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pchoi04
08-14-2006, 12:12 PM
Just wondering out there. How many of you guys lead up your racquets or customize your racquets.

What do you use, what did you change or add, and why?

tempura_MAKI
08-14-2006, 12:20 PM
I sometimes lead my head in the 3 and 9 o'clock positions. I also use 16 and 18 gut's... then I throw on an overgrip.

Kaptain Karl
08-14-2006, 12:45 PM
Technically speaking, we all customize. When we say "String it with NXT. 60 Mains and 55 Crosses."

I've told my lead tape story (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=939691&postcount=2) enough times on here....

- KK

snoflewis
08-14-2006, 02:54 PM
my rds001s are stock, but my mp tour-1 98"s are leaded a little to make it swing a bit more like the rds001

TN1
08-14-2006, 03:07 PM
Leaded up nBlades. 18 grams in the lower half of the racquet-12 g on the handle and 6 in the throat.

Say Chi Sin Lo
08-14-2006, 03:27 PM
leaded up pc600 with 4 strips of 6inch at 3 and 9 oclock... total of 0.4oz to each frame... and then overgrip

cghipp
08-14-2006, 03:34 PM
I've tried leading up my racquets several times, but I always end up getting frustrated and ripping it all off. What usually happens is that I keep adding weight to get the feel I want, and the next time I pick up my racquet I realize it's over 13 oz. and way too heavy for me!

thejerk
08-14-2006, 03:38 PM
Almost all of my are customized in some way. Matter of fact, I just leaded up a tour 10 ve mid today and it played and served way better.

onkystomper
08-14-2006, 03:57 PM
Yei lead up my pure storms and my rds and m speed before that

goober
08-14-2006, 05:27 PM
Just wondering out there. How many of you guys lead up your racquets or customize your racquets.

What do you use, what did you change or add, and why?


I think a better question for the TW boards is how many people play with completely stock racquets not modified in any way.

let's see leather grip, a little lead at 3 and 9 and in the handle, vibe damp, head tape, and I am good to go. If I could find a perfect racquet that didn't need modification I would. May be a Vantage racquet is in order :)

Tim Set Match
08-14-2006, 06:31 PM
Leaded up nBlades. 18 grams in the lower half of the racquet-12 g on the handle and 6 in the throat.

I play with a completely stock nBlade; no vibration dampener even!

AJK1
08-14-2006, 06:38 PM
4g at 3 & 9, 5g on handle with leather grip and overgrip, rubber band dampener, I must admit, a previous post stated a nblade leaded up to the hilt, you should have just bought a tour 90?

tennisguy11
08-14-2006, 06:39 PM
snoflewis, where do you put the lead on your mp 98's and how much of it?

TN1
08-14-2006, 07:02 PM
I play with a completely stock nBlade; no vibration dampener even!
Hey I am not saying everybody needs the lead.:) It's a terrific racquet with or without lead. I just like the extra heft. No vibration dampener...now that's just plain crazy. ;)

joe sch
08-14-2006, 07:19 PM
I like to have diff natural gut combinations, along with rackets with diff combinations of lead and customized leather grips. Most players gofor matched rackets but I like to have diff rackets in my tournament bag sorta like golfers have diff clubs depending on the conditions and my feelings.

Andres
08-14-2006, 07:29 PM
I lead up the head, lead up the handle, increase grip size, overgrips, several base grips.

I'm a freaking weirdo about how I like my racquets :D

dunlopjew
08-14-2006, 07:36 PM
i thought my mfil 300 was too light so what i did was:

(under the replacement grip)
4 inches of gamma lead tape on each side of the handle = 4 grams in all
1 inch of gamma lead tape on the top and bottom of the handle = 1 gram
2 inches of gamma lead tape on both sides of the inside of the throat= 2 grams
= 7 grams of lead tape total on the racquet +:
yonex super grap overgrip
and gamma head tape along both sides of the racquet head
all that + the dunlop dampener + strung with pro hurricane 17L mains at 60 and sensatioon 17L crosses at 62

all comes out to be 12.0 - 12.1 ounces. anyone with an mfil 300, i seriously recommend you try this setup. feels absolutely amazing and i played considerably better with it that when it was completely stock. definitely enhances the playability of this awesome racquet.

juani
08-14-2006, 07:46 PM
I've tried leading up my racquets several times, but I always end up getting frustrated and ripping it all off. What usually happens is that I keep adding weight to get the feel I want, and the next time I pick up my racquet I realize it's over 13 oz. and way too heavy for me!


it's the same for me

BigServer1
08-14-2006, 07:55 PM
Flexpoint Prestige with a volkl leather grip, wilson pro over grip, sampras O dampener, and 10 grams of lead at 3/9. 12.8oz, 10 pts head light.

Wouldn't want it any other way...unless it was a PC600...

Kaptain Karl
08-14-2006, 08:02 PM
Most players gofor matched rackets but I like to have diff rackets in my tournament bag sorta like golfers have diff clubs depending on the conditions and my feelings.But golfers use about 15 different sticks each round ... for completely different reasons than we do.

If I have only two sticks ... they are matched. If I have more than two ... I changed the string setups -- but not the weight & balance.

- KK

ffrpg
08-14-2006, 08:05 PM
Yonex RDS 001 Mid with 6 grams of lead at 3 & 9. I did it because I wanted the racquet to be less head heavy and the added plow through feel doesn't hurt either.

kngoPITT
08-14-2006, 08:14 PM
Head LiquidMetal Radical MP
11.71oz 8 points headlight up from 11.2oz 4 points headlight

1 gram of lead at each 3 & 9 for a total of 2 grams.
Two overgrips for 12 grams.

Rysty
08-16-2006, 04:23 AM
All of my RDX 500 Mids have Babolat leather grips and some lead under the grip, and Gamma head guard tape. Weight 383 grams, 10 points headlight strung.

BiGGieStuFF
08-16-2006, 04:26 AM
I have a dunlop 300g all leaded up at 3 and 9. If i remember correctly I think i added about 3oz to the frame. It's heavy but man it serves like a mad man. I'l be lucky to get the stick on avolley though.

Lleyton Hewitt
08-16-2006, 04:29 AM
read my sig but mainly for more power, sweetspot enlargement and to prevent the twist of the racquet when hitting forehand off centre....big difference....the racquet produces a much solid feel now

Lleyton Hewitt
08-16-2006, 04:30 AM
Also another note how does an overgrip increase gripsize? like it doesnt increase the length does it?

Amone
08-16-2006, 07:37 AM
You know, I have to say that Travelerajm definitely doesn't customize his racquet. He seems like a stock kind of guy. ;)

Hewitt-- Overgrips make grips bigger, like, wider around.

Redflea
08-16-2006, 07:47 AM
i thought my mfil 300 was too light so what i did was:

(under the replacement grip)
4 inches of gamma lead tape on each side of the handle = 4 grams in all
1 inch of gamma lead tape on the top and bottom of the handle = 1 gram
2 inches of gamma lead tape on both sides of the inside of the throat= 2 grams
= 7 grams of lead tape total on the racquet +:
yonex super grap overgrip
and gamma head tape along both sides of the racquet head
all that + the dunlop dampener + strung with pro hurricane 17L mains at 60 and sensatioon 17L crosses at 62

all comes out to be 12.0 - 12.1 ounces. anyone with an mfil 300, i seriously recommend you try this setup. feels absolutely amazing and i played considerably better with it that when it was completely stock. definitely enhances the playability of this awesome racquet.

Leaded up my M-Fil 300 as well...

5 grams split between 3 & 9
2 grams in the handle
two Yonex overgrips
Gamma worm style dampener

Totals to 11.5 oz. Suhweet as my 12 year old is wont to say... ;)

Master Trader
08-16-2006, 08:09 AM
6 Grams of lead tape to the 3 & 9 o'clock on my RDX 500s

drakulie
08-16-2006, 08:45 AM
Lead tape at 3 & 9 o'clock.