Lead tape placement qns

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  1. HitItHarder

    HitItHarder Semi-Pro

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    An easy way to check how HH or HL a racquet is find your racquet's balance point. Just lay it off the edge of a table and find the point where it starts to tip. Or take a small wooden dowel or even a pencil and find the point where it balances. Make a small mark - this is your balance point.

    Next find the midpoint of your racquet. For a normal 27 inch racquet it would be at 13 1/2 inches. Make a mark.

    For every 1/8th of an inch the balance point is from the midpoint of the racquet, it equals 1 point HH (if the balance point is closer to the head) or HL (if the balance point is closer to the handle).

    For example - if your balance point is at 13 inches on the handle side (and on a standard 27 inch racquet), it would be considered 4 points head light as the balance point is 1/2 inch or (4/8 inch) from the midpoint.
     
  2. thebuffman

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    i recently discovered this post and want to give a hearty thank you to the lead doctor for all the time and effort spent educating the populace. i've been using lead for quite some time but doing so ignorantly. this changes everything.

    its time to revisit all of the configurations on my racquets.
     
  3. decades

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    i use one of those three sided rulers....balances on a very narrow point.
     
  4. comeback

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    requesting advice

    i am a 5.0 age group 55's tournament player. serve and volley, lob,slice old school placement with moderate arm problems.i recently stared using Titan Natural Gut 50lbs mains and stiff multi 52lbs in crosses which has helped..i just started trying to customize after reading this thread..i use a WILSON 5.3 Mid Plus Hammer 95 hyper carbon ..i wrapped horizontally14g lead tape spread 4 inches starting at bottom base of grip (under) and another 3 g in rubber bands 7 inches above grip and it pretty much balanced this head heavy Hammer..It played pretty good after that.. But today i added 5g at 3 and 5g at 9..i went to hit against the wall and it felt heavy but i was still hitting my serve harder which is a huge part of my game..I will hit for real tomorrow and report back..I would aprreciate any advice on anywhere else i can make improvements..here are my specs
    Technical Specifications
    Length 27.5 inches 70 centimeters
    Head Size 95 square inches 613 square centimeters
    Weight 10 ounces 284 grams
    Balance Point 14.25 inches
    36 centimeters 4 pts Head Heavy
    Shaft Width 23mm Head / 23 mm Shaft
    Composition Graphite & Hyper Carbon
    Babolat RDC Ratings
    Score Grade
    Flex Rating 75 Range: 0-100
    Swing Weight 326 Range: 200-400
    Manueverability 75 A
     
  5. comeback

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    i hit hard today for about 15-20 min (no serves)..it felt heavy but my 16 year old 3.5 level partner said my ball was harder..i'll see how my arm feels tomorrow and plan to hit with a top ranked 5.5 junior who usually knocks my racket sideways..will try to take some serves and play tiebreakers tomorrow..just wondering if i have too much (lead) or too little anywhere
     
  6. comeback

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    i hit hard for 30min today with the 5.5 junior and i did have more stable racket control but no serves (my shoulder hurt) my arm feels ok..i need to play a match with this setup..ps Im on approx 15 hours onThe Titan Natural Gut 15g in the mains and it's holding up good
     
  7. thebuffman

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    comeback, the problem with your setup, and according to what lead doctor noted, is that head heavy racquets are very difficult to customize. here is why. customization of the racquet generally is to increase the swing weight of the racquet significantly from a sw1 category to a sw2 category. also increasing stability on off center hits can be another reason for mods. these are popular reasons to mod. in order then to increase swingweight, power & plow through, the only significant placement of lead will be in the hoop of the racquet. adding the lead to the throat will have marginal gains, at best, to the desired attribute gains of a customized racquet.

    for those reasons, the ideal racquet specs for a customization candidate is an extremely head light one. with a head heavy racquet, you are more or less sort of stuck with the swingweight the racquet was manufactured at. adding anymore lead to the hoop will probably destroy the would be carrier's arm. alternatively, adding weight to the handle will only achieve two things: increased overall racquet weight & shift toward more head lightness. adding weight to the handle will not add any noticeable increase in swingweight, plow through, or power at the contact spot.

    if i were you, i would probably go more more maneuverability than trying to increase swing weight. this would mean adding weight to the butt cap area. this way you wouldn't have to use as much lead as you are using now in order to make the racquet a little more head light.

    as an example go to this link and plug in these numbers:
    length - 27in
    weight - 11oz
    balance - 12.25in (10pts HL)
    swing weight - 330

    you should see approx power of 41 and plow thru of 27

    now lets mod it. down at the lower portion input:
    length - 21 in
    weight - 15g

    we see that adding 15 total grams at 3&9 position increase the swingweight 8.5% increases power 7% and the plow 16.4%. HOWEVER the once 10pt HL balance is now dropped significantly to below 7pts HL.

    this though is not the point of my example. here is what i am getting to and thanks for bearing with me. now in order to regain our preferred balance, we add weight into the handle. one of the best places to do it for this depolarized setup is to add it at 7in from the buttcap. adding here allows us to significantly affect balance while also adding active weight which will still make small increases to our concentric power zone. if we added lead really low on the handle and further away from the power zone (place where we contact the ball - the only place on the racquet that really matters) we no longer add active weight or weight that will impute any energy to the ball.

    so on the 2nd customization line lets add:
    length - 7in
    weight - 10gm

    notice the changes? the only significant changes that took place after adding a whopping 10gm to the handle was reflected in the overall weight of the racquet and the balance. swingweight changed minimally from 8.5% to 8.7%, a change of 0.2%. plow thru and power at the point of ball contact saw an affect of nil.

    so a racquet that is already significantly head heavy is a tough customer to customize if your objective is to add swingweight or to depolarize it.

    polarizing the racquet might be a better way to go, i am not sure. but here you would place small amounts of lead at both ends of the stick. a polarized racquet though does not give the same stability as a depolarized setup. it does however help to increase attributes of the racquet without altering its weight too significantly.
     
  8. Roger No.1

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    This is something that I recently experienced.. I added 4 g of lead just above the buttcap to counterbalance with 4 grams @ 12, which made perfect sense at first. After playing couple of times I started to have elbow pain (which I didn't have for 15 years). At first I thought it's from the strings - I just strung with a Luxilon Alu Power Fluoro (it suppose to be more comfortable than Alu Power). So now I'm thinking the elbow pain could be from having lead right under my hand, since lead suppose to absorb the shock. I moved the lead up to the top of the handle and haven't had a chance to try it yet. Anybody noticed any pain from having lead right above the buttcap?
     
  9. Centryx

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    wow this is a great thread lots to read and learn! thanks guys
     
  10. 15_ounce

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    Yeah, great thread! Thanks for posting!
     
  11. kgeonz

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    So polarized rackets at usually head-heavy unless the player wants a HL balance right?
     
  12. comeback

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    I need help, i am 4.5 tournamment player. Mostly an all around player but lean towards serve and volley. i want power on my serve, Can someone tell me how much and where to put lead on this racket but not to weigh more than 11.8 oz..Thanks

    Wilson nCode nTour Two 95 (Orange Henin/Davenport Racket)

    Head Size: 95 sq. in.
    Length: 27.25 in.
    Weight: 10.7 oz.
    Swing Weight: 320
    Stiffness: 62
    Balance: 2 pts. head light
    Composition: 25% nCoded Hyper Carbon/75% nCoded Graphite
    Power: Medium
    Idea Swing: Long-Fast
     

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