I have a warped aluminum frame, can I fix it?

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It's warped to one side. Not sure if it's from abuse or from improper stringing.

It's a Prince 110 Classic. Green throatpiece, leather grip, original Prince synthetic gut strings. I'm afraid to cut the strings out because it may not be restringable.

Should I just play with it until the strings break. The handle feels firm with the leather grip.
 

Steve Huff

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It's most likely toast. What has probably happened is it was used a lot and the user always held it the same way. Topspin after topspin meant the pull on the racket was nearly always to the same side. Eventually, even unnoticably, the racket starts deforming to one side. You see a lot of Prince aluminums, Head Pro's and other aluminum rackets that have done this. Stringing by inexperienced stringers who start on one side and continue to the other side can cause this too.
 
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Hmm, I'll probably play with it until the strings break. Would that be okay?
 
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The strings are like dry spaghetti, they should break easily.

I might be able to get some play off of them. It has a leather grip as well. Should be a nice experiment.
 

Il Mostro

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I would cut it out..usually unwarps it...

+1 Aluminum is an extremely resilient material with incredible memory, which is why repairs on cars with aluminum bodies is so difficult and prohibitively expensive. I would cut out the strings -- good chance it will revert to its original shape.
 

Holdfast44ID

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I remember a lot of juniors played with that frame in the 80's (including me, unfortunately). What was nice was that, instead of your racquet breaking in half when you smashed it on the ground, you wound up with a frame that ended up having the shape of a Yonex...
 

Irvin

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Dollar to a doughnut says it does not just spring back into place. I strung a deformed racquetball racket for a friend not long ago when it was deformed. When the string were cut out the shape did not change. My 6 point has a self centering mounting system and after working with the racket for about 5 minutes I got the racket back in somewhat of it original shape but it was still deformed and a little flat where that wall got it the way. By the way the mounting system just gave me somewhat of a reference point for how the racket should be formed and I bent it to match up evenly on each side. I am not saying the mounting system straightened the racket.

If you do try to save this racket later I would make sure the center of the head is first in line with the handle, then try shaping the length to 27", and then make the sides uniform.

Irvin
 

mtommer

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It's warped to one side. Not sure if it's from abuse or from improper stringing.

It's a Prince 110 Classic. Green throatpiece, leather grip, original Prince synthetic gut strings. I'm afraid to cut the strings out because it may not be restringable.

Should I just play with it until the strings break. The handle feels firm with the leather grip.

I have this problem with the Al Chemold racquet I used in my wall hitting vid thread. In this case the the head tends to warp around the handle (think of the facing turning perpendicular to how it's supposed to be). So far I've been able to bend it back into alignment though I haven't restrung the racquet as of yet, and boy does it need it! At any rate, just realize that Aluminum has no fatigue limit so try to minimize the bending as much as you can. Try to get the bending done right the first time without going back and forth until you get it right.
 

SteveI

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It's warped to one side. Not sure if it's from abuse or from improper stringing.

It's a Prince 110 Classic. Green throatpiece, leather grip, original Prince synthetic gut strings. I'm afraid to cut the strings out because it may not be restringable.

Should I just play with it until the strings break. The handle feels firm with the leather grip.

Hey Mansewerz,

Enjoy that frame in any event. You have some interesting advice in this thread. My money is on the advice from Steve Huff and McTennis. I won't post their ages, but they have some years of experience in the bank. :)

Regards,
Steve
 

SoCal10s

Hall of Fame
if you like the frame and want to keep using it ,then cut the string out and re-string it.. if it is still warped(most likely will be) ,then you can use a rubber mallet and bang it into any shape you like... I did this a different aluminum racket and squared the head off and it played better (like a Yonex head shape),you just have to be a little bit careful about the plastic grommets and not bang those because they break....
 
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