hw to make racquet heavier w/o lead tape?

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  1. wyutani

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    hw to make racquet heavier w/o lead tape?

    think hes racquet is too light. he needs help. :)

    4got to mention he's a two hander.
     
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  2. blackfrido

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    leather grip & lead tape
     
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  3. [ GTR ]

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    You read his question, great stuff.
     
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  4. blackfrido

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    maybe cotton balls
     
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    fishing weights? Silicon? these are both more complicated ways than using lead..which is really your easiest/simplest option.
     
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    A lot of gravel under the bumper guard? :confused:

    Seriously, why not use lead tape? Is it not available?
     
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  8. dr325i

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    China ran out of lead...

    Anyway, lead tape is pretty much (aside for some cases where you can swap the bumper) the only way you can alter the weight in the hoop (add more weight to the head).
    You can mess with the handle and add the weight by injecting the silicone or similar.
    Also, you can slightly add weight to the hoop by putting thicker Poly strings...
     
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  9. dirtballer

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    To get more weight in the handle I know some people that taped a coin to the butt cap. A nickel is about 5 grams, pennies about 2.5, dimes a little less than pennies and quarters a little more than nickels. To get more weight in the head I've seen people just use multiple layers of head protection tape. It doesn't work as well as lead tape. Someone told me that if you wrap one layer of head protection tape around the hoop it adds between one and two grams but I don't know that for a fact.
     
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    Leather grip at least 1.5 mm thick
    Bumper guard tape
    (extra) overgrip
    (extra) finishing tape
    dampner
    heavier more dense and or thicker strings
    string-a-lings
    Overlapping grip while putting on
    swithcing buttcaps
    putting masking tape on the handle underneath the replacement grip
    paintjob
     
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  11. [d]ragon

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    Head tape and maybe that racquet armor stuff. I was thinking of using that instead of lead, just cut it up abit and put it on the inside instead of the outside of the frame. When I go to pick up a racquet from the stringer, I'll check if they have good colors (last time I checked they only had lime green)
     
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  12. The Pure One

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    In the racquet head: use bumper guard tape and in the 9 & 3 o’clock positions just put a Babolat Racquet Vibration System Dampener ( http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageBAB-BRVSD.html ) at each side, and another one at 6 o'clock in the usual position.

    I the grip: just use a leather grip with an overgrip. In the inside: silicone, fishing weights, or coins.
     
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  13. Lee James

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    Something I picked up from an old post here would be to use magnet tape. I currently use it on my racquets and it works well. Haven't had any issues with it flying off.
     
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  14. blackfrido

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    not really. Now that I read it > I suggest adding a dumbell
     
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  15. ronalditop

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    electrical tape works as good as lead tape. Just use several layers till you get your desired weight. I have used about 5 layers of electrical tape from 10 to 2, and also at 3 and 9. It works great.
     
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    You have to use lead tape.
    *shakes head*
     
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  17. blackfrido

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    duct tape is not a bad idea
     
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  18. DownTheLine

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    Is this hard to read or is it just me?
     
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  19. normrose

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    Which leather replacement grip available at TW is the heaviest?
     
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    what is the heaviest adhesive tape besides lead? I mean duct tape, electrical tape, magnet tape, etc.
     
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  21. vndesu

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    i think those are only it x.x
     
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  22. ronalditop

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    But of those i want to know which is the heaviest.
     
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  23. theenrighthouse

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    Leave the protective covers on.
     
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  24. zeratul90

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    i thought putting any dampeners besides the usual 6 o'clock wasn't allowed?
     
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  25. TennisNinja

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    What's wrong with lead tape???

    And you can put dampeners anywhere, any amount, as long as it is in the outer edge.
     
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  26. wyutani

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    me thank u for the advise, even if its real or not.

    so ur saying that i can put even a 100 strips on to the head racquet?
     
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  27. donnygg

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    use solder?
     
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  28. nevergiveup

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    I use Blue-Tack or similar when I'm experimenting with weight and don't want to put lead on my racquet yet. Works well in the hoop. Easy to put and doesn't fall off while playing if put properly.
     
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  29. tennisfa

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    nahh it has to be under the lowest cross string...
     
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  30. wyutani

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    the OP must be a real tool, just use lead tape, whats wrong with that!? :shock:
     
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  31. TennisNinja

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    You're wrong look in the USTA rulebook.
     
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