Lighten a Racket

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Rafaboy, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Rafaboy

    Rafaboy Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2013
    Messages:
    143
    Location:
    Manacor
    If i want to lighten the swingweight and increase the head lightness, is it ok to remove the strings/grommets, and sand the frame down a little? I dont care how it looks, i just want it to feel right.

    I dont need to lighten a whole lot, just a few grams, and add 2pts. head light.
    Or, would removing the head shield do the trick?
     
    #1
  2. darklore009

    darklore009 Professional

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2012
    Messages:
    1,473
    Location:
    In Your Dreams
    you can remove the grommets. without it, when stringing the racket, the string will actually damage the frame while applying tension. you could inject silicone into the handle to make it more maneuverable. or wrap lead tape under the replacement grip around the butt cap. wouldn't do what you just mention.
     
    #2
  3. slowfox

    slowfox Professional

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2011
    Messages:
    1,110
    Is there a bumper guard? Perhaps you can cut it off.
     
    #3
  4. cluckcluck

    cluckcluck Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2010
    Messages:
    2,092
    Location:
    Between the baseline and netcord.
    Use only overgrips instead of a grip with an overgrip.
     
    #4
  5. scotus

    scotus Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2005
    Messages:
    7,521
    Maybe you can use a razor blade to take the bumper guard off the grommet strip.
     
    #5
  6. Rafaboy

    Rafaboy Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2013
    Messages:
    143
    Location:
    Manacor
    thanks guys,

    I did cut the bumper guard off, and i can feel a difference. Lost something in the plow thru, but gained in manuverability. I think the bumper guard weighed about the same as a 1.5 inch of half inch lead tape. small, but significant.
     
    #6
  7. Veninga

    Veninga Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2011
    Messages:
    320
    Location:
    Netherlands
    depending on the frame, bumperguard can make a 6 grams difference (swingweight difference of 20 or something), so yes definitely more manuveribity and less plowthrough.)
     
    #7
  8. Hi I'm Ray

    Hi I'm Ray Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2010
    Messages:
    1,504
    Do not sand the racket! lol.

    I punch holes in the bumper with a rectangular hole punch or sometimes trim the ends of the bumper.
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2013
    #8
  9. robbo1970

    robbo1970 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2010
    Messages:
    2,104
    Location:
    UK
    Yes, bumper guard removal. I would never sand down a racket.

    Or add a few grams of lead under the handle. The static weight will increase slightly, but you will probably offset that by getting the more headlight feel you want.
     
    #9
  10. Veninga

    Veninga Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2011
    Messages:
    320
    Location:
    Netherlands
    use a thinner gauge multifil string instead of a poly. Will make the racket def a few grams lighter. Also SW, so more easy to swing.
     
    #10
  11. PKfan1

    PKfan1 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2012
    Messages:
    430
    Location:
    Atlanta
    How could that possibly make the racquet more headlight?
     
    #11
  12. Relinquis

    Relinquis Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2012
    Messages:
    4,336
    Location:
    On the courts; hard & clay ...
    you can make a stick more headlight and maneuverable by adding weight to the handle and/or buttcap.

    if you want to reduce swingwieght (why?) you'll have to reduce weight from the head of the racquet.
     
    #12

Share This Page