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    Hey Dingboy,

    Excellent thread!! I have just bought a Li-ning and the racket has a S2 grip size. I usually use a G4 so looking to build up the grip.

    What were the dimensions you bought? I live in the UK and not sure what HST I'm looking for and we use metric here.

    Cheers in advance.

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    Hey Dingboy,

    Hold fire. I have just reread the thread and saw WD strings sell it. IYO how much weight has it added to the handle of the racket and how has it effected the performance shifting the balance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by diverdan View Post
    Hey Dingboy,

    Excellent thread!! I have just bought a Li-ning and the racket has a S2 grip size. I usually use a G4 so looking to build up the grip.

    What were the dimensions you bought? I live in the UK and not sure what HST I'm looking for and we use metric here.

    Cheers in advance.

    Hi diverdan .... so terribly sorry for the late reply bro.

    I don't really know the dimensions per se bro, as i estimated the width of the tubing (just able to squeeze the handle in).
    All i know is the brand is called called 'Radiform', and it shrinks to half it's original size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diverdan View Post
    Hey Dingboy,

    Hold fire. I have just reread the thread and saw WD strings sell it. IYO how much weight has it added to the handle of the racket and how has it effected the performance shifting the balance?

    Yeeah .... a few tennis stores sell the tubing, but they're mostly catered for Tennis rackets.

    After shrinkage, the tube is still very light and i didnt notice much weight difference.

    As for balance .... I didn't really measure or weigh the racket after installation, but it hasn't affected me so far and playing characteristics of my racket didn't change dramatically at all.

    My performance hasn't been affected in any way, partially because i suck to begin with anyway ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dingboy View Post
    After shrinkage, the tube is still very light and i didnt notice much weight difference.

    As for balance .... I didn't really measure or weigh the racket after installation, but it hasn't affected me so far and playing characteristics of my racket didn't change dramatically at all.

    My performance hasn't been affected in any way, partially because i suck to begin with anyway ...
    Have you measured the weight difference on a digital balance?

    Personally I can accept an addition of 1 gram to the handle but if it is more than that I start to feel a difference in the racquet's playing characteristics (all scientifically measured and quantified with a digital balance for my case)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzzards View Post
    Have you measured the weight difference on a digital balance?

    Personally I can accept an addition of 1 gram to the handle but if it is more than that I start to feel a difference in the racquet's playing characteristics (all scientifically measured and quantified with a digital balance for my case)


    Nah .... i don't have a digital scale ..... i kinda went by the 'feel' method.

    Although i was kinda tempted to weigh it in my local post office once .... but the mean lady was watching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzzards View Post
    Have you measured the weight difference on a digital balance?

    Personally I can accept an addition of 1 gram to the handle but if it is more than that I start to feel a difference in the racquet's playing characteristics (all scientifically measured and quantified with a digital balance for my case)

    Hi there bro .....

    I finally managed to weigh the post-shrunk HSS on a scale, but it was on the digital scale at my Post Office .... so i'm not too sure about the accuracy.

    While the post-shrunk HSS weighed next to nothing in my hand, the scale kinda told a different story.



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    ~ On the left is the bare racket handle with the Heat Shrink Sleeve applied
    ~ On the left is the maximum shrink capability of the Heat Shrink Sleeve







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    ~ The post-shrunk HSS cut down to size






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    ~ What the HSS weighs ....... 9 grams?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dingboy View Post
    Hi there bro .....

    I finally managed to weigh the post-shrunk HSS on a scale, but it was on the digital scale at my Post Office .... so i'm not too sure about the accuracy.

    While the post-shrunk HSS weighed next to nothing in my hand, the scale kinda told a different story.


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    ~ On the left is the bare racket handle with the Heat Shrink Sleeve applied
    ~ On the left is the maximum shrink capability of the Heat Shrink Sleeve





    oops ..... typo here, it should read instead:



    ~ On the left is the bare racket handle with the Heat Shrink Sleeve applied
    ~ On the RIGHT is the maximum shrink capability of the Heat Shrink Sleeve


    ..... sorry all

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    when i first saw this thread, i thought you were gonna use the heat shrink as an overgrip XD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pizza Fish View Post
    when i first saw this thread, i thought you were gonna use the heat shrink as an overgrip XD


    Good Lord ! ..... that would be a very painful session bro !

    Although after applying the HSS, i just put a single G09L overgrip over it .... that's all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dingboy View Post
    Hi there bro .....

    I finally managed to weigh the post-shrunk HSS on a scale, but it was on the digital scale at my Post Office .... so i'm not too sure about the accuracy.

    While the post-shrunk HSS weighed next to nothing in my hand, the scale kinda told a different story.

    ~ What the HSS weighs ....... 9 grams?
    Wow, that really is a lot! In terms of racquet specifications it changes by 2U (5 grams is 1U)!

    Another thing you can try is to weigh a racquet without the HSS applied and then re-weigh it again after applying the HSS to find out how much weigh the HSS adds.

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    9 grams?! That's almost the weight of 2 shuttlecocks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzzards View Post
    Wow, that really is a lot! In terms of racquet specifications it changes by 2U (5 grams is 1U)!

    Another thing you can try is to weigh a racquet without the HSS applied and then re-weigh it again after applying the HSS to find out how much weigh the HSS adds.


    Yeah, i know ! ..... i was shocked too when i saw how much it weighed !
    But somehow, i don't think that the scale i used was very accurate.

    I mean, the HSS weighed next to nothing in my hand .... but on the scale ..... :O

    Then i saw this ...... (circled in red) ...... maybe there's something wrong here?




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    "Minimum 10 grams" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzzards View Post
    Another thing you can try is to weigh a racquet without the HSS applied and then re-weigh it again after applying the HSS to find out how much weigh the HSS adds.


    I guess that's another option i should try ...... or i have to try to get my hands on a proper digital scale.

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    Ding boy.. sure the scale didn't work out .. 10g min.. hehehe..but appriciate your effort .

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    Quote Originally Posted by awekuda View Post
    Ding boy.. sure the scale didn't work out .. 10g min.. hehehe..but appriciate your effort .

    Thanks bro ..... i REALLY hope that it's an issue with the scale.

    I really want to get an accurate weight of the sleeve, but i don't want to have buy a digital scale just for this.

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    Hey Dingboy. Take it into someones kitchen and use their scales.

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