Racquet Slipping Out of My Hand is Negligence?

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  1. FedererUberAlles

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    I was hitting serves today with my racquet (k six one) and my racquet slipped out of my hand. This has happened to me once before, back in the day when I first started playing and didn't use an overgrip, but now I do. I had a wilson pro overgrip on my racquet today.

    So I went to Wilson's customer service site to see what my options are and:

    So, WTF? I guess people could just say "oh it slipped out of my hand" after Safining your racquet, but what was I supposed to be doing, deathgripping the handle? I don't hold it like it's a bird's egg, I have a firm grip.

    I'm screwed then, I guess. I just bought the racquet in December.
     
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  2. slide13

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    Do you really think their warranty, which is intended to cover manufacturing and materials defects, should cover you because the racquet slipped out of your hand? That doesn't seem to be Wilson's fault in any way. While it wasn't intentional on your parts it's still your fault. Sorry, but I think that is an unreasonable expectation from any warranty.
     
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  3. FedererUberAlles

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    How is it my fault, exactly?
     
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  4. RogerRacket111

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    It sure is your fault. Its like crashing your car on a wall and trying to claim that the wall was on the way. You need to install some kind of rope tied onto your hand next time.
     
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  5. FedererUberAlles

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    Hahahaha, great idea
     
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  6. ollinger

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    Ummm, you relaxed your grip too much? Let's call it inattentive, if that sounds better than negligence, but it's your doing. If you're carrying a mirror in your home and drop it, do you think the manufacturer should replace it free?? Racquets are engineered to hit balls, not to be thrown.
     
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  7. slide13

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    It slipped out of YOUR hand....who else could be at fault? At some point during your serve your grip was not sufficient to retain hold on the racquet....sucks, but your fault.
     
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  8. goran_ace

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    Wrong question. How is it Wilson's fault?
     
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  9. VGP

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    It's Wilson's fault they made defective overgrip. Obviously not enough tack.



    Seriously, you broke your racket using it. It's not a manufacturing defect.

    I hear these stories on here from time to time and sometimes people will get a replacement frame after doing some song and dance about how the "frame broke while stringing" or "they hit a regular groundstroke and heard a crack" or whatever.

    Sometimes it works and people get a new frame, but I couldn't in good conscience do it if I knew I was the one that broke it.

    Man up and take responsibility for your actions and don't try to cheat your way into getting a replacement.
     
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  10. Donny0627

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    We r not saying that it is your fault, we are saying that it wasnt their fault...
     
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  11. fuzz nation

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    I'll say it: It was your fault.

    Moving on... It's well within your power to build up the butt end of your racquet a little bit so that it's easier to keep it from sliding away when you swing harder. Considering that you already lost your hold on the racquet a while ago and it sounds like you didn't do something like this to prevent it from happening again, the responsibility, negligence, and whatever else the thesaurus might have to offer... is yours... with a big red bow on it!

    Remember, with greater power comes greater responsibility.
     
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  12. grimmbomb21

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    This happened to me while serving last week. Fortunately it didn't crack the frame, but how do you go about building up the buttcap anyway?
     
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  13. VGP

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    Easy. Get some athletic tape and start wrapping thin strips at the end of your racket handle. It works for hockey sticks, it works for rackets.
     
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  14. RogerRacket111

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    I just wrap the overgrip a few extra trips at the base easy way to increase the butt size. Sound dirty...
     
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  15. SlapShot

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    As stated, a warranty only covers "manufacturing" errors. If the frame cracked while bring strung properly and within the mfg. recommended tension range, you'd have a case.

    Manufacturing cannot prevent a crack from a frame hitting the ground with considerable force.
     
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  16. FedererUberAlles

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    All right, fair enough. It was my fault then.

    In the mean time, I'm going to go make my other racquets look like goalie sticks :razz:
     
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  17. skyzoo

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    Head gives warranty on this... I got a brand new Radical a year ago after my racquet "slipped" out of my hand.
     
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  18. roundiesee

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    I once cracked a Wilson Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 in exactly the same manner. I returned it to the local Wilson dealership here and got a new racket. I think sometimes they will be kind and just exchange for a new one. Do at least try contacting them :)
    On a side note, I was doing an overhead recently using my brand new PK; the racket slipped out due to a sweat-soaked overgrip being to slippery; it hit the court and was badly mauled, but not cracked :(
     
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  19. struggle

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    played those warranty games as a youth, often to success.

    i now know better.

    many frames did crack, but many frames also WERE cracked.

    difference.

    a few times they were too smashed to even bother with.

    i never see a racket leaving my hand again, not even a slip.
    (never had a slip anyhow, ever)
     
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    It is neuropathy. You are doomed. ;-)
     
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  21. fuzz nation

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    Sorry for sounding unsympathetic earlier; your story was honestly a heartbreaker. You ought to get a better lock on your grip with only one or two turns of athletic tape either on the butt cap itself or on the end of your replacement grip so that it's under your overgrip. An extra turn when applying a new overgrip might do the trick, too.

    It's easy to go too far with that buildup, but when it's right, you'll know it. The flare at the end of the grip will simply be too pronounced for the racquet to get away from you.
     
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  22. FedererUberAlles

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    It's just strange that it happened this time, because I actually went around the handle an extra time on the overgrip trying to give it a cleaner look, which is basically what people recommend here to prevent slippage. I probably should have used a tournagrip instead of a tacky grip.
     
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