Tennis Grips and Pickleball Grips: Is there a Difference?

April 19, 2017

Picture of GAMMA Tennis grips and GAMMA Pickleball grips.

Tennis grips and pickleball grips are pretty much the same thing, right? The answer to that question is yes and no.

While both tennis and pickleball grips benefit players in their respective sports, there is a very subtle difference between the two.

But, before we get into that, let’s talk about the similarities and how adding an overgrip to your tennis racket or pickleball handle can give you more control and power behind your shot.

  1. Tennis grips and pickleball grips are carefully wrapped over the standard grip that comes with the racket or paddle. Typically, these grips are made with lightweight, tacky material.
  2. A fresh grip provides traction and cushion which can help improve your stroke mechanics.
  3. During a match, you’re moving around a lot, which causes you to build up quite the sweat. Let’s be honest: we’ve all played through those frustrating times when we start to lose our grip on the handle because our hands have gotten too sweaty. Luckily, the tackiness of a brand-new grip will help you keep a firm hold of your racket or paddle no matter what.
  4. Beyond tackiness and cushioning, the thickness of both a tennis grip and a pickleball grip will give you the security that you need to play a controlled game and make those finesse shots that’ll help you dink your way out of a rally.
  5. Tennis grips and pickleball grips are available in a variety of different colors and surface textures.

Now that we’ve covered the similarities, let’s take a look and see how these two differ.

When it comes to a tennis grip and a pickleball grip, the only real difference between the two is the length of the grip. As we mentioned before, the materials that are used for each are generally the same; however, the length of the grips are what set them apart.

Given the fact that the handle of a tennis racket is longer in length and larger in diameter, the grip is much longer and wider than grips that are used for pickleball paddles.

Our resident pickleball expert, Chuck Vietmeier, weighed in and offered some additional advice for both tennis and pickleball players alike. The tip is to change your grip as often as possible because most grips lose their tackiness and absorption qualities after a few weeks of intense play. This, of course, depends on how often a player plays per week. So, always be aware of how the grip feels in your hands and when it starts to slip, it’s time to get a new grip.

At GAMMA, we know a thing or two about pickleball grips and that’s why we’ve been selected as the official grip of the US Open Pickleball Championships!

US Open Pickleball Championships

If you think your grip is losing its tackiness, we’ve got you covered! We offer a variety of grips in our online store. And if your paddle is looking a little worse for wear, you can buy a new one and we’ll throw in a free grip with any pickleball paddle purchase. What are you waiting for? Get a grip!