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tsongaali
03-16-2009, 07:16 PM
I got this racquet used from my authentic tennis store for $40, and after it was strung today I noticed the pattern was 18x18. I was like ****, is this a fake. BTW the racquet is a head liquidmetal instinct tour xl which is supposed to have a 16x19 pattern. The thing is, the racquet seems like it was actually made by head. The weight is 12 ounces, and the length is correct (extended half inch). Anyways, I really don't care since I play really good with it, but I just want to know if it is a fake or not.

http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/qq278/cornboi064/headracquet002.jpghttp://i455.photobucket.com/albums/qq278/cornboi064/headracquet001.jpg

zidane339
03-16-2009, 07:19 PM
Could it be strung wrong?...looks like the first cross from the top shares with a main..is that how its suppose to be?

MonkeyMan123
03-16-2009, 07:22 PM
Its real. It is strung wrong though. Btw, thats my one of my favorite rackets i have ever tried. I cant find them anymore though. You got one heck of a deal for $40...lucky

autumn_leaf
03-16-2009, 07:25 PM
deleted due to wrong information. sorry about that.

Bud
03-16-2009, 07:29 PM
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_RLIYzXhfZQ0/Sb8LBBPvi5I/AAAAAAAAHQE/7qAVt8G521Q/s800/Head%20LM%20Instinct%20Tour%20XL.jpg

Skip top main 8H

Skip bottom mains 8,9T

KerryJ
03-16-2009, 07:31 PM
strung wrong. last mains on both sides are suppose to be crosses.

That can't be right. Look at how much space that would leave between strings at the head.

KerryJ
03-16-2009, 07:32 PM
Well we have a picture now. But now I'm wondering is this a legal stringing?

NoNameZ
03-16-2009, 07:32 PM
yea, i saw a lm prestige strung as 16x22, it hit pretty well though. nice find btw

The_Question
03-16-2009, 07:41 PM
Your dampener justify the way it was strung. You strung it incorrectly...

Bud
03-16-2009, 07:42 PM
Your dampener justify the way it was strung. You strung it incorrectly...

You're referring to the unhappy face? :)

tsongaali
03-16-2009, 07:48 PM
could this wrong stringing damage the racquet? Should I demand a restring? (I didn't string it myself, my club strung it.)

Bud
03-16-2009, 07:49 PM
could this wrong stringing damage the racquet? Should I demand a restring? (I didn't string it myself, my club strung it.)

Yeah, ask them to re-string it correctly. Take the above pic in to show them it's incorrect.

Hard to believe a modern racquet stringer wouldn't suspect a problem with the shared grommet. Usually, too if you're unfamiliar with a racquet... you research the pattern prior to stringing it.

Bud
03-16-2009, 07:52 PM
could this wrong stringing damage the racquet? Should I demand a restring? (I didn't string it myself, my club strung it.)

It may damage the grommets... but it's probably OK. The frame is fine.

NoNameZ
03-16-2009, 09:33 PM
yea, the grommets should hold up pretty well. and you might actually like the pattern better. if you compare it to the pic that Bud posted, you can find that the stringer misused holes in a lot of places... lets play a little game, see who can name all the things wrong with the pic hahaha

Deuce
03-16-2009, 09:43 PM
Shared grommet holes pretty much went 'out of style' in the late 80s / early 90s.

m1stuhxsp4rk5
03-16-2009, 09:56 PM
here are some better pictures if you need it.
http://i398.photobucket.com/albums/pp61/rack3th3ad/IMG_0746.jpg
http://i398.photobucket.com/albums/pp61/rack3th3ad/IMG_0743.jpg

antgun007
03-16-2009, 10:22 PM
frame is fine, just strung different

defrule
03-16-2009, 10:23 PM
Is 18x18 legal though?

NoNameZ
03-16-2009, 10:37 PM
^^^ nothing says its not right?

Steve Huff
03-17-2009, 01:07 AM
It's legal. It's strung incorrectly. Bud has a great photo to take to whoever strung it. Will it hurt the frame??? Maybe. I'd cut it out.

Bud
03-17-2009, 03:56 AM
Shared grommet holes pretty much went 'out of style' in the late 80s / early 90s.

Yes, one of the few 'modern' frames to use shared grommet holes is the Prince NXG. However, on the NXG, there are still two holes in the shared grommet so each string has its own 'corridor'.