Enlarging tie-off grommets?

Kenny022593

Professional
One of the players I string for has the tie-off grommets enlarged on his each of his Aero Pros. The grommets are in near perfect condition aside from the damage that was sustained when the holes were enlarged.

I don't see a point to enlarging these grommets when they are brand new. Am I wrong? Also is my only option to stop the knot from getting pulled through the grommet to just use a bulkier knot?

Edit: I should clarify I wasn't the one who enlarged the grommets.
 
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scotus

G.O.A.T.
Some people use thicker strings, so that may necessitate larger holes.

Also some grommets are fragile/brittle and can tear if not flared.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
If it was strung one piece just turn it around. You could also use a dead man's knot.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
Are we talking about the mfg recommended tie off holes or grommets other than those that have been enlarged to tie off in alternate locations? Just curious.

Either way...dead man's knot, bulky "starting knot" (even though it's not really a starting knot) are possible solutions. I wouldn't necessarily replace the grommets just for that reason - especially if they're pristine otherwise.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
FWIW it's been my experience that the mfg tie offs on the pure drives and aero pros are quite large - even when new. I often will use bulky knot on the mains especially - to preempt the knot trying to come back through the grommet.
 

Kenny022593

Professional
These are the recommended tie off holes and the strings are Xcel and a 16 gauge syn gut. Tie-off holes on both sides of the racquet are enlarged. I am going to go with the bulky knot, but would changing the grommets do anything? The graphite is expanded as well.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
These are the recommended tie off holes and the strings are Xcel and a 16 gauge syn gut. Tie-off holes on both sides of the racquet are enlarged. I am going to go with the bulky knot, but would changing the grommets do anything? The graphite is expanded as well.
Interesting, and a bit of a concern.

If the actual graphite holes are bigger than they are supposed to be, I can't imagine how a new set of (plastic) grommets will overcome that problem. I would be concerned that (in fairly short order) even a new set of grommets would expand to fit themselves tightly inside the graphite holes they sit in.
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
Sounds like you are saying the tie off holes' graphite openings are 'way bigger' than the grommets. If this is the case, the next time you have to replace the grommets, put a little auto epoxy in the holes, let dry and redrill. You can do it now, but you would have to replace the grommets or possibly reuse the set with FITEX grommets.
 
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