Okay to leave lead tape on for stringing?

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  1. jussumman

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    Don't know much about how stringing works.. I'm using lead tape for first time, when I give the racquet to the shop for stringing do I just leave the tape on and it won't be a problem with the stringing? I'm using Tecnifibre ATP Lead, (2strips on both sides).
     
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  2. Vlad_C

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    It will be fine, as long as the lead does not cover the areas at 12 and 6.
    Any lead there will get crushed by the supports on the machine.
     
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  3. TennisCJC

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    Vlad is correct. As long as you don't have lead at the top or bottom center mount supports it will be cool.
     
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    Wow, I didn't know that. Thanks for asking the question.
     
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  5. Wikky

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    Great point, i'll make sure from now on when i put lead on a customer frame to leave a small gap between the top 2 mains so that it doesn't get crushed by the support and peels.
     
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  6. Overdrive

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    Would it matter if you put the lead under the bumper?
     
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  7. Wikky

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    no not at all then, but this kind of customization is very difficult and time sensitive. You need to know exactly how much weight you want to add before replacing the bumper. If you make a mistake you'll have to remove the guard and start all over again.
     
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    How is that? The steps should be:

    - Pop off the bumper
    - Measure lead
    - Cut lead
    - Place lead on preferred face of the racquet
    - Put bumper on racquet

    I prefer placing the lead under the bumper than under the hoop. It looks clean and you can scrap off the lead when playing. When this happens, the balance can be off.
     
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  9. Chotobaka

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    Unless you already know the precise amount of lead you are adding, just do a dry run (or as many as you need) outside. This is standard operating procedure for anyone who has been around the block a couple of times.
     
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    i just put mine inside the hoop.

    it never gets in the way while stringing
    and is alot easier to remove if needed.
     
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    Good thread, I never thought about that always leaded at 3/9 but I am about to lead up a PDR just a smidge at 12.

    Will leave a little spread in the lead tape directly at 12.

    Thanks for the tip.
     
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  12. Wikky

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    Very true, to be honest i don't do to much customization but when I have I've had clients who are very specific about the exact balance, mass, and swing weight they want. If you're simply just adding weight to add weight its no problem that's just cutting the correct amount off of led tape. When you're trying to do this as well as match 2 racquets in the same way it can be a time consuming process.

    I suppose I should just stick to the stringing machine for now until I learn some more efficient ways to finding the final solution. Thanks for the tips though Chotobaka.
     
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  13. mmk

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    Okay, what is the big deal if the lead tape gets crushed?
     
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  14. Rjtennis

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    When experimenting with lead its best to put in on the top of the frame, but once you have it figured out its nice to place it under the bumper. Customizing and matching sticks isn't easy for players that are sensitive to specs. It's best if the person doing the work has an RDC or the equivalent to get the rackets spot on. The guy I use and recommend has a ton of experience and all the right tools to match the weight, SW, balance, etc.
     
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  15. Bud

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    It looks like crap and peels off easier
     
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