Influence of lead aside from contact point

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  1. mxmx

    mxmx Semi-Pro

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    I have a question

    Is it possible that lead can influence your flow, preparation and elements aside from actual hitting the ball?

    For example...on a double backhand that's almost jerky in preparation, could it force you to slow down and have a more solid, flowing movement? (even just psychologically?)

    Anyone know what I'm talking about?
     
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  2. mxmx

    mxmx Semi-Pro

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    ...oh, and yes I know it will affect the maneuverability and swingspeed...but I what I want to know is whether lead slowing your swingspeed/agility down, can be good for technique/timing?
     
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  4. LuckyR

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    Since it changes the swingspeed, by definition it can change your swing, but you are correct that such a change is very small when compared to it's change on ball striking (since your arm mass is much much more than the ball's mass).
     
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  5. Cheetah

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    Adding lead can help you develop a more fundamentally sound swing.

    I suggest adding about 4 grams at 3-9 and maybe 3-4 grams at 12 just as a start. The racquet will feel quite a bit heavier w/ that. You can use that extra weight to develop changes in your swing. It can help you get more of a lag, lay your wrist back more, use more of your body and less arm, use your arm only for control etc etc.

    Give it a try.
     
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  6. mxmx

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    Thank you...I have done so with my previous rackets. I just wanted to confirm that i was experiencing it in the same way you guys have and that lead does influence the actual swing (to me its more noticeable on the double backhand than elsewhere). My new rackets are very light and i could feel that my actual swing wasn't as "flowlike" anymore. I think lead will "balance" the swing for me.
     
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