Customizing Head Prestige Graphene Rev Pro

Raf.spin

Rookie
Just bought 2 Head Prestige Graphene Rev Pros for $64 each.
I will be thoroughly customizing them to increase the weight.
To start with, these are 300 grams unstrung, 8 pts HL.
My first customization will be adding a leather grip which I already ordered.

This grip is 29g as opposed to the 18g Head Hydrosorb Pro which is on the racket.
So that's 11g that would bring the unstrung weight to 311g.
I do not wish to change the balance of the racket, with 8 pts HL.
I am willing to add silicone to the handle, no problem with that.
Currently I am hitting with PS85 and have no trouble with the weight.
I used to hit with PD GT 2013, and those were light, I used to overhit.
Write your suggestions.
 

Tennisist

Semi-Pro
I added a lot of weight the handle -- it made absolutely no difference in playability. The racquet still played very poorly.
I started adding weight to the head -- things finally started to improve. I now have decent stability and court penetration -- but the overall specs are 344 g / 7 pt HL.
Still missing spin. The stringbed is just not "grippy".
 

Raf.spin

Rookie
I added a lot of weight the handle -- it made absolutely no difference in playability. The racquet still played very poorly.
I started adding weight to the head -- things finally started to improve. I now have decent stability and court penetration -- but the overall specs are 344 g / 7 pt HL.
Still missing spin. The stringbed is just not "grippy".
344g/7pts HL would be perfect. could you please give me exact customization you did? How much lead, silicone etc...
As for the spin, my PS85 does not generate spin too, I'm happy hitting flat deep shots.
Thanks
 

Tennisist

Semi-Pro
starting weight: 315g
+ silicone in the handle (13g) = 328 g ( some at the top of the handle, some at the bottom, near the buttcap )
+ overgrip (7 ) = 335 g
+ dampener ( 3 ) = 338 g
+ head tape ( 6 ) = 344 g ( gamma guard tape + stretchy guard tape -- all around the upper part of the head )
 

bkfinch

Semi-Pro
I hit with one last week which my partner had customized by putting silicone in the handle.

For me it still felt feeble. I would consider putting a very significant amount of weight in the upper hoop. At least 10g. The other side of this is that while adding weight can make it more solid, it won't change the fundamental feel of the racket. I would be curious to see how far it could go because in theory the racket seems to offer very nice possibilities: midsize, open pattern, low RA, thin beam. Good luck!
 

ushynoti

Rookie
Ah , the elusive playability of the Head Graphene Prestige Rev Pro...I'm very familiar with this racquet and the difficulty in getting it to just behave. First off, I've tried all kinds of string in it from full bed boly, full bed multi, full bed syn gut, hybrid of polys, hybrid of multi/ poly, hybrid of poly and syn gut, basically all possible string combinations short of full bed of natural gut.

The secret to playing well with this frame is that you need to increase your racquet head speed. I've hit some of the biggest serves I've ever hit with this racquet in stock, but also hit some of the most fluttery shots, and what it comes down to is how fast you swing the racquet. You simply can't swing slowly with these light frames without having the ball literally go nowhere, and adding weight really doesn't make a huge difference in playability. So if you are the kind that likes to swing slower, this racquet is not for you...
 

PT630Wannabe

Professional
@bkfinch is right anout the weight in the hoop. It will need that. I like them better with 20g of silicon i added. But even more weight in the hoop would be even better. Also, remember that the weight of that leather grip is *untrimmed* so it won't be 29g once it's on. And I don't think the Hydrozorb is much less thsn a leather grip. It's one of the heavier synthetics out there.
 

bkfinch

Semi-Pro
^^ Are those two layers?

How do you find the stiffness/feel of the Pure Strike Tour? It's got a nice spec I'm just afraid of the stiffness
 

n8dawg6

Legend
theyre such lithe little frames. but think about the physics of such a light, thin-beamed frame. it has to be swung FAST and the small sweetspot has to be hit for it to be effective
 

Raf.spin

Rookie
^^ Are those two layers?

How do you find the stiffness/feel of the Pure Strike Tour? It's got a nice spec I'm just afraid of the stiffness
Coming from Pure Drive GT 2013, the Pure Strike Tour has noticeably more flex and is softer on the arm.
 

boinz

Rookie
In the graphene series, Head took away all the weight in the middle of the racket and made them polarised. In fact too much weight had been taken away hence the terrible feel
Try adding weight back to the throat rather than in the hoop and handle to make it even way more polarised

My 2 cents
 

neverstopplaying

Professional
In the graphene series, Head took away all the weight in the middle of the racket and made them polarised. In fact too much weight had been taken away hence the terrible feel
Try adding weight back to the throat rather than in the hoop and handle to make it even way more polarised

My 2 cents
Though I play with the racquet stock (not my main stick), I agree that adding some weight to the throat also (maybe 4gm) will help with the polarization. Leather grip and another 8gms in the hoop at 3 and 9 will complete the mod.

There are so many poor comments on the Rev Pro in stock form, but for those that hit with 295-310gm frames it plays well wth good feel as is. However, it is low power compared to my current TT Warrior 100, or even a PS 97LS.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
I received the racket yesterday, played with it a bit and I'm not impressed. I also got a Pure Strike Tour. Now that one plays like a tank.
To me, it is still the best racket ever to hit heavy, penetrating shots, even more so than the RF97.
 

John Z.

Rookie
If only that frame would be a bit more heavy and hl (around 320g/11hl unstrung)... with its low stiffness and 16x19, it would be a heck of a mid frame option! In its current form i hesitate as it will likely require infinite amount of tweaking, which i have no time for.

Furthermore, 99% of peeps interested in mids want players frame type of specs, but with open 16x19 pattern so to be able to play the same spin & power game that bigger frames enables. The rev pro is a nice attempt at making that bridge, and with a bit more weight i'm pretty sure it would work out.
 
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ushynoti

Rookie
Took this frame out today because I always have one lying around the house and I pick it up and swing it around at times and it always makes me want to take it to the courts and play with it because without hitting a ball, the racquet feels awesome. Went out today and hit some really nice solid shots that felt amazing, but there are certain hits where it will just go out and you ask yourself why? It's like the racquet lost the collision contest with the ball, so you ended up just launching the ball. It's just one of those racquets you can love and hate at the same time...
 
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