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How to Choose Tennis Grips

Smooth, Perforated, Embossed or Ribbed?

If you like to feel the position of the racquet in your hand (that is, you rely on feeling the bevels of the handle when you switch from a backhand grip to a forehand grip), a smooth surface is your best bet, followed by perforated, embossed, and ribbed. But if your worry is racquet slippage, reverse the order. Here are the benefits of each:

Smooth: The no-frills version has no bumps, ridges, or treads, offering the most feel and least cushioning.

Perforated: For heavy sweaters, it has hundreds of pinholes that channel sweat to the more absorbent layers underneath.

Embossed: It's close to perforated, but instead of pinholes the embossed grip has a tire-tread pattern. It won’t absorb as much sweat, but it will move moisture away from your hand.

Ribbed: This grip is the most secure because it has corkscrew-shaped ridges in which to place your fingers. It's especially good for players who have difficulty maintaining a firm grip.

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