Sliced Open My Finger - Bleeding

When I picked up my new BLX Tour 90 from the stringer yesterday, strung with Pro Xtreme (a stiff, wiry, glassy-surfaced poly), I held the handle in my left hand and grabbed the side of the bridge area and flicked it to give the frame a whirl.

Little did I know, the stringer had left the tails long enough and sharp enough that this action of flicking the side of the bridge with my fingers caused me an injury. One of the sharp tails sliced all the way through the pad of my right middle fingertip and drew blood with a 1cm long razor-like slit. I think the stringer forgot to shorten the tails to account for the narrower 17mm beam, so they were sticking out beyond the edge like little exacto blades.

Ouch! Luckily, fingertips are fast-healing body parts. But I’m planning to play tennis tonight, and the injury makes it painful to grasp the racquet tightly. I think serving will have to wait another couple of days.

The first thing I did when I got back to my hotel room was trimmed the tails shorter so that I could safely spin the frame by flicking the bridge, as something about the 17mm box beam makes me want to spin it.
 

darklore009

Hall of Fame
Having a knot that long is a hazard as it's sharp and able to cut anything (from ripping clothes to cutting the skin). Whenever I cut off my knot, I try cut the knot so it doesnt pass extend the frame or 3cm from the actual knot itself; I use the Wilson pro knot so it flushes against the frame.
 

10shoe

Semi-Pro
One of my customers recently returned from playing some ITF's in Asia. Was intrigued by this knot. The tail is run back thru the grommet and trimmed outside.



 

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
One of my customers recently returned from playing some ITF's in Asia. Was intrigued by this knot. The tail is run back thru the grommet and trimmed outside.



How can you re-tension your mains with such a short tail?
 

10shoe

Semi-Pro
^^^Exactly. And I suspect the tail is run back thru the grommet before the knot is actually tightened.
 

Wes

Semi-Pro
^^^Exactly. And I suspect the tail is run back thru the grommet before the knot is actually tightened.
When I saw the photos, that's exactly what I concluded as well.
Which, of course, means that the grommet has to accomodate three strings passing through it, rather than the customary two.
 
Trav, were you able to play with the injury?
Played through it, but played my worst day of tennis in long time on Monday night. The injury was only one factor. Tried to use my new Prostaff 90 in windy conditions against 5.5 player. Bad idea. Got pummeled 6-1, 6-0.

Went back to my regular shortened 98” 18x20 G9 frame next day and was playing well again.
 
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