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08-12-2006, 11:51 AM
I would like to make my nCode 90 rackets closer to being evenly balanced. If I am adding lead tape at 3 and 9 o'clock how much do I need to add to have it even balanced? What would the balance be if I added 8 grams or 12 grams?
Thanks a lot.
08-12-2006, 03:43 PM
Take your racquet length, and divide it in half (for instance, a 27" racquet = 13.5", 27.5 = 13.75, 28 = 14, etc)
Mark the halfway point on your racquet with a pencil, or other removable substance (a piece of tape would work well).
Balance the racquet on your chosen "balance beam." I find a rolling pin works well, provided it is wide enough, and has a nice diameter. If there is an edge, you can find the balance point more easily.
After you find the balance point, mark the racquet again, with a pencil or more tape.
After you have marked the racquet, you can measure the difference. Each 1/8th of an inch is 1 "point." If the mark is closer to the handle, the racquet is head light, if it is closer to the head, it is head heavy.
Cheers, good luck
Per the instructions above, if your racquet is evenly balanced it should balance at the measured mid-point. Add lead at 3 & 9 until your racquet balances at the mid-point and you'll have what you want.
You can measure the change in your balance point after each lead application using the method above.
Note that you'll also be increasing both your total weight and swing weight, which is going to decrease manueverability and can reduce racquet head speed and increase fatigue in longer matches...
08-12-2006, 04:17 PM
i wouldnt recommend adding lead tape like that unless you use strong super glue. I added 50 grams under the handle, used a tournagrip, and added additional weight until my racquet weighed around 16 ounces. I dont know how many layes of lead tape, but i think it was around 7. At first the set-up felt great, but the lead kept falling off when i hit the frame. Eventually i took all the lead off the head of the racquet(keeping the 50 grams under the handle), and just added two little strips of lead tape. The racquet weighs only 14.6 ounces and i can still hit the ball hard and with spin. I would not recommend a evenly balanced racquet for obvious reasons. But if you want you swing to get slower.. by all means( say this because i had leaded my racquet with tons of weight all from 9-3(around the whole top) and made the racquet 14 ozs, and i can't consistently hit the ball heavy. You will find that maybe you might hit the ball the same way, but on serves, returns an those awkward shots on big points( where you have to flick the ball with precision), the racquet will fail you or vice versa. I hope i don't come across as an azzzhole. Hope everything works out.
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