Is important to take the buttcap off ur racquet sometimes to let it air out and release moisture?

#7
moisture can and will find its way to the inside of the frame, whether it's from your sweat seeping through the grips or through the gaps in the trap door/grommet holes. if you don't air out your racket, the graphite will eventually absorb the moisture and break down at a microscopic level. this phenomenon is often referred to as your racket "becoming a wet noodle." The racket will be structurally sound but it'll become more flexible. I stopped playing about 2 years ago and forgot to leave the buttcap open on my APDs. i recently got back into tennis and my APDs are now at about 62 RA. lesson learned. always leave your buttcap open.
 
#8
moisture can and will find its way to the inside of the frame, whether it's from your sweat seeping through the grips or through the gaps in the trap door/grommet holes. if you don't air out your racket, the graphite will eventually absorb the moisture and break down at a microscopic level. this phenomenon is often referred to as your racket "becoming a wet noodle." The racket will be structurally sound but it'll become more flexible. I stopped playing about 2 years ago and forgot to leave the buttcap open on my APDs. i recently got back into tennis and my APDs are now at about 62 RA. lesson learned. always leave your buttcap open.
I almost believed that! Hehhe
 
#9
moisture can and will find its way to the inside of the frame, whether it's from your sweat seeping through the grips or through the gaps in the trap door/grommet holes. if you don't air out your racket, the graphite will eventually absorb the moisture and break down at a microscopic level. this phenomenon is often referred to as your racket "becoming a wet noodle." The racket will be structurally sound but it'll become more flexible. I stopped playing about 2 years ago and forgot to leave the buttcap open on my APDs. i recently got back into tennis and my APDs are now at about 62 RA. lesson learned. always leave your buttcap open.
I air my Yonex sticks out on nights with a full moon, burning incense imported from Japan, performing the required chants and asking the gods forgiveness for my UEs.
 
#17
On a similar note, sometimes my racquet weights down my strings. It is for that reason, when playing 5 set matches at Wimbledon, which I do near annually, I forego the racquet, and just use the strings.
 
#24
moisture can and will find its way to the inside of the frame, whether it's from your sweat seeping through the grips or through the gaps in the trap door/grommet holes. if you don't air out your racket, the graphite will eventually absorb the moisture and break down at a microscopic level. this phenomenon is often referred to as your racket "becoming a wet noodle." The racket will be structurally sound but it'll become more flexible. I stopped playing about 2 years ago and forgot to leave the buttcap open on my APDs. i recently got back into tennis and my APDs are now at about 62 RA. lesson learned. always leave your buttcap open.
This can actually be solved. The trick is to submerge the racquet in actual water- the actual water dissolves the air water and then you can just wash it off. When it dries it's as good as new. To stop it happening again you can do a cellophane wrap but this may add weight
 
#25
Wouldn't the answer to this question be different depending on the relative humidity level where you play your match???
If I play a match in Singapore wouldn't that be different than Qatar?
 

nvr2old

Professional
#33
Do you really suppose the racquet is air tight and needs pressure or moisture released? I travel with mine at altitude and if it was it would either explode like a bag of chips or the butt cap would pop off or be pressurized neither of which has happened. If it's not air tight then evaporation and pressure will be taken care of automatically.
 
#34
moisture can and will find its way to the inside of the frame, whether it's from your sweat seeping through the grips or through the gaps in the trap door/grommet holes. if you don't air out your racket, the graphite will eventually absorb the moisture and break down at a microscopic level. this phenomenon is often referred to as your racket "becoming a wet noodle." The racket will be structurally sound but it'll become more flexible. I stopped playing about 2 years ago and forgot to leave the buttcap open on my APDs. i recently got back into tennis and my APDs are now at about 62 RA. lesson learned. always leave your buttcap open.
Doesn't stringing lower your ra a few points the first few times?
 
#35
The other option is, in addition to grommets, to drill further holes around the racket head and down through the handle and grip. That ensures on going ventilation. I believe that's a standard feature of all prostock rackets.
 
#36
The other option is, in addition to grommets, to drill further holes around the racket head and down through the handle and grip. That ensures on going ventilation. I believe that's a standard feature of all prostock rackets.
Yes! Little known fact is that Head flexpoint racquets with the holes were made to combat the ever present threat of moisture being trapped in a racquet and causing mould and mildew, as well as an unpleasant odour somewhat like wet dog smell.

I myself drill holes in my racquets to combat this problem in case the inevitable happens and I drop my racquet in the toilet. Damn I’m tired of doing that......
 

topspn

Hall of Fame
#38
moisture can and will find its way to the inside of the frame, whether it's from your sweat seeping through the grips or through the gaps in the trap door/grommet holes. if you don't air out your racket, the graphite will eventually absorb the moisture and break down at a microscopic level. this phenomenon is often referred to as your racket "becoming a wet noodle." The racket will be structurally sound but it'll become more flexible. I stopped playing about 2 years ago and forgot to leave the buttcap open on my APDs. i recently got back into tennis and my APDs are now at about 62 RA. lesson learned. always leave your buttcap open.
LOl..maybe that’s how Babolat makes their Pro Stock frames..go figure
 
#43
moisture can and will find its way to the inside of the frame, whether it's from your sweat seeping through the grips or through the gaps in the trap door/grommet holes. if you don't air out your racket, the graphite will eventually absorb the moisture and break down at a microscopic level. this phenomenon is often referred to as your racket "becoming a wet noodle." The racket will be structurally sound but it'll become more flexible. I stopped playing about 2 years ago and forgot to leave the buttcap open on my APDs. i recently got back into tennis and my APDs are now at about 62 RA. lesson learned. always leave your buttcap open.
Just gonna drop this here, and make you and others look like astronomically large turd burglars.
- from carbon fiber degradation paper in materials science journal -
“The deteriorating effects of moisture on a polymeric matrix are not as severe as degradation by UV radiation. Moisture diffusion into the epoxy matrix leads to changes in thermophysical, mechanical, and chemical characteristics [11–13]. The epoxy can undergo plasticization and hydrolysis, which cause reversible and irreversible changes in the polymer structure. Due to these processes both the modulus and glass transition temperature are lowered [12–17]. Furthermore, matrix-dominated properties such as compressive strength, interlaminar shear strength, fatigue and impact tolerance can also deteriorate [12,15,16,18,19]. Plasticization is usually reversible upon desorption of moisture, while hydrolysis of chemical bonds results in permanent irreversible damage. At the same time, moisture wicking along the fiber–matrix interface can degrade the fiber– matrix bond, resulting in loss of microstructural integrity. Unlike glass and aramid fiber, carbon fibers themselves do not absorb moisture and their physical properties remain unaffected. However, as stated earlier, the deterioration of the matrix alone is sufficient to cause a decrease in performance and overall reliability. “
 
#45
Just gonna drop this here, and make you and others look like astronomically large turd burglars.
- from carbon fiber degradation paper in materials science journal -
“The deteriorating effects of moisture on a polymeric matrix are not as severe as degradation by UV radiation. Moisture diffusion into the epoxy matrix leads to changes in thermophysical, mechanical, and chemical characteristics [11–13]. The epoxy can undergo plasticization and hydrolysis, which cause reversible and irreversible changes in the polymer structure. Due to these processes both the modulus and glass transition temperature are lowered [12–17]. Furthermore, matrix-dominated properties such as compressive strength, interlaminar shear strength, fatigue and impact tolerance can also deteriorate [12,15,16,18,19]. Plasticization is usually reversible upon desorption of moisture, while hydrolysis of chemical bonds results in permanent irreversible damage. At the same time, moisture wicking along the fiber–matrix interface can degrade the fiber– matrix bond, resulting in loss of microstructural integrity. Unlike glass and aramid fiber, carbon fibers themselves do not absorb moisture and their physical properties remain unaffected. However, as stated earlier, the deterioration of the matrix alone is sufficient to cause a decrease in performance and overall reliability. “
so what part of my response was wrong?
 
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