customizing racquets - need advice!

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  1. sliceisnnice

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    hello im new to this forum and looking for some help trying to get my racquets customized.

    I have 5 frames and I think I know what specs I want them to be; I don't really want to mess around with things on my own as I have tinkered with lead tape in the past without very good results. I have been searching online and in this forum and come up with some companies that do it like priority one(www.p1tennis.com), racquetmaxx (www.racquetmaxx.com) and sweetspot tennis (www.sweetspottennis.net).

    Any feedback or info on these companies? I would rather not spend a ton of money customizing; are some really worth the extra dough?
     
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  2. dadozen

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    Priority One is well knwon, some TT posters have used it with good results.

    Sweetspot Tennis is actually owned by one TT user, do a quick search and you'll find the specific thread.

    I can't tell about the price, since I'm not aware, nor if it's worthy, because I don't live in the US.
     
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  3. in[k]

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    What kind of customizations do you want? If its something simple it might be a better idea to try and do it yourself (I know you had a bad experience but we could help :)). I believe these companies charge a sh*t load.
     
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    thanks for your advice - I have heard that priority 1 has great results but can be expensive.. anyone know what I would be looking at price wise for 5 frames?

    sweetspot has prices listed on their site that seem a lot more reasonable. They also seem to offer pretty cheap re-string rates. I just submitted a contact form on their site.

    I am looking to shave down two grips and customize and match all five of my racquets and hopefully get them restrung at the same time.

    in[k] - thanks for your suggestion and help, and if all options seem too expensive I may just try to figure it out on my own; but if I find an affordable route I would rather have them professionally done for piece of mind :)
     
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    You will be better of finding a USRSA MRT. It will cost you less. All of those companies charge in the neighborhood of $30-$40 per racquet for customization.
     
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    ryushen - just checked and the only local MRT is a guy who has a poor rep. and I personally had a bad experience with.

    So most companies I am looking at $30-$40? Racquetmaxx lists services at $60 for customization and more for decreasing handle size. Sweetspot lists customizing at $24 with their sale going on.. re-stringing is a lot cheaper than my local pro shop too, which could make it worthwhile. Anyone have any feedback on them? I will update when I hear back via email. I may have to be the test subject for their services..
     
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    update - just got an email back from Sean at sweetspot tennis - provided a friendly personal message with a quick response about my customization interests. Its nice to see someone take the time to address my concerns and questions! It looks like customization will be $24 a racquet and restringing with big ace is $16 a racquet after the multiple racquet discount. I am going to reply asking advice for customization and find out about turn around time.

    I am currently thinking I will take the plunge if things continue to look good - price is right and I need my racquets restrung anyways. If anyone has any input or advice feel free to chime in! I will let you know when I find out about turnaround time.
     
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  8. in[k]

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    I'm glad you found a good price :)

    And yeah if you are shaving down your grip pallets, getting it done by proffesional hands would be the best route. I know I wouldn't trust myself to do it to my racquet.
     
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    I mean per racquet. But there is, as I see you have discovered :), usually a discount when have a certain number of racquets customized.

    Re shaving one down....You might want to see if they can do a custom pallet for you. I have had a few friends that have had theirs reduced and they all said that something felt "off."
     
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    Racquetmaxx charges $40 for matching and that is the price you would most likely play. I'm pretty sure P1 is really busy right now and the last batch I sent to them took about a week and a half shipping both ways and everything and shipping back was overnight... P1 is very expensive also. I would recommend Racquetmaxx since hes a lot cheaper than P1 or ****.
     
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    thanks everyone for your advice and help - there are a lot of things to consider with picking a place to get frames customized.

    I heard back again from sweetspot tennis and their turnaround time is 72 hours after they receive racquets and then ship them back via usps priority. This turnaround seems really good to me as I don't want to go an extended period of time without my racquets. I have a phone consultation setup for tomorrow to discuss my specific customization needs which I think is a nice touch. If everything goes well I think I will go with sweetspot as the price and turnaround are very good. I will let you know how the process goes starting with the consultation tomorrow.

    thanks again
     
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  12. sliceisnnice

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    just talked on the phone with sean of sweetspottennis.net and we came up with a good customization plan for my frames including shaving down two of my 1/2 in grips to be 3/8 like the rest of my frames. He is going to measure all the specs of my frames after they arrive and let me know that information before we finalize my desired end result.

    So far the process is going very smoothly.. I am shipping my frames out tomorrow. I am excited to get them done and back in my hands! If anyone has any questions about my experience so far just let me know.. I feel like the test subject for this company
     
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    What do they charge for customization for weight and balance, and then, matching all of the sticks to feel the same?

    Thanks!
     
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    I think i can help answer this question as I got a quote from Racquetmaxx (Racquetmaxx.com). customization is priced at $60 per racquet (I believe they have a slight multiple racquet discount if you send a bunch) and includes matching between the frames.

    Sweetspot (sweetspottennis.net) charges $24 per racquet for customization / matching which is what I am having done (along with shaving down handles on two out of my five frames). My frames should be arriving to them today and I will update when I hear back about my specs and finalize my customization setup.
     
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    scratch that - they should be arriving to them tomorrow, not today. I was able to drop them off last minute at the post office yesterday but not quick enough to get them there today. Ah the suspense.
     
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    my racquets arrived at sweetspot today and my initial measurements were sent - it is crazy to hear how different my frames could be from one another! Poor quality control..

    I have decided on my specs through some time talking on the phone and I am pleased with how things are going. Was told me racquets would be completed this weekend and shipped back to me via 2-3 day priority mail on Monday. I can't wait to get them back!

    I will hit with them and review the service after they are received.
     
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    Thanks!

    BTW: What were the sticks that you had customized? I'd be interested to know how they turned out.
     
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    I have sent them 5 pure storm tour gt's to be customized; 3 of them in 3/8 grip and 2 in 1/2 grip that are getting shaved down. We have ended up going for a setup to match them all and shoot for overall weight of 352g (strung) and a balance point of 8 pts head light.

    I am anxious and excited to get them back (hopefully Wednesday) and I will post my response to the service. So far my experience has been great and the prices are great.. crossing my fingers hoping everything turns out well!
     
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    What is the sweetspotennis.net contact address?
     
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    What Sw did you decide on? I think he has a Prince PTC and if youre racquets arent strung exactly the same that could be bad. P1 did everything unstrung...
     
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    Whoops, sorry forgot to add that spec - we decided on 342 for the SW. He also initially informed me of the differences between setting things up strung or unstrung, and since he is stringing 3 of my five the same as my original setup and what is in my other two (Big Ace), we decided to take the measurements as strung so it wasn't necessary to cut out the two string beds that are still in good shape.
     
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    update - racquets are on their way back to me; all customization was done over the weekend which makes for a pretty quick turnaround.

    I should have them back in my hands tomorrow and will play tomorrow night and let everyone know about how I like the setup and the quality and care of the customization. If anyone else has any questions about my experience let me know; I want to help out in any way I can.
     
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    Racquets are back!

    Just got my racquets back in the mail; nicely packaged and individually wrapped in poly bags. Racquets look great with lead tape up at ten and two and I like the feel with the counter balance under the grip. I couldn't distinguish between my old 1/2 in grip frames that were shaved down and the stock 3/8 in grip ones until closer examination; buttcaps were switched out between 1/2 to 3/8.

    Bottom line is cosmetically I am extremely pleased with the racquets and I like how they "feel" in my hand. I can safely say I can breathe out a sigh of relief after taking a chance on a company with little feedback. I have been happy with my entire experience thus far and I am hoping that they meet my expectations on court. I am excited to get out and test them tonight.

    I will post my thoughts after playing this evening. Hopefully I can get my hands on a scale and balance board sometime soon to check the precision of the matching.
     
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    hit with the the racquets last night (yes, I tried out all five of them - ha!), and here are my thoughts:

    after being so accustomed to the stock setup, it took a solid 5-10 minutes to get my timing down and get used to the added weight - a break-in period that sean at sweetspot told me would most likely happen. After getting used to the setup, everything started clicking. I was able to place my groundstrokes where I wanted them hitting a very heavy ball with penetration and topspin. My backhand have been all over the place lately, but the extra stability had me hitting it hard and deep consistently. There were three main areas that I especially noticed an improvement with this new setup:

    1. volleys - my setup maintained a substantial headlight balance which kept the frame maneuverable at the net while the extra weight in the head made the redirection of the shots very stable and controlled - I was absorbing pace like never before.

    2. defensive shots from the baseline - those shots hit offensively and very deep by my opponent have historically been hit or miss (somewhat pun intended?) in that I caught unprepared or unable to get the racquet behind the ball with enough to get it back. This new setup solves that - the extra weight allowed me to find a happy medium where I can substantially shorten my swing and control my opponents pace and redirect where I want it - it is amazing!

    3. serve - my serve is one of my biggest weapons, and after warming up the shoulder I was hitting bombs left and right. My opponent was a regular hitting partner of mine and he said he had never seen me hit serves that hard before.

    All in all I am very happy with and impressed with the setup I was able to get with Sweetspot Tennis. They have exceeded my expectations in pretty much every aspect and I can safely recommend them to others looking for a good, cheap customization option with a quick turn around.

    if anyone has any questions about my experience please just let me know!
     
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    Let's make this a circular thread so that anyone reading this thread understands that the OP (sliceisnice) is actually Sean from sweetspottennis. This entire thread was a sham to draw unsuspecting clients to his business.

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=433590

    Now ask yourself, would you actually want to do business as unscrupulous as this guy? Let's hope not!
     
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