1ST day with an extended 03 Tour

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by drak, Jul 2, 2005.

  1. drak

    drak Professional

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    I like the 03 Tour but feel it lacks in the serve dept. and for "feeling" the head on my volleys - I love it on groundstrokes. So this morning I decided to extend it to 27.25 - a length I often like as 27.5 is just too long.

    -It is very easy to do this, simply fill in the end of the butt cap with a light material - I used cardboard to match the inside of the butt cap shape. Then I just place the butt cap back on the handle, make sure it fits well, and reattach the staples (measuring length before I do so) and I now have a 27.25 inch length 03 Tour. It adds almost no weight but the balance point is now at about 12 7/8, maiking the frame 6 pts head light basis a 27.25 length.

    -Initial comments: Definitely served better, I had more pop and consistency, volleys felt better as well. Little change on groundies. So far I like it and will test it more this coming week.

    -By the way I if I like this set up I will add some epoxy and make it more permanent, but the "temporary" fix works fine in this experimental stage and can easily be switched back to normal.

    -I am always amazed how just a 1/4 inch length difference can make a significant difference on how certain shots "feel" and what the results are, sometimes it can be better or worse depending upon what one is doing.

    -I'll keep you posted next week as I hit more.

    Drak the "tinkerer"
     
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  2. antontd

    antontd Semi-Pro

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    no offence but I wouldn't depend on that extension.
     
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  3. Speedy_tennis

    Speedy_tennis Semi-Pro

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    i do it with this method, i emailed in spanish for a player in this forum, to explicate this method
     
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  4. drak

    drak Professional

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    1/4 inch addition, if done correctly is usually no problem if the butt cap is properly secured. I have done this several times, sometimes the pallets can be "weaker" depending upon frame and manufacturer, but the structure of the Prince is no problemo at all.

    Drak
     
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  5. tedmeister

    tedmeister Rookie

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    Hey drak, what's the balance on your O3 originally? Did you use a balance board to figure this out? Did the added length make it even more flexy than it already is? I find this model a bit too soft and stubby for my liking. Extending it will cure the latter but would probably make it flex a bit too much. Let me know if you still like it after a few more sessions.
     
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