is there a way to Lighten up a KI5 PSE?

basil J

Hall of Fame
I love my KI5 but at times wish for some added weight say up to 12.4or 5.oz. If I take the leather grip off of a PSE and replace with a thin synthetic would that reduce the weight at all? 12.9 oz intimidates me a bit, since I use head tape & overgrip, I probably would be looking at over 13.oz when all said & done.
 

basil J

Hall of Fame
28 grams to an oz, so that would lower the weight by about 1/3 of an oz so the frame woild be down to around 12.7oz or so correct? Stll a tad heavy for me.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
I didn't realize that you went over the the PSE.

I do like the PSE and the weight doesn't bother me but I just prefer the additional pop and spin on the K88 which is pretty close to the PSE. Perhaps you could go with a regular KI5 and add weight to get what you want.
 

tailofdog

Semi-Pro
Grip Gauze

I love my KI5 but at times wish for some added weight say up to 12.4or 5.oz. If I take the leather grip off of a PSE and replace with a thin synthetic would that reduce the weight at all? 12.9 oz intimidates me a bit, since I use head tape & overgrip, I probably would be looking at over 13.oz when all said & done.
Take the grip off and, use grip gauze to build up the handle. Then use an overgrip which will reduce the static weight a fair bit.
 

Steve Huff

G.O.A.T.
This might help a little: Since you use head tape (and I assume you want to keep using it), try this. Apply the head tape as you normally do. Then, remove the center part of the head tape. Just make 2 slits at 1 end, about 1/4-3/8" wide, and rip it out. The center of the tape should tear cleanly without any problem, leaving the strings exposed. If you scrape your racket, the tape still protects the frame as only the "indented" middle is left exposed, and it won't touch the court surface since it is kind of "sunken" in. I've done this when people bring over rackets to be strung that have head tape on them. It's not hard at all.
 
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