Heat shrink tubing has been our racket for many years, so it makes sense that we think it’s so great. Part of the appeal is that it is so versatile and its uses stretch way beyond the industrial or electrical. It can even be used to help you get to grips with sports like tennis, golf and rowing.
Few things are more important in tennis than a good grip on your racket. It won’t simply help you to improve your game, but also prevent pain and discomfort.
Thanks to heat shrink tubing, you don’t need to buy a brand new racket or pay a fortune for your existing one to be re-gripped. You can do it in minutes and for a fraction of the cost.
Here is a simple step-by-step guide:
- First off, remove the existing grip from your racket, by pulling the grip tape from the bottom while holding the frame to the top of the handle.
- Slide your chosen length of heat shrink tubing over the handle of your racket so that the end of the sleeve meets the butt end cap at the base of the racket.
- Use a heat gun to shrink the sleeve to fit the handle. The tubing will shrink under heat to the size of the racket and stay there. If you don’t have heat gun, you can simply use a hair dryer. Move the heat source constantly for the best results. This will result in even shrinking and will ensure that the tubing does not melt. Rotate the handle to heat all sides evenly and continue to heat the sleeve from all sides and ensure that the whole of the sleeve is snug against the handle.
- If you have any excess tubing on the end of your racket, try to trim it with a knife, whilst being understandably careful. At the top of the handle, feel beneath the sleeve where the handle ends and the racket frame begins and trim the excess off the top. To remove the excess strip, place the blade carefully beneath the loop and cut away from the racket to avoid any damage to the frame.
- Finally place fresh grip tape over the heat shrink sleeve, applying the tape from the butt cap and wrapping it slowly in a spiral whilst overlapping the tape roughly 1/16 of an inch (this is a guideline not a rule). Use scissors to trim the excess and secure the tape in place. This is typically secured with a staple.
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