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eman resu 06-29-2013 10:20 AM

For those who have shortened a Michael Chang LB
What were your experiences? How much weight was removed, how did you handle this loss, have you added weight to the hoop, to the handle etc? I'm about to shorten my MP as I realised I prefer 27". I might even go to 26,75 or 26,5 to see if my girlfriend likes it.

Tamiya 07-03-2013 01:30 AM

Earlier this afternoon visiting an ancient proshop
I had a 2 Graphite LB MP in hand that's been chopped 1"
shorter (than a mint Chang OS I had in the other hand :P )

I'm used to the Tour 93s and its swing felt really weird,
like its a lot more Hammer-ish than I prefer.
(Which is weird as I'd expect the opposite.)

Felt more head heavy than the unmolested Chang LB too.
Don't know if they had more mods, did not see any lead tape outside.

Tamiya 07-03-2013 01:39 AM

btw there was a Precision 730 too, which I believe
is the LB sister of the Graphite II.

the 730 probably was same owner as above
and had been cut down to same length.

I've got a Graphite II (recently acquired & fixed up
but not yet played) and methinks the chopped 730
isn't feeling quite the same as a genuine 27" :(

Didn't like them enough to negotiate $, left them
in store. But the mint Chang LB is in my boot :)

struggle 07-03-2013 10:34 AM

are we talking the blu-ish/green one?

eman resu 07-03-2013 01:20 PM


Originally Posted by tbuggle (Post 7559858)
are we talking the blu-ish/green one?

yes. The MP, 95 sq in 14x18.

retrowagen 07-03-2013 03:06 PM

Gosh. Michael Chang was short enough already - you wouldn't want him any shorter! :lol:

Tamiya 07-04-2013 05:12 AM


Originally Posted by retrowagen (Post 7560632)
Gosh. Michael Chang was short enough already - you wouldn't want him any shorter! :lol:

plus he's now 40+ and breathing in Shanghai air... :twisted:

LeeD 07-04-2013 09:55 AM

I always choked up about an inch with the ChangOS, made it hard when S/V because a buttcap is needed on serves, and switching up for volleying was not precise.
If you like a SW of around 305, it's just fine.

eman resu 07-04-2013 12:12 PM

Update: I gave up. I decided not to cut it for now. Instead, I gave my Ozone Tour to my girlfriend.
I removed the foam pallet (yes, intact, I've made my own Prince L4 pallet :D), improvised a butt cap, added some guard tape around the head (cheap prince paint is cracking all over) and she's good to go. If I ever want it back, all I have to do is put the pallets on. Weight now is close to 300g, a bit head heavy, but also a bit shorter than 27". Seems good for her, lets see how she'll like it.

As for the Chang, I'll leave him safe this time..

eman resu 07-04-2013 12:28 PM

Oh, and now I can say that Head pallets DO fit Prince's hairpin. Not exactly, but it works (hairpin is slightly thicker).

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