Pacific X-Feel 95 Users - How Do You Weight Your Frames?

lstewart

Semi-Pro
Okay, this is a very specific question for a very small group of players. I've played the Pacific X-Feel 95 frame for the past few years. I had always added 2 strips of 4 inch lead tape on each side of the frame at 9 and 3, total of 4 strips of 4 inch lead tape. I then added a wrap a tournagrip, and a dampener. I think the strung racket then weighed just a little over 12 ounces... maybe 12.2 or so. I strung with hybrid poly main, synthetic cross. I loved this set up for groundstrokes, but got to where I really struggled to get my serve in. It carried long, even as I tried to add more spin to my second serve. Asked for thoughts here about this, and most felt I probably had too much weight in the head. Have made an effort to move to different frames, but keep coming back to the Pacific 95 for comfort and feel. I've reduced by half my lead tape, now 2 x 2inch strips at 9 and 3. I have added a second layer of tournagrip, and taped a dime on each side of the grip just above my hand, at the top of the grip. This had taken more weight out of the hoop, but increased the overall frame weight a little. Serve is better, groundstrokes are okay. My question for those of you that have played the X-Feel 95, and perhaps modified it.... what modifications did you make? I'm looking for ideas I might try that help keep the serve in play, while maybe still adding a little extra pop to the groundstrokes. I've been bouncing around with different frames, so am in that frustrated mode at the moment.
 

McLovin

Legend
The only mod I made during the brief 3 months I hit w/ it was to replace the grip w/ a leather, then add some lead up top to balance it out. I believe the leather added ~ 8g to the handle, and I can't remember how much lead I added, but I was simply looking to get to 10pts HL (unstrung).
 

McLovin

Legend
I will add that I played its predecessor (the Fischer M-Comp 95) for 3+ years. Loved that frame, but it was a beast at 330g. My shoulder just couldn't take the heft anymore.
 
Its a frame that just requires a lot of prep and commitment. It always seems to suck a little power off serves. You know my story... I still love hitting with it but when I go to any other frame Im suddenly overhitting. That's just the kind of swinging it takes to play with that stick. Its a formula 1 racecar ... it corners like a god ... you dont play patient tennis with that stick, its very pro-active. My Fischer M comp 95 (previous version) with gut poly hit huge serves with extra weight at 12:00 but I dont like it for groundstrokes in that configuration oh yeah and 13oz!! I just had to change my game I was losing when I wasnt playing at 90%+ of my ability. when I did Id win 6-2 against guys ID lose 3-6 or 4-6 too because serve pressure is a problem if they know your serve well.
 

lstewart

Semi-Pro
Yes, agree the Pacific 95 is tough to get away from after using it a long time. I have the same issue Backhand mentioned, everything else seems to have too much power, not enough control, or too harsh. I have such great control swinging all out with the Pacific, and it is tough to tune my swing effort level back when hitting with something else. I think there is probably a perfect set-up for it that adds some pop to groundstrokes, but still keeps it head light enough to get serves in play. As I mentioned, I actually have a dime inserted on each side at the top of the grip at the moment. I don't have any lead at 12 right now... seems to help the groundstrokes but hurt the serve. Guess I'll keep experimenting with it. Was hoping someone had figured out a weighting system I had not tried. I don't want to get too far past the low 12 ounces, as I have a couple of frames in the mid 12's to low 13's, and I wear out the arm and shoulder banging balls for a couple of hours with them.
 
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