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Funbun
02-17-2012, 02:15 PM
I have a BLX Pro Staff 95, and because of the matte finish at the top, the Babolat lead tape tends to fall off rather easily. I've had strips flying throughout the court over the course of 2 hours of hitting.

Does anybody know of a way to keep them on? This is really annoying and I'm wasting money having to buy new packs of lead tape. Or should I use scotch tape or white squeeze glue to keep them on?

...or does Babolat lead tape fall off easily? Should I get the Gamma ones instead?

Seth
02-17-2012, 02:23 PM
I have a BLX Pro Staff 95, and because of the matte finish at the top, the Babolat lead tape tends to fall off rather easily. I've had strips flying throughout the court over the course of 2 hours of hitting.

Does anybody know of a way to keep them on? This is really annoying and I'm wasting money having to buy new packs of lead tape. Or should I use scotch tape or white squeeze glue to keep them on?

...or does Babolat lead tape fall off easily? Should I get the Gamma ones instead?

I feel like I've read about someone else being displeased with Babolat lead tape. I've never had any trouble with Gamma lead tape, for what it's worth.

movdqa
02-17-2012, 02:32 PM
I agree - go with Gamma.

cork_screw
02-17-2012, 02:33 PM
Tac a strip of double sided foam (thin gauge) tape, I think 3M makes one. And stick your lead strips on that. That or you might be able to lather on some rubber cement and that'll hold it on for a while. I don't know how long the stick will be. If you wanna go crazy. Go get a cheap mouse paper trap. Cut the glue from the trap and put it on the racquet. It will stick and will not come off, but magically if you wash it with soap the glue dissolves. It's designed this way for people who want to capture vermin, but want to rerelease them and not euthanize them. I hope this helped.

Chyeaah
02-17-2012, 02:47 PM
just put elec tape over it.

Funbun
02-17-2012, 03:05 PM
Thanks for the suggestions guys.

I'm actually going to experiment with cutting the lead into quarter strips this time (instead of just half strips) and putting them on both sides of the grommets. Apparently, a half-strip is just too wide, and I'm betting that the lead tape is falling/flying off because the ball hits it on off-center shots.

I'm gonna give it a go and see what happens. Has anybody opted for quarter strips on 17-18mm beam width frames instead? This kinda explains why the lead tape has always stayed on my K Blade 98; it had a wider beam width so the ball wouldn't directly hit it.

TaihtDuhShaat
02-17-2012, 03:28 PM
Thanks for the suggestions guys.

I'm actually going to experiment with cutting the lead into quarter strips this time (instead of just half strips) and putting them on both sides of the grommets. Apparently, a half-strip is just too wide, and I'm betting that the lead tape is falling/flying off because the ball hits it on off-center shots.

I'm gonna give it a go and see what happens. Has anybody opted for quarter strips on 17-18mm beam width frames instead? This kinda explains why the lead tape has always stayed on my K Blade 98; it had a wider beam width so the ball wouldn't directly hit it.

1/4" is the way to go for that beam size.

Steve Huff
02-17-2012, 03:40 PM
I use the Babolat lead tape and have never had a problem with it. It's a little thicker. Maybe you're scraping it, or subconsciously rubbing it with your hands. I find it sticks very well.

Funbun
02-17-2012, 03:46 PM
Haha I'm going to use quarter strips in conjunction with electrical tape; I'm just sick of it falling off, so why not just double reinforce it?

Chyeaah
02-17-2012, 04:19 PM
IMHO.

All lead users should use elec tape over it. You can get it in many colours to make the frame look better then grey. And Elec tape doesnt rip the paint off the racquet or leave sticky residue so its all a +.

brownbearfalling
02-17-2012, 04:34 PM
If you are placing lead tape at location between 11:00-1:00 just put it underneath the bumper guard on the out end of the frame.

Otherwise go with gamma lead tape. Killer USA lead tape is even stickier. I haven't had a problem with those two brands but I haven't used Babolat tape. I've read a few other comments about lead tape not sticking to pro staff 95s. Look on the bright side, at least your racquet will less prone to picking up dirt.

edman9898
02-17-2012, 07:42 PM
I had trouble with the Babolat lead tape coming off as well.

PrinceMoron
02-18-2012, 03:07 AM
I buy a huge reel, 6 inch diameter. Trouble is getting it off, not getting it to stay put.

Captain Tezuka
02-18-2012, 04:08 AM
This is weird and interesting it's supposed to be customised at least I think that's what Wilson wanted to do with these new 2012 Pro Staffs and yet some people can't get the lead to stick on!?!? What did they think when they went matte? Also can two same racquets come in glossy and matte?

syke
02-18-2012, 04:26 AM
I have problems removing the gamma lead tape... Says pretty much..

movdqa
02-18-2012, 05:37 AM
> Also can two same racquets come in glossy and matte?

Yes, I have Dunlop Revelation Tour Pros in glossy and matte. They changed from matte to glossy one year.

You could always take a matte frame and put on a clearcoat layer.

goosala
02-18-2012, 08:21 AM
super glue

Funbun
02-18-2012, 12:05 PM
So I put on the electrical tape on the quarter strips, and they actually stayed on! No flying bits of silver and white.

Additionally, the racquet looks pretty beast with the black strips on the head. Other kids ask me what it is and I just say it's to keep the paint on lol

mxmx
02-01-2013, 04:03 AM
super glue

I have the same problem with my wilson blx surge - also has black matte paint...
To me super glue makes the most sense....except I'm not sure if it will damage the actual paint.
And this racket most definitely needs lead at 3 & 9...I'm just considering trying to find some cheaper sources of lead so when it does fall off, i can easily replace it.....like maybe golf pro shops will have better sticking or cheaper kinds?

txt858
02-01-2013, 03:37 PM
These have worked great for me.

http://img.tennis-warehouse.com/new_big/PSLT-1.jpg

mxmx
02-04-2013, 03:51 AM
I could not find tape such as this ^

okay...so i bought some golf lead tape instead for MUCH cheaper than other tape...and i cut it and slided it at 11 & 1 under the grommet. I would prefer lead at 3 & 9, but at least my lead tape is hidden and won't fall off :)

recreationalplayer
02-04-2013, 05:49 PM
I use 1/4 wide Gamma a/no problem. Just make sure the surface of the racquet is dry and clean. Using additional tape and glue to hold it on will just add weight.

supineAnimation
11-07-2014, 09:26 AM
I'm having this same problem with Gamma 1/4" tape on a matte frame (PS97), but I dunno if it's the paintjob or the fact that the lead tape is pretty old (I think I bought this reel of it about 5 or 6 years ago). It could be that the adhesive degrades over time, but I'd be curious to hear if anyone else has had this problem with older tape.

I know this: it's pretty annoying to waste a grand total of 96" of lead tape, watching it fly off into as crumpled messes THREE times within the first two minutes hitting with the racquet. I'm gonna order some new tape in the near future and I'll post here again with the results, but to be safe I think I'm gonna stick with the smaller packages of strips rather than a reel because I just don't have occasion to use it often enough to warrant buying a reel again in case it is a problem with the age of the adhesive.

Mazilla2219
11-07-2014, 11:18 AM
I have actually been using two layers of invisible scotch tape to keep the lead tape on and to prevent extra damage to the paint job from applying and reapplying the lead tape.

The first layer should be a little bit longer than the lead tape. Stick this to the general area you would like the lead tape to go. This allows for easy removal of the lead tape for minor adjustments without damaging the under lying paint job. Depending on the tape you use, I think the adhesive on the scotch tape is less tacky and less damaging to the racquet if you want to do away with lead tape all together.

The second layer sandwiches the lead tape and prevents it from flying off mid play.

The weight add by four pieces of scotch tape is minimal and should not greatly effect the static weight or balance of the racquet.

TimothyO
11-07-2014, 04:21 PM
In other threads Babolat Official confirmed that there were problems with their tape sticking to frames. I use gamma and have the OPPOSITE problem with the Blx Pro Staff 95...when I tried to remove the tape to shift it, it took the graphics paint with it!

Old Chemist
11-07-2014, 09:00 PM
I use lead solder and head or hockey tape as follows: first I flatten a length of solder using a hammer. The type I use weighs just over a gram per inch. I then place the lead strip in the valley on the outside of the racquet head and use a 1/2 inch wide strip of hockey tape to secure it as well as to provide protection against scraping.
To find out how much I need to lead up my racquet I bring several pieces of different lengths plus a role of head or hockey tape to the court with me. It is easy to place different amounts of lead at various positions on the racquet head during a hitting session. The lead strip fits in the valley nicely and the head tape secures it well, but is also easily removed or replaced.

PS: You probably don't need to flatten the solder much if at all.