Best Setup For Wilson Ultra Tour

Yes Solinco is a little smaller at all gauges. I guess I could try RPM 19g but not made.

And yes stiffer off the stringer... interestingly the Hyper-G holds up better than the rpm. But I like to cut poly at max of 15 hours of play... blame old poly for my TE earlier this year.

Lastly, I started the RPM 2lbs lighter than the hyper G. Like the playablity of rpm, toying with dropping another 4lbs to 44 and testing.
 

Harry_Wild

G.O.A.T.
I needed up placing a lot of lead tape inside the hoop at the 9,12 and 3 o’clock position. It real help my playability.
 

The Big Kahuna

Hall of Fame
My take on Ultra Tour is lead on entire loop and throat, then as much lead under handle as rubber band testing dictates (add heavy rubber bands on the handle in various distributions to "preview" extra weight, then add lead under grip once optimal distribution is found)



Natural Gut / Poly works very well to maximize comfort and touch...I personally prefer 18g poly strung with proportional method for a bit more spin.
I haven’t seen that much learned since the shootout at the OK corral. Holy s#$@!

What does that thing weigh and what is the swing weight for Gods sake?


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mark b.

Rookie
UPDATE:
Once again, I scoured posts on Forums until my eyes bled. I've been looking for the most popular setup while adding my own peculiar things I like to add.
So, I added 8 grams of lead at 9 and 3 (four 4"-inch 1/4" strips)
Added 4 grams of lead at 12. ( two 4-inch 1/4" strips)
Estimated weight of average string = 17grams?
TW 1.3mm leather grip = 22 grams
Yonex Supergrap Overgrip = 7grams
HEAD SmartZorb = 2.6 grams

Unstrung weight of Frame = 305 grams

Total weight of strung Wilson Ultra Tour is 365 grams or a whopping 12.8 ounces. (minus weight of stock grip?)

I'm sorry, but that's getting into TOO HEAVY realm for me. I need to get it down to about 335 grams.
I'm going to change out the leather grip and just leave stock grip on it. Now down to 343 grams. Does anyone know the difference in weight between the stock grip and the heavier leather grip? My numbers don't reflect that accurately.
I need to lose 8 grams somewhere and I think my string weight may be listed too high.
Smartzorb is too light to bother with.
I'm going to trim the lead at 3 and 9 to 3 inch strips.

Suggestions on playability at 11.8 oz.?
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
UPDATE:
Once again, I scoured posts on Forums until my eyes bled. I've been looking for the most popular setup while adding my own peculiar things I like to add.
So, I added 8 grams of lead at 9 and 3 (four 4"-inch 1/4" strips)
Added 4 grams of lead at 12. ( two 4-inch 1/4" strips)
Estimated weight of average string = 17grams?
TW 1.3mm leather grip = 22 grams
Yonex Supergrap Overgrip = 7grams
HEAD SmartZorb = 2.6 grams

Unstrung weight of Frame = 305 grams

Total weight of strung Wilson Ultra Tour is 365 grams or a whopping 12.8 ounces. (minus weight of stock grip?)

I'm sorry, but that's getting into TOO HEAVY realm for me. I need to get it down to about 335 grams.
I'm going to change out the leather grip and just leave stock grip on it. Now down to 343 grams. Does anyone know the difference in weight between the stock grip and the heavier leather grip? My numbers don't reflect that accurately.
I need to lose 8 grams somewhere and I think my string weight may be listed too high.
Smartzorb is too light to bother with.
I'm going to trim the lead at 3 and 9 to 3 inch strips.

Suggestions on playability at 11.8 oz.?
Go back to stock grip is one.
Remove the dampener. Don't think you need a dampener for a plush frame like UT.
Instead of full poly, go to multi/poly hybrid and slightly thinner gauge.

Also, I thought 4" of 1/4" strips equals to 1g, no?
 

Anton

Legend
Go back to stock grip is one.
Remove the dampener. Don't think you need a dampener for a plush frame like UT.
Instead of full poly, go to multi/poly hybrid and slightly thinner gauge.

Also, I thought 4" of 1/4" strips equals to 1g, no?
Actually imo you do need a dampener- lowest cross sits high, leaves long main to ping hard.

But what you can do is just use a rubber band to shave off the weight
 

mark b.

Rookie
Youre correct. A 4-inch strip of lead(1/4") weighs 1 gram. Thanks. Adding 8 grams in hoop, including the dampener. Counterbalancing at grip with a 7gram Yonex Supergrap. Balance almost the same as stock. Thanks guys.
 
When you start out with handle light 11.3oz racket that's usually what it looks like by the time you get to 12oz 6-7 points headlight. Swing-weight in the mid 340s.

This is me hitting with it (for the first time):

I know this is a really old comment, but damn that thing looks heavy. You can actually see it in the video. You seem to have a hard time creating racquet head speed especially on shots out of position (@1:02 you can see what I mean) and everything looks a bit sluggish. I can't imagine how hard it is to serve with this and how much more energy you waste swinging it. You look like a strong guy and could absolutely be ripping the ball if you would to remove some of that lead. Just my 2ct ;)
 

Anton

Legend
I know this is a really old comment, but damn that thing looks heavy. You can actually see it in the video. You seem to have a hard time creating racquet head speed especially on shots out of position (@1:02 you can see what I mean) and everything looks a bit sluggish. I can't imagine how hard it is to serve with this and how much more energy you waste swinging it. You look like a strong guy and could absolutely be ripping the ball if you would to remove some of that lead. Just my 2ct ;)
Oh sure, I can rip the ball, but hitting it deep consistently and efficiently with smooth form is why I need the mass. I enjoy a nice load up-throw and thats just what works best for me.

Generally speaking there is an optimal point bellow which a lighter racket is less consistent across the loop and is tougher to create depth and spin with without jumping out of your shoes, especially a softer racket like Ultra Tour. For different people that optimal point will be at somewhat different weight, so I just wouldn't recommend UT for you if you want to play considerably lighter. Pro Tour 2.0 is sorta similar with also a great feel but has a bit more pop and just works better at lower weight.

My final judgement on Ultra Tour is that I need to play it a bit more eastern and flat at about 12.5oz to do the damage, with more weight in the handle compared to what you see in that video.
 
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My take on Ultra Tour is lead on entire loop and throat, then as much lead under handle as rubber band testing dictates (add heavy rubber bands on the handle in various distributions to "preview" extra weight, then add lead under grip once optimal distribution is found)



Natural Gut / Poly works very well to maximize comfort and touch...I personally prefer 18g poly strung with proportional method for a bit more spin.
Question: What's the reason for adding lead in the throat?
 

Anton

Legend
Question: What's the reason for adding lead in the throat?
Stability in the lower loop, but it also effects swing dynamic.

I personally find that very polarized rackets, where alot of weight is missing in the midsection feel longer and are not as willing to slot for lag in initial stroke phase.
 

mark b.

Rookie
Is the Ultra Tour string sensitive? I strung up a brand new one Saturday morning with 18gauge Volkl V-Torque Tour and headed out for an hour of ball machine time. I strung it at 48lbs and it felt crispier than I thought it should. 24hours later, I played my first doubles match and the string had "settled in" the new grommet strips and it felt more like 43lbs. It how had tons of unexpected power which was OK but I had to modify swing speed a bit. Having strung racquets for years, it's not unusual for an initial string job to loosen.

So, folks - what is your preferred string/gauge/tension and why? I need to put in my second string job.
 

Vicious49

Semi-Pro
So, folks - what is your preferred string/gauge/tension and why? I need to put in my second string job.
I use 17G Hyper G at 48-50#. I've just recently strung mine up with different strings to do some experimenting so can't answer your other questions about how string sensitive it is.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Is the Ultra Tour string sensitive? I strung up a brand new one Saturday morning with 18gauge Volkl V-Torque Tour and headed out for an hour of ball machine time. I strung it at 48lbs and it felt crispier than I thought it should. 24hours later, I played my first doubles match and the string had "settled in" the new grommet strips and it felt more like 43lbs. It how had tons of unexpected power which was OK but I had to modify swing speed a bit. Having strung racquets for years, it's not unusual for an initial string job to loosen.

So, folks - what is your preferred string/gauge/tension and why? I need to put in my second string job.
Depends on what you're looking for. I tend to have thinner gauge strings in my 18x20s... so, Volkl Cyclone 18L (1.15mm), MSV Co-Focus (1.18mm), Weiss Cannon Red Ghost (1.18mm), Tier 1 Black Knight (1.18mm), and Solinco Hyper-G 18 (1.15mm)... or maybe Hyper-G Soft in the same gauge. This is for full Poly. If you want a mix of shaped and smooth polys, Tourna Black Zone 17 is good.

Hybrid: Any of those Polys in the Mains and a thinner gauge of Gosen AK Control 17, or Gosen AK Pro CX 17, or Babolat Origin 17, Tecnifibre Triax 17, or Multifeel 17.
 
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