Ruining, and then fixing, a racquet.

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I don't know if this will help anyone, because perhaps it's easier knowledge to come by for most of you, but over the last year I went through an annoying experience with racquets and thought I'd share.

What started it? I put a leather grip on my Dunlop M-Fil 200 (18x20). Prior to getting the 200, I had played racquets that were more headlight in balance, so I thought it'd work, but all it did is rob me of power and encourage me to string so loose that I lost control of my strokes, especially my OHB.

I lost faith in the sticks and bought a pair of 4D100's, thinking I needed to go back to a mid. I like the 4D100, but it just lacks the plow of the 200 series and the control, and after almost a year of playing it getting pushed around by heavy hitters and having to work really hard to hit through the court, I started experimenting with lead.

I haven't figured out how to get the kind of plow I want from the 4D100, but I put 5 grams of lead at 3 and 9 o'clock on my 200 and all of a sudden the racquet worked again. Trying to figure out why, I checked the balance. Sure enough, the 5g of lead put the balance back to where it was originally.

Moral of the story. If you change something in a racquet and it stops functioning for you, remember to counterbalance that change. I'm back to the 200. It's more forgiving and has better control than the 100 and I'm not having trouble hitting through the court anymore.

Wow, do I feel like an idiot.