grommet tips

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
recently replacing grommets on a Babolat 115 and a Yonex vcore.

Man, what a PITA!

does anyone have suggestions, other than the heat gun to make them a little more flexible trick, to make this process easier?
screwing around with every single grommet with a needle awl is getting pretty old pretty quick.

also, I note that most grommet strips have little indentations, I guess to allow them to bend a little better.
Has anyone ever cut at those indentations to allow better insertion?
Perhaps a dab of glue that is not super glue to allow the cut ends to stay down?
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
When stringing Starts at the top I have cut the grommet strip at the top so the starting string holds down the ends. I found that easier than stretching the string towards the ends of the strip. I have heated my grommet strip with a dryer but I would not use a heat gun. I find if the the grommets are too soft they are diffuse to insert and may bend inside the frame. Any more I take them out of the bag and just install them. If you want to soften them a little I would just soak in warm water.
 

Dags

Hall of Fame
I start at the throat where the longer grommets require more manipulation to get in. Guide with the awl from both the outside and inside of the frame, and am always making sure the next couple of grommets are lining up before completely pushing any in.

Yonex Vcores were always one of the easier ones for me. Babolat have always been the hardest, but I replaced so many of the 2018 Pure Drive that I got used to them.
 

lwto

Hall of Fame
It's quite easy.. for the head ones, if that's what your talking about. Start at one end.. first few will be easy, and as you work your way around.. have your racquet up, with the head on the table. as you put the gromment in each hole, roll the raquet so that the table is pressing on the grommet you just did..get your awl and from the inside, poke it through the grommet that your working on.. should just pop into the inside hole.. then rotate your raquet to the next hole.. A lot easier to show, than to explain with my limited wordsmithing.
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
Don't forget to have a roll of masking tape handy. I use it to tape down the bumper guard as I go from one side to the other otherwise some have a tendency to pop back out.
 

vandre

Hall of Fame
recently replacing grommets on a Babolat 115 and a Yonex vcore.

Man, what a PITA!

does anyone have suggestions, other than the heat gun to make them a little more flexible trick, to make this process easier?
screwing around with every single grommet with a needle awl is getting pretty old pretty quick.

also, I note that most grommet strips have little indentations, I guess to allow them to bend a little better.
Has anyone ever cut at those indentations to allow better insertion?
Perhaps a dab of glue that is not super glue to allow the cut ends to stay down?
did you try boiling the new ones? the last time i swapped grommets that worked pretty well.
 

Sardines

Hall of Fame
did you try boiling the new ones? the last time i swapped grommets that worked pretty well.
Keeping it in very hot water for 10-15 mins should expand it enough to fit on. It's usually the top grommet. I replace my grommets annually for years and always soak it in hot water for 10-15 mins to expand the top bumper guard grommet. Be careful not to scald your fingers, and you have to be quick before the plastic cools and shrinks again.
Overly heating the plastic "may" cause it to permanently expand to a new length, so tread lightly with heat guns and over boiling.
 

Wes

Professional
did you try boiling the new ones? the last time i swapped grommets that worked pretty well.
Do not put them into boiling water. That's way too hot.
When I place grommets (oftentimes only the bumper guard) into heated water, I only heat the water to between 140° - 150°F

Don't forget to have a roll of masking tape handy. I use it to tape down the bumper guard as I go from one side to the other otherwise some have a tendency to pop back out.
Using something to "hold down" certain areas, that you've already completed, is a good suggestion.
I've heard of some people using tape, rubber bands, tip ties, etc.
Personally, I simply use a 2nd awl to "pin" the grommet strip in place (see videos below) as I make progress further along the strip (or on the opposite side).

I start at the throat where the longer grommets require more manipulation to get in. Guide with the awl from both the outside and inside of the frame, and am always making sure the next couple of grommets are lining up before completely pushing any in.

Yonex Vcores were always one of the easier ones for me. Babolat have always been the hardest, but I replaced so many of the 2018 Pure Drive that I got used to them.
As usual, the advice from @Dags is spot-on... and worthy of re-reading (hence the bolded text). This is the very same approach I've used for decades.


Here are 2 thorough videos I made that hopefully demystify grommet removal/installation (including how I go about pre-bending using hot water, as well as how to ease the process using a couple of awls).


 

MAX PLY

Hall of Fame
It's quite easy.. for the head ones, if that's what your talking about. Start at one end.. first few will be easy, and as you work your way around.. have your racquet up, with the head on the table. as you put the gromment in each hole, roll the raquet so that the table is pressing on the grommet you just did..get your awl and from the inside, poke it through the grommet that your working on.. should just pop into the inside hole.. then rotate your raquet to the next hole.. A lot easier to show, than to explain with my limited wordsmithing.
This is exactly how I learned to do it and it works pretty much every time ( although some racquets are easier than others). The harder the surface the better—marble countertops are great for this method. Just roll the head with a little pressure and set the individual grommets in each hole from the inside of the frame. Usually I can just flex the strip for a minute or two before installing but have used a hair dryer a few times.

Definitely try this method.
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
-if the grommets are stubborn, a heat source makes the process much easier
-a hair dryer or a heat.lamp(winter time stringing) would work
-a heat gun would be ideal!, but not many people have one of these ??!!
-dont fight too much with the grommets, they can get damaged and/or broken
-flex them and gently tug on them, but dont force them too much
- if you are fighting too much with any grommet, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT GROMMET for that specific/model/YEAR racket!!

-btw, from another stringer ,"microwave" is also a bad idea!!
 

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
I actually got a heat gun (for other purposes) the discount tool store for about $10.

Didn't need to on the Yonex. the trick of starting at the bottom and seating those looooonngggg grommets first worked like a charm.
 
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