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plowmanjoe
07-14-2009, 03:01 PM
with any success?

I can't play with extended racquets and i'm thinking about removing the buttcap and slicing it down to 27" and placing the butt-cap back on.

would that work?

Bottle Rocket
07-14-2009, 04:03 PM
What racket?

You'll end up with damn near the exact same frame as the standard length version, in most cases, if you do that.

I'd still rather sell it off and buy the authentic version, but it will work just fine.

neverstopplaying
07-14-2009, 05:39 PM
It will work fine. It's what they do in the factory - cut to size that is.

fattsoo
07-14-2009, 08:05 PM
it would feel weird wouldn't it? some racquet had a hittle hump at the end of the handle. so if you cut it, it wouldn't have that

klementine79
07-14-2009, 08:15 PM
with any success?

I can't play with extended racquets and i'm thinking about removing the buttcap and slicing it down to 27" and placing the butt-cap back on.

would that work?

I've done both... inversely.. extended a frame and then dextended the same one.

Does not compromise the structural integrity of the handle at all.

safinator22
07-14-2009, 08:20 PM
i reckon you should just sell ur extended racquet for the standard racquet as i feel that trying to reduce the racquet's length is fairly risky.

plowmanjoe
07-14-2009, 08:23 PM
it would feel weird wouldn't it? some racquet had a hittle hump at the end of the handle. so if you cut it, it wouldn't have that

that hump is called a butt-cap. if you remov your replacement grip, you'll see.

thanks everyone for your input. i'll go ahead with the operation then.

safinator22
07-14-2009, 08:59 PM
good luck buddy could u post back with your results??

Drewwonu
07-15-2009, 05:04 AM
I cut a PD+ a few months ago. Just measure .5 around evenly and you will have no problems. The whole process takes no more than 5 minutes. The only thing is that you may have to add lead to the handle to bring it back to spec.

louis netman
07-15-2009, 05:50 PM
Three experiments that worked out well:

Dunlop MW200G 100 sq in frame now standard 27" length
(orig 28")

Prince Orig Graphite 100 sq in frame now 27.5" length
(orig 28")

Prince Warrior OS 110 sq in frame in standard 27" length (orig 27.5")

jasonmiller
07-15-2009, 08:58 PM
Just make sure you don't cut too much off, it can be surprisingly easy to do when you factor in taking/leaving the line, and the fact that you probably won't cut in a perfectly straight line.

I did it to a Volkl Quantum 10. I wish I hadn't, because its already low swingweight dropped like a rock, and my girlfriend wouldn't let me put lead tape on it to bring some heft back. Don't ask...

some6uy008
07-15-2009, 09:10 PM
I've done both... inversely.. extended a frame and then dextended the same one.

Does not compromise the structural integrity of the handle at all.

How do you extend a racket? What did you use?

The_Question
07-15-2009, 09:12 PM
Never, or I would not buy an extended length racquet in the first place...

plowmanjoe
07-15-2009, 09:23 PM
kind of obvious to not buy an extended racquet in the first place.

but sometimes the racquet only comes in extended length, or it's an older racquet, and the extended length is more readily available.

I may be interested in trying the 100 sq in. version of the POG, but it's 28 inches long.

for those who have done it, what did you use to cut the pallet?

vndesu
07-15-2009, 09:40 PM
ive cut down a few racquets before

head youtek mp speed
a mg prestige pro that was changed to a 27 3/4 from rpny

and all i used was just a ordinary power saw. thing is make sure you are really precise bc ive seen a few people here who cut it down past 27 and end up with a 16 1/2 etc.

Eiffel59
07-15-2009, 09:56 PM
For instance, me and another TF italian stringer, Sergio Volontè did cut Davide Sanguinetti's Pro Staff Classic 95 stretch (28") down one inch. He did feel it different from the ordinary lenght PSClassic, but having never tested it, i cannot give my own opinion.

plowmanjoe
07-15-2009, 10:10 PM
I've seen Sanguinetti play before in Cincinnati.

onkystomper
07-15-2009, 11:50 PM
I have cut down tfight 325's and head radical TT XL's

the process is very simply just get a good jaksaw and measure twice..

AndrewD
07-16-2009, 02:29 AM
with any success?

I can't play with extended racquets and i'm thinking about removing the buttcap and slicing it down to 27" and placing the butt-cap back on.


No, not with any success.

I shortened a Prince 03 Tour Oversize from 27.5 to 27 inches and it ruined the performance (lost power, weight of shot, etc). Tried it because the racquet was cheap ($25) but I'd never do it again.

The_Question
07-16-2009, 06:36 AM
I may be interested in trying the 100 sq in. version of the POG, but it's 28 inches long.



Maybe demo Prince EXO3 Graphite 100?

ae1222
08-07-2009, 09:17 PM
I highly recommend using a chop saw, that way you can lock in the frame and guarantee a straight cut. I did this to the POG 100 that was 28" long and it worked great. That frame is great for this since they don't make that head size in a standard length frame and that frame is super light, so you are almost forced to customize it when you are done.

You will almost always have to adjust the weight with lead tape when done because the balance point will be different when you remove part of the handle. Again the POG was good because it was so light that you needed to add lead everywhere to get it up to a decent swingweight (at least for me).

Give it a try, it isn't that hard. Plus you may like the results...

MethodTennis
08-08-2009, 02:38 AM
it will work you'll void the warenty though. If the warenty isnt a problem then go for it

MarrratSafin
08-08-2009, 02:49 AM
I did, got a Head Satellite Tour XL down from 28 inches to 27.2 inches. I used a really powerful saw machine and it was smooth as silk, so far so good. Just take of the grip and buttcap, draw the line to cut and carefully go through the bare handle. Be aware though that it'll make the racquet much more headlight and you'll have to add lead tape in the head to get the balance and weight distribution back to normal.

Alafter
08-08-2009, 05:49 PM
I have been seriously thinking about doing this to my Nblade 106---cutting it down to 27. How much swingweight will be lost?