how much sw is reduced by cutting a racket 1/2", 3/4"

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  1. 2ndServe

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    If the racket is 370 sw how much lower is it if I cut 1/2, 3/4 or 1" off.
     
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    A lot... Close to 15 for every 1/4". The reduction is lesser as you get closer to the hoop.
    It screws up the ballance too.
     
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  3. 2ndServe

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    thanks for the info
     
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    Is your racquet stock normally 27, 27.25 or 27.5 inches?
     
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  5. 2ndServe

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    28.5 it's an old prince longbody. Some days it's way too slow.
     
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    I used to play with both TTPrince's and ChangExtendedMids.
    If you don't like the slow swingspeed of the 28.5" rackets, first choke up the grip until you find the spot you like, then remember to hold it there for all groundies and volleys.
    If you then like it for serves, you really need a 27" long racket.
     
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  7. SFrazeur

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    It is not unusual for pro players with 27" and extended racquets to hold up higher on ground strokes and volleys than what they do on serves. To continue with what Leed pointed out, if you are not using the extra length as leverage on your serve then there is not really an advantage to having the extended length.

    Before you cut it down check to make sure you are not about to hack to pieces a racquet that people will pay a lot of money for. Either Way, I always suggest getting a new racquet in the correct length.
     
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  8. 2ndServe

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    choking up to the 27.5ish and holding the bottom of the racket on a 27.5 racket isn't actually the same imo.

    1st the flared butt cap provides a better grip with your palm

    2nd the range of wrist motion/snap seems to be more and you can have more racket head speed holding the bottom of 27.5 vs choking up 1 inch on a 28.5 racket.


    Though I agree one should try out choking up on the racket for a few thousand balls to determine the optimum spot then cut it to the desired length. As you definitely don't want to cut it too short and realize you'd like the added length back.
     
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  9. skiracer55

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    Throw it out...

    ...and get something else. You've already figured out that it's not helping you, performing radical surgery on it is only going to make things worse. Go demo some rackets from TW, find one you like, and use your present stick to swat flies on the patio...
     
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  10. DavaiMarat

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    Why not at some lead to the bottom or a leather grip.
    Changing the length of your frame will radical change how it plays both balance and SW and sweetspot.

    Trust me you're going to play a lot worse with a shorten frame.

    Better to buy a complete new racket.
     
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    It's about 8-10 units for each 1/4 inch. Exact amount depends on initial weight and weight distribution. In my experience, for sticks in the 12 ounce range, cutting 1/4" reduces SW by 8 units.

    Travlerajm posted a formula for figuring it out a while ago. You could do an advanced search if you need to predict a post-cut SW with accuracy.
     
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