A Rock in a Racquet???

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by T.J. Planas, Apr 13, 2004.

  1. T.J. Planas

    T.J. Planas Rookie

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    I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't been the one to discover it, but I actually found a rock inside of a racquet. A student had just bought a brand new HEAD LIQUID METAL RADICAL from our proshop. The racquet had come straight from HEAD to us and then straight to my stringing machine. The next day she brought the racquet to me complaining of a rattle in the handle that would come and go. I had to hit with the thing a couple of minutes before the rattle came back. It was a serious rattle and I could tell that it was more than a bit of graphite (drill flash) or part of a staple. I pryed the trap door off the buttcap and shook it until it stopped rattling. I didn't see anything fall out, but the rattle went away and I thought maybe I had missed it. A couple of days later she brings the racquet backwith the rattle agin. So this time I took the grip off and pulled the staples out. I removed the buttcap and looked inside to find something lodged in the handle about 4 inches in. I used a coat hangar and pulled the piece out. It turned out to be a smooth little rock about the 1cm X 1cm X 2cm. My question is this....How in the world did a rock get in there. The racquet had no signs of the buttcap being removed before. Not to mention the fact that the plastic was still on the handle when I strung it. Obviously the rock couldn't fit through the grommets. It was also very difficult to get it out through the handle. It couldn't have just fallen in, it would have had to be forced in. Anyways, I just thought some of you would find this interesting.
     
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  2. brijoel

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    a very VERY disgruntled head employee?
     
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  3. @wright

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    What if it's magic?
     
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  4. Brent Pederson

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    So THAT'S what liquidmetal really is... :roll:
     
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  5. matchpoints

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    Must be made on April 1st
     
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  6. Deuce

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    Man, when racquets are passing kidney stones, you know that gimmick 'technology' has gotten far, far out of hand...
     
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  7. cantaloupe

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    i like deuce's answer :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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  8. PHSTennis

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    Thats halarious, some idiot employee... people these days just have nothing to do...
     
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  9. thejerk

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    Could it have had a $50.00 street value. Never know.
     
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  10. T.J. Planas

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    That's a good point. I've heard of drugs being smuggled in products before, but this is ridiculus.
     
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  11. ibemadskillzz

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    By taking out the butt cap, you have altered the specs, very slightly because the butt cap isn't exactly where it was before. This is horrible.
     
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  12. rooski

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    Great, now you destroyed the hidden kinetic organic technology in her frame. It will never play the same again.
     
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  13. netman

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    Darn! You got one of our "experimental" test frames. They weren't supposed to be unveiled until the French Open.

    Please return it ASAP. Sorry for the mixup.

    Sincerely,
    The Head Engineering Staff
     
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  14. PHSTennis

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    Good one, oh yeah I dont like head racket ( I started out with a head rec racket) I would never use them again. :p TEAM WISLON ALL THE WAY BABY. Ive got the bag, racket, and dapener and spent good money on it, head sucks.
     
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  15. Pushmaster

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    I had the same problem with Head racquets. I was told that this is a pretty common problem, I had to return several Head racquets because of loose pieces rattling around inside the frames. Never had that problem with any other brand, I primarily use Wilson racquets now (HPS 6.1, Rok, ect.).
     
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  16. PHSTennis

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    Whats up with head... are they intentionally doing it? I've never seen a rock in a racquet!
     
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  17. Xanataos

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    I think thats some kind of stabizer for the grip but it has loosen out.
     
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