Everything You Need To Know About Badminton Grips: Replacement, Overgrip and Towel Grip

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Several different brands of badminton racket grips in a variety of colours

You might be surprised to find that choosing the right grip for your badminton racket is as important as choosing the right shoes, strings or racket. Your badminton racket grip often reflects your style of play and can help you maximise your performance. The right grip can also help to absorb sweat, ensuring maximum comfort and performance throughout the game. Plus, let’s not forget all the different colours that they come in for you to express yourself.

So, I hope that you can see that choosing the right grip is important. However, it is very important to note that there is no “right grip” for a badminton player, only what is right for YOU. That’s why in this article we have given you what we think the best grips are for each style of grip. When you re-grip your racket, it will be different from the next person.

Let’s get started.

It’s your serve. 

There Are Three Types of Badminton Grips

Standard or PU (polyurethane) Grips

Standard grips are typically made from PU which is good at absorbing shock and sweat. These standard grips are a medium to chunky thickness depending on how you wrap the grip around the racket. 

Thicker grips are often better for strong attacking play. If you like to smash the shuttle hard, it is likely that you would favour a thicker grip. 

Overgrips

Overgrips are much thinner than PU grips and are often quite grippy or “tacky” as it is often described. They can be used to increase the thickness of a PU grip by wrapping it on top or can be used on their own to produce a thinner grip often favoured by players that like a lot of control over their shots as it enables you to change grip quicker.

A purple badminton racket grip

Towel Grips

Towel grips are often made of cotton and can be thick or thin depending how you wrap it. Towel grips are often favoured by players that have sweaty hands and so the cotton makes a good sweat absorber, allowing you to maintain a good grip throughout.

Best Standard Grip

Karakal PU Super Grip

The Karakal PU super grip is definitely the grip of my youth. Introduced over 28 years ago, it remains the No.1 PU Grip for all racket sport players and it is not hard to see why. Now, 28 years later, the Karakal PU super grip has a new and improved PU surface, which Karakal says has a new ‘Slow Release Formula’ and ‘Nano’ sized particles which has greatly extended grip life, improved durability, gripping power and comfort. I could find out exactly what this means scientifically, but if it does what they say, then it’s great. The Karakal PU super grip is very tacky/grippy and absorbent, with self adhesive for easy attachment and use. And for the fashion conscious, there are an incredible number of colours, colour combinations and patterns so you can definitely find one that suits you. Though we were primarily reviewing from a badminton stand point, the PU super grip can be used for various sports, as well as squash, tennis, hockey and ice hockey. The Karakal PU Super Grip is referred to by many players as the best on the market.

Check out the Karakal PU Super Grip here.

Advantages

  • Long Life and durable
  • Super Tacky
  • Comfy
  • Large Colour Options
  • Long Life and durable
  • Super Tacky
  • Comfy
  • Large Colour Options
Yellow Karakal PU Super Grip for badminton rackets

Best Overgrip

Yonex Super Grap Overgrip

Yonex is a well loved brand in badminton circles and their Super Grap is their best selling grip. Launched in 1987, Yonex claim that they have sold enough Super Grap to circle the world five times! Yonex Super Grap is a perfect Overgrip and can be used both as an over grip to produce a thick grip for power play or alone to produce a more tactile, thinner grip for control play. Super Grap helps enhance your play by absorbing shock and moisture to give you outstanding levels of feel and control. Tacky, long lasting and even if your hands sweat a lot and the grip still provides a perfect tactile. What’s more, inside the packaging of the Yonex Super Grap are easy to follow instructions on how to re-grip your racket. 

Check out the Yonex Super Grap here.

Advantages

  • Long Life and durable
  • Super Tacky
  • Great for Control Play
  • Contains Easy to Follow Instructions

  • Long Life and durable
  • Super Tacky
  • Great for Control Play
  • Contains Easy to Follow Instructions

A yellow Yonex Super Grap badminton racket grip

Best Towel Grip

Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip

For those who need a little more in the way of sweat absorption, look no further than the Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip. This towel grip is fantastic for both comfort and sweat absorption, with Yonex claiming to have new, even more improved absorbency. The comfort comes from the soft and great quality 100% cotton. It has its own self-adhesive, making application easy. Users attest to its long life and moisture wicking ability even when used in hot and humid countries, demonstrating why it gets my recommendation. 

Check out the Yonex AC402Ex Towlel Grip here.

Advantages

  • Maximum Absorbency
  • Comfortable and Soft
  • Non-Slip Control
  • Maximum Absorbency
  • Comfortable and Soft
  • Non-Slip Control

Best for Beginners

Senston New Racket Grip

Often as a beginner, when you first start out you don’t yet know what you like and it can take some time before you know your own style. So you often don’t want to spend a lot on something that isn’t right for you. Nevertheless, it is still important to have a proper grip to replace the original grip that comes with your brand new racket.

This is why I suggest that you invest in the Senston grips. They come in a pack of 5 (Black, Red, Yellow, Purple, Blue) and are very good quality for the price you will pay for them. The perforated design on the grip tape helps keep your hand breathable, stopping odour. Durable, tacky and comfortable, these PU grips are a good way to easily improve your game and also help you discover whether you would like a thick or thin grip. This truly is a great product for the price and if you follow the online instructions, you’ll get a great new grip that stays in place. 

They also have overgrips for you if you would like to try them out too.

Check out the Senton Racket Grips here.

Advantages

  • Maximum Absorbency
  • Comfortable and Soft
  • Non-Slip Control
  • Maximum Absorbency
  • Comfortable and Soft
  • Non-Slip Control
A yellow Senston Badminton Racket grip

Best Power Combination

This is my grip recommendation if you are a power player and want to get the most out of your smash.

Yonex PU Super Grip + Yonex Super Grap Overgrip

Check them out here

This combination will give you the thickness necessary to bury the shuttle into your opponent’s court but also gives you the unrivalled tackiness of the Yonex Super Grap. When it comes to replacing your grip, you will only need to replace the Super Grap to retain the tackiness. I would only recommend changing the Yonex PU Super Grip if the cushioning underneath has started to deteriorate. 

Best Control Combination

This is my recommendation if you are a control/deception player to get the most tactile grip for quick grip change.

Yonex Super Grap Overgrip x2 

Once the original grip from your racket has been removed, just adding one Super Grap Over Grip still leaves the handle too thin with no cushioning making it a little uncomfortable to play with. However, if you wrap a second Super Grap over the first this then gives a cushioned grip that is tacky and still thin for great control play. However, like we have already said in this article, your grip style is very unique to you and so if you only want one, then that is what you should do. Similar to the power combination, you do not need to replace the bottom grip at the same rate as the top one, this will save you money. 

Extra Grips Options

So far I have provided you with what I think are the best options. But, just in case these don’t work for you, here are some alternatives that I also like.

Fun For Kids

Want a grip to make any Kid (or big kid) excited. Look out for lots of different patterns on different grips, but you know you are also getting quality with this Wilson Grip.

Check them out here

Wilson x Minions Comfort Overgrips

Brand Loyalty

If you are the type of player that likes everything to match and have loyal to Yonex, then this Yonex Hi Soft Grap is a great alternative to the Super Grap.

Check them out here

Yonex Hi Soft Grap

Extreme Tackiness for Dry Hands

This Dunlop Viper-Dry Replacement Grip is extremely tacky so if you really like to have a good grip, this one may be one to try. However, beware that this grip loses some of its tackiness when wet, so best avoided by those with sweatier hands.

Check the out here

Dunlop Viper-Dry Replacement Grip

Mixing Sports

If using a tennis grip doesn’t bother you, then you can’t do much worse than the Wilson Pro Overgrip. The grip of choice for Roger Federer and Serena Williams so you know it must be good.

Check them out here

Wilson Pro Overgrip

A white Wilson Pro Overgrip for a racket on a black background

New Guy on the Block

If you want to try a new brand that is also good value for money, then you can’t do much worse than the Perfly Quick Dry Overgrip from Decathlon.

Perfly Quick Dry Over Grip

For the Old School

These Yehlex Overgrips are either for your grandparents or the hipsters amongst you. These overgrips, which come in pastel colours, will have you looking the part in no time.

Check them out here

Yehlex Overgrip

Three Yehlex overgrips for badminton rackets on a black background

Value Towel Roll

If you are a player that goes through your towel grip at a rapid pace, then you should look at using the Victor Towel Grip Reel. This gives you value for money with a product that is a rival to that of Yonex.

Check it out here

Victor Towel Grip Reel

First Time Towel

To towel or not to towel. Not sure if a towel grip is for you or not. Want to give it a go but not pay too much then try the Perfly Badminton towel grip. 

Perfly Badminton Towel Grip

Super Sweaty Hands

Do you have hands that are so sweaty that not even a towel grip cuts it? There is nothing wrong with that. But if you want to keep a handle on your racket then maybe you need a little help. Technically not a grip, but will definitely help you grip, is the Yonex Grip Powder. This will help with your sweaty hands to no end. 

Check it out here

Yonex Grip Powder

Conclusion

We have gone through a lot here, but I hope that it has been helpful. Your grip is definitely an important part that you shouldn’t ignore if you want to improve your game. But, I hope that I have shown you that there isn’t one right grip, so don’t let anyone tell you that you have the wrong grip, as it may be right for you. This article was designed to help you find the best grip for you. Remember the most important thing is to get out, play badminton and enjoy.

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