Do you use head guard protection tape?

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  1. Nuke

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    Black duct tape (or any other color you prefer). Looks good if you apply it correctly. Not super durable, but readily available and cheap enough to change often. Only downside is the buildup of adhesive, but it comes off easily with a rag wet with WD-40 or mineral spirits.
     
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  2. petema99

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    Never used it before so just wondering... when you take it off does it leave an annoying sticky residue like lead tape does??
     
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  3. Maestro Nalbandian

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    No they don't, just make sure you get proper head guard tapes designed for tennis racquets. They are also easier to apply than electrical or duct tapes.
     
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  4. treo

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    I use black Shoe Goo adhesive instead of tape. Never have to replace and leave on when stringing. Pulls off with no residue.
     
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  5. JT_2eighty

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    When I add Gamma head tape to my racquets, the weight increases by 0.2 oz (5.66 grams), and the balance shifts by 0.5 cm HH (0.2 inches). I put it all the way from 8 o'clock to 4 o'clock.

    Since I use an out of print racquet, I prefer to protect my stick and headguard as I do go all out on court. I've always used Gamma head tape so I am luckily used to this slight slight change in weight and balance. It is quite durable and protective, and all my PT's have their original grommets/headguards (15+ years old). As long as my sticks don't break, I could care less how it looks oncourt.
     
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  6. Rozroz

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    can you please tell some more? interesting solution..
     
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  7. filphil

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    I use 2 layers of gamma head tape from 3-9
     
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    I have always used 3M Super 88 electrical tape. It's inexpensive, just thick enough, durable and very easy to replace. Having replaced several grommet and bumper guards, I wouldn't want to have to do that very often.

    I disagree with others who say the bumper guard serves the purpose as my son has cracked 2 bumper guards on Head Instincts. Maybe these were just brittle plastic, but once they crack they are of little use.
     
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  9. LanEvo

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    I use it, no difference to be, probably because I balance with an extra overgrip, but nothing too bad.
     
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  10. Greg G

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    I use the clear Gamma head tape (Dura Guard?). Keeps me from scratching the beautiful Yonex 89T paintjob, without covering it up :)
     
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  11. Ramon

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    The 1.5" Gamma tape adds about 3 grams to my racquet. I actually like adding a little extra weight up there to move the sweetspot up.

    Even 2 grams (if you use thinner tape) is not something I would ignore, especially when it's at the top of the head. I weigh my dampeners too because they can be up to 5 grams. That's why I use the Tourna Sampras dampener which is only 1.5 grams.
     
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  12. mctennis

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    I always use head guard tape. Normally 2 strips from about 8 to 4 o'**** position. I'm not sure why others don't as well. It is cheap, protects the head and grommet as well. I see so many people selling racquets that the racquet head is so chewed up because they didn't use head guard tape.
    I use a product called "Goof Off" to take any tackiness off the racquet.
     
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  13. beernutz

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    Not for old frames if they are no longer sold.
     
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  14. db10s

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    No... Not even on most of my old frames.
     
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  15. Winners or Errors

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    I am realizing that grommets are a pain in the butt to replace, so I have started using head tape. It has to be replace after every match, but it's easy to clean off and I hope to replace only grommets worn out by stringing.
     
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