Lead Tape on Handle Placement

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  1. srvnvly

    srvnvly Professional

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    I'm sure there are multiple threads, but I couldn't find one with a simple exact answer: Where on the handle should you place lead tape? I use an overgrip, so do I place it on top of the grip, risking making for a bulky handle, or do I take the grip off and place the lead tape there? or what? I appreciate any help you can give-
     
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  2. Larrysümmers

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    i take the grip off, and put the lead on the handle. then i wrap the grip over then the og.i personally cant feel it, and i doudt you really are unless you use a massive amount. but ive used 3 of lead before and it didnt make it any bulkier.
     
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  3. Xizel

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    7" from buttcap. You may be interested in the concept of MgR/I.
     
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  4. ben123

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    i dont know one good tennis player who knows something about "MgR/I". the pros dont know it either i think. strangely its only famous here on this forum.

    the trend of the pros goes to less headlight minimum static weight but big swingweight racquets. and thats a trend really not going to the "MgR/I" theory. i looked travlerajam up and i came to the conclusion that he tried to defend his theory with everything he could. when things didnt went good he began to push it to the wristbands players are using blabla...

    in the end there are many pros with many different specs out there. i dont take this "MgR/I" too seriously... and i wouldnt recommend it to anyone. better go out and concentrate on your tennis
     
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  5. lgbalfa

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    how about putting it inside the handle?

    if you have a trap door then it should be easy.
     
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  6. Xizel

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    I find it interesting that popular sticks in the 12 oz neighborhood like the 6.1 90 and Prestige Mid when plugged into the formula comes out with the targeted number of 21. The concept is most likely flawed, but it is interesting and possibly worth an experiment.
     
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  7. travlerajm

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    Double post
     
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  8. travlerajm

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    MgR/I is just a way to apply the laws of physics to tune your racquet so that it comes around at the right speed, giving you a longer linear hitting zone for optimum control and better immunity to timing errors.

    The consistency of my game improved tremendously once I figured out how to use the MgR/I concentp to tune my racquets. It allows me to maintain perfect timing on groundstrokes while enjoying the advantages of a much higher swingweight.

    Here are three threads where I posted interesting correlations between pro racquet specs and performance, and answer many questions on the MgR/I concept:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=387620&highlight=mgr%2Fi

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=387805&highlight=mgr/i

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=390065&highlight=mgr/i


     
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  9. Kidd O

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    *Bump. For newer commenting.

    I've searched this topic several times. Most relevant advice for placing lead tape on the racquet handle suggests weighing down the butt cap of the handle. I've done this with several problematic results. There is no more possibility to tighten grip at the butt cap.

    One more. Could anyone find a written record of all the variations of configurations for placing lead tape on the handle? Having a complete setup list would benefit all of us. Let me provide you with one hint. When I tried placing lead tape at the throat-end of the handle (the end opposite the butt-cap) I experienced a high failure rate when hitting serves. (what most serves resemble on tv).
     
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  10. PMChambers

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    I put lead in the handle of my HEAD because it has a trap door.
    I put lead just above the leather handle on my pro-kennex because it's easier too. I don't use over grips and don't want to take the butt cap off.

    It does not really matter where you put it as long as it feels right and achieves what you want. I don't think the small distance on such a small mass (20g) makes a great deal of difference. Weather, ball brand, opponent, etc effect the shot more, but try to keep it as close as possible to the hand. If you're matching racquets it will make more difference as you will perceive small changes, but if your not changing racquet mid match then you won't notice a great deal of difference.
     
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  11. Kidd O

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    Thanks. I've found lead at palm to hit rel. well.
     
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  12. dct693

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    I put lead around the handle just above where my overgrip stops. I don't know if this is the best place, as it's the only one I tried. I wanted to give my Steam 99s racquet more mass without making it head heavy. I then added some lead also at the 3 and 9 positions as well.
     
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  13. Kidd O

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    I wanted to gather up knowledgeable and apt, well-informed data about lead tape placement on racquets. There may be opposition concerning sharing info on weights on a racquet. There should be none in this forum.

    Let me run through this site a few more times. Meanwhile I may gather up some info for a new thread.
     
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  14. anirut

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    There's no hard and fast rule as to the exact position of lead on handle. Every racket is different.

    However, there's a certain "area" where things usually go well, and that's around 7" from the butt end. And the weights differ from one racket to another, and all depends on YOUR stroke and swing style.

    A desirable method is to distribute the weights. Some of my rackets have just 2 grams about 7", while one racket has 2 grams @1, 2 grams@7, 2 grams @8. Some rackets 2-3 grams spread along the handle. It all depends upon the best suitability you want from that certain racket.
     
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