Why is My Butt Cap Loose?
Butt caps are the things at the end of your racquet that creates a flared area that fits your hand to add control to your shots.
The butt cap is usually a tight fit to the grip pallet, but manufacturers drive heavy duty staples through the butt cap into the foam grip pallet to make sure it is secure.
Over time, especially with players who hold the racquet at the very end, the butt cap may become loose.
But, why is my butt cap loose? This picture shows why it is loose!
The pallet has broken due to the stress of the staples and player gripping way, way low on the pallet.
Loose butt caps are not uncommon and can be repaired with success if given the time! Time is required because the repair will involve the use of two-part epoxy. This mixture needs to cure for several hours to be sure it will last.
The alternative, and one we use when we can, is to replace the entire grip pallet.
When we do this, we use only epoxy to secure the butt cap—no staples in most cases.
So the next time your butt cap feels loose, don’t panic. A repair can be made in most cases.