Popular non prostock "platform" racquets

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  1. raguhtheman

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    As the title says. Among TT members, what are the most popular non prostock racquets that are good platoforms for customization? Also what customization did you do on them?

    No prostock names please....
     
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  2. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Any of the Radicals(esp. Microgels).
    Head Extremes MP(Microgels)
     
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    I came from a Prestige MP looking for more spin (open string pattern) and lower weight.

    I picked out the Babolat Pure Storm GT, because it has an open string pattern and low weight. Added 10 grams to the handle and 4 grams at 12 o'clock. Still changing the set-up after every practice, trying to find the perfect set-up. Then I will take exact specs.

    Only thing I might regret is going with this racquet is that it hasn't got the Prestige feel, which was great. Just the racquet was too much to handle for me.

    But if you find a racquet with great feel around the 300 grams unstrung spec, then it's great. I think my stick is around 330gr strung, and as it is a polarized set-up, the SW is moderate.
     
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  4. raguhtheman

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    Thanks for the responses.

    How about Dunlop 4D 500? Looking at the specs, looks very much like a platform racquet, not too stiff, around 300grams, swingweight around 300. headlight. Anybody has any experience with this racquet?
     
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  5. jorel

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    blx six one team

    lead and leather in the handle..

    chris tried it and liked it
     
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  6. jorel

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    also the liquidmetal radical

    heard good things about that when u add a leather grip and some lead at 3 and 9
     
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  7. raguhtheman

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    Yeah, I have customized LM and MG Radicals, capped them and put on a leather grips. They play very nice.

    But, now moved on to open string pattern... Trying to find a similar racquet.
     
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  8. Geology_Rocks!

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    4D 300/300 tour.
     
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  9. Backhanded Compliment

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    Prestige MP if you want to go into the 12+ zone. Mine is 10pts headlight.

    also the K six1 prostaff 95 has lots of room for customization. Lead that up to around 12 and it is a beast.
     
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  10. Manaldo

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    IMO EXO3 tour is a perfect platform because of the great flex. leading and balancing is easy to go but the flex cannot be changed.
    leaded my tour with 8g total on 3,9 clock, change the replacement with Prince leather, great stick.
     
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  11. raguhtheman

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    So far "platform" racquets:

    LM Radical MP
    MG Radical MP
    Extreme MP
    Babolat PSGT
    Dunlop 4D 500
    BLX Six One Team
    4D 300/300 Tour
    Prestige MP
    BLX PS 95
    EXO3 Tour

    Pls keep it coming... Also include what did you change to make it your magic wand !! Well, almost! :)
     
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    Always want to try this stick. Nice flex. But, I am intrigued by these ports without regular grommets? How easy is it to string these racquets? How about string life compared to regular grommet racquets?
     
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  13. TennisCJC

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    Volkl Org 10 295 is my current racket and is the best platform for customization in my humble opinion. I added lead to the head (3,9,10:30,1:30,noon) and the handle, Bab Skin Feel replacement grip, Gamma Supreme overgrip, Volkl dampener and it is now 12.1+ oz, 335 SW, and 6 HL.

    I tried this and think they are all worth a demo - very good rackets:

    1. Volkl Org 10 295
    2. Wilson PS 95
    3. Dunlop 300 (either bio or ag 4d - both are good)
    4. BB London Mid+

    The Volkl PB 10 295 looks like it would be worth a shot too but I have not played it yet.

    Of course the Rads are good platform rackets but I am not a fan of the super soft flexy feel.
     
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  14. Shangri La

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    I've heard good thing about the Dunlop 300 being customizer-friendly.
     
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  15. gh65721

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    I think the Pro Kennex Ki 15 is great for that. At 10.2 oz strung and close to same beam width as a Pure Drive it is easy to lead on either end and come up with a much softer feeling Pure Drive
     
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  16. Stevo Karlovic

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    Best platform sticks:

    Pro Staff 100
    Pure Storm Team
    Biomimetic 500
    Youtek Mojo
    BLX 95 Team -(2008 version)
    Pure Drive Lite or 107
    Exo Tour Team

    I've modded all of these racquets over the last three months to the satisfied pleasures of quite a few people. You can manipulate the hell out of these frames.
     
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  17. dje31

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    Not exactly popular, but the IG Prestige S is an option.
     
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  18. robbo1970

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    I'm a Bio 300 user now and I actually have kept mine 100% in stock form. No dampener needed with this one and even the stock grip is fine without an overgrip. Although it is a touch tacky right now, but that will ease off I'm sure in time.

    And for those who'd want to customize, all flat edges for lead tape.
     
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  19. vsbabolat

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    HEAD Radical MP
    Dunlop 300 Tour
    Babolat Pure Storm
    Wilson BLX Pro Staff 6.1 95
    Wilson BLX Blade MP
    Yonex Vcore 98D
    Pacific X-force Lite (this is the closest to Pro Stock I have seen in retail)
     
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    I customized my Volkl Powerbridge 9 and I like it very much.
     
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  21. GenesisTurbo

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    CAP Microgel Radical MP with leather grip feels so solid
     
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  22. Stevo Karlovic

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    Let's clear something up for starters.... An actual "platform racquet" must fall between 280-300 grams with a near even balance point to really be considered. Headsize should be between 95-100, also. My new rule.
     
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  23. aimr75

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    ^ what's head size got to do with it?
     
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  24. Povl Carstensen

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    A vote for Dunlop Aerogel 4D 300 tour. I understand it is of the same mould used by some pros at one time (Haas, others?), has great feel. Too low sw in stock form. I added a leather grip, Wilson Pro overgrip, and 1/2 inch lead tape from 3. to top cross. Still almost too low powered.
     
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  25. db10s

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    Bio200 lite/plus; both rackets I considered using.
     
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    ??????????
     
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  27. VeeSe

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    How about the Head IG Instinct MP? It's < 300g, feels nice, and has a ~5pts head light balance. I've heard others say that it's a good platform stick.
     
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  28. Stevo Karlovic

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    Platform racquets are most commonly "player frames" upon fulfilling the intended customizations. Therefore, modern player frames typically fall between 95-100 sq. inch headsizes. If we opened up the "platform racquet" consideration to oversized frames, the idea would become too watered down. Also, midsize frames are too heavy to be considered platforms. I speak..
     
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  29. Povl Carstensen

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    At least Dunlop has made some 90 inch rackets that were pretty light.
     
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  30. dje31

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    They're not popular yet, seeing as they're pretty new, and generally overlooked, but the Head Graphene Revs---Speed and Instinct---fit that description.
     
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    Bumping this as I'm really curious as to what people think these days?
     
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  32. dr325i

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    I would not call the Prestige a platform racket. By platform racket, you assume it is light and not too HL, therefore, plenty of room to add silicone in the handle and lead in the hoop - similar to the Pro stock rackets. You also assume it is a nice performing stick because, some rackets come light as retail and when you add 1+ oz of customization to them, they play terrible.
    The MG Radical MP is a great platform racket.
    The Prestige MP would be close to 12.2 oz strung with OG retail. That is not a platform stick
     
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  33. movdqa

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    What would be interesting to me: MG Radical MP, MG Radical Oversize.

    What a friend used: K-Factor KSurge. 10.3 ounces strung, 68 RA, 27 inches, 301 SW, 100 sq in. He bought it because it was dirt-cheap and he added lead to make it a players frame.

    I play with pro stocks and like the concept.
     
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  34. movdqa

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    I never considered the Prestige MP to be a platform stick. I used to run specs through the TW calculator to try and get to players frame specs with what was out there and there's not a lot that you can do with frames like the PK Redondo, K95, K90 and generally anything over 12 ounces. The Radical MP is truly light enough to use as a platform stick and Geoff (customizer) has done a few of those for his customers I think. Surprisingly, it might be the really cheap frames that do well here, as long as they aren't too stiff.
     
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  35. zalive

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    What about very light frames for customization, say, 265 g or less unstrung?

    I have a very good experience with Pro Kennex Destiny FCS 265 g so far.
     
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  36. movdqa

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    I think that very light frames are fine but they are often fairly stiff.
     
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  37. Hnefi

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    TFight 315LTD. This is a real pro stock released at retail.
     
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    thats what she said
     
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  39. dr325i

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    Well...which Pro is using it?

    Also, there is silicone in it but I consider it a "symbolic" amount, just a few grams.
    It is a great stick, very similar to the PT630 just little bit lighter and more customizable.
     
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  40. zalive

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    That's just the way it is...but with high recoil weight, you should get them in relatively safe zone. And what's best, they even need not be that heavy to have a big RW.

    What? :) I thought they were more serious...few grams of silicone is nothing but marketing...ATP prepared? Yeah, sure :)
     
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  41. Hnefi

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    Verdasco used it for years under all those different Tecnifibre and Dunlop PJ's, and a few others if I recall all of the posts in the racquet thread. Yes there is some silicone in it stock but it's barely any at all. I bet there's room for 10-15g more in there if you really wanted to go to 13oz.

    Best stick i've ever hit with once it gets the lead treatment.
     
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  42. dr325i

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    Yes, I agree it is a nice stick and great to play with, however, still hefty (315g + strings, OG = 340g = 12oz as retail). As an example, If you wanted to make it really headlight (not me), you would be getting close to 13oz.
     
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  43. dr325i

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    By the way, my PT113B1 came customized and it took some "digging" to pull out most of silicone from the handle. The result: 290g unstrung (10.2oz). I like them more polarized, therefore, once I cleaned them up, I was able to add weight to the bottom of buttcap (silicone and lead) and at 12 o'clock with final touches at 4 & 8 o'clock.
    Final product: 335g strung with OG (11.8oz), 32.5cm balance, SW of 340-342. As you can see, the racket has high SW, therefore I went a (little) lighter static weight than my usual 345g (12.2oz)
     
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  44. Hnefi

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    Not a lightweight by any means indeed. It's different from Head pro stocks in that way because it comes heavier than those hairpins.

    But I don't think any of us could get access to the raw uncustomized hairpins that Head pros get.
     
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  45. Hnefi

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    You must have gotten that from non-Djokovic sources then, because as far as I remember, he doesn't use silicone in the handle?

    Pretty sweet that you've got a 113B1 though!
     
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    You can sometimes find the raw hairpins. I've received unsolicited offers for them in the past.
     
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    I believe he is using silicone now.
    And correct, these are not his rackets but from other pros that have tested them.
     
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  48. Hnefi

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    Interesting - there was that thread a while ago where one of his match used frames didn't have any silicone but had a giant lead/metal weight around the top of the handle. I wonder if he even cares about whether it's lead or silicone as long as the customizers make the frames all feel exactly the same.

    I found an old PT113A (i.Radical MP retail) in a yard sale last year for $20 - put CAP grommets on it & leather grip and it plays very very nicely. I've thought many times about customizing it to Djoko specs just for laughs, because the iRad comes so light that I think I could get up to 360+ in SW without going to 14oz. Just a fun frame to pull out with friends who don't play much tennis or when I'm just hitting around.
     
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    Babolat Pure Storm Team Original
    Dunlop 300G
    Head LM Radical
    Six One Team
     
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  50. Joonas

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    -PK Tour 295 (or is it these days 300?)
    -Head Graphene Radical Rev (I customized a pair for my 13y daughter, 295g, 32.5cm, 334SW(stock), I think you can't reach this SW/weight/balance combo with many)
    -Head Graphene Prestige Rev
    -PureDrive 2013, (300g, 32.5cm, 308SW) Lot of room to grow balanced
     
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