Proper racquet maintenance will help to prolong the life of your racquet and strings. Here are a few simple tips and techniques that will make caring for your racquet a snap.
Racquet String Maintenance:
When racquetball strings are worn they stretch further but rebound more slowly and with less force, resulting in less power to the shot. In top tournament play, strings rarely last longer than a match.
How often to have your racquet restrung depends on the player, the string, and the type of play. We recommend that you restring your racquet as many times in a year as you play a week – minimum once a year.
For example, if you play twice a week, have your racquet strung twice a year (every 6 months), three times a week, 3 times a year (every 4 months) and so on.
Letting a racquets strings go too long without stringing means that you’re working much harder than you need to at providing both power and control.
For more information on Racquet Stringing, call us at 1-800-724-9439, or click here if you’d like to send us your racquet.
Bumper Guard Maintenance:
Most every racquet on the market has a plastic bumper guard on the racquet’s head (it typically runs from around 10 o’clock in the frame to 2’o’clock on the opposite side). This bumper is the barrier between your frame (usually graphite) and its environment. This is a replaceable part which comes in a kit called a Bumper / Grommet kit. Once it becomes worn or cracked, it should be replaced to avoid wearing a hole through the racquet frame and to protect the strings from making contact directly with the walls and floor during play which can result in premature string breakage. Most professional racquet service providers will have these parts in stock. Note: This is a service that must be performed during a re-stringing, as it requires the strings to be cut out for the bumper to be installed.
Keep your racquetball grip well maintained to reduce slippage. If it’s worn, get it replaced. It always amazes us how worn some of the grips are on racquets that come in for service. A re-grip is one of the easiest and least expensive things that you can have done to your racquet that will positively impact its performance.
Take a look at your tether now and then to make sure that the knot is secure. Tethers take a beating over time so if it’s looking ratty or thin in any area, have it replaced.
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