[buy?] Adding pieces of leather over grommets

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  1. rkadeFR

    rkadeFR New User

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    Hi!

    [my life]I'm new to the world of stringing my racket (K factor tour 90), but I have quite much of experience with string :) I just bought an escape mechanical stringing machine (I'm very happy about it). [/my life]

    So when I was in DC, I met a fabulous stringer (hello to him if he reads me), and explained me lots about the way strings influence the game, the feel etc.

    But the most extraordinary thing he taught me was this little piece of leather he placed over my grommet on my frame. He explained me that the babolat have (for most of them) round grommet, so they have power, feel etc.

    My K factor 90 tour has only round grommet in the triangle, and he added some pieces of leather on the two grommet on the side of the triangle to add more feel.

    I was surprised cause it was my first time I saw that, but I was impressed by the feel ! Very good !

    I would like to know if anyone else know this little pieces of leather, and where can I find some to buy ? Or if I can do some home made leather grommet like this :)
     
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  2. Irvin

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    Here are some (Power Pads) made with pieces of an old leather grip. You could use a belt or pick up some leather at a leather shop or shoe repair store.

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  3. rkadeFR

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    Thank you Irvin!

    It's exactly what I was looking for! I didn't know the name.

    I like to use them on the two grommets on the side of the triangle to have a bigger sweet spot to hit the ball :)

    Have a good day
     
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  4. rkadeFR

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    I just asked a shoemaker friend, and he can get me some cheap pieces of leather :)
    I will post some picture of what I'm making with that in the next weeks : )
     
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  5. Irvin

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    They are not always soft leather either like shown some times they are hard plastic. When the leather is compressed it becomes pretty hard anyway. Bobolat's woofer system is sort of like a Power Pad. Here is a picture of the plastic ones you seen them a lot on old wooden rackets.

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  6. rkadeFR

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    :D:D

    It's like diamonds in my eyes :shock:


    You know if I can find some with the shipment to france? tennis-warehouse sell some ?
     
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  7. Irvin

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    I bought those in the wooden racket era maybe late 70s or 80s. I have no idea if they are still available or not.
     
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  8. Carolina Racquet

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    Alpha Tennis has the leather and the lexan "clear" pads available. They are called "Power Peds". You can buy online through a distributor if you search on the web.
     
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  9. Nellie

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    In the last decade, I have only seen power pads added to racquets strung with gut. I think the idea was to minimize severe bends to the gut at the grommets.
     
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  10. rkadeFR

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    I was using it with polyester.

    It allows the sweet spot of the ball to be bigger, so the racket is lot more tolerant :) Mainly cause my racket doesn't have round grommet after the triangle.

    And the feel is a bit softer.
     
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  11. max

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    I don't know if you need to spend money, just open up your crafts box on your workbench. You got leather there that should work, no?
     
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  13. struggle

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    i saw a unicorn just yesterday.

    i think it's a placebo, maybe Fed can tell a difference....

    always thought they were more to protect a wooden frame than anything, although i'm sure the unicorns can feel the difference.
     
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  14. jim e

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    The main reason they were used was on wooden racquets as the center mains took a angled bend at the bottom, and the pads allowed it to be a straighter shot into the hole.


    They are also recommended on some Prince Speedports as the throat piece grommet is not supported with the actual frame of racquet, and the string at the throat can pull through the grommet while players are hitting, and it was reported that the pads lessens this occurance.
    Below is a picture of what I am talking about. Fortunately only the grommet needed replaced, but the pads at throat helped as incident has never occurred again.

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  15. Steve Huff

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    I went to a shoe repair shop and bought some scrap leather for re-soling shoes. That's a good piece of leather, just the right thickness.
     
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  16. magnut

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    use an old leather belt and a razor. Thats all you really need. On modern racquets they wont do very much. Most players dont like them as it gets the string bed kind of springy.
     
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  17. StringingIrvine

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    If you goto any large sporting good store you can get baseball glove leather laces (google "baseball glove lace") which is perfect size and fit. I recently switched to using power pads INSTEAD of my trusty rubber band. I'm loving the feel of it.

    If i'd give the rubber band a 5 on the sound dampning vibration, the power pads are like a 3. Perfect amount where i get that raw feedback but still doesn't go PING! when I hit the ball.

    I never had to worry about retying rubber bands as i tied them very tight and they never came off. But the powerpads just have that perfect combination of feel and sound dampning. And they look cool =p.

    EDIT: Another awesome thing is you can find baseball glove lace in different colors. I got some black power pads for my 25th anni prestige and it looks awesome =)
     
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  18. Irvin

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    Good tip StringingIrvine
     
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  19. evantsung

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    Another alternative, go to any thrift store and find a suitable leather belt, and start cutting. You can make more than a hundred pcs for around $3. I wet mine with a light coating of castor oil before installing to reduce the leather friction and keep the leather fresh. Upon first installation, my cousin swears his iRadical plays better with powerpads. I on the other hand, still can't tell.
     
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