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  1. gbgTennis

    gbgTennis New User

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    I need some advice. Still thinking about getting thsoe Biomimetic 200 Lites as a platform racquet. Specs sound just like what i want to play with, except for the weight and swingweight. But thats pretty much what the platform is about right? ;))
    Now the problem is that ive heard the Biomimetic 200 lite is a depolarized racquet, i want to build a polarized racquet though. The unstrung weight of it is somewhere around 310 grams i believe has ~306 swingweight. Do you think it would be possible to get it polarized without getting its static weight over 325 grams and the swingweight over 330?

    Thanks for your help

    Gbgtennis
     
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  2. Power Player

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    Unstrung weight of 310? No, it will weigh close to 330 just strung.
     
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  3. gbgTennis

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    Stock its said to be 312 grams, ofcourse what i want is less than 325 grams unstrung ;)
     
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  4. JackB1

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    Couldn't agree more. What a wonderful racquet. You can add around 10 grams and make it 11.5oz or really beef it up to 12 oz. It's thin frame, sub 11 0z stock weight and headlite balance make it a perfect platform.
     
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  5. gino

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    Does anyone have experience customizing the Graphene MP/IG 300?

    The HEAD Speed IG 300 has an RA flex of 60 which seems perfect for customization.

    These both like great platform frames if you're looking to add weight to the handle.

    Thanks guys
     
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  6. maxpotapov

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    Looks good on paper, but I'm not sure what the mold is. 95 sq in 21 mm beam, it's like 200 and 300 series mixed up
    I like the flex though, maybe it's a good alternative to MG Radical MP after all (head size is likely not that different)
     
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  7. maxpotapov

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    I remember initial reviews were not that positive about IG 300, but now people seem to like it much. Yes, thin beam and nice flex in a 100 sq in frame... would be interesting to hear how it plays when upgraded to 320-330 sw
     
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  8. gino

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    Totally agreed. Does anyone have experience modding the Speed IG 300?

    The Graphene MP definitely seems harsher with its RA flex of 66, but I can't help but think about how great of a stick it would be around 8-10 pts HL.
     
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  9. dje31

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    Gino: Graphene Speed Rev is RA 63, but needs a fair bit of weight. Put enough in the handle and you might get your wish.
     
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  10. gino

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    Thanks, dje31. I have golfer's elbow, so I'm trying to find a spin friendly HEAD frame with a 16x19 string pattern and low RA flex to switch to.

    Has anyone customized a G-Speed Rev?
     
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  11. dje31

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    My wife and I tried both the Speed and Instinct Revs, and she ended up getting the Instinct. Weighted it up to 10.5, mostly in the handle, and it's pretty sweet. Also, its RA is 59.

    I could definitely play with it, or the Speed Rev. On a purely aesthetic basis, I liked the Speed's beam width better, the Instinct's PJ better.

    She's more of a baseliner, I'm more all-court attacking, both ~4.5, but aging, so we like lighter player-style racquets.

    Prior to the Instinct Rev, she used the C10 Pro for almost 10 years, while I used the Tour 10 Mid for the same amount of time. I'm using her C10s for now, but will probably move to the YTIG Prestige S.
     
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  12. dje31

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    One other thing, re: Instinct vs. Speed, at least with the Revs: the Instinct feels very muted at impact, so with your arm issues, that may be better. The Speed is less muted.

    Though I was surprised when we tried the YTIG Instinct MP, which had an RA69, they hid and / or damped that well. Didn't feel near that stiff, unless it was the strings in the demo.
     
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  13. ae11

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    Any thing by Volkl? How about PB 10 Light?
     
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  14. MAXXply

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    I *think* I've got a stash of NOS Aerogel 4D 300 Tours at my ex-mother-in-law's place. Is this a racket people would be eager enough to pay near-current retail for, now that it's been superceded by a further two iterations?
     
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  15. TennisCJC

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    I have customized my O10 295 and like it a lot. Mine is now 6+ HL, 340+ weight, and 330+ swingweight. I have not tried the PB 10 295 (light) but I think it is a very good candidate for customization due to its light static weight and moderate swingweight.

    If you want a swingweight in the 320-340 range but don't want a real high static weight, the o10 295 or pb10 295 should be good platform rackets.
     
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  16. gregor.b

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    My XL TOUR Instincts sit at about 350 strung. How is that a baby racquet? Also, I am looking at the Instinct Rev and looking to add about 40 grams or so to start. It will still be light but should be good starting point, especially with the low RA of 59.
     
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