A few weeks ago we discussed the subject of the installation of overgrips on the handle of your pala. Following the facebook publication of our article, one of our readers told us about his experience. And as we are an open site, let Stéphane Penso give his advice in terms of overgrips.
To quickly introduce the character, Stéphane Penso is the former coach of Thierry Lincou and Gregory Gaultier (formerly 1 squash world number).
In his comments, Stéphane would like to share with the general public some habits and secrets held by squash and badminton players. Secrets that could be beneficial to the comfort and performance of padel players. Passionate about hardware and new technologies, he tries, analyzes, compares, and makes us share.
In this article we do not want to highlight the products of a particular brand but to present what is done in the world of racket.
The orange band
It is a roll of an orange felt that comes to apply on the handle of the racket, below the overgrip. This felt allows to increase the size of the handle without changing the weight or the balance of the pala. In addition, this felt helps to gain comfort and therefore reduce friction and irritation.
Foam band grip
This grip is to put directly on the handle or under a overgrip. By inserting this foam band they create beads, your sleeve will be easier to grasp, and also more comfortable. Very used in violent racket sports in places where one sweats a lot (squash and badminton). A Hesacore "home made".
The best overgrips from Stéphane
Many brands offer overgrips, at all prices, colors, thickness ... but for Stéphane, 2 of them take advantage of others. The MegaTac used by professional tennis players, little known, and the Wilson Comfort overgrip, very present on the pro circuit of the WPT.
Finally for those who would like to remove the original grip to put a new one, or to significantly increase the neck, there is a brand, from squash but who adapts very well padel is Karakal. Years of experience have led this "big" grip to be part of the top in terms of comfort, grip and breathability.
Thank you for these tips. Do not hesitate to tell us about your little "tricks" that make the game easier and that could help other players.
Julien Bondia is a padel teacher in Tenerife. He is the founder of AvantagePadel.net, a software very appreciated by clubs and padel players. Columnist and advisor, he helps you play better through his many padel tutorials.