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    Default Why is it the base grip is made of wood?

    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?


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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?

    Wood handles probably cost pennies and composite ones, dollars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DinkAlot
    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?

    Wood handles probably cost pennies and composite ones, dollars.
    ye but i wouldn't mind paying a little extra to stop my handle from splintering every time i regrip

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcstay
    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!
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by malayali
    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').
    but different thickness of grips can affect the feel of the balance

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindanfan
    ye but i wouldn't mind paying a little extra to stop my handle from splintering every time i regrip
    Put a layer of clingfilm (food wrap) over the handle before you apply the grip tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindanfan
    ye but i wouldn't mind paying a little extra to stop my handle from splintering every time i regrip
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gollum
    Put a layer of clingfilm (food wrap) over the handle before you apply the grip tape.
    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.

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    EDIT: you answered my question in your previous post

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindanfan
    EDIT: you answered my question in your previous post
    You didn't know? I have ESP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DinkAlot
    You didn't know? I have ESP.
    what does ESP mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindanfan
    what does ESP mean?
    Ehhhhh... Extra-Sensory Perception.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extra-sensory_perception

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    Quote Originally Posted by DinkAlot
    Ehhhhh... Extra-Sensory Perception.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extra-sensory_perception
    have you actually been diagnosed with this gift? if so what is the other sense you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindanfan
    have you actually been diagnosed with this gift? if so what is the other sense you use?
    I bet I know what you're thinking right now...

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

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DinkAlot
    I bet I know what you're thinking right now...

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

    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.
    dinkalot,

    you are a joker

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindanfan
    dinkalot,

    you are a joker
    Curly: "Nyuck - nyuck - nyuck!!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DinkAlot
    Curly: "Nyuck - nyuck - nyuck!!!"
    i don't understand that either, i think i was born a bit slow

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