basalt strips on the wilson ps 95

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  1. allcourtplayer

    allcourtplayer New User

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    does anyone know where the basalt strips are located? are they inside the handle or on the outside of the handle under the grips?

    thanks
     
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  2. darklore009

    darklore009 Professional

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    it's on the grip itself. under the grip
     
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  3. goran_ace

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    Original amplifeel has little nooks in the molded foam of the handle where strips of material are inserted

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    The new version of amplifeel is going to be different. Most of the handle will be a part of the frame itself and foam molding will be added to finish the shape of the handle.
     
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  4. allcourtplayer

    allcourtplayer New User

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    ok i got my handle down to the wood and the basalt strips.
    does anyone know how to remove the strips?
     
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  5. Say Chi Sin Lo

    Say Chi Sin Lo Legend

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    The back end of a stapler should do the trick? Just pluck the staples off?
     
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  6. TimothyO

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    Mine were just glued in. I gently pried them out with an exacto blade. They're brittle but came out just fine.

    I filled in the grooves with silicone. It took two layers to reach a level flush with the handle due to shrinkage


    Btw...the surface looks like staples but those are not staple. Just a pattern in the material.
     
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  7. tyu1314

    tyu1314 Semi-Pro

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    How does the silicone feel different from the basalt strip?Which one is heavier?
     
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  8. TimothyO

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    The silicone was my attempt to eliminate some hand pain caused by the frame. I thought the stiff basalt strips mght be the culprit.

    Later I removed the butt cap and discovered Wilson had inserted metal shanks in the handle. You may need to move some foam aside but you can see the machined or sheered of ends of two metal bars or shanks in the handle. I have no idea how far they run up the handle.
    Others have reported similar hand pain with the Ampli Feel technology which I now call Ampli Shock (I sold my PS 95).

    Ultimately the silicone failed since it couldn't address the issue of the metal in the handle. Weight was probably a little heavier than the basalt but not significant in any case.
     
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  9. akind

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    Jeepers creepers, it seems all these new technologies actually invented to hurt your arms, so that you will not like the new racquet you've just bought and buy another new racquet. More money to be made.

    I would suggest using natural gut string and low tension.
     
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