Shock Shield or 7"

comeback

Hall of Fame
I'm ordering a new racket Tecnifibre TFlash 285 PS ..I need to add a little weight so I'm not sure which grip size to order... a 4 1/4 and add a Wilson Shock Shield grip to make it 4 3/8 to help my wrist tendonitis or order a 4 3/8 and put lead at 7inches for better plow thru performance...What should i do?
 

A_Instead

Hall of Fame
Order 4 1/4 and add a leather grip..size and weight at the same time..and a added bonus...the feel of a leather grip...
 

McLovin

Legend
Thanks A but i don't like leather...Does anyone know if the weight at 7 inches is better than a heavier grip??
There really is no ‘better’, as it’s all about what you prefer.

I’m in @A_Instead’s camp, kinda, as I get 3/8”, replace the base grip w/ leather, then an extra overwrap to get it to 4 1/2 (what I prefer). Then I add lead at 3 & 9, and in the throat to get it to my preferred specs (315g, 10pts HL). I don’t like polarized, so I tend to keep my added weight near the balance point.

What weight/balance are you shooting for?
 

comeback

Hall of Fame
Thanks Mc i know you are a good player..I am 4.5 senior..grew up on leather but it's a no as i love synthetic and max out at 4 3/8.. i like light whippy feel to hit spin and accelerate..I have a demo right now Tecnifibre TFlash 285 PS and have temporailily put around 8gr at 7inches and 3gr at the tip..totalling 317 gr..it feels good right now ...So i think that is where i will end it since this racket plays really well and holds up at that weight....The question i need answered : is weight added at 7inches better than the weight evenly distributed with a shock shield grip??
 
Last edited:

McLovin

Legend
The question i need answered : is weight added at 7inches better than the weight evenly distributed with a shock shield grip?
Well, again, I think that is totally up to you to decide. People here have told me putting lead in the throat does nothing, yet I like the way it swings w/ the weight there, as opposed to distributing it at the handle & at 12.

Also, I don't really care for the feel of leather either, which is why I get a smaller grip size, replace w/ leather, then add an extra overwrap. The extra overwrap (a) adds an extra 5-6g, and (b) softens the harshness of a leather. While its not 100% synthetic feel, it is extremely close.

So, buying a 4 1/4", replacing w/ leather + extra overwrap, gets you to 4 3/8", but also adds ~ 15g to the handle area (9g for the leather, 6g for the extra overwrap). This gets you to 300g without adding any lead.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Thanks Mc i know you are a good player..I am 4.5 senior..grew up on leather but it's a no as i love synthetic and max out at 4 3/8.. i like light whippy feel to hit spin and accelerate..I have a demo right now Tecnifibre TFlash 285 PS and have temporailily put around 8gr at 7inches and 3gr at the tip..totalling 317 gr..it feels good right now ...So i think that is where i will end it since this racket plays really well and holds up at that weight....The question i need answered : is weight added at 7inches better than the weight evenly distributed with a shock shield grip??
I usually end up doing both. If I had to pick, Shockshield all the way.

7” is to tune how the racquet head comes around- whether it speeds up at contact or slows down or does neither.

Shockshield is more for arm protection. 7” wont give you any cushioning or vibe control

But sometimes if it works great dont mess with it!
 

RedBeard

Rookie
I'm ordering a new racket Tecnifibre TFlash 285 PS ..I need to add a little weight so I'm not sure which grip size to order... a 4 1/4 and add a Wilson Shock Shield grip to make it 4 3/8 to help my wrist tendonitis or order a 4 3/8 and put lead at 7inches for better plow thru performance...What should i do?
I use Shock Sheild on TFlash 300 PS. Tried lead first, but Shock Shield added the weight I wanted and the feel is still great. Absolutely love the combination.
 

comeback

Hall of Fame
Well, again, I think that is totally up to you to decide. People here have told me putting lead in the throat does nothing, yet I like the way it swings w/ the weight there, as opposed to distributing it at the handle & at 12.

Also, I don't really care for the feel of leather either, which is why I get a smaller grip size, replace w/ leather, then add an extra overwrap. The extra overwrap (a) adds an extra 5-6g, and (b) softens the harshness of a leather. While its not 100% synthetic feel, it is extremely close.

So, buying a 4 1/4", replacing w/ leather + extra overwrap, gets you to 4 3/8", but also adds ~ 15g to the handle area (9g for the leather, 6g for the extra overwrap). This gets you to 300g without adding any lead.
Thanks Mc: the TW specs say this racket strung is around 304g so your suggestion brings me to 319g ...i also use NG/ZX which is heavier than most setups so it might be out of my range
 

comeback

Hall of Fame
I usually end up doing both. If I had to pick, Shockshield all the way.

7” is to tune how the racquet head comes around- whether it speeds up at contact or slows down or does neither.

Shockshield is more for arm protection. 7” wont give you any cushioning or vibe control

But sometimes if it works great dont mess with it!
Thanks Shroud, i'll probably will go with the Shockshield due to weak wrist issues and see...
 

McLovin

Legend
Thanks Mc: the TW specs say this racket strung is around 304g so your suggestion brings me to 319g ...i also use NG/ZX which is heavier than most setups so it might be out of my range
Ah, so you're talking strung specs. I always talk unstrung specs as strings/overwraps/dampeners/etc vary. Also, keep in mind that my numbers are estimates. It depends on which leather you use, which overwrap you use for the 'extra', and what the 'actual' unstrung specs of the frame are. Remember: TW's numbers are an average of a bunch of frames selected randomly.

However, it appears as though you've decided on the Shockshield, so it really doesn't matter at this point...
 
Top