New, Clean GripsThe first thing you need when tuning up your frame is probably the most obvious, you need a new grip! This can apply to over grips as well as under grips. An overgrip is really easy to tell when it needs to be replaced because you can feel it in your hand whenever you play. If the grip is dirty, slippery, ripped, or torn, it’s definitely time to put on a new overgrip. Under grips last much longer, especially if you use an overgrip or if your under grip is leather. Always be sure to check the state of your under grip when you replace the overgrip, and if you see that it’s been ripped or is tearing a bit, it’s probably time to replace that too.
Fresh StringsThe next thing you’ll need to do to get your racquet back in great shape is getting it freshly strung. The strings are a crucial part of your frame, they contact the ball and send the response from the ball through the frame to your arm. Finding the best string and tension combination for you is extremely important to developing your game and feeling confident on the court. Never go more than two months without getting your racquet restrung, as even without playing the strings are losing tension and will start to feel dead.
Gromets & Head Guard
The third and final crucial element to a racquet tune-up is your grommets and head guard. While you can go years without needing new grommets, the head guard is a different story. Once the head guard has been damaged, cracked, ripped, or worn through on any area of the head, it’s very important to change it out as soon as possible. Continuing to play with a racquet that has a worn-out head guard will cause damage to your frame. If this continues long enough the frame could get so worn that it risks cracking and altering the playing characteristics of the racquet, such as the balance, weight, and response. It’s very important that you also get your grommets and head guard replaced by a certified technician, as it is easy to damage your frame or grommets during the process.
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By Ewan Malenfant, Stringing Machine Service Technician