Adding weight in the butt cap

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  1. yogisri

    yogisri New User

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    I recently added some weight in the butt caps of two of my rackets using TW shown fishing weight and cotton balls method.
    While playing a league match, it was a complete disaster. The weights came off the cotton and started rattling inside the racket. I changed my rackets but the other one did the same thing.
    I have heard you can do a much better job using silicon.
    Any one has information on how to add weight using silicon and where to get all the supplies for this?
    TW only seems to carry lead tape.

    Thanks a bunch.
     
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  2. Power Player

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    For silicone to work you need to know the weight and balance you want since it is a permanent mod.

    If you know that, you need silicone and a scale. You will want to stuff cotton balls in first. I believe TW has an article on any more details.
     
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  3. keithfival

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    Also, silicone in the handle feels totally different than the same amount of lead so try it out first. It changes the feel, you may like it you may not.
     
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  4. TennisCJC

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    Lead on the handle pallet works well. Take off all grips and apply the lead tape directly to the pallet. Either runs strips around the grip or run them up and down the pallet. Their are several threads in this forum that talk about pros and cons of different locations. It does not increase grip size to any degree of significance. I can not tell it is there if it is only one layer. I put the strips side by side rather than stacked.
     
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  5. kaiser

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    Just stuff the desired amount of Blu-Tack (adhesive putty found in Office Supply stores) inside the butt cap. Done. Easy to tune, easy to reverse, will hold fishing weights in place if you need a lot of weight added.
     
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  7. BreakPoint

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    You can also use those plug-on rubber cap eraser heads that you put on the eraser end of pencils when you were a kid. They are really cheap, like a pack of 20 for $1. They are soft, add a good amount of weight, and you can take them back out to fine tune the weight. Since they are soft and rubbery, they do not vibrate and provide a good feel. You can stuff as many as can fit inside your handle under the butt cap depending on how much weight you want to add. You can surround them with poster putty if they are not jammed in there and you're worried about them moving around. Works great! :)

    Like these: http://www.amazon.com/Staples%C2%AE-Arrowhead-Erasers-Assorted-Colors/dp/B0037LCV5Q/ref=sr_1_3?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1349294279&sr=1-3&keywords=erasers+for+pencils
     
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  8. floide

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    That's how I do it using lead tape (done 3 months ago). Never had a problem so far.

    [​IMG]
     
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  9. GenesisTurbo

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    Floide- that is a very good idea, i need to try it.
    i just usually wrap the lead over my pallet.
     
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  10. floide

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    Wrapping over the pallet is 100% guaranteed, buy this method I do never let me down also. :)
     
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  11. BigT

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    Question to TW and anyone else...OCD

    If adding fish weights as pictured in COUNTER-WEIGHTING METHOD 2:
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/customize.html

    Would it make a difference if one added the weight in just one hole (left, as pictured), or equally split the weight in both holes?

    All explanations are welcome...
     
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  12. Carolina Racquet

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    A New Alternative

    I recently added up to 10 grams of tail weight on my Prestige MP by using the tungsten rubber tape purchased at a golf store. I just stuck it to the bottom of the butt cap. I reduced it to 5 grams, which actually fits in the oval area on the underside of the butt cap door. Sells for around $5.

    Each little square = 2 grams. You can cut them in half to get 1 gram.

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. TimothyO

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    Based on an idea from another TT member I use silicone and paper towels to first build a dam by applying a thick coating of silicone to a wad of paper towel. I insert it into the handle at the appropriate depth and can usually use the butt cap staples as a partial anchor.

    Once the dam cures it forms a solid platform for additional silicone which I add in layers allowing each to at least partially cure before adding the next.

    You must also choose your silicone carefully. I once used some bathroom caulk assuming it was silicone. It wasn't and it never cured properly. I had to scoop it out and try again. The best silicone I've used is exterior silicone. It cures quickly and fully even in thick layers. Since it's designed to seal gaps on a home's exterior it can take lots of punishment and remain intact even in large blobs (home exteriors gaps expand and contract with heating and cooling).
     
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  14. TimothyO

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    This is true. I've come to prefer the muted feel of silicone compared to lead in the handle. Far less shock and more comfort with silicone.
     
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  15. Dimcorner

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    I stuffed in some moldable pencil eraser.
     
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  16. Carolina Racquet

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    Has anyone ever tried the Tugsten Putty used for flyfishing and/or Pinewood Derby cars?
     
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  17. Nuke

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    If you need a lot of weight, start by putting in an inch or so of silicone. Once that's dried, you can add more weight by pushing any number/size of nails into the silicone. These are removeabe (with your needle nose pliers) so you can tinker with it to find the exact weight you want..
     
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