View Full Version : I want to make a balance board , any ideas ?

02-02-2006, 10:02 AM
Does anybody have a simple way to make an inexpensive balance board? TW says a dowel and a yard stick but they don't supply any plans . Im looking to match up my racquets and get a general idea of head light , HH or even balance . I don't need to know to the mm because I want them slightly HL to almost even . Thanks in advance .

02-02-2006, 10:10 AM
You don't need plans, just use the dowel to get the balance point, then use your yardstick to measure from the buttcap to the balance point. You have to know how long your racquet is, usually 27" but possibly longer. Subtract the distance between the measured balance point and the butt cap from the overall length. Divide the remainder by 8 and this tells you how many points head light or head heavy.

02-02-2006, 10:11 AM
if you don't care for precise measurments then you don't even need a balance board. Put a piece of a small pipe (or anything else round) on a level surface, put the racket on and move it left and right until the racket is totally level, mark the point where it is resting on the pipe and adjust the other rackets to have that same point. Now your balance is the same. You can move the point up or down depending if you want the racket head light or heady heavy.

02-02-2006, 10:31 AM
This may be a silly question but is the center of the racquet (13.5" form the butt cap) where the even balance point would be?

02-02-2006, 10:33 AM
thats not always the case. Some rackets have more weight in the head and would be heady heavy at the point you listed. Some rackets have more weight in the handle area and would be head light at the point you listed. Yet others have about the same weight in head and handle and would be even balanced at the point you stated. Each racket is different.

02-02-2006, 10:36 AM
Yes, on a 27" racquet, the even balance point is at 13.5". Not all racquets will balance at this point, however, for the reasons mentioned above. But points head light or head heavy are measured from this point. For example, if you discover that your balance point is at 13" on a 27" racquet, you are 0.5" head light, which translates into 4 points head light.

Steve Huff
02-02-2006, 03:25 PM
Plus, many rackets are not 27 inches long anymore.

02-02-2006, 03:29 PM
When measuring from the dowel or pipe, measure from the outside edge of the pipe/dowel and add 1/2 the diameter of the pipe/dowel to the measurement on the ruler/yardstick. With a 1/2" outer diamter, that adds 2 points, a significant difference.

Remember there are 2.54 cm to the inch if you are trying to see how your balance compares to a metric statement. When balance is stated metric form, they are referring to the distance from the butt of the racquet to the balance point. "Point" measurements of balance tell you how many 1/8-s of an inch the balance point is from the middle of the racquet's length.

So 31.5 cm balance on a 27" racquet = 9 pts HL, because 31.5 cm is 12.4" (about 12 and 3/8" ) from the butt and about 1 1/8" from the middle (13.5").

02-02-2006, 04:25 PM
A flat piece of board, a 20cm length of Quadrant dowel (quarter of a full dowel) and a 45cm rule chopped of to 0 and fixed to the flat board tight up agaist the flat side of the Quadrant. Can email a diagram if required. About as simple as it gets but will work perfectly.

02-03-2006, 05:12 AM
Thanks everybody . Kinsella great post .