Adding weight to Radical = Prestige?

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  1. Princeofwails

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    Did this search, nothing came up. In the sensitivity of not high-jacking an existing thread, I wanted the TW audience's experiences or thoughts on this subject. I bought a couple of lightly used MP Flexpoint Radicals, added the weight and brought the frames to Prestige specs. The flexibility rating is close, so I am not looking at that as a "game stopper". Hit with this new set up and I feel the re-weighted radicals hit very close to my flexpoint Prestige. Is this a common things that many of us do and/or does anyone see any drawbacks or negatives in doing this?
     
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  2. thecrusher956

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    Which prestige are you trying to replicate?
     
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  3. Princeofwails

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    Seems like the Prestige line are all pretty close to specs in the MP line. I was looking at the Flexpoint and maybe the non IG You Teks.
     
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    Yikes! Word around the block is that FXP Radicals crack easily around the flexpoints.
    I used to lead up Youtek Radicals and then I tried the YT Prestige MP and never looked back.
     
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  5. 3fees

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    I just added some weight to one my L6, 4 1/2 LM Prestiges(got 3 of em), just did some serve and ground strokes hits with it today, so fir so good.

    :mrgreen:
     
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    Lately the radicals have been slightly more flexible than prestiges as well...so that couldn't be changed by the user...but other than that...if you replicate the specs exactly...they will clearly play very close to each other.
    The positive is that you can tweak / take off some of the weight if you feel like it with modified radicals...which is tougher to do with the prestige.
    Also...if the prestige is at the upper limit of your mass tolerance...but you like leather...you're screwed because leather adds at least 10 grams to a racquet and modifies the balance...so again...modified radical sounds like a great option.
    One last argument for it...is the fact that the prices on the radical line are dropped much further when the "new models" come up while prestiges are artificially kept at a higher price.
    Not many cons I can see to this practice really...can't really see the negatives.
     
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  7. Racquet Daddy

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    Why not just play with the Prestige? I went a little overboard a couple years ago leading and tweaking Radical MPs then realized I could just play with a Prestige MP stock. Then I played with the Prestige Mid and bid the Radical farewell.
     
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  8. movdqa

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    I like both the Radical and the Prestige but I find that they do play differently. I have two Radicals and nine Prestiges (I really should sell some of them). I play better with the Prestiges with their current setups though.
     
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  9. Princeofwails

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    Thanks for the input, that has been my logic all along, really doesn't matter which generation of rackets you are dealing with... you said exactly what I picked up on, the radicals very quickly go down in price where the prestiges do not. Replicating a radical to a prestige is actually pretty easy if you have a proper scale and add the correct weight. I normally add it inside the grip since you are looking to make the frame more head light.
     
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