When was the last time you replaced the grip on your pickleball paddle? It’s something that is rather easy to forget when you have a busy schedule, but it definitely makes a difference on the court. Many players are not quite sure how often they should replace their grip or the best way to apply the replacement, so we have provided a video and instructions below to walk you through the process.
How often should you regrip?
The frequency of regripping your pickleball paddle can vary depending on various factors such as the type of grip, how often you play, and personal preference. However, as a general guideline, it is recommended to regrip your pickleball paddle at least once a year or every 50 to 100 hours of play.
If you notice that your grip has become worn, slippery, or starts to lose its tackiness, it's a good indication that it's time to regrip your paddle. Worn grips can affect your control, comfort, and overall performance on the court. Additionally, some players may prefer to regrip their paddle more frequently to maintain a consistently fresh and optimal grip.
Ultimately, the decision of when to regrip your pickleball paddle is subjective and based on your own comfort and playstyle. Pay attention to the condition of your grip and replace it as needed to ensure you have the best possible feel and control while playing pickleball.
Steps to regrip your pickleball paddle:
To regrip your pickleball paddle, you will need a new grip, a clean cloth, scissors, and grip tape (optional). Here's a step-by-step guide on how to regrip your pickleball paddle:
- Remove the old grip: Start by removing the old grip from your paddle. Use scissors or a sharp knife to cut away the old grip, being careful not to damage the underlying paddle surface. Slowly peel off the grip, ensuring that any adhesive residue is completely removed.
- Clean the paddle: Once the old grip is removed, clean the paddle surface with a damp cloth to remove any dirt, dust, or adhesive remnants. Allow it to dry completely before proceeding.
- Prepare the new grip: Unroll the new grip and ensure that the adhesive side is facing up. Some grips have a protective backing that needs to be peeled off before installation.
- Align the grip: Align the top of the grip with the top of the paddle handle and begin wrapping it around the handle, keeping it tight and even. Leave a small overlap at the bottom of the grip for a neat finish.
- Wrap the grip: Continue wrapping the grip around the handle, overlapping each new wrap slightly with the previous one. Pull the grip taut as you go to ensure a snug fit. Be careful not to stretch the grip too much, as it may affect its longevity and feel.
- Finishing touches: Once you reach the end of the grip, secure it in place by using grip tape or adhesive provided with the grip. Alternatively, you can use electrical tape to secure the end. Trim off any excess grip with scissors.
- Check the grip: Give the grip a final inspection to ensure it's evenly wrapped, comfortable, and secure. Adjust if necessary.
With these steps, you should be able to regrip your pickleball paddle and have it ready for your next game. If you're unsure or would like more guidance, you can also consult instructional videos or seek assistance from a local pickleball equipment store.