Universal Racquet Head Guard Protector?

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  1. tennis50

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    There was a vendor booth at Indian Wells selling multicolored silicon universal headguard bands that fit every racquet. It's a silicon strip that has grommet holes and is placed on the head when stringing. This is for people that wear out their guards and can't find grommet/headguard replacements normally because their racquet has been discontinued. I know about protector tape but would like to find the vendor to try the product out. I string and see a ton of worn out guards. Does anyone have contact inormation? I wish I would have taken their card.
     
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  2. rj.laroza

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    haha what a small world. i was @ that same booth. i too string alot of rackets, so i wanted to get a sticker to put up in my garage next to all my other tennis stuff.

    this is their website, http://racquetarmor.com/
     
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  3. scotus

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    From the looks of it, I don't think it can replace grommets, can it?

    It looks like it would have to be installed over an existing grommet. What do you think?
     
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  4. tennis50

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    Thanks for the link!! Has anyone tried them?

    It's not for grommet replacement. It's for head guard replacement. It does the same thing that tape does but might be a lot more durable.

    A lot of people scrape the top of the frame going for low shots and start to wear away their head guard and then it starts scraping into the frame till the frame breaks. Also, when the gaurd wears down people will cut the string at the top when they scrape their racquets because the guard wears below the string line. I've strung 6 racquets in the last month with people cutting their string on the top. I tell people to use tape but you know.
     
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  5. counterpuncher

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    It looks like it sticks onto the head guard and top of the frame as per head tape. Looks like a good alternative, but at 10 grams for the standard and 15 grams for the combat version - it is going to add some serious swing weight to your racquet when placed from 10 across to 2.
     
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    looks cool. standard is 10g and the other is 15g. no need for lead tape anymore. ill wait for reviews.
     
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  7. scotus

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    Is it re-usable? If so, how many times?

    It looks like it has to be taken off when restringing.
     
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  8. Virtua Tennis

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    I've seen racquets worn out at 11 and 1 oclock on a frame and I look at those people and say how the hell did you wear it out that badly. People wear out racquets to the point wear I can stick my finger into the frame.

    To me if you wear it out that badly either A stop being lazy and pick up the damn balls with your hand instead of golfing it to your opponent; and B stop letting the ball drop to your ankles before you hit the ball unless of course you're a midget or a wheelchair player.
     
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  9. tennis50

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    It goes on under or over the strings (either one works). It is the substitute for protector tape. It has strong adhesive on the back so it sticks to the frame like tape would. $14 for thin or thick. The weight of them might be compensated a little when people wear away the weight of their head guard. It's made out of silicon rubber. Yes it can be reused but I doubt someone would take it off their racquet and put it on another one.

    I've never used it but their web site sited above gives all the info you need. I wonder about its durability. Some people use 2" gorilla tape and said that it is super durable. Anybody tried either product?? For me the protector tape is a big pain to change all the time. My friends hit a lot of slice short low shots that I run and scrape the frame.
     
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  10. Cruzer

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    I watched a guy at my club put one of these things on his racquet a few weeks ago and here is the what the current status is.

    1. The thing looks ugly and takes away any aesthetic appeal your racquet may have had prior to installation.

    2. It certainly changes the way the racquet plays since your are adding weight to the racquet head.

    3. You can string the racquet with one of these guards stuck on it.

    4. Trying to take it off and putting it on another racquet might be doable however considering the material the guard is made from there is a risk of damaging the guard.

    5. The guy I referred to above who put one on a few weeks ago has already completely worn off a 2+ inch section of the guard. The thing looks like it needs to be replaced.
     
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    For what this thing costs, it is much cheaper to just get a new bumper/grommet set as thats whats the racquet is designed for. If you need the added weight, best to go with using lead tape as you can use the exact amount that you want. I really don't see an advantage of this, unless your bumper gard is worn down, and you cannot get a replacement.

    Its too bad no one has a cross reference chart for bumper/ grommets that are so called no longer available, as there is some compatability with other models of same manuf.
     
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  12. scotus

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    Okay, then there's no reason to get this product.

    I wish racquet companies would design bumpers that cover up the edges of (around) the racquet head. That's where you need protection most.
     
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  13. The_Question

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    I remember this was brought up about 6 months ago by aother poster here. However, eveybody realized this product is rather pointless and the thread was drop out of the sight shortly after...
     
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  14. ClubHoUno

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    I stick with Babolat Super Prorection Head tape. It adds 5 gram to the head, which is the same as the overgrip I install on the grip, so I don't need lead tape.

    If I want to add a further 5 grams to the head, I just use another piece of Babolat Super Head tape and VOILA.
     
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  15. scotus

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    Very nice tape, but not very durable.
     
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    The Babolat tape is okay, but I prefer the HEAD protection tape, since I can cut it into any length...
     
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  17. tennis50

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    I'm sold. I have a friend that told me about Gorilla Tape brand. A large roll is $9 and will tape 84 racquets (35 yards X 3 feet in a yard X 12 inches = 1260 inches). Figure 15 inches per racquet from right to left side of the head guard = 84 racquets.

    It's 1/4 the cost per racquet of Gamma, Babolat or others and it's the perfect width (1.88 inches). It's also wider than the other's. It's 17 millileters thick and super durable. Comes in black. It goes on smooth and comes off easy. My friend said he has had it on for about a year without changing it. I put it on today and it very looks professional asthetic wise. Home Depot and Lowes has it. What a find. Eleven cents per racquet is a lot better than $14 plus shipping for that other racquet armor product and a lot more durable.
     
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  18. ClubHoUno

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    I agree, one or two touches with the red clay and you can see scratches on the tape, but I change it once every month (when I change strings) on all my 6 sticks, and the black tape with white letters looks soooo cool on my Babolat PureStormTour GT sticks :D

    People sometimes stop and ask me if I have special edition of the BABOLaT PST GT sticks, because the black with white letters Babolat Super Head tape looke so great on these racquets :lol:

    On top of that, I HAVE special edition of the PST GT racquets, with custom serial numbers, so we always end UP discussing my sticks and how I got them for 5 minutes :lol:
     
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  19. SpinDog

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    Not to mention the "Wow" effect when you put it on a customers racquet. I did that for one guy, he was really impressed and showed it to his friends. I have to agree though, it doesn't hold up very well.
     
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  20. ClubHoUno

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    You can also get the Babolat Super Head tape in big roles, where you cut it off in your preferred length, TW EUROPE has it.
     
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