Importance of a butt cap ?

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  1. crazytennis

    crazytennis Semi-Pro

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    I have a racquet I want to play with but it doesn't have a butt cap. Since, the racquet shop is in the other side of the city and I don't want to do a trip there, I just thought, I'd put a replacement grip on it and wrap the overgrip 2-3 times on the bottom and then do the whole thing and then string it ? Has anyone tried it ? ANd, what are the other importances of the butt cap ?
    Thanks.
     
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  2. baek57

    baek57 Professional

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    it will change the weight/balance of your racquet
     
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  3. Deuce

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    Without the butt cap, it'll be fine to just hit around with, but you definitely won't be able to play a set without the butt cap... because you'll have no way of determining who serves first - you can't do the "M or W?" or "P or D?"
     
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    :) that was a good one
    but seriously i wouldn try it.
    i tried it for about 20 minutes one day and it was shocking.
    it changed my whole racquet
     
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  5. Loco4Tennis

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    just tried playng with a racquet that had a very small butt cap after several layers of overgrip, i did not like it at all, my hand felt like i had not support, maybe i could get use to it, but instead i did something else, will post link to it when i find it
    if i were you though, just get one from and old racquet and staple it in
     
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  6. kcmiser

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    I play hockey in addition to tennis, and the end of a hockey stick needs a knob, similar to the flared end of a racquet. While they do make plastic knobs for hockey sticks, no one uses them. Everyone just wraps hockey tape (more or less the same thing as athletic tape) a bunch of times around the end of the stick. This produces a large, square knob with no taper, which would not be appropriate for tennis. To get custom shapes, you just unroll a section of tape, let the roll dangle, then spin it a number of times, so that the tape now resembles a thick string or a skinny tube. Now wrap that in circles to create thickness wherever you want it.

    I've done this on a tennis racquet in a pinch. It ends up looking ugly, but it works adequately well.
     
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    for me, the buttcap has that little bit of extra length that I just feel that I need, or else I'll think my racquet will slip. It's more of a mental thing for me.
     
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