Help with lead tape

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  1. Muse

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    Say I have a Head Youtek IG Radical Pro. I want to add a little weight in the handle to make it more head light and increase the overall mass because it's a bit light in stock form. How many grams of lead tape do I need to wrap around the handle to get it 6 points headlight?
     
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  2. zerojoshua

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    Probably around 8-10 grams

    9 grams would be my guess, leaving the racquet 11.8 oz (aprox) and 6pt hl.
     
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    - There's a gazillion ways to to this, depending upon how far up or down the handle, or inside the handle you place the lead. I picked the least labor intensive placement location for you.

    - If you space the lead out evenly between the butt end and the 4" inch mark you'd need 12 grams. That's 24" of 1/2 inch lead, or 48" of 1/4 inch lead. You can lay in out in strips or wind it around the grip.

    - I'm giving you four inches to work with, to keep the layers small, respecting your bevels and the grip size.

    - Muse's guess is pretty good, I think you could do it with 9g but you'd have to concentrate it in a smaller space, closer to the buttcap.
     
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  4. ChicagoJack

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    Dupe post, browser cache gone wacky
     
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  5. Muse

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    Awesome, thank you. I'll probably get the babolat lead tape since it's twice as heavy, it'll be easier to wrap 12 inches rather than 24.
     
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    Hey, no problem hope it works out for you. I didnt know about the babolat tape, gonna check that out. Thanks for that tip!
     
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    The right Leather grip would do the trick nicely I'd say....
     
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    Agree with this

    This would be the first thing to try.....
     
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    Interesting. It already comes with something called a "synthetic" leather grip. How much more does a real leather grip weigh over this synthetic one. (for the record, I hate leather grips and would wrap it with tournagrip)
     
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  11. Vasuri

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    Wilson / Head leather grips weight 22 - 23 grams. Typical synthetic grips weight about 16 - 18 grams. So changing to a leather grip will add 4 - 7 grams of weight to the handle. That will make the racquet only 1 - 1.5 pts more headlight.

    Use a balance board or simply the edge of the table to measure the racquet's balance point. 6 pts headlight means the balance point should be 32.4 cms from the buttcap. Once you have changed to leather grip the easiest way to get exact 6 pts headlight balance is to add weight (leadtape, blue tack) under the buttcap via the trapdoor in head racquets. You will probably need another 5 - 7 grams of weight added.
     
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