I reduced the length of my racquet from 27 to 26.5 inches. Let me say that this tiny half inch has made a huge difference. Playtested today. Control and overall consistency was better for all strokes. The racquet still felt solid despite losing 10g of weight. Power was perhaps lower, but not much. All in all, what I like best about the shorter stick is the way it feels when I swing it. Something about the leverage now seems *more natural*. That's the best way I can describe it. The phrase "extension of the arm" suddenly takes on a more real meaning. Now perhaps I simply play better with a lower swingweight, as cutting down the handle 0.5-in will reduce the SW by ~24 or so. (Thank you corners and travlerajm for all your useful info on the topic of shortening racquets. I searched the heck out many posts in the TT archives.) Before my SW was in the 330s, now probably low 300s. So maybe it is just an issue of swingweight. But here's the thing. I shortened a different racquet which has an alleged 310 SW, and tested this stick at 26.5-in also (new SW in the 280s). And I'm liking this one better as well. Same benefits (control, consistency, etc). Also perhaps it might just be a placebo thing. I changed my racquet so maybe I merely think I'm playing better. But get this. Originally I cut my racquet down more than a half inch. It was about 26 & 1/8 inches. At this length control was great, but power was noticeably reduced, and serving was not good (I found it hard to time, and was shanking and netting the ball more than usual). So I built the handle back up, and at 26.5 inches the racquet serves fine. I do miss the 10g weight loss, so maybe I'll tinker with some lead. More testing is definitely needed. And I still have a same model but uncut racquet, so I can compare the shorty to the regular 27 inch length soon. So... maybe we all have the holy grail in our hands already. If you like your racquet, but sometimes wish it was a little more *this* or a tad *that*. Perhaps that ineffable something is just a half inch away.