Grommets & Bumpers - stockpile or not?

Dim Sim

Rookie
Is it advisable to buy grommets and bumpers in advance of needing them? I need to get a set for a Dunlop aerogel 4d 300 I’ve bought and am told by racket depot in the UK that they appear to have been discontinued. Got me to thinking, should I get a set for my other more contemporary rackets to avoid them being unavailable in future? How long are they usually manufactured after a racket’s been discontinued/deleted from a manufacturer’s catalogue?
 

BenC

Rookie
for Wilson, maybe a year ... I recall the 6.1 grommets disappeared from TW's site just a week after I ordered a set. If you plan to use the racket for a while (years?) get at least one spare.

I have a few full spares for my racket but so far I've been getting by replacing single problematic grommets (tie-offs, weird angled ones prone to splitting) with ones cut from a very cheap set I bought off the big auction site.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
I would not stockpile these
these grommets kits are plastic, which drye-out over time (year/s time frame),
I would prov. buy 1 kit per racquet and no more, knowing my racquet scrapping history,, yours might be different, more/less??!!

another consideration is the length of time your going to be playing with that racquet??
after a couple years, chances are im looking to update my sticks to something new-ish
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
IMHO it depends on how you are with racquets. If you don’t switch often, do yourself a favor and buy a handful of grommet sets so you don’t end up with racquets you can’t use when racquet mfg’s stop making the grommets. OTOH, if you switch racquets every couple years, stocking up isn’t worth it.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
Just to add...from my perspective as a stringer, it’s not uncommon for me to have a customer bring me an old racquet with torched grommets, and I have to break it to them that their grommets are toast and I can’t in good conscience restring the racquet in its current condition. When I further explain that grommets are no longer in production (which isn’t always the case, but it does happen), and we can’t get them...those customers are usually not thrilled to hear that they may need to look for a new racquet. Setting aside Fittex, (which might help buy some time in this situation)...it’s a terrible position to be in - both for the customer and for me.

Bottom line, if a player like the above knew they could avoid the above situation by stocking up on a few grommet sets early on...don’t you think they’d do it?

As I said though - if you’re a “racquetaholic” type, there probably is no reason to worry about stocking up.
 

esgee48

Legend
I keep at least 2 sets per frame for myself. I keep 2 for the GF's frames. I have clients that stockpile rommet sets because whenever I say they should replace the bumper guard, I receive one from them. Others don't and if I can't find a replacement, they go out and buy 2 frames.

Whether you should or should not depends on whether you are a scraper and how often you change frames. Individual grommets can be replaced with tubing or FITTEX or salvaged.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
I would not stockpile these
these grommets kits are plastic, which drye-out over time (year/s time frame),
I would prov. buy 1 kit per racquet and no more, knowing my racquet scrapping history,, yours might be different, more/less??!!
Respectfully, I’m going to disagree (which is rare - I generally agree with your points). While I have seen grommet sets dry out, I suspect that storing them in a climate controlled area and keeping them in the bag would go a long way to making them useable for many years. I’d rather have the sets on hand to try, rather than not be able to get grommets at some point down the road and then either have to macgyver something together or ditch the racquet.

It’s also worth pointing out that grommet sets in current production are generally less than $10 - in my view buying a couple sets up front doesn’t seem to be a costly undertaking.
 

Dim Sim

Rookie
Thanks all. In my case I’m buying single rackets that I’m going to keep and use occasionally as an alternative to my usual racket, just for fun. I think I better get a couple of sets, just in case.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
do the manufacturers actually manufacture them "new"? I actually imagine they do a (very) limited run and store them somewhere in a warehouse too
im just guessing here
but I would not think so, they provably outsource them to a plastic company that makes their grommets
and they order batches as needed,,
I wish they would simplify the process and make universal molds for the various racquets they have in their lines
but I guess that also cuts down on their profit to sell you a new frame instead of a plastic grommet
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
Respectfully, I’m going to disagree (which is rare - I generally agree with your points). While I have seen grommet sets dry out, I suspect that storing them in a climate controlled area and keeping them in the bag would go a long way to making them useable for many years. I’d rather have the sets on hand to try, rather than not be able to get grommets at some point down the road and then either have to macgyver something together or ditch the racquet.

It’s also worth pointing out that grommet sets in current production are generally less than $10 - in my view buying a couple sets up front doesn’t seem to be a costly undertaking.
btw, I don't mind disagreement, I know I can be wrong as well,, please point it out when i am, that way "i", and whom ever reads it can learn from it,,

back to your point, in a way I agree with you, about having the grommet onhand when you need them,, since its hard to find grommets after racquet is discontinued,,

i do however have a personal story that will fit here, to my point
i own several Wilson.k.blade tours, one of my favorite racquets, which I played for almost 10 years,,
i bought several grommet kits for them,, infact i bought more than 1 per racquet,,
i thought i was all set and good for a while,,
but the issue is that i no longer play with the w.kblades,, I migrated to bigger head racquets
so now the racquets sit in my closet and the many grommet i bought as well
hindsight, i should have just bought a couple sets (half as many)

to put this in airplane terms,,,, i overshot the landing by alot!! haaaa

my main point, consider your grommet consumption time frame and the likelihood of you playing with that model racquet for the years to come
 
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