Normal wear and tear on tennis racquets causes the plastic guard that covers the top of the racquet to wear down. This is known as the 'bumper guard'. The racquet also contains several grommets that guide the string through the frame, and protect the strings from sharp edges in the frame. These occasionally need to be replaced as they wear down and crack. These can be replaced as an entire set on the frame. The prices are different for each racquet and I do not keep these on hand. If you feel your racquet may need this, be sure to give me enough time to order them for you. (One week is usually ok, but in some older/rarer frames, replacements can be more difficult to find.)
What is racquet cloning & customisation?
Racquet customisation can range from matching two or more racquets to the same specifications (cloning), increasing overall weight, increasing overall length, changing balance, improving torsional stability, to counter - balancing and changing the racquet’s sweet spot. All level of players are discovering the benefits in customising their racquets.
By increasing the weight of the racquet, increases the amount of power the frame will yield. Also, depending on where you place the tape, you can change the location and dimensions of the racquet's sweet spot to better suit your swing. This will reduce vibration and the frame won't twist as much when you miss the sweet spot.
Additionally, when you add weight to the tennis racquet, you will change its swing weight. The further away from the handle you place the weights the more the swing weight will increase. This can be a double-edged sword. As the swing weight increases, the frame will become more powerful, but it will also become more difficult to generate racquet-head speed.
Expect greater stability with just a smidgen more power and a slight sacrifice in racquet maneuverability. If you tend to make contact close to the throat of the racquet, this will pull the sweet spot down towards that area.
Net rushers rejoice! By adding a little weight at the tennis racquet handle you might just find the extra help you need to put that devastating touch on your volleys. Best of all, there will be no change in swing weight or maneuverability.