View Full Version : Pulling from the Throat

09-26-2004, 04:54 PM
When I went to use an old drop weight machine, I noticed that I could not rotate the racquet 360 degrees, else the racquet handle would bump into the string tensioning spool. However, the beam turntable can be locked down, so the string could be pulled from less than optimal angles, i.e. not straight on. Is this acceptable? Common?

09-26-2004, 10:58 PM
This problem occurs on poorly designed/poorly built machines.

One potential solution - though less than ideal, and not guaranteed to work - is to remove the grip(s) and butt cap from the frame. This may allow it to clear the tension head.

Or you could try to build up the two areas where the head of the racquet rests - use something like overgrip material, or rubber. Glue it down so that it won't slip. Build it up only enough to allow the handle to clear the tension head - I wouldn't feel comfortable building it up more than 1/4 inch or so.

As for pulling the tension from "less than optimal angles", I certainly would not advise this, as it runs a rather good risk of damaging the racquet, and possibly the machine, as well.