In my opinion, there’s nothing that could be done to improve upon the Wilson Pro Overgrip.
Well, actually, there is! The grip could make my hand not sweat at all, but other than that, it’s pretty perfect!
There are some players out there who like a really thin grip though, and the Wilson Pro Overgrip isn’t particularly thin compared to some other grips on the market. Wilson has addressed this issue with the Wilson Pro Overgrip Sensation, which they claim is 25% thinner than their original overgrip.
I’m not someone who craves a super thin grip. In fact, I find the original Wilson Overgrip to be ideal. However, I understand that some people love to feel really close to the racket and feel the contours of the handle a little bit more. My one hope with the Pro Sensation is that Wilson hasn’t sullied the name of the Wilson Pro Overgrip in a quest to satisfy a small number of people who like really thin grips.
Being 25% thinner than the original grip, absorption and cushioning on the Sensation are likely to be affected, but hopefully, it should retain some of those qualities that we love. Just to pick it up, you wouldn’t be able to tell that much has changed other than the thickness. It can be quite difficult to get the feel of a grip unless you give it a proper workout and I find you can’t really make a proper decision until you’ve played a match with it.
For me, the two most important characteristics of a grip are comfort and absorbency and that’s why I lean towards the Wilson Pro Overgrips. Everyone will be looking for slightly different things in a grip. For some, absorbency and non-slip is vital, others like tack and some go for thinness. People will be drawn to different grips based on what they seek but I tend to find the majority of people are split between the Wilson’s and Tourna.
When people stray from these two brands, thickness can often be one of the key reasons, so I was interested to see how the Wilson Pro Overgrip Sensation played to see if it might pull thin grip loving players towards the fluffy white cloud that is the Wilson Pro Overgrip.
Comfort – 8.5/10
Naturally, I gave the original Pro Overgrip an 11 out of 10 on comfort. Although the Sensation comes from the same family, it doesn’t quite live up to the high standards of its cousin when it comes to comfort. When you take 25% of the material away, it was bound to affect the comfort, but that’s just the tradeoff you’ve got to pay if you want a thin grip.
The Sensation just loses a little bit of the cushioning that characterizes the Wilson Pro Overgrip. The material is still the same, but you don’t have the same softness. Instead, you feel much more of the harshness of the racket handle. To some people, this will be exactly what they are looking for, but I still don’t think you can class it as comfort.
Of course, we are judging this grip by extremely high standards. At the end of the day, 8.5 is an excellent score for such a thin grip. As thin grips go, I would say that it is up there with the most comfortable, but I wouldn’t say it is as ‘standout’ as the original pro overgrip is for medium thickness grips.
Extra thinness was always going to mean less comfort, but I felt pretty good playing with the Wilson Pro Overgrip Sensation; enough so to give it an 8.5 out of 10 for comfort.
Absorbency – 8/10
I think one of the grips the Sensation is competing against is the Kirschbaum Touch It, which might not be the most well-known grip, but it is a great thin grip. On comfort levels alone, I’d take the Kirschbaum over the Wilson, but I think on absorbency, the Wilson pulls it back.
I got very carried away when I did my review on the original Wilson Pro Overgrip and gave it a 10 out of 10 for absorbency, but really, I would say it’s around a 9. I think the Pro Sensation does lose a little bit of that absorbency because of how thin it is, but it did a pretty good job.
There were no points while I was playing where I felt like the racket might slip out of my hand and it lasted a good three sets without any dramas. This is a big issue for many people, so it was important that the sensation didn’t sacrifice too much in this area.
I gave the Wilson Pro Overgrip Sensation an 8 out of 10 for absorption. You’ll find thicker grips that absorb better but compared to its main competition it did a good job.
Thinness – 9.5/10
Again, the Wilson Pro Overgrip Sensation compares favorably with the Kirschbaum. At 0.4mm, the Sensation is about as close as you can get to the handle, and for some people, this is great news.
A thin grip means the handle remains slightly more rectangular as opposed to round and you can really feel the bevels of the racket. I, myself, like to feel the bevels a little bit just as a reference, but I don’t like them to be super prominent.
This was the worst aspect of this playtest for me, but of course, I realize that is what this grip is designed for. It may detract from the comfort a little bit, but Wilson has certainly done a good job of making this grip thin.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I certainly wouldn’t want to go any thinner than this! The Wilson Pro Overgrip Sensation gets a 9.5 out of 10 for thinness, there’s not much more you could ask for.
Longevity – 6.5/10
This was probably the area where I found the Sensation was most disappointing. After a while, the grip started to roll up and wear at the bottom and this is not something I experience with my original Wilson Pro Overgrips.
I think the thinness has meant the material is not as strong, and this will mean you are changing your grips more often than you were. I guess this is just part of the tradeoff, but I didn’t have the same problem with the Kirschbaum Touch It. Then again, the Kirschbaum is generally quite pricey so you win some you lose some.
I played a couple of days with this grip and it wasn’t looking too healthy afterwards. I would probably have given it a couple more sessions before I changed it, but I don’t think I would get any more than 10 hours out of this grip.
The Sensation gets a 6.5 out of 10 for longevity, easily its lowest score. You’re going to have to think about switching this grip out fairly often.
Overall – 8/10
It’s not a grip that I would consider changing to, but if you’re someone who craves thinness from a grip, then the Sensation is well worth looking at. It does well in all categories other than longevity, but that’s not too surprising given how thin it is.
Comfort wise, it has the same kind of feel as the original Wilson Pro Overgrip, it just lacks a little bit of the cushioning and softness, as your hand is so close to the handle. It still achieved a good score of 8.5 though, which is very good for a grip that is 0.4mm thick.
I thought it did a decent enough job at absorbing sweat and it never caused me to worry about my racket slipping from my hands. I often find that when my hand gets a bit sweaty my racket can turn in my hand on the forehand side, but again, the Sensation did a good job at stopping this.
I was a little bit disappointed at how quickly the grip wore, but you can’t have it both ways. Either you have a super thin grip, or you have a thicker grip that is going to last a long time.
Overall, I gave the Wilson Pro Overgrip Sensation an 8 out of 10. It is a very good overgrip and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to feel close to the handle.
Review by: Will