Customized Cat-8 VE?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by LAW2, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. LAW2

    LAW2 New User

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    I am a proud new owner of this racquet and am curious what customization and string setups you are currently using. Mine is bone stock except for an overgrip and I strung it at 57# with Ashaway Dynamite 17ga.
     
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  2. SC in MA

    SC in MA Semi-Pro

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    I bought my Cat8ve used. It came with a balsa wood modified Wilson shaped grip. It also came strung with some sort of syn gut, which played pretty well, so I waited till it broke before restringing. I've only strung it once with Gosen Micro 16 at 58lbs. The Gosen string job is a little less powerful than the original. I have a set of BDE Perf 16ga gut that I'll probably use next time.

    I prefer to play my rackets stock, but I did add two inch strips of lead at 3 and 9 to add a bit of weight.

    You can do a search on the user Rabbit and drak related to the Cat8ve. Both did mods on theirs.

    What is your impression of the Cat8ve so far ?
     
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  3. LAW2

    LAW2 New User

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    So far I really like it. It has the additional pop I was looking for. It has revealed the need for me hit with more topspin. This is not a con of the racquet just a shortcoming in my game. At net really nice. Serves I am still adjusting to the shorter length but they too are better when hit properly. I hope you like yours as much as I like mine. I would like to hear a little more about the grip modification.
     
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  4. jayserinos99

    jayserinos99 Hall of Fame

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    ^ i sold SCinMA that Cat8. I didn't even know it was there when I sold him the racquet. In stock form, I loved how it vollied but couldn't get over the lack of weight in the head for groundies. When I added lead tape at the 3/9/handle, groundies were nicer and the vollies remained nice as well. The strings in it though are fairly tight at 60 lbs. so I need to restring them at a lower tension like 55 lbs with 16G syn gut.
     
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  5. skraggle

    skraggle Professional

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    I bought one from Jim Hendricks that he modified with lead at 3&9, top of handle and butt, and it hits a really nice ball when strung at higher tensions. I haven't had the chance to ask him for specifics, but will share details when I do...
     
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