Fed's RF 97 into a Prestige Pro - Expert Advice Needed

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by AbsolutTennis, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. AbsolutTennis

    AbsolutTennis Rookie

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    Hello Friends !!!!

    I entered TW’s site TODAY in order to purchase 5 Prestige Pro’s (IG), and saw the banner with the new Wilson RF.

    Honestly I thought it would take much longer for the racquet to be available, and I have now put the purchase on hold, finding myself seriously thinking about getting the RF 97 instead of the Prestige.

    The one thing keeping me from pre-ordering them right now is the weight, and
    I really need your advice before deciding it.

    I am a LONG TIME POG user (mid and oversize) and had brief romances with the Radical 280 and more recently with the VCore Tour G (330). ALL of them at the very limit of weight my aging arm can afford… i.e. approximately 345 grams STRUNG.

    So, my idea is to buy the RF 97 frames, and GET RID of the leather grip (which I assume weighs about 20 grams) and use TWO overgrips, which, in my rough estimate, would bring the racquet to my 345-gram target (strung).

    Can you please tell me what would happen to the racquet’s BALANCE??

    Would it still be playable???

    IMPORTANT: I will not buy the lighter versions of the racuqet and lead them up, as the mass is just not there when I try to lead racquets up.

    I really thank you beforehand for your time and attention!!!!
     
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  2. cluckcluck

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    Wrong section my friend.

    Try the racquets section not the pro's racquets and gear.
     
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  3. president.s

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    Why don't you buy the prostaff 97 315 and make all the adjustments you need???
     
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  4. HRB

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    I don't get why anyone would voluntarily buy a stick they are trying to turn into another...especially when the other is readily available? Trying to customize a stick to spec out like an old discontinued model that is hard to find makes sense..this?

    Buy the Fed stick IF you like the specs, if not buy the Prestige Pro!
     
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  5. Geoff

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    I'm no expert but using the TW Customization and Reverse Engineering Tool an unstrung RF97 that is 12 points HL would go to 10 points HL with the leather grip removed and 2 over grips added. I know that you can add 1cm to the unstrung balance for a good approximation of the strung balance. Hope that helps and makes sense.
     
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  6. AbsolutTennis

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    Thanks for the post. I REALLY do not like to tinker with weights. The ONLY mod I would make on the RF 97 would be removing the weight and playing with two over grips. I am pretty new to the racquet science thing and I believe there are a couple of posters here who REALLY know their stuff. Thanks again!
     
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  7. AbsolutTennis

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    Hello HRB !!! The ONLY mod I would make on the RF 97 would be removing the weight and playing with two over grips. Thanks again!
     
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  8. AbsolutTennis

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    Thanks Geoff !!! I am pretty new to the racquet science thing, and the info you provided is exactly what I am looking for. Thanks again!
     
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  9. smalahove

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    Are you planning on using two ovegrips instead of the original grip?

    If so, keep in mind you'll be reducing the weight with less than 10g as each ovegrip weigh 5-6 g, and it will be an uncomfortable grip. I have two old prince rackets with similar specs as the rf97a, where the leather grips have hardened and even with an ovegrip vibrations make playing with them uncomfortable. Haven't tried 2 overgrips on them as i do not like the feeling.

    If you haven't allready, you should read Hankensteins review of the rf97a.
     
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