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Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Irvin, May 16, 2012.

  1. Irvin

    Irvin G.O.A.T.

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    I almost forgot how much fun it is to change the grommets on a Babolat APD. Now I remember. LOL

    EDIT: Then I got to string with with full bed ALU Rough and he wants one piece stringing. LOL
     
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  2. abeldm

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    Agreed! Earlier this year i strung for Olga Govortsova (WTA #75) when she came to train at our tennis facility and she used Rough full bed. Luckily after 5 frames of 1 piece she decided she wanted "4 knots" and 2 piece jobs... I ended up stringing probably 10 frames for her all with Alu Rough.
     
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  3. Woolybugger

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    I just changed the grommets on my APD. I know what you mean :)
     
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  4. Wikky

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    taking original babolat grommets out is almost as fun as putting these new ones in...
     
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    Hay, it beats hitting your thumb with a hammer, right? Or stabbing yourself with the awl as you 'guide' the grommet thru the hole. :twisted:
     
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    Babolat grommets and bumper guard installations, talk about sore fingers.
     
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    I don't find it significantly more difficult than any other frame. Is it the top grommet piece having a separate headguard creating problems for most people?

    After the first time, each installation has been a breeze. I've probably replaced 15 sets in the APD/PD and PS (which also has a separate headguard).

    Once you get the side grommets installed, leave the last few nibs out of their grommet holes. Then starting on one side, start the headguard by completing the side grommets which also penetrate headguard. Work around to the other side with the top grommets through the headguard fisnishing on the other side with the side grommets through the headguard. The last step is getting the overlap correct where the top grommets meet the side grommets (which can be completed by using an awl).

    Also, when pulling the original grommets, use string cutters to remove the flared part of the grommets.
     
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  8. Irvin

    Irvin G.O.A.T.

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    I would not say they are overly hard to install just have to pay a lot of attention to detail. The side grommets come in two pieces there is a lower and middle section. You not only have to get the top grommets overlapping the side grommets right you have to get the overlap on the bottom right too. The grommets are very soft and it takes some maneuvering to get the grommets in the frame holes. They are actually so soft one of mine folded over on the outside of the frame. If you don't see that right away it would be easy to poke a hole in the grommet with an awl. The side grommets are also symmetrical so they can be installed upside down. The only difference is the tie off hole is at the bottom. Put them in backwards and you may have some problems when you go to tie off.

    Once you get the grommets in and start stringing the frame you normally only have to watch the lower grommets so they don't pull out while you are pulling tension. On the Babolat you also have to watch the top side grommets too because they are so soft.
     
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  9. SwankPeRFection

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    While you're at it, slow down your pulls with ALU Rough because even if you don't heat up the string during your pulls, you can easily "saw" the grommets by pulling too quickly and at extreme angles as you feed ALU Rough through. Nothing is worse than paying for new grommets only to find out the stringer burned your stuff up due to the string you're using. (Ya, it's happend to me.)
     
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  10. EdVin70

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    I cheat, I use thin zip ties to hold the sections in place
     
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