Reduce thickness of wooden handle to use an extra replacement grip
Has anyone done this? I like the cushiony feel of my 5ug2 (I think) with 2x replacement grip on it and the roundness is easier to spin in my hand. I think the extra cushioning is kinder to my elbow too* My other racket has a thicker handle, only one grip (so same thickness overvall) and the bevells more pronounced make it tend to sit wrong in my hand. I think I'll have to go easy with the plane after removing the cap on the end then sand? I could just take the bevells off but that won't result in as much cushioning. *Old injury, on and off, mostly off
have you tried it? I know some specialized shops offer the service but I have never tried. I'm pretty sure it will void the manufacturer's warranty if it is still valid.
Not done this as yet but I plan to sandpaper the grip (like 240 grit) until I've shaved off about a gram of weight. No warranty to worry about I will report back! I have 3 identical raquets to experiment with.
The ideal tool is a thickness planer or jointer, if you can find either one (not a lot of people have them in their sheds, admittedly). I used the one at my old school to turn a G5 into a G6, but I had to add the lost weight back in to preserve the racket balance.
Sanding with paper will take ages, and may round the flat parts.
Pictures - I hadn't thought of that (My garage is embarassingly messy...). I think balsa wood vs 240 or 400 grit won't be too bad. I don't have that tool but I suppose I could look one up. I am planning to use something flat to do one face at a time to preserve the shape. I'm happy to disturb the balance for a fraction more weight at the top.