Mogo, I find the Explosive Red to be a good string for flatter hitting as well, but it feels about medium for me. It's been a couple of months since I've had Hyper-G in my racquet but I don't recall that Hyper-G was much softer. However, I used 1.30 Hyper-G and have the 17 gauge Explosive Red. Are you testing the 16 or 17 gauge Explosive Red?Not sure about feeling stiffer with the lead tape but to me I feel that it helps to drive the ball through contact. With the Dunlop Explosive Red the feel was 100% stiffer in comparison to Hyper-G and I could just hammer a flat shot.