View Full Version : Where in Handle You Put Lead Tape?
07-01-2004, 09:06 PM
Besides, putting lead weight inside the handle, by removing the butt cap, what other alternative area to put lead weight/tape in the handle?
07-02-2004, 06:32 AM
you can take the grip off and put lead tape on the grip surface but that will increase the grip size
07-02-2004, 06:52 AM
gmlasam, AFAIK, there is no other way to gain access to the inside of the handle other than removing the butt cap or the trap door in the butt cap. There are a few that have a small trap door in them that can be opened without removing the entire cap. One has to examine the cap carefully to tell if it has such a door in it. I know some of the Wilson's did, but none of the Prince frames do, AFAIK.
07-02-2004, 07:41 AM
If your goal is to make a racquet heavier but still have it be not to difficult to swing, the counterweight needs to be on the other side of the pivot point (picture the counterweight on a railroad crossing gate). As your hand is the pivot point for at least some of the shots you hit, the weight should go right under (or on) the buttcap. Placed anywhere else, it really does not serve as a counterweight
07-02-2004, 07:42 AM
if you arent needing a bunch of weight, wrapping the lead tape on the shaft just above the grip (where that rubber finishing band goes) is very easy...it isnt going to give you a counterweighting effect if that is what you are looking for, but will definitely make your axe more headlight if that is what you seek and is a no brainer to do and easy to experiment with. if you are needing it in the butt and like a a bigger knob at the end of your grip..you can wrap it around the outside of the bottom of the grip and just put your overgrip over the top..i kind of like a 'bigger butt' ;) and that works for me and will give you a counterbalance effect. ed
07-02-2004, 08:05 AM
gmlasam, AFAIK, there is no other way to gain access to the inside of the handle other than removing the butt cap or the trap door in the butt cap. There are a few that have a small trap door in them that can be opened without removing the entire cap. One has to examine the cap carefully to tell if it has such a door in it. I know some of the Wilson's did, but none of the Prince frames do, AFAIK.The newer Prince do not have the butt caps with the "trap door", but the older ones, specially the POG do have the "trap door". Prince butt caps that are black with the gold "P" usually have the "trap door openings".
07-02-2004, 08:23 AM
Thanks all for your great advice. I do not like scooping off foam or doing irreversible modifications to my racquets. So this is why I ask what other alternatives to add weight on the butt area besides using fishing lead weights.
You all gave some idea after reading all your replies. I used two 6" strips of 1/2" wide lead tape and rolled each one to a square shape. Total weight used in butt cap area would be 6 grams, 6" strip is 3 grams. My POG does have a trap door opening so I did not to remove the grip and butt cap. I flattened the two lead squares I rolled up so both can be placed in the bottom butt cap. I also used some cotton balls to keep it secure. I did not have to scoop any foam out of the racquet which is what I like. Is this a good alternative to the fishing weight method?
I have one 6" lead tape on 9:00 and one on 3:00.
By adding 6 grams to the butt area, will it keep the racquet head light though having 6 grams total weight added in the head area at 9/3 area?
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