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Hello Justin, Recently I’ve had the lousy luck of losing my Wilson butt cap. I’m not sure when or how it happened, but it’s gone; an empty pocket in the handle is all that remains. Should I purchase a brand new racquet? Or can I just buy another butt cap? Aesthetically, my Wilson BLX 98 looks a little naked without it.—Ellen R.
By no means, Ellen, do you need to buy a new racquet. A number of companies, Wilson included, sell replacement butt caps through online retailers and specialty pro shops for a few dollars a piece. (Tennis Warehouse, Holabird Sports, and Tennis Express all have pages dedicated to such tennis minutia.) Just make sure that you—or better yet, a qualified racquet technician—affix it with a strong, superglue-like adhesive. Years ago, the majority of butt caps were built into the mold of the handle. But more and more, it seems, they are attached as separate pieces, which are liable to fall off. So stick that sucker on good.