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Why is it the base grip is made of wood?

Discussion in 'Grip' started by tcstay, Jan 27, 2006.

  1. tcstay

    tcstay Regular Member

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    as mentioned above. i'm always puzzled as to why the base grip is always made of wood, instead of other materials... why can't it be made of lightweight plastic (though there's a wide variety of plastics, so i can't pinpoint which one will have the closest effect to the purpose of wood).

    and one more question: when a racquet claims to be head-heavy, does it mean that the heaviness takes place starting from the head only? or does it include part of the shaft or that it varies from model to model?


    Thanks!
     
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    Wood absorbs shock/vibration far better than plastic. Now the question is why don't the manufacturers use some hybrid/composite material that absorbs shock/vibration better than wood? They probably could but the answer is cost; a whole lot more. Wood is the least expensive best way, so why reinvent the wheel? :p

    Wood handles probably cost pennies and composite ones, dollars.
     
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    ye but i wouldn't mind paying a little extra to stop my handle from splintering every time i regrip:cool:
     
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    The head heaviness for the head is created as part of the whole racket package not just the 'head' itself; meaning head heaviness is related to all the racket components(grip, shaft plus the 'head').
     
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    but different thickness of grips can affect the feel of the balance
     
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    Put a layer of clingfilm (food wrap) over the handle before you apply the grip tape.
     
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    Do you use a towel grip and remove the original overgrip? That's the only way I can think of the wood splintering. If so, to prevent this, use clear packaging tape and tape the wood handle once around or so and TA-DA! No more splintering; plus the packaging tape adheres to other tapes way better than wood. :D
     
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    True, you can do this but each time you replace the grip, you have to replace the cling wrap, yes? With clear packaging tape, it's good for life; or at least a long time. :p
     
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    EDIT: you answered my question in your previous post:p
     
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    You didn't know? I have ESP. ;)
     
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    what does ESP mean?
     
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    I bet I know what you're thinking right now...

    ...you want to play Badminton instead of posting. :D

    I kid, I kid, I do not have ESP. Oh wait, I do, I have ESP in my car. But that's an altogether different ESP. :p
     
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    dinkalot,

    you are a joker :p
     
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    Curly: "Nyuck - nyuck - nyuck!!!" :D :D :D
     
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    :( i don't understand that either, i think i was born a bit slow
     
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    Sounds even better than my method, although I don't have any of this tape to hand :)
     
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    do you know where you can get the tape?
     
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    No.

    But I wouldn't worry -- cling wrap is perfectly adequate, even if it does involve a small amount of additional effort.
     

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