How Fast do you Scratch Your Racket?

How Fast Do You Scratch Your New Racket

  • Never

    Votes: 9 13.6%
  • Less 1 Week

    Votes: 34 51.5%
  • In About 2 Weeks

    Votes: 13 19.7%
  • 1 Month

    Votes: 5 7.6%
  • 6 Months

    Votes: 5 7.6%

  • Total voters
    66
  • Poll closed .

p0w3r

Semi-Pro
I really dont scratch up my racquets that much. Its mostly the bumperguards that get messed up. The paint and the frame itself hardly ever gets scratches.
 

NadalClone

New User
I almost never scratch my racquets. I know it's bad but i'll try to avoid it at all cost. but just in case i have head protector tape on the bumper guard. i change that everytime i restring and my racquet still looks brand new
 

lethalfang

Professional
I scratch my racquet quite often when I slice a low ball. I get lazy with slices a lot: waiting for the ball to arrive.
 

andreh

Professional
First rally, usually. I tend to bang it into the ground on very low slices. Don't really care if the PJ is scratched.
 

gonzalocatalino

Hall of Fame
I have cracked 2 racquets against the court accidentally a few years ago, since then, i use elecrtical tape between 10 and 2 o`clock and i`m very carefull, so, i rarely scratch my racquets now.
 

no skillz

Rookie
I served really hard the other day and the racquet flew out of my hand and landed at my feet, and I landed on it. Still intact though, paint is messed up but what can you do.
 

rocket

Hall of Fame
I'd toss it against the fence before hitting the very 1st ball, kick it a few times, then pick it up & focus on playing tennis.


Not really, but I'd scratch the bumper guard by scooping up low balls on its 1st outing though.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
For us it's just like cars. When you have kids and go to places with kids, you just expect to get door dings. The kids use my racquets and tend not to be as careful with them. Of course I don't really care about the 12-year-old Dunlops and they have scratches on them.

Maybe I should paint an old racquet with Mozilla Firefox graphics.
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
Almost never. I carry them in my bag in plastic cases, always use a head tape and an overgrip, never throw them on the ground and so on. I think it's a personal preference as to how you want to treat your racquets. I personally don't see any reason why they have to be abused. Just think of them as your sports cars. How often do you scratch your car? :).
 
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Deleted member 6835

Guest
lol after like 2 days :| haha i already broke the bumper guard... lol
 

Blade0324

Hall of Fame
I rarely get scratches as I am careful with my racquets. However in competitive play it's hard not to get some from time to time.
 

TennezSport

Hall of Fame
Never

I have never scratched a racquet because as soon as I get/string it, I put 2 layers of head protection tape across the head from the 3 to 9 o'clock positions. Adds just the right additional weight I like (heavy cloth tape from Gamma). Soon as I go thought the first layer of tape, I replace the whole tape job. So far, so good.

As far as anywhere else on the frame is concerned, my racquets are always in the pro bag with plastic seperators when not in use, to keep them scatchless.

Just how I roll ;)

TennezSport :cool:
 

eunjam

Rookie
are you serious?

do you play tennis? or is being on the courts like being on a catwalk?

if you don't scratch your racquet, you're not playing hard enough.

sheesh!!

consider your racquet as a tool of your trade. how many mechanics don't scratch their tools? how many golfers don't scratch their clubs? do race drivers ding their cars? do football players not scratch their pads?

this is ridiculous.

you probalby sleep with your racquet? huh?
 
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Deleted member 6835

Guest
are you serious?

do you play tennis? or is being on the courts like being on a catwalk?

if you don't scratch your racquet, you're not playing hard enough.

sheesh!!

consider your racquet as a tool of your trade. how many mechanics don't scratch their tools? how many golfers don't scratch their clubs? do race drivers ding their cars? do football players not scratch their pads?

this is ridiculous.

you probalby sleep with your racquet? huh?
i hope you're kidding, cuz that was completely unnecessary...

tennezsport: thats pretty awesome, i wish i could take care of my rackets ;)
 

Cruzer

Professional
I have never scratched a racquet because as soon as I get/string it, I put 2 layers of head protection tape across the head from the 3 to 9 o'clock positions. Adds just the right additional weight I like (heavy cloth tape from Gamma). Soon as I go thought the first layer of tape, I replace the whole tape job. So far, so good.

As far as anywhere else on the frame is concerned, my racquets are always in the pro bag with plastic seperators when not in use, to keep them scatchless.

Just how I roll ;)

TennezSport :cool:
I do almost exactly the same thing. Could such careful treatment of tennis racquets be considered a form of OCD?
 

psp2

Banned
i hope you're kidding, cuz that was completely unnecessary...

tennezsport: thats pretty awesome, i wish i could take care of my rackets ;)
I'm sure he's NOT kidding. I feel the same way.

I love hitting low bh slices to anyone with a brand new racquet. Let's see how they handle low, skidding balls.
 
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Deleted member 6835

Guest
I'm sure he's NOT kidding. I feel the same way.

I love hitting low bh slices to anyone with a brand new racquet. Let's see how they handle low, skidding balls.
then you're as mean as he is, LOL. but seriously, you agree with this:

if you don't scratch your racquet, you're not playing hard enough.
?

ok, so if i smash my racket repeatedly on the ground and scratch it after every point i lose (which is probably why you guys each have a lot of scratches... :rolleyes:), then im not playing hard enough? ok then buddy.

and, if you're racket is hitting the ground low skidding slices, then you may want to double-check... no make that triple-check, your hand-eye coordination. there may be a lack of it :D

btw my balls dont skid too much while im playing; they bounce, but no skidding... ;) LOL
 
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TonyB

Hall of Fame
I personally don't see any reason why they have to be abused. Just think of them as your sports cars. How often do you scratch your car? :).

There's a HUGE difference between ABUSING your racquets and being overly anal about them. They're NOT sports cars. Racquets cost a hundred bucks or so. What sort of a comparison is that?

They're equipment. Tools of the trade. If you're afraid to touch the ground with your racquet, then just exactly how hard are you playing??

I serve and volley most of the time. I find myself at net well over 75% of the points. It's impossible to hit half-volleys, stretch volleys, and low slices without hitting the ground a large percentage of the time. And that wimpy little plastic headguard doesn't do squat when you're stretching for low volleys. The paint gets chipped immediately.

When you spend $30 per hour for playing tennis indoors, the number of scratches that occur on your $100 racquet over the course of match play are pretty much meaningless.
 
It is so demoralising when you get a new batch of fresh rackets and one of them slips or slides along the ground to leave a peach of a scratch, tears come to my eyes at those moments lol
 
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Deleted member 6835

Guest
btw i should add that i obviously scratch my rackets too (in fact, i broke the 1 week old bumper guard when i was swinging in the house and hit a table :rolleyes:) but we should give the guy a break. its great he takes care of his rackets, and the fact that he does doesnt mean he doesnt play properly or not hard enough or whatever. end of story
 

TennezSport

Hall of Fame
Not

i hope you're kidding, cuz that was completely unnecessary...

tennezsport: thats pretty awesome, i wish i could take care of my rackets ;)
Why unnecessary, everytime I have sold my old racquets, I get top dollar cause they all look brand new. I also wash them before I restring them same as I do for all of my customers.

I even have enamal paint in varying colors to patch scapes and nicks on my customers racquets. I use a tiny paintbrush to make sure I do not get any paint outside the scatch.

I guess this might be OCD, U know me.
BTW I was last listed as a 5.5 player when tested at the USTA center at the US Open. I play hard, but take care of my equipment. You should see my dive gear (shiny) ;)

Just how I roll :roll:
 
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Deleted member 6835

Guest
Why unnecessary, everytime I have sold my old racquets, I get top dollar cause they all look brand new. I also wash them before I restring them same as I do for all of my customers.

I even have enamal paint in varying colors to patch scapes and nicks on my customers racquets. I use a tiny paintbrush to make sure I do not get any paint outside the scatch.

I guess this might be OCD, U know me.
BTW I was last listed as a 5.5 player when tested at the USTA center at the US Open. I play hard, but take care of my equipment. You should see my dive gear (shiny) ;)

Just how I roll :roll:
no you doosh i was saying that eunjam's comment was unnecessary. but i agree, its good to get top value for your rackets when selling :)
 

lioneldude

Rookie
It's just the feeling that you don't wanna damage something so new so early on, so perhaps its partially OCD. When it happens you stare at it in disbelieve and ask did it really happen? Can it be undone? No it can't then we just have to season the stick into our everyday tennis court life.
 

TennezSport

Hall of Fame
Head Prot Tape

2 days would be nice. i get 10 minutes of hitting before i dig out the first backhand slice and bingo - racquet scratched.
This is why I cover the racquet with 2 coats of head prot tape from 3 to 9 o'clock. If you scratch lower than that while playing, you need some stroke production work.

Enjoy the ride

TennezSport :cool:
 

Chauvalito

Hall of Fame
Today I went for a dropshot and fell down at a full sprint. I skinned my knee while rolling over.

The worst part is that I landed on my new k factor, it is now scratched like mad on one side, and pristine on the other....

I was not happy
 

thundaga

Rookie
its impossible to play on clay and not scratch up your racquets. you can look after your racquets to a certain degree but its usually unavoidable.
 

peter

Professional
Scratching my rackets? Almost immediately. They are tools to be used, and not art to be watched. If I would start to worry about scratching my rackets then that would hinder me playing the game - "low slices? forget about it!" "scooping up low bouncing drop balls? No waaaay!" etc. And besides - who would want to play with a racket that barely looks like it has been used? :)
 

slagvaerk

New User
...as soon as I use them on clay or hardcourt...(I don't see how this could be avoided in competive play?)....
 

tzinc

Semi-Pro
Other then style issues or possible resale value it makes no difference. I play softball too and bats get scratched up quick and the more you play with them the more scratchy they get.
 

Stan

Professional
A racquet is a weapon of war on the courts. It is not a work of art. If the cosmetics don't show any battle wounds, I would argue you are not playing all out. Racquets should have battle scars...the more the merrier!
 
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