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Rafaboy 02-14-2013 07:47 PM

Lighten a Racket
 
If i want to lighten the swingweight and increase the head lightness, is it ok to remove the strings/grommets, and sand the frame down a little? I dont care how it looks, i just want it to feel right.

I dont need to lighten a whole lot, just a few grams, and add 2pts. head light.
Or, would removing the head shield do the trick?

darklore009 02-14-2013 07:51 PM

you can remove the grommets. without it, when stringing the racket, the string will actually damage the frame while applying tension. you could inject silicone into the handle to make it more maneuverable. or wrap lead tape under the replacement grip around the butt cap. wouldn't do what you just mention.

slowfox 02-14-2013 09:01 PM

Is there a bumper guard? Perhaps you can cut it off.

cluckcluck 02-14-2013 09:17 PM

Use only overgrips instead of a grip with an overgrip.

scotus 02-14-2013 10:05 PM

Maybe you can use a razor blade to take the bumper guard off the grommet strip.

Rafaboy 02-14-2013 11:18 PM

thanks guys,

I did cut the bumper guard off, and i can feel a difference. Lost something in the plow thru, but gained in manuverability. I think the bumper guard weighed about the same as a 1.5 inch of half inch lead tape. small, but significant.

Veninga 02-14-2013 11:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rafaboy (Post 7215274)
thanks guys,

I did cut the bumper guard off, and i can feel a difference. Lost something in the plow thru, but gained in manuverability. I think the bumper guard weighed about the same as a 1.5 inch of half inch lead tape. small, but significant.

depending on the frame, bumperguard can make a 6 grams difference (swingweight difference of 20 or something), so yes definitely more manuveribity and less plowthrough.)

Hi I'm Ray 02-15-2013 01:55 AM

Do not sand the racket! lol.

I punch holes in the bumper with a rectangular hole punch or sometimes trim the ends of the bumper.

robbo1970 02-15-2013 01:58 AM

Yes, bumper guard removal. I would never sand down a racket.

Or add a few grams of lead under the handle. The static weight will increase slightly, but you will probably offset that by getting the more headlight feel you want.

Veninga 02-15-2013 03:34 AM

use a thinner gauge multifil string instead of a poly. Will make the racket def a few grams lighter. Also SW, so more easy to swing.

PKfan1 02-15-2013 03:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cluckcluck (Post 7215165)
Use only overgrips instead of a grip with an overgrip.

How could that possibly make the racquet more headlight?

Relinquis 02-15-2013 01:46 PM

you can make a stick more headlight and maneuverable by adding weight to the handle and/or buttcap.

if you want to reduce swingwieght (why?) you'll have to reduce weight from the head of the racquet.


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