My brother was a long-time user of the old Snauwert Hi-Ten 50 (Mark Woodforde's old racquet) and has struggled for quite a while in finding a suitable replacement. Naturally, given the unusual string pattern he couldn't match it but thought he might come close with a POG OS (open string pattern, high spin potential, excellent control). He liked the feel of the racquet but just couldn't get used to it and felt something was missing in comparison to his old Snauwert (excluding the stringing). Then it dawned on him that one of the characteristics of the Hi-Ten 50 was that it was a touch shorter than standard length. Im not sure of the exact measurement but going on memory it appeared to be 1/4 - 1/2 inch less than your typical 27 inch frame. So, he thought if he reduced the length slightly then he might get something closer to what he was used to. He didn't want to cut anything off the racquet (be a real disappointment if he didn't like it and make it impossible to sell) so he removed the butt cap, wrapped some head tape around the very end of the handle to create a butt cap 'shape' and then reapplied the grip and overgrip. End result is a POG that measures 26.5 inches in length (could be a touch longer as the measuring tape used was just a give-away from an Ikea store). We had a hit with it yesterday and today for some quite surprising results. The removal of the butt cap seems to make the racquet swing lighter (closer to his old Hi-Ten 50) and be, therefore, more maneuverable. Power levels don't seem to have altered, control still seems good and reach, while marginally less, wasn't a major issue. On serve he merely does what he did with his Snauwert which is to slide his hand down a touch further on the handle which pretty much gives him back the full 27 inch length. The biggest change I noticed, when I had a chance to try it, is that volleying is far easier and slice shots appear to have more bite. Chipping and charging is effortless although topspin seems harder to generate off the backhand side but not so noticable on the forehand. As the racquet feels to swing quicker through the air more racquet head speed can be generated. All up, he seems very happy with the result. The racquet isn't really shorter, in essence (put the butt cap back on and it goes back to standard) but it is in effect. The only area he remains unhappy about is the larger headsize (107sq on the POG vs 100sq on the Hi-Ten 50). Alan, my brother, is 5`11 and a high level club player so, given his height and standard of play, using a shorter length frame is quite unusual and pretty much unheard of around here. Has anyone else tried anything similar with a racquet, know of anyone who does this or plays with, what is in effect, a junior racquet?