View Full Version : Yonex RQ7 Mod to reduce length by 1/2""
06-09-2008, 08:33 AM
I recently purchased 3 Yonex RQ7 new racquets. I was considering to try and make one of them 27" from 27.5". I want to test it as a 27" length and try to keep the characteristics close to original.
1. Remove the end cap that holds the butt cap
2. Cut the handle by 1/2".
3. Reinstall the end cap and butt cap as before.
4. Install Fairway leather grip to offset the balance from 1/2" missing (???)
Is this a viable and easy process?
What am I missing and need to consider?
I done it with a racquet of mine and changed the playing characteristics beyond all recognition for the wore. If you are willing to accept this possibility then do it.
06-09-2008, 03:56 PM
I've done it with an RD 7 Power Long. It's not that hard. One thing you have to remember is that if you have a 2-handed backhand, the grip is going to be shorter. It's not that big of a deal though.
06-09-2008, 05:14 PM
I'm wondering how much a 1/2" of handle weighs?
06-11-2008, 06:34 AM
I also removed about 1/2 inch. It's best to draw a line all the way around the grip and use a hack saw to cut the shaft. When you cut, leave an extra 1/16 or an inch to make sure you don't end up with less than 27 inchs.
In my opinion, it did not upset the balance very much.
06-12-2008, 08:34 AM
Removed approx. 3/8" from the butt. (Easy)
Installed leather Fairway grip. (Hard as Sh*t)
The raquet now has slightly different specs. I have not hit with it but here are the new specs. Any ideas on how it might play and how the sweet spot may have shifted if any?
Strung Weight = 11 oz
Balance = 12.5" = 8 pts HL
Length = 27"
Swing Weight = 310 ("TWU" Raquet Hang Method w/ pencils/book)
TW Specs Before
Strung Weight = 10.8 oz
Balance = 6 pts HL
Length = 27.5
Swing Weight = 318
I will test it, then decide if I need more swingweight. I like the idea of 8 pts HL though.
06-12-2008, 08:37 AM
Any comments on the tolerance of the Swing Weight measurement using the TW methods? I'm wondering if it could be more like 320-330 based on how it feels. Has anyone else tried this?
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