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PostPosted: 18 May 2019, 09:28 
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Saw one other post on this. I have a DefPlay Senso that I cut down to the head size of my wife's Viscaria. I do love the feel of the Senso blade after getting it wanted a smaller head.

Have I changed the speed of the blade by doing this? Paddle Palace has the DefPlay rated as a DEf plus blade. Is this now an Allround blade due to the head size reduction, or does it not have any impact on the playing on the blade. Thanks!


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PostPosted: 18 May 2019, 13:13 
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Everything else being equal, a lighter blade is slower and less power. Reducing the size will reduce the weight.


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I didn't notice any difference in speed/control when I reduced the Defplay,I found it better for topspin due to being able to swing faster with the lighter weight,I think the flex is slightly less too which is a good thing.There is speed variation between the 3 Defplays I own and the heaviest (was 87g when new)plays faster and is stiffer ,this one has more power than the 82g Stiga allround I own

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A smaller blade of the same material is generally faster than the larger one. That is what blade makers will tell you. The bigger, over-sized version has more flex and give to it. Cutting it down gives a more direct, crisp feel. The actual weight is usually only changed slightly. Taking an over-sized blade to 'regular' size, I reduced the weight by only around 6 grams. That was with heavy materials to begin with, so using a blade like the defplay, I can imagine the weight reduction being very tiny.

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6 grams is significant (out of, say, 90 grams). Also there's the weight of the rubber - since it's cut smaller it also weighs less. If you use two sheets of inverted that's quite a bit of weight. Not so much if you use long pips.

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The 87g one ended up at 80g,and still head heavy compared to non senso blade

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A senso would have a hollow handle, right? If so I can see why it's "more head heavy". Remember that if you're using two sheets of inverted, that makes up a LOT of the weight of the racket, and it's ALL located beyond the handle.

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I would be keen to reduce head size of my Defplay which does feel like a little axe with inverted rubbers. It's full 20 g of extra weight compared to my normal size rackets with same rubber.
How did you do it?
What tools are the best?
Would be great to hear about your experience.
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dazzler wrote:
The 87g one ended up at 80g,and still head heavy compared to non senso blade


A lump of blu tack on the end of the handle is quick way of balancing a blade.


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PostPosted: 21 May 2019, 17:58 
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ChasFox wrote:
dazzler wrote:
The 87g one ended up at 80g,and still head heavy compared to non senso blade

A lump of blu tack on the end of the handle is quick way of balancing a blade.

... or you could duct-tape a 20p (or two) to the end of the handle.
As indicated by others, perceived "overweight" can usually be rectified by correcting the balance, even when that implies adding weight.


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I think this would work better for chopping than for a looping blade...

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PostPosted: 21 May 2019, 18:10 
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Zverev wrote:
I would be keen to reduce head size of my Defplay which does feel like a little axe with inverted rubbers. It's full 20 g of extra weight compared to my normal size rackets with same rubber.
How did you do it?
What tools are the best?
Would be great to hear about your experience.


Probably a bandsaw or jigsaw and a belt/disc sander. But I think it would be better to buy another blade and keep the Defplay for when you eventually want to try long pips.

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iskandar taib wrote:
Zverev wrote:
I would be keen to reduce head size of my Defplay which does feel like a little axe with inverted rubbers. It's full 20 g of extra weight compared to my normal size rackets with same rubber.
How did you do it?
What tools are the best?
Would be great to hear about your experience.


Probably a bandsaw or jigsaw and a belt/disc sander. But I think it would be better to buy another blade and keep the Defplay for when you eventually want to try long pips.

Iskandar

Yep, I think I eventually would... :)


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