How to increase a mass on a rakcet?

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  1. SJSA

    SJSA Semi-Pro

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    My new racket has 11.8 oz weight, 325 SW and 4 pt HL balance.
    It feels much lighter compared to my other rackets with same weight.
    It doesn't have a mass so I can't generate heavy ball I used to do with my others.
    Where should I put lead tapes?
     
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  2. keithfival

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    My preference is usually 2 & 10. If it starts to feel too hammer-like add a similar amount to the handle.
     
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  3. tymmh789

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    Just wondering why you like lead at 10 and 2 vs at 3 and 9.
     
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  4. keithfival

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    On the frames I've tinkered with 3 & 9 gives more pocketing/solidity but also a bit of trampoline effect and I seem to have to adjust my swing a little to spin the ball more. 2 & 10 seems to give more depth/spin but without changing how I have to swing at all (usually with the same amount of weight counterbalanced in the handle).
     
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  5. SJSA

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    keithfival, I followed the direction you suggested and am able to generate heavy balls after adding 0.2 oz lead tapes at 10 & 2.
    Thanks!
     
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  6. cork_screw

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    Smear Spackle from the hardware store all over your racquet and put it in the oven for 45 mins on 450 degrees.
     
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  7. SJSA

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    Do your racket first and wanna see how it turns out.
     
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  8. JUAN_PRADO

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    use lead tape ..
     
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  9. gtshark1

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    I just tinkered with my EXO3 Tour yesterday:

    3 small 1/2 inch strips at 12 between the holes
    2 1/4 inch each side of head at 11 and 1. (I know odd place)

    Great feel. Took about 30 minutes and a couple movements of the lead to get things right.
     
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  10. TennisCJC

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    Lead anywhere on the head where increase mass and help you hit a heavy ball. Search for lead customization threads especially search for customization for polarized vs depolarized setups.

    All lead in the head increases power, stability, and plow.

    Lead high up on the head 11,12,1 o'clock increases power and generates a spinner shot. Topspin groundies are best fit.

    Lead on the sides of the head 3,9 o'clock increase stability and even adds more power but may be better for flatter shots. All court game - volleys are best fit.

    You can also mix - some lead at noon and some at 3/9 o'clock.

    It is a career explaining it and there are are several very good threads with tons of details on this board. Search and you will find them.

    Depolarized: Off top of my head add 1 gram at noon, 2 grams at 3 o'clock and 2 grams at 9 o'clock. 1 gram wrapped around the pallet just above where the butt cap ends and 4 grams wrapped around the pallet about 7" from end of butt cap.

    For sample polarized, add 2 grams at noon, 1 gram at 3 o'c and 1 gram at 9 o'c. 2 g wrapped around pallet just above butt cap and 2 grams wrapped around pallet 7" from but cap.

    Both of these will increase your SW around 9 grams. handle weight is to maintain balance - remove all grips and wrap directly on pallet and then replace grips.

    Play test and adjust accordingly.
     
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