Can Racquets just "go dead"????

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Proud Pusher, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. Proud Pusher

    Proud Pusher Rookie

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    I have a stringing customer who has a pair of Dunlop Revelation Superlong
    + 1.50. One is cracked and the other, looks like brand new. He prefers
    to play with the cracked racquet and claims the one that looks like new
    "plays dead". I have restrung this frame and I'm sure that is not the issue.
    It was probably only strung maybe 3 times since new, as he rarely used it.

    I plan on hitting with his racquet this weekend myself to hopefully see what
    he is talking about. He is a 3.5 at best and I'm thinking alot of this is in
    his head?!

    Any ideas from the gurus??

    Thanks,

    Ken
     
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  2. andirez

    andirez Rookie

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    Not a guru but a racquet doesn't go dead if you don't play with it. The cracked frame probably feels different (lower flex due to usage and many string jobs) and it might feel different all together because of the crack.
     
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  3. Craig Sheppard

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    Ken, usually frames go dead from the accumulated stress of playing and many re-stringings. I've heard it takes something like 50+ (i.e. a lot) string jobs for a frame to start to weaken... I can't see how a brand new frame would go dead all of a sudden after being only strung a few times, unless it was really mistreated. Do you know if he left it out in a car for months on end or something? Maybe in a really, really hot attic for a few summers? Something like that I could see maybe affecting a frame...
     
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  4. Proud Pusher

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    No Craig, these racquets were babied. I just learned however that the
    racquet he prefers has no dampener, the one he dislikes has one. Could
    it be this simple, hopefully I'll find out when I hit with them this weekend?

    Thanks for response,

    Ken
     
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  5. Exile

    Exile Professional

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    yes, it could, I doubt it, but i know that dampeners tend to take away the feel of the stick from me
     
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