Twisted hairpin/grip on solid hitting

John

Semi-Pro
Bought a used prestige mid here. No visual damage on pallet. Replaced buttcap after initially discovered this issue.
wonder if hairpin cracked or racquet head shape changed.
slow easy hitting acts normal. But starts to feel grip twist upon impact . Can still hits and controls well. But the feeling is bitter sweet.
still give the sensational classic 600 feel... solid but the twist feel make me crazy.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
Suspension Grip??? Some tour players liked the frame but not the handle system. Even new, some of those were "squeaky", especially on hard off-center hits.
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
Those have medium-density polyurethane foam pallets beneath the grip, two halves that are bonded to the graphite composite frame “hairpin” beneath. They are replaceable by knowledgeable racquet technicians. Perhaps someone less knowledgeable or experienced worked on the pallets of your racquet in the past, and failed to install them correctly?

We asked about the Prestige Tour, with its novel but troublesome “Suspension Grip,” which has a history of falling apart and causing great disappointment to whomever is trying to play tennis with it.
 

John

Semi-Pro
Those have medium-density polyurethane foam pallets beneath the grip, two halves that are bonded to the graphite composite frame “hairpin” beneath. They are replaceable by knowledgeable racquet technicians. Perhaps someone less knowledgeable or experienced worked on the pallets of your racquet in the past, and failed to install them correctly?

We asked about the Prestige Tour, with its novel but troublesome “Suspension Grip,” which has a history of falling apart and causing great disappointment to whomever is trying to play tennis with it.
Yup. That is possible. But due to the risk of damage racquet, TW don’t provide such service. last time I ask my local stringer to change pallet and buttcap for me. The pallet was done correctly but he destroyed my hairpin when stable buttcap on. I lost a brand new speed pro due to this error.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Yup. That is possible. But due to the risk of damage racquet, TW don’t provide such service. last time I ask my local stringer to change pallet and buttcap for me. The pallet was done correctly but he destroyed my hairpin when stable buttcap on. I lost a brand new speed pro due to this error.
If you’re in the USA try Roman or Bosworth.
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
Those have medium-density polyurethane foam pallets beneath the grip, two halves that are bonded to the graphite composite frame “hairpin” beneath. They are replaceable by knowledgeable racquet technicians.
Are these pallets and installation procedures different than swapping out TK82 with TK82S pallets?
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
My method with help from other TTr's, at least @dak95_00 and @g4driver. Caution: I am not a certified racquet technician but I may be "diagnosable:)"

1. Remove butt cap, grip.
2. in a deep pot of 140 - 160 degree F water soak the handle for 2 - 3 minutes. Don't need to boil them off.
3. Pry off pallet halves with a butter knife, they may just peel off by hand. Try not to break them because someone else might need them.
If the old pallets get slightly deformed while removing you can straighten them out by reheating and shaping with your fingers.
4. Clean tape residue off. This is the time consuming part. Goof Off and a rough towel help. Sometimes the old tape is in great shape and you don't need to remove it, just slap on the new pallets.
5. Replace tape with double sided tape (see below)
6. Install new pallet halves. Squeeze and rub them down so they are well seated. The tapered ends of the pallets are towards the head. The TK82S pallets will be too long for a 27" racket in most likelihood, just trim them with a hacksaw blade or similar.
7. Staple on old or new butt cap (test fire some staples.) I test fire into wood first at the lowest possible PSI that they will fire. Might want to test fire into the butt cap of a practice racket if you have one but I don't do that anymore. The wood test fire works for me. For a compressor I just used my ancient pancake compressor, nothing fancy needed.
8. Regrip

Note: I have replaced 8 or so Head pallets. I do think that using the below tape and a Grip 4 pallet is slightly larger than a #4 but smaller than a #5. So if you are flexible maybe if you are a #4 you might want #3 pallets if you are using the below tape.

Supplies:

Buttcaps:
Pallets:
Stapler:
Staples:
Tape:
 
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teachingprotx

Hall of Fame
Wow ..I’ve changed pallets on rackets that are from the 80,s and all I use is my awl and I don’t have any problems taking off old ones and replacing , I never use staples ever only super glue for the buttcap. And I don’t use anything to hold on pallets ...just tension from the grips , never had a problem.
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
I use is my awl and I don’t have any problems taking off old ones and replacing ,
I've done it that way too, but instead of an awl just the butter knife. I have a very small and tough screw driver that I have thinned specifically for staple removal. The very last time I super glued a butt cap on it came off in a D1 players hand during a match. Since then I have used a stapler:) I personally never had a problem before with just super glue but some people can sure lack a sense of humor about minor stuff.
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
Wow ..I’ve changed pallets on rackets that are from the 80,s and all I use is my awl and I don’t have any problems taking off old ones and replacing , I never use staples ever only super glue for the buttcap. And I don’t use anything to hold on pallets ...just tension from the grips , never had a problem.
I've had some older ones that just fell off. Over time and different conditions of temperature and humidity, I'm sure the tape lost its stickiness. If doing newer racquets, you'd be in for some frustration if just using an awl. You'd likely split/rip the pallet. The water boiling method is the easiest for stubborn and sticky pallets imo.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
I've done it that way too, but instead of an awl just the butter knife. I have a very small and tough screw driver that I have thinned specifically for staple removal. The very last time I super glued a butt cap on it came off in a D1 players hand during a match. Since then I have used a stapler:) I personally never had a problem before with just super glue but some people can sure lack a sense of humor about minor stuff.
Ha!!! Yeah, the old butt-cap fell off complaint!!! Some people just want EVERYthing!!! Gotta use adhesive with flex for such a repair, IMO. I've used Shoe Goo since the '70s; but more with the flexible "super glue"s lately...DAP Rapid and LocTite Ultra Gell. BUT, that's mainly on Pickleball paddles. Tennis butt caps need a fastener, IMO.
 
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