. Keep it nice and taught. You don't want any wrinkles in your grip especially. Wrinkles will tend to mess up your grip. So as you're twisting it, your racket, you're just kind of wrapping the tape around it. The starting out is the slowest part. Once you start to get to the middle of your racket handle it starts to speed up a little bit. And there's a wide variety of different grips and colors in those grips just depending on what you're looking for. You can find replacement grips and overgrips that are designed for people with hands that perspire a lot or for people who, who want a greater cushioning feel. Or even someone who just really wants a nice tight, tight handle. Now once you get to the top you can do one of two things. You can rip it or you can cut it with tape. For this particular instance I'm just kind of folding it over, tapering it off and then I pull it off. It's pretty easy. So once you get to the finish up here you're going to take that finishing tape. Open it up. And this tape almost feels like electrical tape. You're going to put it right here at the end of your replacement grip. just wrap it around, onto itself. You should almost get about one and a half rotations on it. After you're finished with that a lot of rackets have a little rubber, rubber ring around the top and you can just replace that over if you want. It's not necessary it's mainly just for looks. And this is the replacement grip. I'm Lincoln Ward and that's how to rewrap your tennis racket.

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