What's inside a 2017 Pure Strike VS Tour handle?

Brando

Rookie
I ask because I just bought a VS Tour online. Customized with a heat shrink sleeve, it hasn’t arrived yet and I can’t return a modified stick. I now realize I shoulda gone with the VS. I neglected to consider how heavy a full-sized sleeve would be: its extra 0.6oz’s increasing 7HL to 13HL—yikes!

Before advising me to add tape to the hoop, it’s in the plan. But I wanna take mass from the handle too because, short that, I’ll need to apply so much tape (just to return to par) that the racquet’s mass would top 13oz’s—double-yikes! My hope is that, since much of the Tour’s mass is in the handle, there’s removable material inside. Indeed, this’d be the simplest way for Babolat to turn an 11.0oz [3HL] VS into an 11.9oz [7HL] VS Tour. If so, I’m hoping to open the buttcap and dig or 10mm drill out the filling…

….Unless the handle is hollow but for metal soldered into the hairpin, as in the ol’ days. In which case I’m hoisted on my own petard for daring to customize an already weighty rig… Yes… a bush league mistake…
 

Brando

Rookie
Ah, but that's integral to the customized stick, built up from an L5 to the L8 my 6'8" nephew needs and has never had. But thanks for taking the time to contribute!
 

joah310

Professional
Ah, but that's integral to the customized stick, built up from an L5 to the L8 my 6'8" nephew needs and has never had. But thanks for taking the time to contribute!
Then maybe balsa wood may be a better option if you can do it. I've bought a racket with shrink sleeves and the wood glued on. I had to remove it, but if you get the measurements correct, this may be a possibly lighter option. Although I guess it would require you to be a bit crafty.
 

Brando

Rookie
Balsa wood! Wow, great option I didn't even know existed. Thanks, Joah! I've since received the stick which turned out to be a manageable 9HL, so there's that. I've also discovered that the Tennis Professionals shop here in Westchester, NY can replace the sleeve with a melted on wax the tech swears won't add more than .2oz (vs. the sleeve's 0.6oz). Will ask him about about the balsa wood option too. Am grateful for your input.
 

joah310

Professional
Balsa wood! Wow, great option I didn't even know existed. Thanks, Joah! I've since received the stick which turned out to be a manageable 9HL, so there's that. I've also discovered that the Tennis Professionals shop here in Westchester, NY can replace the sleeve with a melted on wax the tech swears won't add more than .2oz (vs. the sleeve's 0.6oz). Will ask him about about the balsa wood option too. Am grateful for your input.
Didnt know about a wax option. Best of luck on finding an option that works for you
 

Brando

Rookie
Re. wax, me either. But then that's why this for forum is so great; even a hacker like me can give a semi-pro useful intel!
 

Brando

Rookie
Since I opened this arcane little thread, I thought it appropriate to close it with the answer. Below is a pic of what I found inside the VS Tour handle. Nothing. No foam, no silicone, no welded-in weights. Just empty graphite tubes. If there’s added weight in there, I couldn’t see it. And the nine inch gem pincers I stuck down there couldn’t feel out anything either. I thought for sure that the ounce weight difference between the VS and VS Tour would have been artificially added in the handle, especially given their 3HL vs. 7HL balances. Guess it’s simply a matter of more graphite laid into the handle.

P.S. A Babolat butt-cap hatch is incredibly easy to pop using a tool like the spectacles screwdriver I used. First the tin logo plate comes off and then the hatch below can be jiggered out just as gently. And both snap back in easy.

 
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Brando

Rookie
Re. wax, me either. But then that's why this for forum is so great; even a hacker like me can give a semi-pro useful intel!
UPDATE: Turns out, that the wax sleeve option I "discovered" above weighed basically the same (0.6oz) as a heat shrink sleeve. While the 'racquet expert' at The Tennis Professionals shop swore to me ahead of time that the wax's weight was, "so inconsequential, the scale can't even measure it," when I asked him to weigh the racquet after he was done, it actually weighed a tenth of an ounce more than with the sleeve. So no weight-saving option here.
 
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