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Old 01-24-2013, 07:21 PM   #1
Steve Huff
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 7,248
Default Ceramic Destiny makeover

Bought a Ceramic Destiny, 4 5/8 grip, but the butt cap was all chewed up, and the injected fibermold was chewed up also. So, I took a chisel and removed all the injection molded fiber down to the hair pin. I removed 1.1 oz of lead that was in the handle. What a pain. Kick Serve Tennis sold me some old PK pallets which I sanded out so they would fit the hairpin. Well, almost fit. I had about a milimeter gap on the top and bottom of the handle. Jerry Keating gave me the idea to use a 1/2 size shrink sleeve to pull it all together, which I did. I used a little rubber cement under the pallets to hold them in place + to dampen out some vibration. Then, I put a Wilson butt cap on the end--one with a trap door. I used the bumperguard/grommets from a PK Type S, which gave it a maroon and black look, much better than the maroon and white (especially since all the white grommets I had that were for that model were kind of yellow by now. I used a Dunlop HydraMax Sport grip with a white Wilson Pro overgrip. I made everything long enough for my 2-handed backhand. I strung it with Alpha Gut 2000. Now, I still need to weight and balance it to match my ki 5s if possible. It might be just a little too head heavy to do this, but I'll get close. It's 11.2 oz now, and I'm shooting for 11.5oz. Most will go in the handle, hence the trap door. Looks promising. A Ceramic Destiny that weighs 11.7 oz instead of 12.7 oz. Plus, I now have a 4 1/2 grip, which I wanted.

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