Has anyone tried filling your racket handle with silicone sealant? It is a way in which the pros customize their rackets. People in overseas forum said it will increase racket stability (by adding weight) and absorb shocks.
I am going to try. However, it is not reversible, so I want to hear opinions from anyone who has this experience.
If you use some lower sticking power silicone like those in Black or "dark copper", they may be removed in the future. I had my TT Rebel stuck with a few inches of lead coil (fishing type) and hold them with some black silicone. i thought it's not reversible, but it comes out not too difficultly, with the help of a transparent Silicone, which has more sticking power, like pulling them out.
i have another racket stuck with gap filler, sth heavier than silicone and it is more difficult to remove. and hence it becomes a super heavy HL racket
Silicone has many version and brand. The transparent silicone for glass is very sticky. I've used a dark brown/black one (big professional size), which is used for window with a dark frame, that feels similar to ordinary silicone, just color difference.
However, it seems to have less stickiness and attached to its own kind more than to the inside wall of the racket (a rough graphite surface). If U use it in a chunky shape, not spread out thinly, inside the end of the racket, u may get it out wholy if u find the setting not yr desire. but there is no guarantee. Also beware how much u have put in, 'cos they are heavier than u think. Last time i put some in which i thought was about 20g, it turned out adding 50g to my racket
I have just tried using silicone for the first time and yes, it is much heavier than what I think. I ended up putting 10 grams (I weighted it for every little amount of silicone put in) and it just occupied very little room of the handle. It seems I can only put silicone at the end of handle if I want to remove it later. However, as I want to add weight above handle (at 7 inches location from butt cap), I push the silicone by a cotton ball and left the silicone there.
Now its weight and balance is exactly what I want. And it plays very great and absorbs shock quite well. But still I do not recommend using this method if you want to put silicone deep inside the handle.