Racket mod gone bad

satchmo_d

New User
Not sure if this is the right place to post or not but looking for recommendations to fix my error. I added tungsten to the handle in my son’s Pure Strike 100 Gen 3. I used cotton balls to keep it from moving around but that clearly didn‘t work as the tungsten made its way up to around 4:30 on the hoop. Are there any options for fishing it out? I can see it after I removed the grommets and it still has some cotton around it so it’s not easily moved.

Thank you!
 

loosegroove

Hall of Fame
Hmmm, well since centrifugal force got it up there in the first place, maybe swinging it around by holding onto the top of the hoop can get it back down towards the handle a bit?
 
if shaking or swinging it from the hoop doesn't do the trick get a piece of metal wire and snake it up the hoop. You can also check out one of those automotive tools for dropped bolts and nuts that grabs whatever it is you are trying to reach via a push pin. Surprised that stuff made it to 430 in the hoop.
 
You said you can see it through the grommet holes after you took out the grommets. You could use an awl or piece of wire and slowly push it back toward the handle going through the grommet hole.
 

satchmo_d

New User
Thanks all. I tried the “bounce it on the floor” thing and didn‘t get much luck. Going to snake a wire all the way around and see what happens. Going to take a some patience...
 

satchmo_d

New User
So I spent 90 minutes with a drill bit and a set of dentist tools. I moved the racket around until the tungsten was sitting over a hole and then used the drill bit, I think it was 1/8”, to push the tungsten up through the opposite through hole until I could scrape it off with the dentist tool. Did this over and over until it was small enough to fall out through the grip. Lesson learned.
 

Vicious49

Professional
I’ve never used putty before but I assumed it was supposed to be somewhat sticky. I just ordered my first can of it and now I’m a bit concerned about using it.
 

satchmo_d

New User
I followed whatever TW listed in their racket mod steps and used a cotton ball which clearly didn’t work. Maybe I didn’t use enough. Hopefully others will weigh in on what works better.
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
Rather than cotton balls, I prefer to use a piece of sponge, cut to appropriate size and rolled up tight (like a Swiss roll) to jam into the buttend of the hairpin. Needs to be bulky enough so that it takes moderate effort to jam into position using a dowel. This can be easily removed with needle nosed pliers later on if required. I also wrap the tungsten putty with some cling film so that it can be inserted/removed as one blob whilst still being moldable. Some people use aluminium foil instead of cling film, but I find this a less malleable solution.

For 7g, Blue Tac is just as good and a lot cheaper than tungsten putty. If you want to experiment with silicone in the handle but as a removable option, make up some pre-formed silicone cylinders using straws (seal one end of the straw with Blue Tac to avoid run out). Once cured, strip off the straw and you’ll have a bunch of silicone cylinders that can be cut to required length/weight and bundled together to push up the buttend.

Hope this helps.
 
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djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
With silicone and cotton, I’ll tie a piece of individual paracord string to it. This works as an anchor should I need to remove. Also helps with depth control. I use a chopstick to push it down to desired depth and if it goes to far I’ll pull on the string. I’ll pack a little more cotton to help secure any gaps. Then I add silicone. I’ve noticed on the racquets I’ve done, about 1 cm in both ports of silicone was 5g. Btw, I’ll leave a length of string out if doing silicone to help undo the work. I can’t find video clip I took on pulling the string and the silicone come out. Staples must be removed to do this cleanly

I like the idea of using the sponge mentioned above. Will try this out sometime

one racquet I did with cotton and fishing weight I used so much cotton it added noticeable weight. I can’t remember how much.
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
Staples must be removed to do this cleanly.
I rarely change out buttcaps, so I just flatten the staple ends inside the hairpin with a flat head screw driver. Do it with gradual, controlled pressure to reduce the chance of cracking the graphite substrate. I reckon if I ever want to swap out the buttcap, I’ll just snip the staples from the outside.
 

satchmo_d

New User
Sorry for the noob question but what are the staples actually fastening in the handle? Do they fasten the actual racket (hairpin) to the grip (pallet)? Sorry, lots of new terms to understand...
 

Fxanimator1

Hall of Fame
Sorry for the noob question but what are the staples actually fastening in the handle? Do they fasten the actual racket (hairpin) to the grip (pallet)? Sorry, lots of new terms to understand...
I guess "technically", they do help attach the pallets a bit more at the bottom, but it's to hold the butt cap on.
 

satchmo_d

New User
Yeah, I guess that should have been obvious. I've never actually seen a butt cap and never thought about it beyond the trap door. Thanks!
 
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