Mantis PRO 295

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Anton, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. TeamHumphrey

    TeamHumphrey New User

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    Hi all, I just wanted to see if anyone else is still loving their Mantis Pro 295. I have been loving the racquet and am currently platooning 4 of them in a heavily polarized config around 350g strung.

    Has anyone tried modifying the newer heavier version? I am curious as to whether it is the same frame with just a heavier grip and/or something already in the handle.
     
  2. shamaho

    shamaho Rookie

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    eheh platooning 4 of them ? :) wow...

    Well, I'm still playing with them (when I do find the time to play) and no reason to change weapons, not looking over other models nor brands, not even the RF97.

    After long experimentations with the the customization I seem to finally have found my preferred setup, which is very little added weight to 3 and 9 o'clock - something like 2 or 3 g total, then adding 4 to 5g a little below the top of the grip something like 1,5 inch or so - also the grip has been replaced with a leather one.

    Add to that a really good multi to the mains (crossed with even a cheap poli) and I got a near perfect setup in terms of maneuvarability, power, control and feel, fits really nice with my all-court style of play.

    I really enjoyed playing with that setup.
     
  3. shamaho

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    I'm interested in hearing stringuing feedback and string recommendations from Mantis 295 users out there.

    Do you feel (like I do) that with monofilament strings one has to string them way lower than comparable 16x19 98 sq inch rackets ? ie with comparable tensions the stringbed feels stiffer...

    hoping to hear from you.
     
  4. SCRAP IRON

    SCRAP IRON Professional

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    Due to the lack of weight in that frame, you should go with a lower tension assuming they are polyester strings. I had played with that Mantis racket, but I definitely added weight. I put on a leather grip and placed 8 grams at the top of the frame. It is a very customizable racket. I remember using Solinco Tour Bite Soft in the Mantis strung around 50lbs. It performed very well. You have a good frame, it just needs more weight to stand up to some heavier hitters.
     
  5. shamaho

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    Hi, thanks for your reply and feedback.

    However :) My question was of a different nature. That if others also feel like I do, that stringbed stiffness is somehow higher in this racket than in other comparable rackets 16x19, 98 sq inch. Thus the need to string at lower tensions.

    Anyway, I got that stick because it was highly customizable (and because of its quality, confort, price oh and aesthetics).

    As such I did replace the grip for a leather one, and added 4 g near top of grip, plus 2g at 3 and 9 - I might fiddle a bit more with them.

    Concerning stringuing:

    If using polis I string it at 18Kg (thats 39 lbs) only because I can't go lower with my stringer.

    If using a multi/poli hybrid I generally go to 20/18Kg (44/39 lbs)

    If using gut/hybrid I generally go to 22/19 Kb (48/41 lbs)


    Lets hear it from the other Mantis 296 users shall we ?

     

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