Survived 2 smash clashes at the same location but finally succumbed after a re-string and mishit of the bird directly on the damaged spot. Both clashes were the same, I was moving back to intercept assuming my partner was too wide and too slow after his last hit. I guess he was faster than I thought. Both times he comes in for a leaping smash. I covered the area each time with clear nail polish. I got the racket restrung and re-gripped and the first session after a mishit this happened. The racket felt really "vibrationy" after the re-string, something was definately already wrong.