Lead Tape Customize: Pure Drive

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  1. JTop

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    Looking for some input on fixing up my Pure Drive.

    I have a couple Roddicks and I played good with them, but I thought they were a little too heavy. Maybe I'm wrong though. I was winning more than losing, but I lost a match and had it in my mind they were too heavy after that:)

    I want my regular Pure Drives to be about 310 grams. Can I just put 5 grams on each side at 3 and 9 for a little weight and stability and just be done with it? Or is it necessary to also have some weight in the handle?

    I don't want this too complicated! I read some of the other posts about customizing and it makes my head spin! I just want something between the regular Pure Drives and Pure Drive Roddicks.

    Thanks for the input!
     
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  2. dgoran

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    question for you what balance do you prefer roddick or pure drive std? depending on how you answer that question you will place it at different locations
     
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  3. JTop

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    I like them both, but since I have 2 new French Open Pure Drives and my normal PDs from before I will stick with the regular ones. I bought some leather grips for all my racquets. I like the feel and they are heavier than synthetic grips, so maybe I don't have to use lead on the handle. If I put 5 grams each at 3 and 9, how much lead on the handle for the counter balancing? Thanks


    Thanks.
     
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  4. IA-SteveB

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    5g on each side will feel like a TON. If you are experimenting with lead tape, you will be in for a surprise when you see how much a seemingly small amount changes things. I only put 3 grams on each side of mine and it felt like a caveman's club and I am a strong guy. I cut it down to 1.5g on each side and it is perfect for me now. I didn't put any weight in the handle of mine and I didn't really notice a difference. Granted, mine is a different frame....
     
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  5. JasonPerelman

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    I played with a PD plus with lead at the 12, 3, 9 and it felt great on serves may switch to plus version. Serves were great.
     
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    I haven't hit a PD but I always start with a leather grip and match the lead in the hoop to the difference in weight between the factory synthetic grip and the leather grip. I weigh the 2 on a scale to be sure, I don't guess every grip is different.

    My typical Head 18x20 set up is leather grip adds about 6 grams, usually translates to about 4" in the hoop at 3/9. I add more based on feel, a couple of my frames have 6". I do not use an overgrip....

    I did witness a pro at Newport yesterday (John Patrick Smith) hitting a Pure Drive who had about 10 grams (maybe 5/6 inches single strip) at 12. He had leather grip with an overgrip and was killing lefty serves and forehands.

    Thus the word is you already agree on the leather grip just experiment with the lead.
     
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  7. hrstrat57

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    Good stuff here, and proof positive why you need to experiment and find what works for you!!

    Try 3/9, try 10/2 and try 12....

    It is fun actually to experience the differences!!

    Good luck with it!
     
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  8. JTop

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    Thanks!
    The new Pure Drive French Opens have synthetic grips that have a tan leather type look. They look fantastic, so for these I might have to use lead rather than leather grip. However, I always use a Tourna Grip over it....300 grams is much too light for me so putting 5 grams at 3 and 9 made it better. I haven't tried it with the leather grips yet.
     
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  9. Bartelby

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    Putting 10 grams of lead between 3 and 9 will create an unmanoeuvrable racquet bearing no resemblance to the Roddick, but if that's what you want...

    Steve above has the right idea with 3 grams and a leather grip for counterbalancing or the equivalent in lead.
     
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  10. JTop

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    Right now I have 4 grams at each side for a total of 8 and I liked it pretty okay. Where would you suggest a put the lead to make the racquet 310 or 311...Roddick is 315. I have Wilson leather grips. This must add 5 grams or so?
     
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    I could have 4 grams total on 3 and 9 and with the leather grip I'm close to what I want. I am using the Babolat Tungsten tape and you are supposed to cut 1 gram strips.
     
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  12. hrstrat57

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    Take off your stock grip and weigh both, start out by adding that amount ( the diff on weight between the 2 grips) to the hoop. Add in the weight of your overgrip too to the amount if you use one. Start there - you pretty much maintain the factory designed balance while bumping up overall weight of frame and increasing size of sweet spot slightly.

    Strong agree with above if you just add lead to the hoop you are changing the balance of the frame.
     
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  13. JTop

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    Thanks. I haven't had the chance to weigh the 2 grips and see the difference. However, I took away half the weight on 3 and 9 so it is 4 grams plus the extra weight with the leather grip. I hit on the wall with it and it felt pretty good. Have to try it in reality though....so your opinion is that if for example you add 4 inches to the hoop (or any amount you choose) you should counter balance that with the same weight in the grip?
     
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    My thought has always been that the MFG of the frame spent a lot of $$$ balancing the frames they sell. I want a heavier frame with a bigger sweet spot but I don't want to change the balance at least without careful experimentation.

    On Head 18x20 frames adding leather and then adding the same amount of extra weight to the hoop has done the trick. I prefer to keep it simple.


    Sounds like you feel the same!
     
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    Keeping it simple is exactly what I want. And I don't want to change the balance, just a little heavier and more stable. Thanks everyone for suggestions.
     
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