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Six.One.Tour.90FAN 11-19-2012 11:44 AM

Racquet crack diagnostics please, playable or not?
Hi all, an unfortunate incident on the court a few days ended up with a couple of relatively minor cracks on my racquet however i do understand that they could possibly affect it's playability. So the question is, do I carry on playing with it?

I have previously played with a cracked k90 and its held up perfectly fine but another racquet of mine didn't hold up so well, which is why I'm in two minds

Cheers if you can help, (wasn't really sure which part of TT to put it in so move thread if needs be)


pvaudio 11-19-2012 11:51 AM

How on earth did you get a few cracks in the frame? Usually a single one is enough...

Six.One.Tour.90FAN 11-19-2012 11:52 AM

Struggling to put the other picture up but there is one other one on the other side of the frame, although not as bad. Apolagies, i should have said couple :P


cluckcluck 11-19-2012 11:55 AM

Doesn't seem to be all the way through, which is in your favor. The problem I would see, down the road, is restringing. At 56lbs (your sig), you could very well make matters worse.

Cut your losses and get a new stick.

LanEvo 11-19-2012 12:29 PM

Send it in for warranty and see if you can get a replacement.

Six.One.Tour.90FAN 11-19-2012 01:23 PM

I was thinking precisely the above however I'm not sure what the warranty rules are...


Six.One.Tour.90FAN 11-19-2012 01:26 PM

The crack on the other side, its smaller and is slightly further along the frame indicating that perhaps the two aren't connected or if they are then it would be diagonally...


pvaudio 11-19-2012 01:33 PM

No, that actually does appear to be a diagonal crack all the way through. I honestly would not restring that frame and would immediately speak with Head about it. Look where the crak goes underneath the "A", it is heading towards the crack shown in the first image. I believe that is all the way through, good friend.

Andyroo10567 11-19-2012 01:44 PM

Playing with a cracked racquet is pretty dangerous in my opinion. While playing it could snap and graphite shards fly ( maybe to your EYE!!! ) or it could bring some unwanted damage or pain to your arm. Just look out for the dangers, not the plus sides.

v-verb 11-19-2012 02:04 PM

So off the record did you swat something with it?

v-verb 11-19-2012 02:05 PM


Originally Posted by v-verb (Post 7025037)
So off the record did you swat something with it?

Actually don't answer that. Nope don't play the racquet - see if you can get a replacement

Timbo's hopeless slice 11-19-2012 02:16 PM

sorry mate, but that's not playable.

at least give HEAD a try on the warranty front, but it honestly looks like damage from a severe impact with a solid object.

Steve Huff 11-19-2012 06:56 PM

If they're on both sides of the frame, it's a pretty good indicator that you made contact with something, presumably the ball, high in the frame. I've seen several (over 10 anyway) snap/crack on both side of the frame on simple mis hits toward the top of the frame. I've done it a few times myself. Head used to be tough on warranty claims from what I know, but that's been several years. If it's still in the warranty period, definitely call them to see about getting it replaced. Sometimes, they will tell you to take it back to the authorized dealer where you got it. If you bought it secondhand, you're probably out of luck.

pvaudio 11-19-2012 07:16 PM

Steve, in your experience, does that appear to be a full on fracture? I'm asking because I turn down any frame I get if it has even a crack in the paint just in case, and it'd be useful to know what varying levels of damage look like. :)

UCSF2012 11-19-2012 08:06 PM

That's an impact crack at 12 oclock. You didn't smash it. Instead, you threw it like a dart at the ground. No warranty for you.

roundiesee 11-19-2012 08:31 PM

Agree with most posters here; do not play with that frame; anyway, I should think that you would have difficulty controlling your shots with a cracked frame like that shown in the picture, :(

pkshooter 11-19-2012 09:54 PM


Originally Posted by Six.One.Tour.90FAN (Post 7024990)

The crack on the other side, its smaller and is slightly further along the frame indicating that perhaps the two aren't connected or if they are then it would be diagonally...


Dat $h!t be broken

Coach Chad 11-20-2012 02:28 PM

It is a great reason to buy a new one...perhaps two rackets!

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