cutting down 27.5 in racquet?

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  1. austintennis2005

    austintennis2005 Semi-Pro

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    i have always played with a 27" racquet but thought i would try one with extra 1/2 inch... i knew it would take time to get used to but right now the extra lenght feels weird and im not that crazy about it

    the racquet already feels somewhat on the head heavy side so
    just wanted to see what people thought about cutting the 1/2 inch off?

    i know its very possible to do but just wanted to hear from
    folks whether the balance changed a lot?
     
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  2. jjs891

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    I cut my PDR + down before. It will definitely change the balance but shorter length will also decrease the SW. In my case I did not need to add any weight at the butt. It's very easy to add putty or lead in the handle if you need to since you already have the cap off anyways.
     
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  3. BlueB

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    SW will change a lot. Be prepared to do some lead tape work...
     
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  4. keithfival

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    Agreed. I cracked a 27.5 frame that I had always been curious about shortening. Was still playable so I took the opportunity to do the experiment and shortened it to 27. Absolutely nothing on the ball compared to the original length. Felt totally off, like the frame was just designed to be 27.5 (which it was). The crack broke all the way through before I had a chance to do any mods but the difference was more than expected.
     
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  5. cork_screw

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    Hey McGyver, just sell that racquet on the bay and buy one that's 27 inches, OK?
     
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  6. Tamiya

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    I got to swing some shortened Longbody POGs & they felt crap
    compared to my undocked examples both long & std length.
     
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  7. guitarplayer

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    It never works.
     
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  8. austintennis2005

    austintennis2005 Semi-Pro

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    well its a very expensive racquet so i want to make sure im not going to ruin it...thx guys
     
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  9. neverstopplaying

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    I cut a 27" down to 26.25" for my son who has just started to play with regular balls. The balance is not noticeably different than other 26" and since all 26" are quite head heavy, I did not counterbalance with lead.

    In your case, you will probably just have open the trap door to add a decent fishing weight, or wrap some lead around the base of the grip. You should be fine. If you look at SW calculation software, there is not a big difference in 1/2"
     
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  10. galain

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    The weight wouldn't necessarily be replaced at the buttcap though would it? I asked about this once and I think people were saying to get the balance right and the same as before it's not necessarily the buttcap where the lead should go.

    maybe someone more knowledgeable than me will chime in. I'm still looking to cut down a 28" when I'm back home at Christmas.
     
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  11. mykoh

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    i have an APDO+ that i just can't seem to groove with. thinking of cutting it down to a 27" length. yay? nay?
    willing to tweak with lead of course.
     
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  12. austintennis2005

    austintennis2005 Semi-Pro

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    i think this racquet has the potential to be fantastic but i want to win/play my best every match so im not sure if im willing to lose matches/play poorly for the amount of time it takes to get used to the extra lenght...i just thought today that cutting 1/4 inch off might be a good solution...but still love to hear others input on this matter as the racquet is very expensive pro stock
     
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  13. neverstopplaying

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    In my earlier post, I said to add some lead in the butt cap to replace the lost weight of the missing 1". Though this is true, I did not give consideration to the lower swing weight of the now-27" racquet. If you want to keep the same SW, you will also have to add some lead in the hoop. There are many threads here with a variety of opinions on where to place it, how much to place, and why.

    If you don't groove with the extra length, just cut it to the length that you want and learn to add lead where you need it. Don't be concerned about the change in handling as you can adjust it. That's exactly what you're supposed to do with pro stock.
     
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  14. user92626

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    Oh for god's sake, you guys are all recreational players. I doubt anyone could tell a difference.

    I cut down both of my current rackets, apdc+ and pdgt+, to standard length. They play not much different from my apdgt at all. I play equally great with them all. The cut-out .5" piece weighs around 4 grams. Freaking big deal!!!

    How would 4 grams counter anything? Your surge or decline in energy during a match is 10x more noticeable.
     
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  15. Tennismint

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    When you shorten a racquet it's not just the balance that will change.
    The entire weight distribution of the racquet can change and make it
    swing like a different racquet.
    In my experience, the trick is to make up for the removed part of the handle by adding weight where the the handle ends at the top (where it meets the throat of the racquet).
    Basically, you are "extending" the handle again. Not literally, but in terms of weight distribution.
    When you cut off the handle, everything shifts as your handle is shorther now. If you add weight to where the top of the handle ends, you are shifting the weight distribution back to where it where it was before.
    You can add weight to the butt cap or the racquet head, too, so you get the balance that you want but that alone won't necessarily make the racquet swing how it did before.
     
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