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The proper grip on a squash racket not only keeps your hand from slipping during points, but can also add control or flexibility, depending on how you wrap it. Taking the grip off and replacing it should become a skill you can do quickly and effectively if you use the same method each time. Whether you are replacing a grip overwrap or putting a new grip on a bare handle, the process is basically the same.
Check if you have a grip or overwrap and a way to fasten it to your racket handle to confirm that you can replace it. Examine your grip or overwrap to see if you need a piece of tape to fasten the end of an overwrap to the handle, or if you need a tack to fasten a grip to the bare handle.
Read the directions on the box for any special instructions or tips for applying the grip or overwrap to your racket. Remove the backing from the tape that fastens the end of the grip or wrap to the top of the handle and place it on your courtside bench so you can quickly grab it with one hand and place it on your racket when you are done wrapping your grip.
Unroll the grip or overwrap completely without twisting it. Remove any backing with the grip or overwrap, which is usually a thin piece of plastic used to prevent the material from sticking together. Look for the end with a small piece of tape on it, which covers a small area of adhesive. This is the end you affix to the end of the handle, near the butt of the racket.
Remove the small piece of tape that fastens the end of your grip or overwrap to the top of the handle of the racket. Don't pull it off before you see how tightly it's affixed to the handle. If it's been on for a while, it might tear and leave residue behind. If this is the case, you might not have time to regrip your racket during a changeover or right before the start of a match. If the grip or overwrap comes off easily, remove it slowly.
Put the thin end of the grip toward the bottom of the handle and tack it on using a tack or staple and a small hammer if the grip doesn't come with adhesive, and if it's necessary to keep the grip in place. Slowly wrap the grip up the handle, moving around the handle so each layer of the grip fits snugly against the previous layer. Keep the unwrapped portion of the grip taut. Cut excess grip on a 45-degree angle when you near the top, fitting the angled end against the end of the handle. Tape the top of the grip to the racket.
Place the thin end of the overwrap at the bottom of the handle and affix it to the grip using the piece of tape on that end of the overwrap. Put the thin end of the overwrap against the grip if it does not come with adhesive and hold it with your thumb while you make the first wrap with your other hand. Slowly wrap the overwrap up the grip, going in the same direction as the grip, moving around the handle so each layer of the overwrap fits snugly on top of the end of the previous layer.
Layer a large portion of each wrap on top of the previous layer if you want a thick grip. Layer a small portion of each wrap on top of the previous layer -- toward the very end of the layer -- if you want a thin grip. Don't wrap layers next to each other to avoid the overwrap from separating when you play; wrap at least some portion over the previous layer. Cut excess grip on a 45-degree angle near the top, fitting the angled end against the end of the handle. Tape the top of the grip to the racket.