how to make racquet more flexible

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  1. jasey

    jasey New User

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    Hi everyone.

    I have been using the wilson hyper hammer 5.3 mp for a number of years and felt that it got better as is got older. I just managed to pick up a near new one that seems alot stiffer than my old faithful.

    Is there anyway to get the new frame to be a little more flexible?

    I am guessing that frames lose stiffness over time.

    Do I just need to hit another trillion balls to decrease the stiffness? Hope not.

    Any suggestions?
     
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  2. Rabbit

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    Stringing breaks a frame down quicker than hitting balls. String it, string it, string it...
     
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  3. mikeespinmusic

    mikeespinmusic Rookie

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    give it a super soft and squishy grip maybe?
     
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  4. McLovin

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    This racquet looks to be a bit more flexible than 'stock':

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  5. goober

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    Well if you own a stringer you could put your racket in it and clamp it down loosely. Tension string over and over letting the racquet gently flex each time. Just be careful you don't introduce a crack:)
     
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  6. dman72

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    I think you can make a racquet FEEL less stiff by adding lead tape above the handle or at the bottom of the hoop. The physics of it I guess would be that mass below the point of impact would make the racquet head flex a bit more. The resident experts perhaps should chime in on whether this is correct or not. You cannot change how your racquet measures up on an RDC machine except by breaking it down with hours of stringing and hitting, but you can change it's feel by adding lead tape in certain areas.


    I have an old Wilson Sting high beam that feels as flexible as my radical OS..I'm sure it didn't start out that way. It's just age and repeated abuse.
     
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  7. jacp

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    Hi Jasey,
    Yes, you can try all these advice above.
    Mybe it will get softer in X years, or demo some newer rackets and pick-up what you can really enjoy right away. I am sure there is something close to the old one.
    Jack
    P.S. I strung the racket way too tight once and tried all recommended ways to soften it: keep in hot trunk, put 57 bricks on stringbed, etc...
    The result: I ripped strings after wasting game time and aggravating the elbow.
     
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  8. Povl Carstensen

    Povl Carstensen Legend

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    I think also weight on the butt end of the racket makes it feel softer. Just my experience.
    Edit: Yes and also at 12.
     
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  9. max

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    . . . there are plenty of nice new frames out there. . .
     
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  10. corners

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    Yeah, experiments have shown that adding mass at 12 o'clock and at the bottom of the handle reduces the dynamic stiffness, or vibration frequency, of the frame. This paper reports that adding 30 grams to the tip reduced vibration frequency by 12 Hz, and moved the vibration node, that usually is located at about the middle of the strings, toward the tip by 4.8 cm.
     
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  11. OHBH

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    You could always buy a used 5.3 mp one online. It will be cheaper and you will have what you want.
     
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  12. jasey

    jasey New User

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    thanks for your replies everyone. much appreciated.
     
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