Raquex Enhance Replacement PU Grip Review

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In my opinion, a good badminton grip is as vital as a quality racket, especially in high-intensity sports like badminton where quick grip changes are a constant occurrence. I have found that changing my grip can instantly improve my game and I always come away thinking “Why didn’t I change this sooner?!”.

Here, we review the “Number 1 Best Seller” on Amazon with over 4000 5-star reviews, the Raquex Enhance Replacement PU Grip, a newbie on the scene that is definitely worth considering. 

Requex PU Top Trump Card - A Top Trump Style card to compare the categories we have ranked each grip

Ideal For - Beginners

Pros

Cons

The Raquex Enhance Replacement Grip is the big brother to the Evolve Overgrip from the newly founded company Raquex. 

Being a new player in an already established market is always difficult and although we feel that it doesn’t quite live up to the established big players, there is no denying that the Raquex Enhance grip is definitely well-placed to steal the beginners market.

Don’t know what the difference is between a replacement grip and an overgrip or want some more general information about grips, check out our article Everything You Need To Know About Badminton Grips.

We performed several tests and rated each grip we tested according to 7 different categories. We found that the Raquex Enhance Replacement PU Grip performed well in most of the categories and was highly rated for style and ease of regrip. To see how it stacks up against the others, check out our other article Best Badminton Grips.

Let’s see how the Raquex Enhance Replacement PU grip ranked during our in-house tests. All the grips we talk about have been bought, tried, tested, and scored out of 10 in each of our 7 categories to give you the best information for picking your next grip.

Tackiness - 7/10

What we thought

  • Tacky
  • Smooth Feel

The tackiness of this grip was decent, though not quite up to the high standards of premium grips such as the Yonex Super Grap and the Karakal PU Super Grip. Not as “Super Grippy” as they describe, but not bad.

The Test

To determine how tacky (or grippy) the grips were, we had one person hold the racket on the grip side and the other person try to pull the racket out of their hand. Depending on how easy it was for the person holding the grip to hold onto the racket determined the tackiness score of the grip.

Testing the tackiness of the Raquex PU

Comfort - 7/10

What we thought

  • Good Padding
  • Cushioned Feel
  • Slightly Plasticky

The Raquex PU grip was comfy to hold, with good padding for a cushioned feel. We felt what stopped the grip from reaching top marks was that the padding, though definitely good, wasn’t exceptional and the grip material felt slightly plasticky.

The Test

After re-griping the racket the team each held the racket and ranked how comfy the grip was to hold.

Raquex PU grip on Racket

Durability - 7/10

What we thought

  • Durable
  • Reduced Tackiness After Use

The Raquex PU grip is strong and durable, good enough to withstand the wear and tear of a badminton match without the need for frequent changing. There was very minor scuffing from the exfoliating glove from our durability test and we did find that the tackiness of the grip reduced after a full night of badminton, but we felt this was only a minor mark against the durability of the grip. 

The Test

To test the durability of the grip, we used an exfoliating glove as an accelerated stress test, rubbed the grip for 30 seconds, and ranked them based on the amount of wear we saw on the grips.

Testing the durability of the Raquex PU grip

Style - 8/10

What we thought

  • Lots of Colors
  • Range of 13 Colors 

A standout feature is the Raquex PU grip’s range of colors. With 13 to choose from it makes it one of the go-to choices for players for which grip color matters. You will definitely find a color you love. 

The Test

We ranked each grip from 2 to 10 based on the number of available colors and patterns that can be purchased for that grip.

Raquex PU grip on Racket

Absorbency - 5/10

What we thought

  • Poor Absorbancy
  • Slippy When Wet

In our tests, we found that the Raquex PU grip performed the worst during the absorbency test. We found that the tackiness of the grip was lost when we wet our hands making the grip slippy to hold. 

The Test

To test the absorbency of each group, we first put our hand in a bowl of water and gave it a shake-off to give a level of wetness to the hand that would simulate sweating. We then tested how this simulated sweat affect the grip.

Testing the absorbency of the Raquex PU grip

Ease of Regrip - 8/10

What we thought

  • Adhesive backing 
  • Instructions provided
  • Speed – 1 min 25 sec

Regripping the Raquex PU grip is a straightforward process, featuring both a pre-cut start position, which is indicated on the grip, and finishing tape. Instructions are provided for beginners along with video instructions that can be found on their website. Removing both the outer layer and the adhesive backing simultaneously can be a little difficult if you are new to regripping.

The Test

To determine how easy it is to regrip a racket using each grip, we took into consideration two factors. 

1) Whether or not instructions were provided when purchased and 

2) We performed a speed test to see how fast we could regrip a racket.

Price - 6/10

What we thought

  • Not Expensive Not Cheap
  • Great for Beginners and Intermediates
  • Bulk buy available

The price of the Raquex PU grip can range from as cheap as £2.90 in bulk to £5.49 for a single grip. The price is definitely good enough for what you get and will be a brilliant choice for beginners and intermediate players. But, we found that for a similar price range, there are better options available, especially if you are looking to improve your game that little bit more. 

The Test

As for price, we considered the actual price of one grip and the value of buying the grip in bulk. Then using these prices and by taking into consideration the scores of each category, we scored each grip on whether it was good value or not.

Requex PU Top Trump Card - A Top Trump Style card to compare the categories we have ranked each grip

Overall - 48/70

Raquex PU Grip

Raquex Enhance PU Grip

The Raquex Enhance Replacement PU Grip stands as a promising choice, especially for players exploring their grip preferences. 

Its decent tackiness, diverse color options, and durability make it an attractive consideration, particularly for beginners and intermediate players who want to upgrade from the starter grip that their racket came with.

However, its absorbency issues, slightly plasticky feel, and reduced tackiness after extended use may deter players who want to make that next jump up and are seeking higher grip performance.

In summary, the Raquex Enhance Replacement PU Grip offers a decent grip, comfort, and durability, making it a viable choice for those discovering their grip preferences. Despite its drawbacks in absorbency and comfort, its affordability and variety of color options may appeal to players seeking a reliable grip without breaking the bank.

If you want to see how it stacks up against the other grips we tested, check out our article Best Badminton Grips.

Is this your next grip?

Other Raquex Options

Here are some of the other options that Raquex has on offer.

Raquex Evoke Overgrip

Raquex Endure Overgrip

Raquex Evolve Overgrip

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