How to customize your pickleball paddle – grips, lead tape, personalization and more

How to customize your pickleball paddle – grips, lead tape, personalization and more

When was the last time you changed your grip? When was the last time you added on a little bit of lead tape or colored electrical tape? In this video, I’m going to teach you how to customize your pickleball paddle so that you can get exactly what you need for your game. Don’t ignore your grip, it’s an essential part of the game!

Also, I had the fortunate pleasure of receiving some grip accessories for free from Tourna. I really appreciate them for doing that. As I talk about in the video, I love Tourna and use their grips all the time.

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  1. Lucy Mejias on April 3, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    I’ve been looking into doing this for a while. Great video! Thank you for sharing. Question…I have the prince paddle as well and I’m not a fan of the grip. If I want to do my own, do I take off the original grip and then do the tournagrip? Or I do the tourna grip over the original??

  2. Paulo Jordao on April 3, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    How wide is the electrical tape… 1/2 in or 3/4in?

  3. M Lee on April 3, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Hi, I recently purchased an Electrum Pro which has a handle circumference of 4.25"
    However, my ideal handle size is 4.375" or 4-3/8." What do you think is the best way to bump up the handle size? Should I keep the leather wrap and just wrap over it…If so, which grip do you recommend for this? Thank you so much!

  4. Cyyn_eh 1 on April 3, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Is there a difference between tennis over grips and pickle ball grips? Apart from probably length…

  5. Gabriel French on April 3, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Just tried edge-taping a broken cheap paddle I had laying around, and I have to say, you really make that look easy (then again, I’m still the guy who can’t cut in straight lines, haha…!). I actually really like the feel of a cushioned grip, I feel like it allows me to deliver softer shots without drastically changing my grip pressure. Quick question: What do you think of the Tourna Tacky Over-grip…? How does it compare to the traditional Tourna Over-grip…?

  6. Benjamin Leavitt on April 3, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    How do you know if your paddle is too heavy, too light, or off balance for your playing style? What problems arise when the weight is too much or too little?

  7. Squaredot01 on April 3, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Love the info about using your fingers as well as the index knuckle to find different grips. I’ve never heard or thought to use other fingers but I think this is a great technique!

  8. Jane Cech on April 3, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    What is the advantage of putting lead tape on the handle area?

  9. Jeremy Puckett on April 3, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Pro tip for putting the edge tape on. Sit in a chair and clamp the paddle between your knees, that way both hands are free. Way easier that way.

  10. kim leith on April 3, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Great intro vid for re-gripping. I’ve been doing a lot of it to try and solve a hand pain issue I have. You did not cover any "Ergo" style gripping. What’s your view on that?

  11. Laurie Savage on April 3, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    I wish you had shown how to put the new grip on.

  12. slukas on April 3, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Aside from the obvious quality of your videos (not to mention all your content), your commitments to objectivity and transparency are admirable – and appreciated.

  13. Rich M on April 3, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Is that gaffer tape?