Originally Posted by ten11
This is a bit challenging. I am planing to bring in a pure drive. The tie off grommet is huge and not easy to pull out. Normally I just cut out with a knife but I don't think that is acceptable in test. (I did scratch the racket before while cutting. )
Need to think about some way to cut it safely.
Yes, be sure not to scratch the frame during the MRT exam. I wouldn't use a knife to cut a flared grommet. I would advise making small snips in the flared portion using the same cutters you use to trim knot tails, then using your fingers to compress the flared area a bit, and pulling the grommet out, hopefully pulling on the rest of the grommet strip for leverage.
Also remember that when you are given the polyester and natural gut strings for the stringing part of the exam, they will be unmarked strings, and quite similar in color/general appearance, so be sure that you know how to tell them apart, and use the correct string for the mains and the correct string for the crosses, because mixing them up would mean an automatic fail.