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Discussion in 'Racquets' started by harryz, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. rev200g

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    I think I just made it:

    3 Dunlop Revelation 200gs at 357g/357g/358g respectively.

    I upped the stock weight with hockey tape (head protection), 2 overgrips and 1 rubberband dampener. Sorry no lead weights.
     
  2. ReopeningWed

    ReopeningWed Semi-Pro

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    FXP Prestige Mid at 401g, PS90 at 393g.

    I can play like Jesus with both for the first 20 minutes, and then I'll pass out. But those would be the best 20 minutes of my life :)
     
  3. Sentinel

    Sentinel Bionic Poster

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    PS 6.0 95 + 10 gms lead
    Wilson T-2000 stock
    (don;t know swingweights)
     
  4. v205

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    My dunlop max 200g's are around 357-363.
     
  5. Dino Lagaffe

    Dino Lagaffe Professional

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    Hi Captain,

    I have the original Lacoste version of the T-2000. Those are the specs I've got when I tested it:

    Weight: 375 g./13.23 oz
    Flex: 38
    SW: 394
     
  6. VSlice

    VSlice New User

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    Wilson Pro Staff 85 Taiwan - 13.5 oz, 8pts headlight.

    love that racquet, anyone knows how the KPS88 compares to it? havent gotten my hands on it
     
  7. Sentinel

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    Do you know the headsize? is it 72 or 68 ?

    thanks!
     
  8. harryz

    harryz Semi-Pro

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    Long overdue update

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  9. harryz

    harryz Semi-Pro

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    and one more...

    43. VSlice
     
  10. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

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    Ahhh. I love my heavy racquet. although for some reason>>> my opponents don't. :)
     
  11. Dino Lagaffe

    Dino Lagaffe Professional

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    Not sure about the headsize. Sorry... :(
     
  12. logansc

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    Volkl C10 Pro 12.5 oz for me.
     
  13. racquetjunkie

    racquetjunkie Rookie

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    ok like to join:
    M Pro 1 368g
    M Pro 1 364g
    MG Radical Pro 359g
    PT 690 365g
     
  14. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

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    My 3 racquets are all 12 oz or above strung.
     
  15. LuckyR

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    PK Ionic 5 (11.8oz) w/ lead to a shade under 13 oz.
     
  16. GPB

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    I'm not sure how heavy my Vantage is, but I know it's enough to get into this club. Demoing around, trying to find a frame that feels similar, I added a bunch of weight to a Babolat PST to make it about 360g, and it's still lighter than my Vantage.

    So, Vantage specs:
    head size: 95si
    balance: approx 8pts hl
    weight: approx 375g?
    sw: approx 350?

    Specs on the PST that I'll probably purchase soon and customize:
    head size: 98si
    balance: 11pts hl
    weight: 360g
    sw: approx 340
    (that said, does anybody know of a frame with similar specs, instead of me buying a pst with plans to customize it right away?)
     
  17. harryz

    harryz Semi-Pro

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    Time to add a few more members....

    The Heavy Racquet Lover's Club

    1. HarryZ
    2. HydroYang PROVISIONAL pending use of LEAD TAPE
    3. VGP
    4. Tofi
    5. Thepowerofchoice
    6. RestockingTues
    7. Markwillplay
    8. Mick
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    10. fuzz nation
    11. ag200boy
    12. T1000
    13. In D Zone
    14. JackKYKung
    15. vndesu
    16. mcLovin
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    18. lilxjohnyy
    19. Run
    20. Drakulie (until #69 is available)
    21. mdqm
    22. a-naik.1
    23. Matchmaker
    24. Robby C
    25. Bud
    26. Coonio
    27. jayserinos99
    28. timokabo
    29. Keifers
    30. Kalic
    31. paintthecorner ? COME ON AND GET WITH IT
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    44. LoganSC
    45. racquejunkie
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    46. LuckyR
    47. GPB

    (Drak, I'm saving your magic number)

    Harry
     
  18. betofranca

    betofranca New User

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    Hi, I have my 3 Head Microgel Prestige Mid I think unstrung weigth is 330g I think with strings is about 355g and added 15grams of lead at 3' and 9'.
     
  19. harryz

    harryz Semi-Pro

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    Beto, you're in

    that's a man's racquet ya' got there.
     
  20. Jack & Coke

    Jack & Coke Professional

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    [​IMG]

    525 grams (18.5 oz)

    Did I win? [​IMG]
     
  21. acm

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    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you really play with 525 gr frame? lol
     
  22. acm

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    Pro staff 88 374 gr (13.2oz) without modification
     
  23. betofranca

    betofranca New User

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    That's simply awesome!!! how can you play with that, its like playing with emm...a hammer?? jajaja
    nice:shock:
     
  24. Jack & Coke

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    This is my test racquet.. it's just for fun and to experiment with.

    I use it to see just how heavy I can go. It's modified more out of curiosity than practicality.

    My primary match sticks are about 425 grams.

    Oddly, it's not as difficult as you would think.. you just can't be whippy or late. Being relaxed and smooth, with plenty of early preparation is the key.

    Needless to say, it doesn't just hit like a brick wall, it IS a brick wall.

    Warming up with some practice swings using a head cover with 2 balls stuffed inside really gets the arm loose and primed for using this beast. When I do this, I feel like I’m in the on-deck circle warming up with those heavy bat weights.
     
  25. harryz

    harryz Semi-Pro

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    Jack!

    That's insane. I don't know if you're my hero or a whack job, but since we're all probably whack jobs I love it. Am going to warm up by swinging a racquet in it's cover from now on. Used to do this with wood frames in the presses, if you can remember those days...
     
  26. Jack & Coke

    Jack & Coke Professional

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    Just drop down and crank out 2-3 sets of 50 push-ups.. pretend like you're in Vegas with your buddies and you hit theweight room right before you go poolside.. you know.. pump up those guns! haha j/k ;)
     
  27. goosala

    goosala Hall of Fame

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    I can't hit with anything under 12 ozs. I just got done demoing the Dunlop Aerogel 100 which is listed at 11.7 oz. It was way too light and was not stable. Although I did like the feel and flex I needed more weight. Currently I use a Yonex RDS001 90 with five inches of 1/4 inch leade tape at the 3 and 9 positions. It hits great now and is a lot more stable. I am very used to the Pro Staff line of frames going back to the PS85 6.0 and going through the Classic 6.1 95, Tour 90, and K90. I have owned other frames: POG mid, Pro Kennex Redondo, Yonex RDX500, Donnay Pro One International TW version but the extra weight of the Pro Staff line is just awesome when you are pounding away at the baseline.
     
  28. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

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    You sir,,, are a gentleman and man of your word!!! :)


    You sir, are the first member elected into the Heavy Racquets Club Hall of Fame. :)
     
  29. a-naik.1

    a-naik.1 Professional

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    and i thought my k90s at 17.1 oz was heavy...but 18.5!
     
  30. harryz

    harryz Semi-Pro

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    Updated List

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    2. HydroYang PROVISIONAL pending use of LEAD TAPE
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    4. Tofi
    5. Thepowerofchoice
    6. RestockingTues
    7. Markwillplay
    8. Mick
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    10. fuzz nation
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    15. vndesu
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    19. Run
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    23. Matchmaker
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    25. Bud
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    28. timokabo
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    31. paintthecorner ? COME ON AND GET WITH IT
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    34. dunno
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    39. rev200g
    40. Sentinel
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    42. Dino Lagaffe
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    44. Jack&Coke-- A Man Among Boys and Honorary Initial Member of The Heavy Racquet Lover's Hall of Fame
    45. ACM
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  31. Jack & Coke

    Jack & Coke Professional

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    lol!

    You guys interested in seeing what I did to get my KPS to 525 grams?
     
  32. VSlice

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    yes! how did you do it :confused:

    how does it feel now? better or worst.
     
  33. OTMPut

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    1. KPS88 stock version
    2. Leaded up PS 85 (6 gms each at 3 & 9 O'clock)
     
  34. ReopeningWed

    ReopeningWed Semi-Pro

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    And I thought I was hot stuff for playing with a PS90 and Prestige Mid leaded up to 395g :?
     
  35. J011yroger

    J011yroger G.O.A.T.

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    Yea. . . but he couldn't beat Nadal with such a heavy racquet.

    J
     
  36. Jack & Coke

    Jack & Coke Professional

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    This procedure is for a No. 2 grip size.

    For larger grip sizes, I would use a different method that I have also experimented with (using a utility razor to channel out slots for the steel plates).

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    naked pallet

    (yes, I swapped out the original butt cap for a black one)


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    carefully cut it open

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    sans pallet

    [​IMG]

    steel mending plates from Home Depot.
     
  37. Jack & Coke

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    [​IMG]

    used Gorilla Tape to secure the metal plates together

    [​IMG]


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    Bevels still feel great!

    (yes, my Fairway grips are upside-down... I'm a lefty)

    [​IMG]
     
  38. Jack & Coke

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    I adjusted the balance by adding lead tape head under the bumper.

    I don't have pics of this step for the KPS88, but it is extractly what I did here for my PST:


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    Nice and clean look. No evidence of lead modification.
     
  39. J011yroger

    J011yroger G.O.A.T.

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    Why did you switch to the Ncode black buttcap?

    J
     
  40. Jack & Coke

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    Just to be different.. it's black, and it's rounded like the original. Feels the same, just a different color.

    My other 2 KPS' have the original stock white ones.
     
  41. Jack & Coke

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    Here are some other techniques I used to embed steel plates into the pallet.


    These test racquets came out to around 400 to 430 grams, depending on how many plates I added.


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  42. Jack & Coke

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  43. swedechris

    swedechris Banned

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    i am 220lbs and 6.4 so i crave a heavy bat and have my NXGs Mps wellleaded.. they vary a bit but are all in the 345-360 gram range now. awesome plow and cuts and spin as a result. super loopy groundies that catapult off the court high and heavy.
    polys on the mains with VS gut on the crosses helps out.
     
  44. Satch

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    ~360g Wilson k95
     
  45. harryz

    harryz Semi-Pro

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    Looks like I'm barely in myself, as I'm switching to the K95 18x20. The stock frame, strung, is 349g. I do put some lead at 10 and 2, plus an overwrap, but that only makes it around 360. Seems to be the perfect "Goldilocks" frame for me these days-- just right. I may have to play around with a leather grip and more lead on one of them....
     
  46. Drudge

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    My three PS 85 average 348g.
     
  47. acm

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    If you can play well with a frame that weight 425 grams for a period of 2 hours you are the mannnnnnnnnnnnnn. Nice pics
     
  48. acm

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    My k88 weights 375 gr.
     
  49. harryz

    harryz Semi-Pro

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    Hey Drudge, you need 2 more grams

    350 minimum to be in the club, dude!
     
  50. ls206

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    348 was his average though, there's a chance he plays with one over 350 :p
     

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