How do you distinguish your racquets apart?

g4driver

Hall of Fame
i think sharpie also comes in silver or gold metallic colours... 8-B
They come in Bronze, Gold and Silver. I use silver sharpies to mark the head titanium ti.s6 top three and bottom cross grommets.

Asked the owner if I could mark his grommets and he said no problem. Makes stringing that fan shaped frame so much less guesswork when the grommets are silver = a cross string.

Just hit the grommet with the sharpie once with the strings in the frame, then cut the strings out, then color the grommet nicely without the strings in the way.
 

Injured Again

Hall of Fame
That's a great idea! Only I hit the ball everywhere on the stringbed, and more on the frame than the strings some days. I'm sure those marks wouldn't last ten minutes with me.

I only get 10-12 hours out of a stringjob so I usually just gauge how close I am to the strings breaking by seeing how bad the notching is.
 

Lavs

Hall of Fame
May I ask a stupid question - why do you guys want to distinguish your rackets at all? Wouldn't it be much more efficient to have all the rackets in your bag to look and play absolutely the same? And just better to concentrate on your play/tactic/technique/you name it....
 

zipplock

Hall of Fame
May I ask a stupid question - why do you guys want to distinguish your rackets at all? Wouldn't it be much more efficient to have all the rackets in your bag to look and play absolutely the same? And just better to concentrate on your play/tactic/technique/you name it....
Not a stupid question.
 

esm

Hall of Fame
May I ask a stupid question - why do you guys want to distinguish your rackets at all? Wouldn't it be much more efficient to have all the rackets in your bag to look and play absolutely the same? And just better to concentrate on your play/tactic/technique/you name it....
Not a stupid question at all.
for me, as a non string breaker and I string for myself, I think it is just a “habit” for me if I have everything the same.
supposed it makes sense if I have different string tension, in that case,my first one (blue grip finishing tape) is my usual spec and the second one (green grip finishing tape) will be a different tension I am experimenting.... lol
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
May I ask a stupid question - why do you guys want to distinguish your rackets at all? Wouldn't it be much more efficient to have all the rackets in your bag to look and play absolutely the same? And just better to concentrate on your play/tactic/technique/you name it....
I agree with having them ALL be identical. The only issue is, most tennis players use poly strings. If you don’t keep track of the hours play on them, it could lead to injury. I generally always have four of the same racquet and string them all the same as well. I like consistency when I play.
 

zipplock

Hall of Fame
I agree with having them ALL be identical. The only issue is, most tennis players use poly strings. If you don’t keep track of the hours play on them, it could lead to injury. I generally always have four of the same racquet and string them all the same as well. I like consistency when I play.
So you identify them for rotating purposes?
 

Papa Mango

Semi-Pro
May I ask a stupid question - why do you guys want to distinguish your rackets at all? Wouldn't it be much more efficient to have all the rackets in your bag to look and play absolutely the same? And just better to concentrate on your play/tactic/technique/you name it....
You're a Hall of Famer here and you have to ask this question? :unsure:
Coz I am borderline OCD when it comes to tennis rackets and I can feel a 1 pt SW difference between them,
And one of them is my favorite/lucky racket that I play important matches with. No matter what they all say, they don't love all their kids rackets equally.
I kid...mostly.. :sneaky:

But yeah as others said mostly for re-stringing, trying diff set ups purposes.

 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
That's a great idea! Only I hit the ball everywhere on the stringbed, and more on the frame than the strings some days. I'm sure those marks wouldn't last ten minutes with me.

I only get 10-12 hours out of a stringjob so I usually just gauge how close I am to the strings breaking by seeing how bad the notching is.
I am more of a frame hitter than string bed hitter, so I get about 16-18 hours out of VCT 1.30mm [emoji28]
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
I was wondering how I came up with a smart idea for a change. It must have been inspired by your post. [emoji28]
Oh I think you came up with the nice idea on your own. [emoji6] I am pretty uninspiring [emoji28]

For frames with VCT 1.30mm, when the mains stick out of place shot after shot they break soon afterwards. It is the only poly I have found that really tells a player "hey I am close to done, restring your frame"
 

Johnny505

Rookie
Most smart phones have some sort of a Document or Notes app built in. Use mine to keep record of last restring and hours played to the serial no of each frame.
 

TennisCJC

Legend
I have a very complex system. I take a permanent marker and put the roman numeral I on butt of one racket and the roman numeral II on the butt cap of the other racket. If I get a 3rd racket, you got it, I'll put a III on the butt cap. It's very simple actually.
 

esm

Hall of Fame
I have a very complex system. I take a permanent marker and put the roman numeral I on butt of one racket and the roman numeral II on the butt cap of the other racket. If I get a 3rd racket, you got it, I'll put a III on the butt cap. It's very simple actually.
to add to the complexity - do you mark the butt cap with numbers vertically, or horizontally?
 

Fxanimator1

Hall of Fame
Most of us have more than one of the same racquet. How do you tell them apart if they are identical? Different overgrips, stickers, etc?
Tiny dots of fingernail polish. One has 1 dot, the other has 2 dots. And for whoever asked, "Why would you want to tell identical racquets apart?"...So that you can keep string wear also, identical.
 

Fxanimator1

Hall of Fame
May I ask a stupid question - why do you guys want to distinguish your rackets at all? Wouldn't it be much more efficient to have all the rackets in your bag to look and play absolutely the same? And just better to concentrate on your play/tactic/technique/you name it....
They won't be if you happened select the same racquet out of your bag every time.
An example would be you putting 10 hours of string wear on one, while the other only has 3 hours, simply because you couldn't tell the difference.
 
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fbone

Rookie
I use different colored dampeners on my 2 rackets. I also rotate after 2 games (3 at the start of the set)... due to sweat plus I like to keep the string tension/wear even[emoji106]
 

SandV28

New User
I have a very complex system. I take a permanent marker and put the roman numeral I on butt of one racket and the roman numeral II on the butt cap of the other racket. If I get a 3rd racket, you got it, I'll put a III on the butt cap. It's very simple actually.
I have the same system but mark the inside throat of the racket. I line them up in my bag from lowest to highest outside to in so when I grab one I always know which one I’m getting. I always like some more than others so it’s imoortant to know which one is which.
 

Vanhalen

Professional
On the but cap I have them numbered from 1-8 with a sharpie. Then a notebook with restringing dates listed. Sadly 5 are 4 points head light, one is even, and 2 are 2 points head heavy. Great quality control.
 

shadow01

Rookie
i think sharpie also comes in silver or gold metallic colours... 8-B
Tried the silver metallic sharpie on my black cross string. After 2 hitting sessions, the marks on the center boxes rubbed off and others are fading. Presumably from the rubbing of strings and/or dampener. Maybe my cross doesn’t take to permanent silver to strongly.
 
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