50g of added weight...

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  1. eman resu

    eman resu Semi-Pro

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    sounds like too much - is it? There's an used Head LM2 at a local store, I was hoping to extend it 0.5" (to 28") and make it heavier and more HL. The problem is that stick is only 270g and I like heavy racquets. Even if I'm only taking it close to 315-320g to spare my shoulder (current racquet at 340g), it would still require 50g of added weight to the handle. Would it play fine, assuming I could make it? SW would go up because of the extension and head tape, so not a problem.
     
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  2. eman resu

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    another question: what's the specs on the LM Rave? can't find it anywhere...
     
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  3. corners

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    Yeah, it's fine to add lots of mass to the grip. Pro stock racquets come out very light and then are filled with silicon, lead weights, lead tape, etc. No big deal. But yeah, be careful with adding mass to the head because extending it by 1/2" will automatically add over 30 swingweight units. Watch out for your shoulder.
     
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  4. Dragan

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    Keep in mind that string adds 15-16 grams, vibration dampener
    3-4 grams, and overgrip 4-6 grams.

    So you need additional 25g, which is not that extreme.
     
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  5. eman resu

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    no, it's 270 strung, It would take 50, including overgrip etc.
    As for the SW, I used to play with my ozone at 28 and it was the most pain free tennis of my life.

    Anybody tried the LM 2? any thoughts? (even though I'd change it completely)
     
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  6. esgee48

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    LM 2
    106 in sq,27.5",9.5 oz,2 pts HH,SW 302,RA 61,16x19,skip 7T 9T 8H,52-62#

    I don't know if you should try adding ~50 grams in the handle. I would put about half of the mass above the handle and the remainder inside the shaft or the lower hoop. Use the TWU calculator.
     
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  7. eman resu

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    I want to make it as HL as I can. That's the key of 28" racquets, for me.
     
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  8. dreamneedle

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    Probably not. I tried the same with a Radical Lite and it felt like heavier cheap plastic.
    If you're a decent hitter, odds are the frame will crack soon.

    I'm gonna go full Berdych and say they probably make these ultra-light frames for foam tennis balls only.
     
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  9. eman resu

    eman resu Semi-Pro

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    that would be bad... does anyone else think the same?
     
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  10. Hi I'm Ray

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    It should be fine. I've also heard pro stock starts off super light.
     
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  11. LeeD

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    I'm not so sure....
    Yes, there are adult rackets weighing in the mid 9 oz range. But the good ones cost an average of 150 bucks.
    Can a Costco or WalMart racket last as long as a BLX Blade?
    I'd like to think the money spent for an adult real racket is worth something in durability and play feel.
     
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  12. anirut

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    eman, here's something I'd done and you may give it a look:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=306737

    Instead of light-weight rubber, you could try some thing heavier.

    Make sure you try out the proper weigh distribution first, on the outside, by whatever method convenient. After you find your preferred distribution and balance, mark the positions of the weights and "mimic that" into the inside of the racket.

    If you really need something heavy for cheap, try tyre-balancing weights. I usually get them for free and they come with their weights marked. You can then hammer them down as flat as you want.

    Hope this helps.
     
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  13. morten

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    imo more than 20 grams and you should really look for a different stick...
     
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  14. eman resu

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    Yeah, I wish I could find a 28", 100sq in, 320g racquet. Since I can't, I have to build my own. Head racquets are ideal because the pallets make it easy to extend, but the new ones are too expensive where I live. Used racquets are my only option, but I depend on what's availiable, can't really choose that much...
     
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