Does adding a heated shrink sleeve really make a noticeable difference in game? (IG Radical Pro) (L5 vs L4+sleeve)

Arjuntino

New User
I have seen similar threads specifically about different aspects such as swing weight, balance, but that was several years old and didn't really fit my situation, so I thought I'd check again.

Trying to compare L4 with shrink wrap vs L5.

Would it make a big difference or is it more of a mind game? Small differences are adaptable too. Would it be more different than having a fresh set of strings vs broken-in strings or poly vs microfilament strings, even using an overgrip you are not used to? I feel like those might have a bigger impact on play? I feel like minor tweaks could easily accommodate this, but haven't actually done it and wanted to check before spending money.

On a side note, I saw with head rackets you can replace the palette. Can this increase the grip size, or only change the shape?

Background:
I like my Youtek IG Radical Pros, and want to stay with them since all the new graphene rackets are much stiffer, and tennis elbow has been a problem in the past. I have two but was looking to get one or two more before they completely disappear.

My grip size is 4 5/8 (L5). 4 5/8th IG Radical Pros are hard to find, so I have been considering getting the 4 1/2 which are more available. Would it make a big difference if I got an L4 and added the shrink wrap to increase the grip size?
It would be 4 5/8 and overgrip vs 4 1/2 with shrink wrap and overgrip. Was a high school varsity player (4.0-5.0??) level, player. Now I play casually (~4 hours a week) and still do sets with high-level players.

Thanks!
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
Just switch the pallets. It’s very easy. I do the hot water submerge method to remove mine.

I believe the heat shrink sleeve would add weight. Changing the pallet is the easier route to go to get what you desire which is matching frames.
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
The full size TW shrink sleeve (takes a 4&1/2 to 4&5/8) is 11.5" long and weighs 20grams. You could use just half the sleeve - 10grams. But 10grams is 10 grams.
 

Arjuntino

New User
Thanks for the input. I will do more research into pallets. Part of me is scared to take apart the racket, but that seems like the best way to make them the same.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
I've also found that applying heat shrink sleeves has altered the balance of my racquets. The good news for me is that I prefer a rather hefty frame with significant HL balance. If you don't want to mess with the balance of your new frames, I'd say try the pallet swap first.
 

richdvng

Rookie
I added a heat shrink on my vpro 97 since I got a size smaller. I have another stock vpro to compare to my other with the heat sleeve and I see no noticeable differences in weight tbh. If you can get a pallet that would probably be the better solution but using a heat shrink isn't a bad option either.
 

Arjuntino

New User
I added a heat shrink on my vpro 97 since I got a size smaller. I have another stock vpro to compare to my other with the heat sleeve and I see no noticeable differences in weight tbh. If you can get a pallet that would probably be the better solution but using a heat shrink isn't a bad option either.

Yeah, seems I was lucky to have head, and getting a pro shop to swap the pallets is the most straightforward way. If that works out I’m all set!
 

richdvng

Rookie
Yeah, seems I was lucky to have head, and getting a pro shop to swap the pallets is the most straightforward way. If that works out I’m all set!
Imo its a mind game - adding a heat sleeve is a very miniscule change, but to others that small change would change their game because they know an extra 10-15 grams are added. That's my 2 cents though.
 

Jakesteroni

Semi-Pro
Changing your pallet is the best, but your rackets probably won’t be within the same spec anyways given quality control. If you’re lucky maybe they are. If you’re not anal and just go out and hit then you probably won’t notice and will worry more about hitting, but most of us on here are anal and if holding the grip doesn’t feel the same as the other it bothers us. So maybe the heat shrink won’t bother you, but each to their own. Who knows what if putting the heat shrink makes it closer to spec to your other frame?

Taking the pallet off isn’t hard, just patience to not force it. Nothing a butter knife and some heat can’t solve. If you’re not going to reuse the pallet the. Who cares about breaking it.
 
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