Head Wear Limit

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by WileyCoyote, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. WileyCoyote

    WileyCoyote Rookie

    May 31, 2011
    My so called friends sometimes give me racquets to restring that have the head guard worn thru so bad that the top hoop of the racquet has significant wear into it.

    No cracks, just wear into the structural material in the head.

    The question is how bad can the wear be before you should not restring? I know cracks are a showstopper, but what other criteria should be used?


  2. COPEY

    COPEY Hall of Fame

    Nov 7, 2008
    First you should inform your friends that they should have you replace the bumper guard/grommet set before damage gets to be that severe.

    As for stringing with wear to the frame, I personally don't see a problem with it. With wear that extreme, however, it's advisable to be particularly diligent when inspecting the frame looking for signs of cracking. If there are cracks, advise the customer before removing the strings. If you find cracks you have two options: (1) refuse to string the racquet or (2) inform the customer that you'll restring it, but in the event the racquet collapses, you won't be liable.
  3. Lakers4Life

    Lakers4Life Hall of Fame

    Jul 13, 2009
    Laker Land

    Tell your friends this maybe the last time you'll be able to string the racket, unless the head guard/grommet is replaced. Also if they still wish for you to string it, you are note laible for it breaking while being strung or after.
  4. fortun8son

    fortun8son Hall of Fame

    Apr 27, 2011
    The Desert
    I get a lot of 'scrapers'.
    Recently, I've been using strips of Gamma Grip Buildup sheets to build up some of the missing material and then cover with head guard tape.
    Unless the frame has been worn through to the point of seeing inside, there is little danger of breaking it while stringing.
    No need to trash the racquet or refuse restringing.
    Of course, a little preventative maintenance goes a long way, i.e replacing the bumper before the paint shows and using head tape..
  5. TennisCJC

    TennisCJC Legend

    Apr 20, 2010
    I had a racket with a lot of wear into the frame break at the head after I strung. I have a Stringway machine with a very good 5 point lock down mount system. The racket was a lighter wide body that was over 2 years old of heavy play - +10 hours per week for 2 years. I think the frame was weakened by the wear and the pressure of new strings cause it to crack at the 10 o'c position. It was an over sized Fischer strung at 54 lbs with a multi-filament.

    I have never had another frame do this in 6 years or so of stringing.
  6. cluckcluck

    cluckcluck Hall of Fame

    Apr 29, 2010
    Between the baseline and netcord.
    Put it in writing if you decide to string is and you agree that you are not liable for breakage.
  7. Irvin

    Irvin G.O.A.T.

    Mar 15, 2007
    Marietta, Ga
    If they are your friends what do you wait until the grommets are worn through before you say something? If the wear is through to the frame tell them the only way you will string it is to replace the grommet is you are worried about it.

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