Are Wal-Mart Racquets meant to be re-strung?

iradical18

Professional
So I came into work today and checked for any racquets that needed to be strung like I do everyday. There was a cheap-o racquet that you usually find at Wal-Mart so I decided that I would knock it out real quick. As I cut the factory strings and started to pull them out, the grommets fell out of the racquet. I knew racquets like this were poorly made but I had no idea they were this bad.
 

racquet_jedi

Professional
I'll answer your question with another question: Is a piece of chicken meant to be eaten more than once?

:wink::wink:
 

racingdad23

Semi-Pro
I've done a couple with no problems. If someone brings me a racquet and asks me to re-string it... I re-string it. I dont care where it came from or how cheap it is. I do it because chances are there is a kid that cant play until its done.
 

Leelord337

Hall of Fame
2 piece rackets (where the throat of the racket is bolted to the head) are not meant to be restrung...whereas one piece (just one piece of graphite...etc) rackets are. But this is just my opinion.

Here are some pics of a 2 piece racket compared to a 1 piece:



clearly one piece frame design
 
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BigGriff

Semi-Pro
I've strung a few of those "one hitter quitter" type racquets from Wal Mart and similar stores. I usually string them at a low tension to keep the racquet from deforming.

I strung a few at customer requsted tension that were high and the racquet looked like I banged it on the court a few times.

I usually avoid those racquets but I get them from time to time.
 

YULitle

Hall of Fame
I usually just tell people to buy another racquet. Usually the price of stringing is the same or more than the price of a replacement. I try to avoid stringing them. Wouldn't want it busting on a machine.
 

Leoboomanu

Rookie
I usually just tell people to buy another racquet. Usually the price of stringing is the same or more than the price of a replacement. I try to avoid stringing them. Wouldn't want it busting on a machine.
Yup... or I sell them one of my second hand racquets... and offer them free stringing...

Peace
 

iradical18

Professional
I usually just tell people to buy another racquet. Usually the price of stringing is the same or more than the price of a replacement. I try to avoid stringing them. Wouldn't want it busting on a machine.
I'll probably do that when he comes in to pick it up. The funny thing is that he hadn't even played with the racquet yet, maybe thought he was buying a serious stick and thought he was too good for the factory strings? You're right YULitle, the ridiculously marked up price of the string we sell (PSG at 20$) is more expensive than the racquet.
 

xtremerunnerars

Hall of Fame
I've strung a few of those "one hitter quitter" type racquets from Wal Mart and similar stores. I usually string them at a low tension to keep the racquet from deforming.

I strung a few at customer requsted tension that were high and the racquet looked like I banged it on the court a few times.

I usually avoid those racquets but I get them from time to time.
Happened to me too. I told the guy to expect it beforehand (he wanted it at 64!) and he was surprised but okay with it.


It looked more like a racquet for basketball afterwards...
 
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