Do you let other people use your tennis racquet?

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  1. Oxford

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    My son (19) likes to hit the ball around with his girlfriend. They are not really into high-level tennis playing -- just having fun. He is responsible and respectful of my property and I let him take my new Roddick Babolate racquet and my old Prince. (since they need two racquets and I only own two).

    Anyway, is it a bad idea to allow other players to use your tennis racquet? Any problems or concerns?

    Thanks
    OX
     
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  2. Verbal_Kint

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    Only when I'm hitting with them/on court next to them, unless they're really good friends.
     
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  3. KingOfTennis

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    I only let people who respects rackets and who i trust. Also before i give it to them i think about these things.
    1. Are they going to take care( no scratches, out of rain etc)
    2. If they do damage it, are they willing to pay for the repair costs
    3. Are they going to steal it?
    4. Who the hell are they?

    and yer
     
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  4. Duzza

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    Wait, do you mean use as in.....

    1. Take out for a hit while your not watching
    2. Hit around with in front of you

    ? If it's 2, of course as post before. If 1, well I'm not that worried unless I don't know them at all. Where do you guys live and who do you play with to be worried about them smashing it???
     
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  5. westside

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    Only people on my team and my mates from school.
     
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  6. tennisbass

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    Only to my family members and only after I received a security deposit and signed check list of existing marks.
     
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  7. donnyz89

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    only to people who I trust... thats all, wats the big deal?
     
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  8. dr_punk

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    as of right now, people who i've known and semi-trust.
     
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  9. Lane

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    I think he trusts his son, I lend it too my friend when he goes to club and I can't but we have been friends since we were babies xD
     
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  10. Voltron

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    No, I never let people touch my racquets, ever. I've scratched them up enough.
     
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  11. Lane

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    Haha Voltron, you are so mean :(
     
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  12. Voltron

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    But it's true, I don't let anyone near them. Only I am allowed to abuse them.
     
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  13. armand

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    I have the same policy about my girlfriend.
     
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  14. Kaptain Karl

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    Oxford - I suggest you go to a Used Sporting Goods store and get some "decent" frames to be your Loaners.

    I wouldn't give my expensive frames to people to take away from ME and use. (Sure. If they're on the
    next court and I trust them, but not out of my sight.)

    - KK
     
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  15. p0w3r

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    I let people on my team borrow them and my friends can use them anytime they want...because i know that they will respect others property.

    However, i hate it when people in school who cant play complain about the school's racquets and they need to borrow my racquets. I mean seriously, is using my racquets automatically going to make you really good? And they usualy dont know what they are doing and end up scratching my stuff. I usualy still let them borrow it though, since i try to be a nice guy...but i really regret it sometimes since my stick is discontinued and hard to find.
     
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  16. Voltron

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    OK then..............
     
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  17. Doc Hollidae

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    I don't mind usually as long as they are capable players, not scrubs who could potentially damage the frame. Unfortunately no one likes playing with my rackets. In HS I played with Prince Problend strung at 68 lbs on my Radical Twintubes and Ti.Radicals. Now I play with Cyberflash or Big Ace strung at 64 lbs. Not too many people are fans of the "board-like" feeling of my rackets.
     
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  18. Taxvictim

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    Many years ago my sister brought a friend to play tennis, and he was using one of our new Prince rackets (when those big heads were new, aluminum frame). He got mad after a point and smacked the racket on the ground, totally bending the frame. He never saw my sister again, but my parents didn't pursue the cost of the racket because they felt sorry for his family for some reason I forget.
     
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  19. Hot Sauce

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    A couple weeks ago the strings on my racket broke. I didn't have any replacements but my cousin was nice enough to let me borrow his old nCode & ProStaff (he uses a Prince Diablo). I'm really grateful for that because I needed a racket for the tennis team tryouts.
     
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  20. zapvor

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    hahahha one of the best posts i have seen here
     
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  21. guitarplayer

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    I don't let my daughter who is just a recreational player and her friends use my "match frames". I have 8 or 9 frames that they can chose from. Rackets are cheap. Buy several cheap pre strung frames from Walmart and have those available. Pretty simple.
     
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  22. lethalfang

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    That's why I put up this sign on my racquet:
    [​IMG]
     
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  23. th____44

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    i nevet let other people use my stick....
    unless it's a pretty chick ;) :D
     
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  24. snoflewis

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    i'll only let them use them if they're good friends...no other reason besides that
     
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  25. Lane

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    hahaha, maybe put some water on it xD
     
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  26. zapvor

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    hahahah nice-is that for real or photoshop?
     
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  27. lethalfang

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    It's real. I just made that stencil a couple of weeks ago.
    When I was working at a x-ray lab a few weeks ago for a few days, I was issued an ID tag which has this radioactive warning sign, and there I got the inspiration. :-D
     
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  28. zapvor

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    damn that is tight. thumbs up
     
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  29. Mick

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    I have a "guest" racquet in the car trunk, just in case . I don't care about that racquet, people can do anything they want to that racquet (beside breaking it on purpose) and it would not bother me .
     
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  30. gsquicksilver

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    no. i once let a teammate back in high school borrow a ps85 and he returned it the next day with a crack. he didn't say anything until i approached him, and then he said, "oh, yeah, i accidentally let go of it when i hit an overhead so the head is cracked a bit". after that, i no longer let anyone borrow any of my personal racquets that i personally use. i keep an extra aluminum frame for friends sometimes that i don't care about if they break or scratch it. but in terms of my ps85 sticks i bring, no one touches them.
     
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  31. Hot Sauce

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    What a jerk! Did he pay for it?
     
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  32. p0w3r

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    yea ouch...hope it wasnt a st. vincent
     
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  33. gsquicksilver

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    nope, he never paid for it. i even called him out on it and he said he would try to find me a used one, but till this day, 10 YEARS later, i still haven't seen my replacement from him...:-(
     
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  34. gsquicksilver

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    unfortunately, it was a st. vincent. :-(

    it was my first hand me down racquet given to me from my dad too and i basically learned how to play tennis on that stick.
     
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  35. Cindysphinx

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    I've always wondered what I would do if my opponent asked to borrow my second racquet during a league match.

    I have two racquets, and they are not cheap. The opponent is a stranger to me; I've no idea whether they have the moral fiber to replace things that they break.

    Yet there they would be with a broken racquet in their hand, looking longingly at the racquet handle sticking out of my bag.

    Anybody ever lend your racquet to an opponent so they can try and beat you with it?
     
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  36. gsquicksilver

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    in my opinion, it is everyone's responsibility to come prepared to play, regardless if they have a broken string or not. pete sampras during the 1993 us open final against cedric pioline played a set with broken strings because he popped all the strings of his racquets in his bag. cedric pioline didn't lend him any of his racquets, so sampras had to play with the best popped stick until his racquets were restrung.
     
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  37. tennisbass

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    Interesting. Did you watch that match? Which set did Sampras play with broken strings? Sampras won that match 6-4 6-4 6-3.
     
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  38. kingdaddy41788

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    I only let my friend Steven, and he's like my brother... Actually I was playing him in a tournament once and I was winning so I let him borrow my racquet. He ended up winning and after he hit with it a few more times, he switched racquets. No joke.
     
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  39. Davai

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    You forgot #5
    5. Am I sure they are humans from planet Earth?
     
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  40. gsquicksilver

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    yes, i did watch the match, but i don't recall what set sampras was playing with popped strings. i was just learning about tennis during that year, so i didn't really know how to keep score during that time. my buddy who was teaching me about tennis pointed it out to me that sampras was playing with popped strings, and later the camera showed someone bringing sampras his racquets during the match.

    look it up on youtube, maybe they might have the match on there.
     
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  41. Ripper

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    The short answer is NO.
     
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  42. TENNIS_SHMUCK

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    Hell No Im Not Going To Let Hoolians Use My Babies! Ill Be Damned If Someone Is Going To Use My War Equipment And Possibly Get It Scratched, Break Strings, Get The Grip Wet, Etc Etc. Thats The Kind Of Poop A Serious Player Takes Seriously! I Hate Leaving My Rackets In The Car/trunk In Hot Or Cold Weather, And I Hate Having To Check Them On Planes. Maybe Im Just Anal?
     
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  43. cstephenson

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    would you let other people use your toothbrush?
     
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  44. SFtennisGG

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    Its your 19 yr old son...of course you let him use your racquet. Its not like borrowing the car. If you're really into tennis and your racquet is your baby then of course you dont let him borrow it. This is a no brainer, no?
     
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  45. caesar66

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    I buy racquets that I'll never use all teh time from discount stores, play it again sports, different trades, etc. I've got racquets that run the gamut from oversized to midsized to all over the place, that I never touch. Unless its really something special, I just like to have these hang on the wall and to let friends hit w/ and stuff. I don't let people use my 6.1s, but I"ve amassed enough "throwaway" racquets that if anyone wants to hit I have something for them.
     
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  46. Omisoshiru

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    Well, seeing as how he is your son, you probably don't have to worry about him stealing it. I personally don't like to hand out mi raquets to people who are likely to scratch it (like people who just started), or people who don't respect my property. It all depends on what kind of person your son is.
     
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  47. Santoro071

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    For some friendly hitting, sure. But for an actual game, no. Because it either comes back with too many scratches or the person is ultra conservative and ends up not enjoying themselves.
     
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  48. shojun25

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    give fate to your son... unless you always bail him out of jail. ;)

    back to the original question, I let people borrow my racquet:

    -if their gonna buy it
    -if I'm right there
    -if I trust them
     
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