One would think that a pickleball paddle needs little attention and that day-in and day-out it just works the way it was intended to work and basically this is true, but there are a couple of things to consider about maintaining your paddle. One item which may need some care is the grip. Just think about how many times you might grip and re-grip that paddle. Consider how much perspiration might be shed onto that paddle over time.
It is only logical then, that whatever material the paddle grip is made of will change texture, thickness and perhaps position over time. If your paddle grip is slipping or slippery, perhaps it is time to get an overgrip. An overgrip is one that goes on top of the existing grip and sometimes they are made of materials designed to keep the moisture collecting on the handle to a minimum to avoid slippage.
NOTE – If your paddle feels just large/wide enough with the grip you already have, then you wouldn’t want an overgrip and perhaps replacing the grip with a different material is the solution (see replacement videos below). Of course these can all be done by some sporting good stores that carry pickleball supplies, etc., but it is something that can be done “at home” by most average players with relative ease.
The videos below demonstrate the various techniques involved.
Add an Overgrip
(to an Existing Grip)
How to over-grip your pickleball paddle’s existing grip — with Mark Renneson
How to over-grip your pickleball paddle’s existing grip — Jennifer Lucore and Bob Youngren
Changing the Grip Completely
(with a New Grip)
How to Change a Replacement Grip on your pickleball paddle — Jennifer Lucore and Bob Youngren
How to Change a Replacement Grip on your pickleball paddle — Neil Friedenberg
Are you ready to get a grip?