Can I fill my handle with sand?

puppybutts

Semi-Pro
I'm wondering...to make my racquet more HL, heavier, and more comfortable, could I mimic ProKennex's moveable mass tech by filling my handle with sand instead of tungsten putty? Or will this ruin my racquet? Will it not absorb any shock through the handle? Does sand have the right volume-to-mass ratio?
 

tomkowy

Rookie
First I would think how to reliably prevent the sand from moving up into the racket head. I would try silicone first - it dampens well too and it's a lot easier to use.
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
They received approval from ITF that their technology does not violate the rules about racquets frames that you can modify playing characteristics. Things like changing string tension or SW would probably be a violation. Anti shock etc was OK since the particles can only move within a small capsule according to the ITF.
 

puppybutts

Semi-Pro
Fill the handle with Jell-O and store it in the fridge
now that is a great idea. when it's cold, it will act like silicone and absorb all the shock. you can mix it with a sports drink so when it melts, you can open your butt cap for a quick drink and lighten your racquet as you fatigue.
 
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beltsman

Legend
I'm wondering...to make my racquet more HL, heavier, and more comfortable, could I mimic ProKennex's moveable mass tech by filling my handle with sand instead of tungsten putty? Or will this ruin my racquet? Will it not absorb any shock through the handle? Does sand have the right volume-to-mass ratio?
:-D
 

Lorenn

Professional
I'm wondering...to make my racquet more HL, heavier, and more comfortable, could I mimic ProKennex's moveable mass tech by filling my handle with sand instead of tungsten putty? Or will this ruin my racquet? Will it not absorb any shock through the handle? Does sand have the right volume-to-mass ratio?
Maybe by placing the sand in a plastic tube which you slide into the handle? Risky if you ever staple anything into it. otherwise is should keep the sand contained. Hard part is getting just enough sand it moves as you like and adds the exact amount of weight.
 

BoxbeamsFTW

Semi-Pro
I genuinely thought the OP would be joking when I saw this. :oops: I'm really surprised how many people are open to the idea.

Depends how much sand you wanna fill in the handle. I myself think the sand with be too heavy. And not dampen vibrations but more importantly shock enough. But anything, anything that adds weight, and is soft or not a fixed shape will dampen vibration and help with comfort.

You should go to an arts and craft store and look for plastic beads or something similar. Ask @scotus what they thought if they ever added grains of rice into there. I read they thought about it once.
 

Oval_Solid

Semi-Pro
sure you will have a cool sand racket at first but then
the sand will slowly damage the graphite of your racket from the inside
 

ron schaap

Hall of Fame
no because the sand will move from the handle to the head where it escapes trough the holes. Frames are not only hollow at the handle you know.
 

ProRadTour

Semi-Pro
you will need to use silicone to create a seal in the handle. Once the silicone cures you can the fill the remainder of the handle with any material and it wont go up into the frame. How deep in the handle you go will depend on how much weight you want to add.

Difference approach to tail weighting but it should work if you create a seal, that will prevent the sand from going up through the throat to the head of the frame.
 
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