BLX Prostaff 95 Customization

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  1. gplracer

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    what is the weight and balance now?
     
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    MY BLXPS95:

    Un-edited: 11 oz unstrung

    Edited with an OG, sensation crossed with ALU rough, 2 grams of lead at 3, 2 grams at 9, and I came to:

    12.0 oz. 344g

    Absolutely peRFect for me :)
     
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    I will have to weigh it tomorrow when I get to work. I think it will be around 11.4 unstrung.
     
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    I have a small problem with the feel of my racquet. I got my target weight and swingweight, but the balance is too HL. I'm deciding whether or not to just deal with a slightly more headlight racquet, which isn't a big problem at all, or move the lead towards the tip to optimize the balance point but increase the swingweight.

    I already have 14 grams added to the hoop. I can just move it up or down, but doing so will affect the balance and swingweight.

    While I don't mind higher swingweights, I've been mostly used to something around the 353 ish range. However, it seems like the balance is what made my previous racquet seem whippy. My BLXPS95 currently matches my previous racquet in all factors except balance, and it makes seems to make little difference except in the feel of the finish on my groundies, not during the swing.
     
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  6. PeterFig

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    My customization so far:

    - 5 grams lead tape total at 3 and 9
    - 3 grams lead tape under grip near the top of the grip
    - TW leather grip
    - Wilson Pro Overgrip
    - SPPP mains 1.18 @ 52lb / Gosen OGS crosses 17s @54lb

    Have yet to hit with it - but at this configuration it's more head-heavy than my stock PS BLX 90 .... so I might put a bit more lead somewhere in the handle to make it more head-light.
     
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    If I break my current racquets or feel that they are toast for some reason I will get a few of these in a few years when they are heavily discounted.

    I would add lead at 12 oclock and at the bottom of the grip to give me a static weight of 355 grams, 9 points head light balance, with a swing weight around 325 or so.

    Thank you Wilson for bringing back the box beams in the 90, 95, 100 variations. You guys really deliver what your die hard fans love.:smile:
     
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    Ok so i too have began leading up my 95's

    So far I have:
    5 grams at 12
    4 grams at 3 and 9
    9 grams in the butt cap
    And an overgrip
    Started at 310 weight with all adds its now 351 grams and 8.5 pts headlight with string and a swing weight of 333

    Am going to move some tape around to try to get the swing weight up closer to 345-350 but it feels great right now...
     
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  9. cueboyzn

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    I plan on getting one of these and adding an Wilson leather grip and maybe some lead under the grip or inside the handle and finish with an overgrip. Might also put some lead under the bumper guard. Look forward to trying it out. My current sticks are K-90 but am keen to try this one.
     
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    How's the QC of Wilson? Shouldn't it be 11.5oz static weight or is that just TW specs? Also in another thread some guy got his pair of BLX PS 95's to be 12.0 oz or something similar strung so could you have chosen the heaviest one out of the bunch?
     
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    I think the very first thing I would do with this stick regardless of weight customization would be to add a leather grip and overgrip and see how that works to begin with.
     
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  12. gplracer

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    Ok i weighed mine and after the lead tape, gut and luxilon, a dampner and a wilson overgrip it is 12oz. I think my blx90 was 12.6 strung so I will see how this goes. I could do with a little less weight than 12.6.
     
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  13. benjamins_80

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    Just got mine yesterday. Right out of the box unstrung it weighed 11.2 oz or 317 grams.

    After stringing and over grip I should be right around 340 grams or 12oz.
    Thought I was going to have to lead this up but thanks to the racquet coming heavier than spec'd I may not have to.
     
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  14. gplracer

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    How do I figure the balance or swingweight?
     
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    How do you remove the bumper guard with a reasonable certainty of not deforming it or twisting it too much?
     
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    PJ looks glossy, are you sure you don't have a fake ?
     
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    The red and black part of the paint job on the new ProStaff line is glossy, as is a good chunk of the bumperguard.
     
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    Well i had tw match my set at the highest static swing weight and static weight, both rackets were 310 grams unstrung so about 11.1oz and 287 gram swing weight. Once strung that should put them at about 326 and 306 swing... So very close to advertised specs... That said i have heard of some people getting considerably lighter than spec frames...
     
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    I wanted a lighter players racquet and the BLX PS 95 seemed to be a good candidate. But the stock swingweight is too low and leading is almost a must. And there comes the problem - by the time sw reaches 320+ (with counter balancing on the handle), the racquet is already 12+oz.
     
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  21. Power Player

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    5 grams at 12 (2 inch strips layered) will add about 15 SW points.

    Then wrap an overgrip and you should be good to go.

    The balance will be more head heavy (guessing 5 pts instead of 7), but that is what you will want since the stick will still be rather light at 11.8. and the SW will be over 320.
     
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  22. Shangri La

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    A few points more hh doesnt bother me, but usually I prefer a leather grip. With an overgrip, that's at least additional 15g on the handle...
     
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  23. CDestroyer

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    Thats a good idea. I think what Wilson and Head were going for with the lighter weight and swingweight was helping people generate more racquet head speed. The 340 - 345 swingweight is too much for the majority of rec players.
     
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  24. Power Player

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    Have you tried the Wilson Pro Hybrid grip? It is pretty awesome and gives you that nice bevel feel that leather gives you.
     
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    I haven't although heard good things about it. But unless it's significantly lighter than leather or I use it without an overgrip, I'm not sure how much it will help me here.
     
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    I was planning on adding a wilson leather grip w/ over grip and some lead around 10 & 2 to of equal weight as the heavier leather grip+overgrip. Basically I just wanted to make it a tad heavier to aid in hitting the ball deeper on a consistent basis..

    This should keep HL balance about the same right? I'm fairly knew to customizing and basically learned from trolling here & the TW how-to's!
     
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  27. all_backhand

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    The setup you've just described is my preferred setup with most racquets. I think it's an excellent starting point.
     
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  28. sp1derman

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    Should have mentioned that I'm at 11.6 ozs with my wilson overgrip, rubber band and 17g excel strings. Don't give me crap for the Bab string in the wilson, I'm still in the process of converting!
     
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  29. dmcb101

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    Did you do all that before you even hit with it? Just wondering because putting it under the bumper wold obviously require you to remove it and once you do that it is hard to get back in if you have already hit with it. Just curious.

    On another note, has anyone here hit with a ntour 95? I was curious of how this racquet felt compared to that racquet. The ntours swing weight is higher (330) but its static weight it lighter. I was just wondering if it felt easier to swing the PS 95 BlX or the ntour. Thanks in advance!
     
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  30. dmcb101

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    That does not make any sense. Adding strings and 4 grams of lead should not be more than and ounce. Should it?
     
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    I haven't tested this out on the court yet, but I managed to closely match the balance and swingweight of my old K Blade 98.

    I honestly had no idea my ideal swingweight was around like 365.

    So, I got an Gamma Supreme OG, 14g lead at 22 in.

    ...bringing that to 345g and 362 SW. This racquet will be perfect for a baseline game.
     
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  32. gplracer

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    I did all of that before I hit with it. I knew it would be a nightmare to get the bumper back on once the strings stretch the grommets. I have only hit with it a small amount but so far I really like it.
     
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    Oh ok. That makes sense then. I just recently got a job as a teaching pro and I the club is going to have me sponsor wilson in which they will give me a couple of racquets and some shoes. I think Ill want this racquet so I might demo it and make sure it's good for me. Like I said I swing a ntour 95. Any thoughts on that transition? I have lead so ill probably try it stock and also with some lead at 3 and 9 for stabilization. Btw, your lead under the bumper looks awesome!
     
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    Nope, it would not.
     
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    Ntour is a little higher in swingweight, so you will lose some intrinsic power and plowthrough going to the PS95. But the big difference is that the Ntour has about an ounce less mass in the handle.
     
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    It's lighter. I believe it comes on the stick stock as well.

    So basically you will have 10 grams to play with if you want to stay relatively light at 336 grams. 5 for the Overgrip, and then 5 at 12 to boost the SW 15 points.

    That is what I would do personally.
     
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  37. Shangri La

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    Very interesting. Yes, without a leather the customization would be very manageable. Can anybody confirm the hybrid grip on the racquet?
     
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  38. klementine

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    ^ I replaced a wilson hybrid grip with a wilson tru-grip and lost 5grams from the static weight of the frame.

    It also depends how you wrap it but at least 5grams will be added.

    Doesn't the PS95 come wrapped with hybrid grip?


    Nice grip by the way.
     
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  39. gplracer

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    Thanks for the compliment. I used 1/4 inch lead tape. It worked really well and is totally invisible. I am anxious to go out and hit with it. The last two days have. Een so busy I did not have the opportunity to hit with it.
     
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    Well let us know how it hits. By the way I felt the handle of the Juice and a 1/4 felt like a 3/8. Have you noticed that the grip is running larger?
     
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    Yeah, that is why I think it would be interesting if I switched. I think it would be easier to swing but the weight would be a lot different. I just want something that I can swing relatively fast and I think this racquet will suit that. I think adding some lead at 3 and 9 too would give it a bit more stability without hurting the swing weight too much. I guess ill give it a try.
     
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    Alright, just finished up customizing the new frame. After strings and over grip it weighed in at 334 grams.
    I have added 4 grams of lead at 11 and 1 as well as 3 grams under the butt cap. Bringing the swing weight up to 334.
    I am very curious to see if I can notice a difference. I have never played around with customizing a frame so I am excited to see what it does.
     
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  43. dmcb101

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    You should be able to notice. My first time I did it at 3 and 9 and I definitely noticed. Hope it helps your game.
     
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    I did not know what tension to string this thing at. I strung my BLX90 with gut/lux at 51,48. I decided on 53/50. Before the demo racket did not have much power. Now at 12oz there is plenty of power. I might need to go tighter with the string.
     
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    I'd be interested to hear how it goes for you. I've always played sticks with heavy handles but been curious about how rackets like nTours would be.
     
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  46. dmcb101

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    I really like the ntour. I think it plays well for players ranging from 3.5-5.0. Just an all a round great racquet. I think the PS 6.1 95 is a nice step up with out too much of a change. I will let you all know my thoughts after I demo it.
     
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  47. Captain Tezuka

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    Can't wait for the review of the customised stick. Hope it works well for you. :D
     
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    Has anyone tried to use the Pro Staff 100 as a starting point? There's about 1 ounce extra to play around with.

    I noticed the feel was a little different than the 95 when I was demo'ing, but I might try it out anyway for my starting point.
     
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    If for no other reason, the feel would be different due to the difference in weight. Beefing up the 100 should bring the feel somewhat closer to its heftier cousins. I'm quite curious how the 100 would play when leaded up to a heavier spec.
     
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    Definitely starting to find my rhythm with the 95. It has taken some tweaking but I am getting it where I want it. After adding 4 grams of lead at 11 and 1 and 3 grams under the butt cap it added a little more depth on my shots. It still didn't have quite the punch I was wanting so I am experimenting with the strings now. I took out the full bed of RPM Blast 17g and put in a hybrid setup with NRG2 16 in the mains and RPM in the crosses. I think that may be just the right combination. The feel of the racquet with the extra weight and hybrid setup is a thing of beauty. It is so soft and gives me a good amount of power. I have been using full poly for so long I forgot how nice it is to play with multifilament. Hopefully it will give me decent durability.
     
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