Can anyone compare customized FX500 Tour to Pure Drive Tour?

puppybutts

Semi-Pro
I like the FX500 Tour better than non-Tour versions of the Pure Drive. I've always liked Dunlop's dampening technologies and feeling at contact. But I like the Pure Drive Tour more than the FX500 Tour, and I'm not sure if it's just the extra weight but everything else about the racquet too. To customize the FX500 Tour, I'd probably add a heavier replacement grip and some tungsten at 12 to balance, or just add tape at 10/2 to get it up to 310 or 315 unstrung.

I really try to avoid customizing if I can...I don't know how some tungsten tape might change how the FX500 Tour feels. I know it's a bit of a niche ask, but thoughts from anyone who used both these racquets is appreciated! Been thinking lately it'd be fun to have a blue racquet in my bag for days I just want to swing out. FX500 has bonus of being cheaper considering neither will be my main racquet... : )
 

TennisHound

Legend
I like the FX500 Tour better than non-Tour versions of the Pure Drive. I've always liked Dunlop's dampening technologies and feeling at contact. But I like the Pure Drive Tour more than the FX500 Tour, and I'm not sure if it's just the extra weight but everything else about the racquet too. To customize the FX500 Tour, I'd probably add a heavier replacement grip and some tungsten at 12 to balance, or just add tape at 10/2 to get it up to 310 or 315 unstrung.

I really try to avoid customizing if I can...I don't know how some tungsten tape might change how the FX500 Tour feels. I know it's a bit of a niche ask, but thoughts from anyone who used both these racquets is appreciated! Been thinking lately it'd be fun to have a blue racquet in my bag for days I just want to swing out. FX500 has bonus of being cheaper considering neither will be my main racquet... : )
I can compare a modified FX500 to a Pure Drive. It swings faster with more control, and is excellent on just about everything. The PD’s wide frame is slower getting around than the FX. Adding weight to a PD just didn’t work for me since the PD needs to be swung fast (weight slows the swing speed down). The FX however takes weight very well (as does the SX300). I’ve added lead on both sides the length of the headguard (underneath) and a leather grip. It still swings quick, but pummels the ball.
 
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puppybutts

Semi-Pro
I can compare a modified FX500 to a Pure Drive Tour. It swings faster with more control, and is excellent on just about everything. The PD’s wide frame is slower getting around than the FX. Adding weight to a PD just didn’t work for me since the PD needs to be swung fast (weight slows the swing speed down). The FX however takes weight very well (as does the SX300). I’ve added lead on both sides the length of the headguard (underneath) and a leather grip. It still swings quick, but pummels the ball.
thank you. i do like the 98 better than 100 so that's helpful to know your thoughts on swinging with added weight.
 
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