installing grommets/headguard- babolat

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  1. austintennis2005

    austintennis2005 Semi-Pro

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    Any tricks? Seems like it shouldn't take over an hour, started at middle top and worked out to the edges...used the pressure of pulling the strings to help seat each grommet in the hole as I went along
     
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  2. djNEiGht

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    I just installed new grommets on a Prince Graphite. I soaked it in hot water for a bit. It helped seat it a bit. Thought about a hair dryer but the water worked just fine. I used an awl to hold the grommet in place at 12 o'clock and used scrap string to help guide the grommet into the racquet.

    Strung up with some basic syn gut at high tension and will hit with it a few times before restringing. I personally like to have new racquets and ones with grommets just replaced strung with a cheap string before stringing with a premium product.
     
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  4. mad dog1

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    POG grommets usually snap right in place like Legos; Babolat grommets never do. :)
     
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  5. djNEiGht

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    From the original post the distress seemed like the fit. Thought the hot water would be helpful not just for the grommets...but to soak your sore hands in since the Babolat works you over.
     
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    Hairdryer.
     
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  7. mad dog1

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    lol. :)

    for babolat grommets, i find that a heat gun and 2 awls make quick work of them.
     
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    austintennis2005 Semi-Pro

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73fXrRsO3SE

    I do it a little different than Irvin, split it up into a million vids, but never got around to putting them all together :)
    (Just view them "chronologically" by filename)
     
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  10. SwankPeRFection

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    I've not had any issues installing grommets. I use a small torx driver as a guide if I need to put it inside the grommet and guide it into the frame. It's just the right diameter so it's snug inside the grommet while not allowing it to stretch or deform in any way.

    I always do the bridge first, then the sides from bottom up, then the top from middle outward since that usually calls for an overlap of the sides at the top ends.
     
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    just did one yesterday. pure storm. only 30 min lol
     
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  12. SwankPeRFection

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    Lol. I started doing my own when I saw how ****** my local shop was doing them. Then I started to string my own and never looked back. I do my friend's too and when they give me their sticks and grommets I clean their sticks before putting the new ones on. Local shop would never once think of doing that. Which is why I don't go to them anymore. If you're going to change grommets, take 2 minutes extra and clean/wipe the racquet down once the old grommets are out.

    Oh yeah, for an even quicker removal, when you know you're also changing the grommets out, cut your strings, take out the ones with finishing knots on them, then pull the grommets. The grommets will pull all the other string out with them, so it makes it real easy instead of pulling the strings out and then doing double duty to pull the grommets out. Saves some time.... So you can clean the frame. ;)
     
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