I got more SNAP out of my racquets, for under $.25 ea! (Changing balance points) )

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  1. BruceD

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    I' recently bought a few tweener racquets and noticed how differently they played allthought their head size was almost the same.
    One is a 2010 Head Micro-Gel Challenge OS and it, like many other of it's kind, is very light and a bit head heavy, making it a little hard to get a decent smap on my service motion. So I decided to add weight to the the butt-cap to bring down the balance point and also add some weight to get more punch on my shots, using a combination of lead tape and good-old American nickles!
    since a nickle weight 5 grams, I used glue and lead tape to add 17 grams and then used some chrome strips, used for trim on cars that I had laying around to add 3 grams to the yoke. The extra 20 grams brings the weight up to alittle over 10.5 oz and now uit seems about 2 points head LIGHT which makes serving much easier.
    I use a wheelchair when I play, so I need all the extra power I can get, but I don't want to swing a heavy piece of lumber around the court, like I did, 25 yeras or so ago.
    The Wilson K-Factor Bold that I bought next was also very light at 9.8 oz, but was 2 points head light and tghat was the first racquet that I have ever owned that I was able to get the snap at the top pf my serve, like no othwer, but lacked a little "punch" in the groundies, so I enhanced the head-lightness by adding the same 17 brams on the butt-cap and 3 up a little higher on the head this time. I used the chrome strips at the 9 to10:00 and 3-2:00 positioned on the sides, that also provided protection from the scrapes I get, covering low shots.
    Now I get the most snap AND power on my servs, than ever before, almost as good as when I was able to use my legs!
    I also have a Fischer M-Pro 98 No.1 that feels to be around 4 pointys head light, without strings, so it may not need another penny-er nickle to get all the snap I need and at 330 grams, 10.8 oz, might pack enough of a punch, too, on it's own.
    I'm waiting on delivery of a new Babolat Y-105 and it's said to have an even balance, so I anticipate it needing at LEAST $.25 to make it feel the way I want.
    Lead tape is much more expensive, by weight than a nickle is, save the buck$ for new string jobs, as you will be breaking them more often, with your new found power!
     
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  2. Larrysümmers

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    you really gonna put 5 nickles in the butt cap?
     
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  3. Fuji

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    I've done it before haha!

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  4. Larrysümmers

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    5? in my blx 95 i was only to fit 2 and that was pushing it
     
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  5. Fuji

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    I think our nickles are smaller here in Canada actually... LOL

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    I used a big ol' commemerative coin..25 gm and fit's great!

    I got the Babolat Y105 today and immediately glued a brass coin that was worthless, to the butt cap. I hit with it and I have served with NOTHING like it..I'm nut'z about this Babo now! But the others are better than when they were new, too!
    Say..here's a question for brains bigger than mine...how many inches is "2 points" when looking at head light, or heady? I'm guess, and measuring mine, by the inch = 1 point.
    Am I wrong in my guesstimation?
    Pic's a bit blurry, sorry
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  7. TennisCJC

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    Using a nickel is cool - I had a friend who used a quarter. He put velcro on the outside of the butt cap and on one side of a quarter $.25. He then attached the quarter with the velco. It has been over 6 years, but I think he stuck the .25 on when he served making the racket more HL and took it off when he received. Tennis players are quirky.
     
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    these kind of threads make me laugh
     
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    How come? :) There's nothing wrong with discussing methods of making rackets more headlight, whether it be through coins/silicone/blue tac/nails. Lots of ways to get it done!

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    I've got 2 dimes in one of my sticks to match it's brother's specs. Sometimes I feel like such a dork with all this customization stuff, but I enjoy it, so whatever...
     
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  11. zapvor

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    right. but sometimes...it goes too far you know
     
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    You mean it goes all 'TravelerJam-y' LOL.

    And to the OP, 2 points is .25 of an inch. 1 inch = 8 pts. So 2 points is 1/4 of an inch.
     
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    not sure what you mean, but i think you got my point:)
     
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    Wow, finally someone who knows how to spell the word correctly in this thread.
     
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    Thanks for the info! I was WAY off!

    Now it makes a little more sence,..er cents?,
    I was thinking 1"=1point!

    Thanks a TON!
     
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    I weight a $.25 piece and it weighs a little over 6 grams, so it's not as "co$t effective"!
     
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