So I've done some tinkering and I've found a setup that is feeling really good.
In addition to the four six-inch strips of lead tape at 3 and 9, I've added two six-inch strips centered at 12, and six of these strips on the handle. I've replaced the gecko dunlop grip with a better synthetic grip from Golden Set, and I use one overgrip on top of this.
The frame still feels really maneuverable and it provides solid easy power from all areas of the court, plus more control than frames that are 16 by 18 offer.
Plus, it's a very comfortable frame - no jarring shocks to the arm at all, and no soreness even after a heavy hit.