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What is a "Grommet strip & head kit"???

My racket stringer just e-mailed me and he said:

"Thom- It might be a smart move to buy a Replacement Grommet strip & head kit for your Head frames. Next time your ordering tennis stuff- get a kit. I sell generic butt caps for a $ 1.50."


I have no idea what he's talking about I have a Head Liquidmetal S4... could he be talking about the cap that goes i the end of the racket, at the bottom of the handle? Because i lost mine...

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Re: What is a "Grommet strip & head kit"???

Grommets are the small plastic pieces that the string goes through on the frame. One of yours might have broken off slightly. If this occurred, the sharp piece that's left over will cut up against the string, causing it to break more quickly.
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Okay thanks! And what does that mean for me? Can I just buy a thing and replace it or is it tough?

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My racket stringer just e-mailed me and he said:

"Thom- It might be a smart move to buy a Replacement Grommet strip & head kit for your Head frames. Next time your ordering tennis stuff- get a kit. I sell generic butt caps for a $ 1.50."


I have no idea what he's talking about I have a Head Liquidmetal S4... could he be talking about the cap that goes i the end of the racket, at the bottom of the handle? Because i lost mine...

I think it is the strip that runs around the head of your racquet; covering the grommets. But this is strung into the racquet. Were you discussing getting it restrung? If so, he wants to replace that strip at the same time. Don't know why he is telling you to order it; he should be able to do that and probably get a better price too.
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I think it is the strip that runs around the head of your racquet; covering the grommets. But this is strung into the racquet. Were you discussing getting it restrung? If so, he wants to replace that strip at the same time. Don't know why he is telling you to order it; he should be able to do that and probably get a better price too.
Yeah I'm so confused it's stupid. I'm getting my racket back tonight from being restrung... so he wrote me this e-mail after he already restrung it I'm going to look at the racket tonight and try to see what the hell he's talking about... This racket is only like 1/2 a year old too!

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Yeah I'm so confused it's stupid. I'm getting my racket back tonight from being restrung... so he wrote me this e-mail after he already restrung it I'm going to look at the racket tonight and try to see what the hell he's talking about... This racket is only like 1/2 a year old too!
He probably wants you to order it now, so you have it on hand for next time it needs to be restrung.
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My racket stringer just e-mailed me and he said:

"Thom- It might be a smart move to buy a Replacement Grommet strip & head kit for your Head frames. Next time your ordering tennis stuff- get a kit. I sell generic butt caps for a $ 1.50."


I have no idea what he's talking about I have a Head Liquidmetal S4... could he be talking about the cap that goes i the end of the racket, at the bottom of the handle? Because i lost mine...
Yes, grommet strip is the plastic part that goes over the top of the racquet that the strings go through. He is telling you that some are worn and that they may cause your string to break from rubbing up against a piece of sharp plastic. You can order these from most tennis sites or possibly from your racquet company site. They are specific to your racquet brand and model, so be aware of that.

The butt cap is the plastic piece at the grip end of the racquet. They come loose, and it sounds like you have lost yours. They can also be replaced.

And yes, any good stringer should be able to replace all of these and not bother you until the bill. Ask him if he can order them. It would be easier than doing it yourself.

Racquet maintanence is more than just strings. The parts that grind against the court can be very vital in stringing and the amount of breakage that comes with it. Head tape - tape that covers the end of the racquet and protects the scraping and wear on the plastic part - is a good investment. Cost about $4.00 US dollars and will last a long time.

Hope this helps.

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