APD GT Lead Tape Gurus

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by doctor dennis, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. doctor dennis

    doctor dennis Rookie

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    Hi all

    Firstly, i hope this is in the correct section.

    My question is for those who have done or know if its possible get the specs of the APD GT the same or very close to the specs of the PDR with the use of lead tape.

    How or where would i begin to put the lead?

    Im a complete noob on this subject so any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind Regards

    DD
     
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  2. Chyeaah

    Chyeaah Professional

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    Basically, your gonna need to get alot of lead tape and put lead all around the hoop, since the PDR is significantly heavier

    Just to let you know, you probably won't get the feel of the PDR so just start slow, add like 4 grams at a time, i would suggest a long strip from 9-3 counterbalance at the handle and go from there.
     
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  3. doctor dennis

    doctor dennis Rookie

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    Cheers

    I like the feel of my Aeropros im just wondering what the extra weight would be like.

    Back when i got my racket it was a choice between the APD GT and the PDR GT.

    I dont regret one the choice im just intruiged.

    Kind Regards

    DD
     
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  4. boomerTennis

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    I've actually tried the same thing, which is lead up my APDGT to get it to 12.1 oz to have the same spec as the PDRGT. The way I have mine done is adding weight to the handle, since the PDRGT is very much headlight compared to the stock APD GT.

    Now, my APD GT is around 12.1 oz with dampener and grips, which is fairly similar to that of the PDRGT. However, it does NOT feel the same as the PDRGT. The stick is now more solid, I can swing through the ball and hit it a little flatter, but no where close to how flat I can hit with the PDRGT. With the new weight on my APDGT, I can't seem to get the same whip of spin as I used to, probably because of arm fatigue of constantly swinging my arm upward. With that sacrifice, I still think it's definitely worth the customization to get the APD GT weight a little higher, to get the solid feel and the flatter shot.
     
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  5. doctor dennis

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    Funny thing is, ive never had a problem.hitting flat with the aeros. My coach tells me i hit a little too flat if anything. Im really looking for the stability on volleys particularly as im trying to get to the net more. I might also benefit on serve with the extra weight i guess too. Im going to tinker about a bit next week.

    Do you need a staple gun to replace the butt cap?

    Did you use any other specialist tools?

    Thanks for your comments.

    Regards

    DD
     
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  6. boomerTennis

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    I simply remove the original grip, stick the regular lead tape onto the wood handle, then re-grip the racquet. I figured that's easier to remove if I ended up not liking it.
     
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  7. KoaUka

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    I replaced my synthetic grip w/ a head leather grip (looks so sweeet) and added some lead to 12 o'clock. While the racquet was much more stable, I lost a lot of racquet head speed...

    Anyone else had this experience? Do I just need to give it more time to adjust? I kind of miss that racquet speed.
     
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  8. doctor dennis

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    havent tried it yet but i guess your body just needs to get used to the extra weight. I think the trade off with gaining extra plow through / stability is losing racket head speed.
     
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