Water

Roger Wawrinka

Professional
Newbie question here but a little bit of water got under the top grommets of one of my racquets and I was wondering if it is okay or should I remove the grommets and dry it off?


Thanks
 

TennisCJC

Legend
you cannot remove and REUSE grommets. Once taken off, it is impossible to get them back on as many of the grommets have flared open where strings pull at angles or knots are tied. You will not be able to get an old grommet back onto the frame. You need to buy a new grommet to replace the old one if you want to try this.

I would just let it dry. Maybe take several shadow strokes to get some air flow and to force some water out. Possibly remove the butt cap and let some out there if you have a trap door. Or, even try a hair dryer to dry and force water out but I would be careful to not toast the frame.
 

HRB

Hall of Fame
Racquets are graphite, carbon, plastic,etc..a bit of water does not damage these finished materials (it would during processing). Water warps wood, water rusts metal..so if your racquet is modern no need to do anything.
 

LapsedNoob

Professional
Water can cause certain types lf rubber to swell. If your grip had gotten soaked it might've needed attention. What you describe, no worries.
 

LiquidWhip

Rookie
you cannot remove and REUSE grommets. Once taken off, it is impossible to get them back on as many of the grommets have flared open where strings pull at angles or knots are tied. You will not be able to get an old grommet back onto the frame. You need to buy a new grommet to replace the old one if you want to try this.

I would just let it dry. Maybe take several shadow strokes to get some air flow and to force some water out. Possibly remove the butt cap and let some out there if you have a trap door. Or, even try a hair dryer to dry and force water out but I would be careful to not toast the frame.
That's not strictly true as I've done it and seen it done before, especially to put lead tape under the bumper guard. So long as the grommets are in good condition i.e. not too flared, then it's relatively straightforward.

Anyway, a little bit of water shouldn't cause any problems.
 

GioV

Rookie
If you use natural gut, then I would only worry about the strings. Otherwise, a little water shouldn't hurt.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
If you're still doubtful, pour a solution of 70% distilled water, and 30% rubbing or other alcohol, onto the wet spot.
The solution evaporates and dries the water.
 

ShahofTennis

Professional
you cannot remove and REUSE grommets. Once taken off, it is impossible to get them back on as many of the grommets have flared open where strings pull at angles or knots are tied. You will not be able to get an old grommet back onto the frame. You need to buy a new grommet to replace the old one if you want to try this.

I would just let it dry. Maybe take several shadow strokes to get some air flow and to force some water out. Possibly remove the butt cap and let some out there if you have a trap door. Or, even try a hair dryer to dry and force water out but I would be careful to not toast the frame.
I do that all the time. I just take some pliers and narrow out the flared edges, work a little magic with an awl, and VOILA!
 

wolfinsignia

New User
throw it in a garbage bag of rice/bread or some other drying agent.

although you shouldn't need to worry. no racquets that have a grommet should be harmed from a little water.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
That's not strictly true as I've done it and seen it done before, especially to put lead tape under the bumper guard. So long as the grommets are in good condition i.e. not too flared, then it's relatively straightforward..
I do that all the time. I just take some pliers and narrow out the flared edges, work a little magic with an awl, and VOILA!
YEP. Even Shroud managed to do it. Plan B was to use a hair drier to soften up the grommets but it was not needed.
 
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