Adding weight to a Dunlop Bio Max 200g

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  1. BlaackSheeep

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    For anyone out there that knows, is there a trap door on the buttcap of a Bio Max 200g so weight can be added to the grip?
     
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  2. db10s

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    Yes, there is a trapdoor
     
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  3. hoodjem

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    Has anyone added lead-tape to this racquet?

    At 11.7 ounces stock, I am planning to but I shall be rather conservative: maybe up to 11.9 or right at 12.0 ounces.
     
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  4. db10s

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    I've got 8 grams in the handle, and 1 gram at the 12.
     
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    Both my Bio Max 200Gs were ~322g/11.3oz strung. The 'official' weight inside the hoop states 313g/11.04oz unstrung.
    I've added ~1oz weight (lead + overgrip + dampener) to both:

    Racquet A = all the weight in the handle - 15g on the handle, 9g in the butt cap. Total 350g/12.3oz, 10pts HL, 320 SW
    Racquet B = 9g (total) at 2–4 and 10–8 o'clock, 15g along the handle. Total 350g, 7pts HL, 327 SW

    I haven't played with them yet — can't wait till Tuesday night.
     
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  6. Shangri La

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    I ordered my 2nd from TW with spec match. I replaced the stock leather with a heavier Boris Becker black leather, and put 1 dime inside the butt cap (Donnay tuning kits fashion). With an "O" dampener and overgrip, my final specs are

    324 sw
    11.9oz
    around 6 points hl
     
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  7. hoodjem

    hoodjem G.O.A.T.

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    I hit with mine for the first time yesterday. It felt very solid but the leather grip was a bit much. I didn't get any blisters, but I could feel them starting.

    Has anyone replaced the leather grip on this racquet?

    If so, what with?
    Do you like the new grip better?
     
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  8. JackB1

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    I replaced my leather with a Gamma. Forgot the name but it was almost as heavy as the leather. I added a little lead tape around the butt end under the grip to get back to the same stock weight and balance.

    The 200G really plays fine stock. No need to add additional weight whatsoever IMO. Really a fine and highly underrated
    racquet. If you are an "all-court" player at at least solid 4.0 level, you can't do much better than this.
     
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    Or try the Wilson shock shield. It weighs the same as leather so the balance will remain the same, its firm but more forgiving than leather and no branding on it.
     
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    Umm, the way the human body does this is that it develops what's called "callouses". . . these are hardened skin areas. If you continue with the leather grip, you develop callouses and thus everything works well.

    Don't overdo it first time out, since overdoing it can create blisters.

    But it's much nicer to use a leather grip and surprising callouses aren't already there. Do you mow the lawn?
     
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    I put an OG over the leather... I really like the feel of the leather, but with the grippiness of an OG.
     
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    Same here.

    My hands are just too dry for leather, but I much prefer the feel of a leather grip than synthetic, but I do need an overgrip for some traction.

    My callouses are coming along nicely. One at the base of my thumb, one at the base of my little pinky finger and one at the base of my swearing finger. Now that have these nicely cultivated, leather is not a problem and the feel is un-matched.

    Leather does feel harsh at first, but if you can persevere with it, its worth it.
     
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  13. ST VINCENT FAN

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    Really nice racquet, has a lot of aspects of an old school players frame mixed in with some modern technology. The only issue I've had (stock form) is not generating a lot of pace of my first serve, curious if anyone else has discovered this problem?
     
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    I will try a Gamma or a Wilson replacement grip.

    (I can always put the leather back on.)
     
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    Didn't have this problem. Serves were just as good for me as with most any other racquet. Maybe try lowering tension? I loved a hybrid of Beast / Nvy at 52/56
     
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  16. Backhanded Compliment

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    I havent had that problem but I added most of the weight to mine under the buttcap and handle. I like my rackets at least 6 pts headlight but everyone is different. In many ways the racket is too powerful for me but on windy days and against really low slicing players it might be a good "digger" racket... ie help me dig out lots of low pace but skidding low shots. I play with an extreme eastern BH and semi western FH so I like higher bounces but I do switch to a trad eastern BH to dig out slices... esp low skidding slice serves. You know the kind those wiley old guys hit.
     
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    Just demoed this one today and same for me, I can't get decent pop on serves. It has great feel, perceived dwell time on strings, and an overall old-school feeling that is hard to articulate.

    It's just way, way, way too light though.

    I'm not sure I have the patience to go through countless lead tape combinations to find something just right though.
     
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  18. LeeD

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    Interesting subject here, weight for a 11.7 racket with a SW of 318.
    Coming from an old guy, skinny, weak, injured......
    and using Bio300T and Aero500's with SW around 308 and 305....
    Both those, added 12" of lead around 10-2, for maybe a 318 SW.
    Served big first serves before the weight, but inconsistent from shot to shot, to now more consistent from first serve to first serve, but NOT faster than stock.
    Could it be that different players have different strengths and weaknesses? Like strong guys need SW, while weaker players who can swing fast might benefit from less SW?
    I'm weaker than most players, seem to have excellent RHS with a slight enough racket, something under a SW of 310. But 310 does get pushed around a little by big hitters (like strong hitting 4.5 guys or 5.5 guys). So adding a bit of hoop weight, the racket comes thru on every shot, while I lose out a bit of swingspeed, a compromise, like everything in tennis.
    And yes, heavier SW's than 320 seem to help with reflex punch volleys and half volleys.
     
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  19. hoodjem

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    Nah.

    I have lawn mower's elbow.
     
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  20. bkpr

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    I've removed all of my lead. I like it a lot. Sits ~5 points HL and feels very swingy at ~340g :)
     
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