Prince Response 97 Dampener

Lukhas

Legend
Hello,

I wish to know something: I did demo the Prince Response 97 a while back and I'm curious to know if it was possible to remove the red dampener in the bridge of the racquet? Or more accurately, to remove it and still be able to not only string the racquet, but also to avoid breakage as bare graphite tends to be sharp.

Thanks in advance.
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Lukhas,

It is not made to be removable. We have not attempted to remove the dampener ourselves so I am not sure what would happen if you tried.

Sorry,
Brittany, TW
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
Hello,

I wish to know something: I did demo the Prince Response 97 a while back and I'm curious to know if it was possible to remove the red dampener in the bridge of the racquet? Or more accurately, to remove it and still be able to not only string the racquet, but also to avoid breakage as bare graphite tends to be sharp.

Thanks in advance.
Is there a reason why you want to remove the dampener in the bridge? Is it for more feel? For some odd reason, I find the frame a bit bland and boring..., and it is a good playing stick... It does pretty much everything well but is dull to play with...
 

Lukhas

Legend
Is there a reason why you want to remove the dampener in the bridge? Is it for more feel? For some odd reason, I find the frame a bit bland and boring..., and it is a good playing stick... It does pretty much everything well but is dull to play with...
"More feel"... Well that's subjective. I had kinda explained the thought process is a thread about the RF97 compared to the Response. Basically, it's for a handful of reasons:
- Diminish the muted feel out of the frame;
- Remove some weight I wish to put somewhere else if the dampener happens to be a bit heavy.

I'm happy with the static weight of the frame. However, I think that it could've a bit more SW and that the spin window was fairly narrow. I couldn't put my finger on why, but despite having a wide head and decently open string pattern, I couldn't get much spin out of it. I'm searching to kill a few birds with one stone: up the SW and spin potential by adding the weight equivalent of the dampener while maintaining the static weight the same (I expect around 3 to 5 grams at noon) and dial back the dampened feel. I'm not too bothered about the frame being a bit less HL even though I'd add an overgrip.

I agree with what you say: it really plays fine, but it lacks for me a bit of a " raw-ish" feel as well as a bit of power and spin, and I don't really want to increase the static weight either. I could deal with it and adapt considering that it plays good enough otherwise and simply ask TW to find me a matched set of frames with a higher SW, but I wanted to know if I could somehow optimize it a bit
 
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