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Applying an overwrap might seem like an easy task, but making a mistake can leave you with a grip that's too thick or one that separates and has to be redone. The key to applying grip tape on a racket handle is to work slowly to create a uniform wrap.
Read the directions on the grip tape package to see if there are any special instructions. Look to see if the side of the tape that goes against the grip is obvious, or if you need to check the box.
Remove the overwrap that's currently on the racket grip, if there is one. Start from the top, removing the racket's rubber band that runs around the end of the tape closest to the throat. Remove any tape that is fixing the overwrap to the racket or grip. Unwind the tape slowly to make sure it has not stuck to the grip so firmly it will leave pieces as you unwrap it. Slow down as you reach the end to determine if the bottom is attached with a piece of tape on the inside of the wrap. Remove it gently from the grip if there is. Adjust the rubber band on the racket near the end of the grip until it is properly aligned -- the band can become bunched up or turned inside out when you push it off the old tape to remove it.
Unroll the new tape and remove any plastic or cellophane covering the entire length of the overwrap. Look for a separate piece of tape to affix the overwrap to the handle. Remove the plastic backing from the small piece of adhesive tape on the bottom of the grip tape, if it comes with a piece. This is where you will start wrapping at the bottom of the grip. Remove the backing from the adhesive tape and place a small piece of it against the bench on which you are sitting or on other object - you don't want to have to let go of the unsecured overwrap after you have wound it around the grip so you can remove the backing from the strip of adhesive tape.
Place the piece of adhesive tape on the overwrap against the grip at the bottom of the racket, or the small or narrow piece of overwrap, if it comes without adhesive and is configured that way. Begin to wind the tape around the racket, placing the bottom of each layer slightly over the top of the previous layer. Place each new layer toward the middle of the layer you have just wrapped if you want a thicker grip. Place the next layer of tape nearer the edge of the last layer if you want a thinner grip. Be careful not to put the tape so close to the edge of the last layer that it will separate and leave a gap after you begin hitting.
Wrap the tape up the length of the handle, moving around in a circular motion while keeping the handle still -- turn the tape, not the handle. Cut or gently tear the tape if there is excess wrap left over when you reach the end of the grip. Apply the adhesive tape to the end of the overwrap to secure it to the grip. Place the rubber band that comes with the racket over the adhesive tape. Use only the rubber band if you don't have adhesive tape.