HEAD. A Tragic Love Story.

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  1. frunk

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    Never thrown. Less than two months old. Beautiful frame. Cracked at the upper throat on a forehand winner.
     
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  2. Overdrive

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    You're kidding right?

    It seriously cracked during a forehand winner?

    Bull.

    You have a warranty for it...... right? Can't you make a defective claim?
     
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  3. tyu1314

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    slip off your hand and hit the ground?
     
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  4. tyu1314

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    Hope you have your receipt.
     
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  5. Andyroo10567

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    This happens plenty of times dude..... -_-
     
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  6. darklore009

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    my friend had the same problem too
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  7. Andyroo10567

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    Hm.... Is it because of the shared holes....?
     
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  8. Overdrive

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    Not for me.
     
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  9. Bartelby

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    Shared holes, fragile grommets and now this report. Stay away!
     
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  10. MikeHitsHard93

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    My friend had two pure storm gts crack at 10 o'clock, so this is definitely common dude. Especially with these cheap new molds that are designed to save companies money.
     
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  11. Overdrive

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    This is why I will never pay more than $75 for one frame. Overpriced crap.
     
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  12. darklore009

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    I think it would perform better if it had it's old if speed mp 18x20 gromments.
     
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  13. Bartelby

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    Yes, the pure storm line is one where there are a lot of reports of cracking, but Babolat seems simply to dismiss these reports.
     
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  14. MikeHitsHard93

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    Hence another reason why I just paid $70 for a used Dunlop :D
     
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  15. Andyroo10567

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    Almost snagged 3 BLX Steam 100's all for $130 but 2 were already sold so i passed on the deal. All the grip sizes were 1/8's though. But heat shrink sleeve would fix that.
     
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  16. gino

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    Wow. Thought HEAD had a reason to completely redesign the Speed, but clearly they have some issues to handle.
     
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  17. MarinaHighTennis

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    Wth?! Thats my racket
     
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  18. mmk

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    Looking at the other racquet, you seem to be on to something there. I had already decided against trying one of the new Heads since I string my own racquets and don't like shared holes, this is just another reason to pass on them.
     
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  19. Relinquis

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    wow...

    Do you string at a very high tension?

    Did it crack all at once or did it happen gradually (i.e. could you tell before it happened)?
     
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  20. Slitch

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    My condolences...
    Just contact Head and you will get a replacement.
     
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  21. MarinaHighTennis

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    I string at 40lbs and it happened at once
     
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  22. luishcorreia

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    It must be a previous hair line crack from stringing
     
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  23. db10s

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    I don't think so... I'm sure this guy has had many rackets before strung by the same person (if he doesn't string his own frames) and it hadn't happened before.
     
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  24. MarinaHighTennis

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    Yup i string my own rackets and no problems
     
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  25. Lilguy1456

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    Obviously hits bombs far too big for us hackers to fathom lol
     
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  26. db10s

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    Reminds me of J0LLY...
     
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  27. Lilguy1456

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    That's a HUGE compliment............i think....
     
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  28. frunk

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    Potential for COAT - Compliment of the Year.
     
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  30. West Coast Ace

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    I was thinking the same thing. :)

    I think the turquoise CB4.3's are Kryptonite to Head racquets.

    At least it was a winner! Most racquets get retired after a UE... :)
     
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  31. frunk

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    Strung at 52/55 BHBR 17/OGSM 16.
    Turquoise CB 4.3 seem more "slippery" than my other ones. I play strictly on hard court here obviously, and I've been sliding more than usual. I like it!
     
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  32. UCSF2012

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    Get Head to replace it, then sell it off. Someone else's problem after that.
     
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  33. Maroon_Tenniskid

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    So I just had my Graphene Speed pro break at that exact location on a forehand swinging volley shank... I would like to know what you guys did with y'all's busted rackets. Did you guys get your rackets replaced? I've only had mine a month and have never had that problem before.
     
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  34. movdqa

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    I have a number of Head racquets and I've never broken any of them. The last time I broke racquets was either in the late 1980s or early 1990s and those were wide-body frames which were pretty thin. I had a look at two of my Prestiges and one of my Radicals and none of them have shared holes. I originally thought racquet abuse after the first post but after seeing the break around the shared holes, I'm thinking that it might be a design weakness. I don't really understand the rationale for shared holes and it would seem to be problematic for stringers and durability.

    If I had a relatively new frame break and I knew that it wasn't abuse (most people my age have lost their tempers a long time ago), then I'd contact the seller (TW) and ask them for a replacement. If they said no, then I'd contact the manufacturer. I don't know if I'd want to keep hitting with it after the replacements arrived though.

    I've heard some stuff about the new clear grommets being not as durable as the old black ones (from VSBabolat). I haven't had any problems with the clear but will replace them with the black ones if I do.
     
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  35. Maroon_Tenniskid

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    I brought mine to a pro shop and they said they would send it in for me, but that most of them haven't been replaced. I guess I'll find out in 3-4 weeks.
     
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  36. daved

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    PS Tour cracking

    I've seen the same local pro (former top D1 player nationally, HUGE serve and forehand) crack a Pure Storm Tour twice. That's over the course of watching him play only 3-4 matches. Once on a forehand, once on a serve.

    My forehand and server are too puny to ever make me worry about this with my own racquets. More likely that I'll smash them on the netpost in a fit of frustration.
     
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  37. Muppet

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    Are these racquets getting damaged at the same part of the frame? It occured to me that the six point mount holds the frame in approximately that spot. Could the stringing be weakening it, only to be finished off by an off-center hit?
     
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  38. stronzzi70

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  39. Rjtennis

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    Head is pretty good about giving you a new stick if it broke legitimately. Rackets crack, it happens with all manufacturers. It's not an indictment on Head. If you didn't throw it you will get a brand new frame.
     
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  40. ArliHawk

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    I know most of these posts are about the speed, but I just had my Graphene Instinct crack at the tie off point. So it may have something to do with the shared holes. Hope Head replaces it under warranty, since it's only 2 months old.
     
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  41. pug

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    Keep us posted I would like to hear if they honor the warranty.
     
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  42. ArliHawk

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    If they don't, I think that I will be looking for a new racquet. Had them professionally strung and the racquet was only 2 months old.
     
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  43. suryanaga

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    I broke one of my old Yonex MP-Tour 1s by mishitting the ball, racquet was 2 months new. Sent it back to the manufacturer and they sent me a replacement for free.

    Definitely send it back to Head, they can tell when the racquet is defective.
     
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  44. Francis27

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    Definitely looks like a shared hole problem. Maybe head should do a recall
     
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  45. LuchoVena

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    So the problem seems to be in the area where the throat meets the loop? isnt that where the graphene stops at the throat? then the 'loose' end of the graphene sheet they used may be in that area, where the article of the graphene flaw talks about? then Head should redesign the racquets and put graphene everywhere else so that 'achiles tendon' doesnt happen again.

    would that work or make the frames too stiff since graphene seems to be very brittle?
     
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  46. Egoista

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    gotta be careful with Head
     
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  47. Imago

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    40 lbs are not within the recommended tension range, so don't blame Head for the enjoyable increase of power. But so many wreckages at the shared holes must ring a bell in someone's Head.
     
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  48. Nostradamus

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    maybe he hits harder than Novak Djokovic ? or most likely it was a bad string job that warped the racket and was putting pressure on the wrong spots and that 100 mph forehand was the last draw....:)
     
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  49. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    This thread reminds me of the constant fear and nervousness everytime I strung up my PC600 years ago (I broke one i.Prestige Mid, and warped another i.Prestige Mid on the machine). Anyone who played with the PC600 should be aware of its soft upper loop that tends to warp if the mount is ever-so-slightly off.

    And now this, why can't Head make a good head?!
     
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  50. Topspin Shot

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    This actually happened to me on my YOUTEK IG Prestige Pro! I didn't throw the racket or hit it on the court, and it cracked in exactly the same way in a similar place. I'm trying to see if Head will honor the warranty, but I'm not sure they will because the racket was just over a year old.
     
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