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harryz 01-10-2009 07:26 AM

The HEAVY RACQUET LOVER'S CLUB
 
Having recently polarized my MG mid, I may never go back to a frame that is less than 12.6 oz with a 360g swingweight. The stability, plow through, control and weight of shot make tennis much more enjoyable for me, and after a few hours my body feels just fine with the adjustment. So much so that I've leaded up an LMP mid to try out today.

Others on these boards-- travelrajm, jollyrodger, and cc to name a few-- have written persuasively about their experiences with modifying frames and using heavier sticks. Some detractors seem to think that we're nuts and that this is not "scientific." That's fine with me. They can keep playing with whatever they like.

There are good reasons why the vast majority of pros lead up their frames. It's not some sort of religion or illogical belief system. They go by what works and by what feels good to them, and so should we.

So anybody else in? Here's what I'm thinking for Club "requirements":

Frame swingweight (pre or post customization): at least 355g

THAT'S IT. I can't think of any others. Let me know if you can. In the meanwhile, note your frame, it's head size, it's stock weight and SW, and how you customized it (if you did) and the final swingweight

THE HEAVY RACQUET LOVER'S CLUB

1. HarryZ: Head MGPM 93 sq in (89.5) stock 12.2oz, SW 328, polarized, >365g

HydroYang 01-10-2009 07:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by harryz (Post 2993816)
Having recently polarized my MG mid, I may never go back to a frame that is less than 12.6 oz with a 360g swingweight. The stability, plow through, control and weight of shot make tennis much more enjoyable for me, and after a few hours my body feels just fine with the adjustment. So much so that I've leaded up an LMP mid to try out today.

Others on these boards-- travelrajm, jollyrodger, and cc to name a few-- have written persuasively about their experiences with modifying frames and using heavier sticks. Some detractors seem to think that we're nuts and that this is not "scientific." That's fine with me. They can keep playing with whatever they like.

There are good reasons why the vast majority of pros lead up their frames. It's not some sort of religion or illogical belief system. They go by what works and by what feels good to them, and so should we.

So anybody else in? Here's what I'm thinking for Club "requirements":

Frame swingweight (pre or post customization): at least 355g

THAT'S IT. I can't think of any others. Let me know if you can. In the meanwhile, note your frame, it's head size, it's stock weight and SW, and how you customized it (if you did) and the final swingweight

THE HEAVY RACQUET LOVER'S CLUB

1. HarryZ: Head MGPM 93 sq in (89.5) stock 12.2oz, SW 328, polarized, >365g





Does my 345g RQiS 1 Tour count??

harryz 01-10-2009 07:35 AM

That's heavy compared to most frames
 
But the club requires a minimum of 355g! Just kidding. Send your specs.

VGP 01-10-2009 07:51 AM

I've got four sets of frames with which I'm messing about at the moment....

1. Wilson PS85 Taiwan - 13.5 oz, 8pts headlight
2. Wilson PS85 China - 13.1 oz, 6pts headlight
3. Dunlop HM200g - 13.7 oz, 10pts headlight
4. Dunlop McEnroe Master II - 13.9 oz, 10pts headlight

I'm not on the court much.....matching and stringing frames is my winter time activity.....

robJAR 01-10-2009 07:55 AM

Dumb question, but how do you calculate swing weight? I leaded up two n6.1 95's to match weight and balance.. And I don't know how many pts. HL it is or swing weight...

-robJAR

Tofi 01-10-2009 07:58 AM

I cant send specs but i use a k90 that i love because of wieght and head size.

swedechris 01-10-2009 08:01 AM

what is the true definition of a polarized racket??.. merely putting equal amounts of lead top and bottom of the racket??help me out ..

harryz 01-10-2009 08:01 AM

RobJar- try the TW customization page link
 
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/lcfrontpage.html

I'll find you the link for how to polarize or de-polarize the frame by adding lead to get to your desired weight.

updated club

1.
2. HydroYang: Yonex RQiS 1 Tour 345g
3. VGP: Wilson PS85 Taiwan - 13.5 oz, 8pts headlight
Wilson PS85 China - 13.1 oz, 6pts headlight
3. Dunlop HM200g - 13.7 oz, 10pts headlight
4. Dunlop McEnroe Master II - 13.9 oz, 10pts headlight

harryz 01-10-2009 08:05 AM

Whoops, Corrected Post
 
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/lcfrontpage.html

I'll find you the link for how to polarize or de-polarize the frame by adding lead to get to your desired weight.

NOTE: Please note your main frame. I'll only post one going forward since I don't have enough time to enter, copy, paste and edit all info. Thanks!

updated club

1. HarryZ: Head MGPM 93 sq in (89.5) stock 12.2oz, SW 328, polarized, >365g
2. HydroYang: Yonex RQiS 1 Tour 345g
3. VGP: Wilson PS85 Taiwan - 13.5 oz, 8pts headlight
Wilson PS85 China - 13.1 oz, 6pts headlight Dunlop HM200g - 13.7 oz, 10pts headlight
Dunlop McEnroe Master II - 13.9 oz, 10pts headlight

Tofi 01-10-2009 08:07 AM

can i join???

swedechris 01-10-2009 08:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by harryz (Post 2994000)
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/lcfrontpage.html

I'll find you the link for how to polarize or de-polarize the frame by adding lead to get to your desired weight.

updated club

1.
2. HydroYang: Yonex RQiS 1 Tour 345g
3. VGP: Wilson PS85 Taiwan - 13.5 oz, 8pts headlight
Wilson PS85 China - 13.1 oz, 6pts headlight
3. Dunlop HM200g - 13.7 oz, 10pts headlight
4. Dunlop McEnroe Master II - 13.9 oz, 10pts headlight


ok, great thanks harryz for looking it up and posting it.. look forward to reading that and being able to try it out :)

harryz 01-10-2009 08:15 AM

Customization tool link
 
RobJar and SwedeChris, I hope that this helps

http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/lear...omization.html

My understanding is that a polarized frame has extra weight at the butt cap and at 12 o'clock and a de-polarized frame has weight at 3 and 9 o'clock. Both are useful depending upon playing style and the types of results you want. The SW2 threads are very helpful on this.

THE HEAVY RACQUET PLAYER'S CLUB

1. HarryZ: Head MGPM 93 sq in (89.5) stock 12.2oz, SW 328, polarized, >365g
2. HydroYang: Yonex RQiS 1 Tour 345g
3. VGP: Wilson PS85 Taiwan - 13.5 oz, 8pts headlight, Wilson PS85 China - 13.1 oz, 6pts headlight, Dunlop HM200g - 13.7 oz, 10pts headlight, Dunlop McEnroe Master II - 13.9 oz, 10pts headlight
4. Tofi: Wilson K90, 12.5oz, 354g, SW 336 (Add some lead!)

Thepowerofchoice 01-10-2009 08:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by harryz (Post 2993816)
Having recently polarized my MG mid, I may never go back to a frame that is less than 12.6 oz with a 360g swingweight. The stability, plow through, control and weight of shot make tennis much more enjoyable for me, and after a few hours my body feels just fine with the adjustment. So much so that I've leaded up an LMP mid to try out today.


THE HEAVY RACQUET LOVER'S CLUB

1. HarryZ: Head MGPM 93 sq in (89.5) stock 12.2oz, SW 328, polarized, >365g

Same experience here...

I'm using Head Radical Twin Tube 95 Zebra. I just CAPped it with Head Microgel Prestige grommets. I don't recall the weight before it was fully CAPped (may be 12.2oz 7 pts head light) but now it weight 12.9 oz and 4-5 points head light. Yes it is heftier to swing but it improves everything about my game. I'm in!!!

Thepowerofchoice 01-10-2009 08:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Thepowerofchoice (Post 2994078)
Same experience here...

I'm using Head Radical Twin Tube 95 Zebra. I just CAPped it with Head Microgel Prestige grommets. I don't recall the weight before it was fully CAPped (may be 12.2oz 7 pts head light) but now it weight 12.9 oz and 4-5 points head light. Yes it is heftier to swing but it improves everything about my game. I'm in!!!

Correction Zebra 1995. It is a Midplus 98 sq.in.

orangettecoleman 01-10-2009 08:18 AM

I lead up all my racquets to about 12 OZ and 8 pts headlight. i just like the stability and feel, and i rely on racquet mass to create power since i don't really swing that fast...
2 head ti 5300
1 prince cts precision OS
1 head LM radical OS
1 Wilson NPS

all 12 oz... maybe that gets me in the club...

RestockingTues 01-10-2009 08:23 AM

Wilson Javelin Mid (95)
13.7 oz
After I tried playing with my FXP Prestige Mid again it felt like a toy; I was scared I would shank the ball because I was swinging so fast :)

swedechris 01-10-2009 08:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RestockingTues (Post 2994118)
Wilson Javelin Mid (95)
13.7 oz
After I tried playing with my FXP Prestige Mid again it felt like a toy; I was scared I would shank the ball because I was swinging so fast :)

ahh.. the javelin.. i loved that racket .. can you post a few pics.. i recall that one + the sting .. old school but no tennis fool stcks.

markwillplay 01-10-2009 09:22 AM

3 max 400i's

all at about 12.8 oz and 6-8 pts headlight (I have not officially measured the balance). Nothing less now. Too addictive. Love it.

Pet 01-10-2009 09:44 AM

Can i subscribe to the club of the men without one handbackhand because they always hit late?:)

quest01 01-10-2009 12:57 PM

I use a 12oz Babolat APDC.


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