Originally Posted by ten11
I actually have one PD replaced with new grommet half year ago and never strung. I can take double advantages to remove the existing new bump guard and put another new one in. Then loosely string it at 20lbs for last two strings so it won't flare the grommets. I will bring in this bump guard which already on racket for half year and use it in test. But I feel it is kind of cheating. I just need few more practices on this and should able to get this covered. So far I am solid on putting it on, only need to work on remove part a bit more without cutting the flared grommet.
Thanks all for the advise.
It's not cheating if they allow it, and I've spoken to Jonathan at USRSA about it and he says it's OK. You should also bring an extra grommet set, just in case. It's always good to be prepared.
Flush cutters come in handy to cut off flared grommets than the standard cutters. I usually try to pinch the flared grommets first before cutting them off as a last resort. Most of the time if I'm using a heat gun/blow dryer they come out much easier, without using any tools.