So, how similar does a weighted up 305 DC feel to a stock 305 XTC? I demo'd the XTC and liked it, but may as well save money if a weighted DC is the same.Sure. In general, the 305 DC impresses me as a solid feeling, predictable all court stick that does a good job of splitting the difference between traditional and modern. The word that comes to mind in terms of overall on-court response is "linear", very much a get-what-you-put-into-it stick in terms of directional control, power, and spin. It's sort of middle of the road in everything - medium stiffness, medium power, lower trajectory than most open pattern racquets but easier spin than a lot of dense ones. It has a more even weight distribution, a bit more flex, and vibrates at a lower frequency than the other, more open patterned DC T-Fights. Because of those factors, I think, it responds really well to the addition of small amounts of weight. It probably needs tuning for most people but it doesn't take much to make noticeable changes in play. The weight addition process works just like you'd expect it to. The DCs tended to have lower swingweights than the current XTCs, often down in the teens. They're pretty whippy at that point but with a sacrifice in plow through, power, stability, and consistency. With less mass in the head and higher swing speeds, the sweetspot is very sweet (with a soft string) but smaller so that the ball tended to fly long on me when I didn't expect it. Poly strings feel harsher as well. I think the TW review was pretty accurate at stock weight. The more mass you add to the head, the easier it gets to trade groundstrokes, drive the ball through the court, etc.. At higher swingweights, the sweetspot opens up, ball pocketing is better, and the power is more consistent and predictable. A nice smooth stroke that lets the racquet do the work can bolt a fairly heavy ball into a corner surprisingly at will. Volleys are solid with good but not great touch. Slice is especially good. All the usual swingweight trade offs, though, with maneuverability and the like. I personally think balancing all that out with a swingweight in the mid 320s or so and some sort of hybrid or thin, soft poly makes for a nice, comfortable do it all sort of racquet for just about everyone except big, loopy spin players. As a flattish hitting counterpuncher, it suits me well. Most comments I've seen suggest that people like the DC 305 with added mass in the head and I agree. Tecnifibre responded by upping the stock swingweight of the newer XTC version by about 10 points, though, for me, I think 330 might be a little too much. If you get to try a DC, I'd definitely put a few grams at 9-3 or 10-2 before making a final decision.