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Wilson Pro Overgrip color comparison

aka "the best overgrip" for tennis (and maybe other racquet sports like badminton too...):

This can be short one - at the end of the day, the white grips packaged as 2 x 15 rolls seem to be much grippier than the other colors. And in my experience, even white grips in other packaging such as individual wraps or rolls (e.g. in the 60 box).

It's still my favorite overgrip, despite having to replace it every couple of sets or hours.

If you want to save some money here, and not cause quite as much waste, you can regrip it starting with the used top part. That way, what overlapped before and is not overlapping now will still be nice and white. Overall, it doesn't feel or look as good as new, but for practice it'll do.

Out of curiosity, I had also tried putting the grips in the washing machine, held together by a mesh bag. That worked surprisingly well, though you do not get the slight initial tackiness when you pull the plastic layer off a new one. Plus if the detergent doesn't fully wash off it can get a bit slippery...

Other brands have been putting out pretty nice overgrips over the last years as well, but after sampling ~10 alternatives, I think the white Wilson Pro Overgrip still has the nicest feel to it.

Bag check, reloaded

If you have access to the Tennis Channel, you've probably seen countless episodes of "Bag Check". For those of you who can't view TC: "Bag Check" are short video clips in which pros reveal what's in their bag.

Usually, there are 5-10 items shown: racquets, shoes, clothes, and maybe a couple little surprises. Sometimes it appears as if the pros would just take that bag on court and are prepared to last through the next match. I'm sure the pros travel with more bags full of tennis stuff, plus the tournaments provide them with many necessities and amenities which non-pros don't enjoy.

So what should we have in our bag to play a serious match or two? I've compiled a checklist for you below that I'll keep updating over time. I know the list is a bit long, but it always helps me to skim over it before I go play - I usually find 1-2 things that forgot to pack!

Open this sheet in a new window for the full view. Oh, and don't forget the Banana Guards :)

Go bananas!

Bananas have been very popular amongst tennis players for quite a while. I vividly remember Michael Chang going through bunch after bunch on his way to winning the French Open in '89. Bananas are high in potassium, provide sustainable energy, and are quite easily digestible thanks to their mushy texture. That mushy texture provides a challenge for tennis players though - how do you keep bananas from getting all squeezed up in your bag?

This eternal question was answered for me on a rainy evening at a German Christmas market in Dublin, Ireland :)  There was a booth exclusively selling "Banana Guards". Any color you can imagine, even ones that glow in the dark. Obviously, I've received a lot of comments about the shape, but hey, they supposedly work for more than 95% of bananas, so they stay in my bag!

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