Drilled holes in a racquet?

Frost5541

Professional
I tried this today with a 5 dollar aluminum racquet with a drill and some tubes of hollow plastic as the grommets and it works! what is your take?
 

JohnBPittsburgh

Hall of Fame
What are you hoping to gain from your drilling? (it's hard to understand tone through written words, but I am genuinely curious) Are you drilling existing grommet holes larger, to effectively make a new tie off location, or are you literally drilling a new grommet hole, in hopes of adding a string? (turning a 16x19 into a 16x20, for example)
 

Frost5541

Professional
What are you hoping to gain from your drilling? (it's hard to understand tone through written words, but I am genuinely curious) Are you drilling existing grommet holes larger, to effectively make a new tie off location, or are you literally drilling a new grommet hole, in hopes of adding a string? (turning a 16x19 into a 16x20, for example)
the latter is correct. when I buy 2 PS85's from Say Chi sin lo, I will try this on my rf 97!
 

JohnBPittsburgh

Hall of Fame
Post pics!! I would keep practicing on your $5 frame so you are confident in your drilling ability!! Hopefully you have a good drill, and sharp drill bit. It will make it look clean, if done right. I would try and "dry fit" the drill bit into an existing grommet, so that it looks stock. It would look weird if you had 35 holes that are one size, and 2 holes that are bigger/smaller :) Good luck on your project, and I hope it does what you are setting out to accomplish!!

(Before you go drilling your new frame, you might want to practice with it, and work on developing control through technique. Then you can play with any frame without busting out the power tools) :)
 
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Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
yes. I am in Nigeria. and can you tell me the better ways of getting a 18x20 string pattern?
Buy an 18x20 racket. Drilling will weaken the frame and at the same time make your racket illegal.the strings can not be closer together on the outer strings than they are in the center. Adding two main strings to the pattern make you mains end up on the opposite end so your racket does not have enough tie offs to tie the mains and a cross on the proper end. I'd wait for a $5 18x20 if I were you.
 

teachingprotx

Hall of Fame
Yes it does work!
But I don't know about aluminum .. I've done it on an rf.wilson 97.. I pulled out the grommets and drilled the holes between the larger spaces . But I also strung it without the grommets and it holds just as well . No premature breakage or string fraying just make sure there is no drill flash or shard edges and your golden.
I also drilled all the other existing holes out a bit for additional string movement . Worked great ! Hit for about 6 hrs still holding at 62lbs with yellow optic syn gut prince topspin 16 gauge .
 

Frost5541

Professional
Yes it does work!
But I don't know about aluminum .. I've done it on an rf.wilson 97.. I pulled out the grommets and drilled the holes between the larger spaces . But I also strung it without the grommets and it holds just as well . No premature breakage or string fraying just make sure there is no drill flash or shard edges and your golden.
I also drilled all the other existing holes out a bit for additional string movement . Worked great ! Hit for about 6 hrs still holding at 62lbs with yellow optic syn gut prince topspin 16 gauge .
can you post pics? I don't have a webcam...
 

moon shot

Hall of Fame
My concern would be in any string pattern I have seen if add extra strings the proportional spacing will be off. It will be 2-3 times more dense where you add, but that probably isn't in the sweet spot so won't reduce power or add control on balls you hit well.

Inconsistent spacing of strings directly correlates to erratic stringbeds
 

Zoolander

Hall of Fame
Best thread ever!

Why stop at 18*20? Why not 20*21 like Agassi used? More is surely better, right?!

Don't do it, but if you do remember I told you so

EDIT: Personally I think @teachingprotx is pulling your leg. but what the hey, it's only $5
My money says @teachingprotx was serious. He does some crazy stuff!

Yes it does work!
But I don't know about aluminum .. I've done it on an rf.wilson 97.. I pulled out the grommets and drilled the holes between the larger spaces . But I also strung it without the grommets and it holds just as well . No premature breakage or string fraying just make sure there is no drill flash or shard edges and your golden.
I also drilled all the other existing holes out a bit for additional string movement . Worked great ! Hit for about 6 hrs still holding at 62lbs with yellow optic syn gut prince topspin 16 gauge .
Hey @teachingprotx, did you really attack your RF97 with a drill?! And can you explain your motive?
 
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