What's so difficult about putting on a new headguard during stringing?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by bluetrain4, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. bluetrain4

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    I have a buddy who strings for me sometimes. The headguard on one of my Pure Drive Roddicks is cracked and in bad shape, and I asked him to replace it the next time he strings my racquet. He flat out refused, saying that it's a HUGE pain. He has access to PDR grommets/headguards since he teaches for the park district, which stocks a lot of accessories at the main tennis center. He even told me "we have it, but I don't want to do it."

    I laughed when he refused. Since the guy who runs the park district is now back from his usual winter vacation, I can just have him do it. But really, is it that big of a pain?
     
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  2. Rogael Naderer

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    It's hardly a world of fun, but with a decent awl, not too bad. He should expect some extra £ for doing it though.
     
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  3. bluetrain4

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    I would have no problem with paying more, and would expect to. But, he seems really opposed to doing it, LOL. I was just surprised because he's usally "no problem" about most everything.
     
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  4. Rogael Naderer

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    Strange, it's not THAT bad.
     
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  5. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Babolat are supposed to be the hardest bumperguards to install.
     
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  6. THESEXPISTOL

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    True, they're a major pain in the arse. Specially APD models.
     
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  7. thefederman

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    babolats headguards along with head are a pain to install. Wilson are by far the easiest
     
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  8. esgee48

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    What you could do is:
    1] ask for a spare grommet set and pay for it from the district
    2] put one on the frame
    3] return frame to stringer for strings

    Babolats are a PITA. Even if you know what you are doing, it's at least another 30 minutes. :twisted: :twisted:
     
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  9. diredesire

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    30 minutes?!

    Babolats aren't the greatest, but I don't think they're hard.
    I uploaded a video which I meant to stitch together, but never got the chance... (Beware, there's a lot of repetition as a result)

    https://www.youtube.com/user/diredesire

    It's listed from bottom to top, in order.

    With a good awl, and not trying to force anything, Babolats just require a little extra finesse at times. If he was using brute force, he probably butchered the strip, IMHO. I can see why someone not taking their time and actually thinking about the design of the strip can turn this into a world of hurt, though, to be fair.
     
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  10. Lefty78

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    With enough practice, there is literally no set of grommets that can't be easily installed in a minute or two.
     
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  11. Doubles

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    I must need more practice then. I've only switched the bumpers on my Prestige's once each (I have three) and it took me 10-15 minutes for each one.
     
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  12. esgee48

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    Agree. I can do most grommets (any brand) in less than 10 minutes. But that's because I have done at least 100 and know what I'm doing. If you don't do them often, they are a PITA. The OP says his buddy (pro? or not?) doesn't like to do it, probably because of the PITA factor. OP thinks it is easy. I'm saying the first few are a PITA until you learn what steps are needed to guide grommet tubes thru the frame. That's why I suggest the OP try it.
     
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  13. greg280

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    best help bar none.... use a heat gun to warm them up first, they will be more pliable and you can get that little bit of extra stretch you need.
     
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  14. marosmith

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    Well it's his job to do it, so he should. If he wants to charge $15 then so be it. But to say he can't do it is assanine.
     
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  15. NoobWannabe

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    I dont know whats the big deal is, took me 5 mins to change grommets for my rackets, even on my first try, and my rackets are prestige mids!

    Hell, i even reinserted old grommets a couple times and it didnt take me that long either. I think your friend is just lazy.
     
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  16. zapvor

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    it definitely is a pain for the babolats.
     
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  17. Rogael Naderer

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    Well I didn't need another reason to never buy one, but you gave me it anyway!
     
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  18. UCSF2012

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    Why don't you do it yourself? It's kinda annoying when it doesn't go in and you have to jam it in. Too much frustration for a few dollars in change.
     
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  19. INTO10s

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    Babalots are not that bad. You should try putting on a doonay formula, nearly impossible
     
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  20. hidude2009

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    The trick is to use a hair drier... warm up all the plastic pieces and they become so much more pliable. Hope this helps
     
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  21. fortun8son

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    You have to be very careful with a heat gun. It is way too easy to melt the plastic, scorch the frame, or burn yourself.
    I treat them as if I were fitting a mouthguard.
    Boil a large pot of water, remove from heat, and drop it in for 20-30 seconds, remove with tongs.
    212F(100C) will soften it up without damage and the pot will pre-curve the bumper.
     
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