PS85 & Lead Tape

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by cukoo, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. cukoo

    cukoo Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2007
    Messages:
    767
    My PS85 is pretty good on serve but I was wondering what would happen if I added 3 grams of lead each at 9 and 3 o clock. How would it serve be? forehand?

    Also, just wondering I saw a pic of pete sampras ps85 was layers of lead taped to the head. What was his setup?
     
    #1
  2. Tennis Man

    Tennis Man Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Messages:
    2,635
    Location:
    Sunshine State
    Lead at 3 & 9 will definitely make your serve heavier and racquet more stable. The best way to find out id to add it slowly. Don't try to imitatet Sampras' set-up. You will kill your shoulder. :)
     
    #2
  3. Jack & Coke

    Jack & Coke Professional

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2007
    Messages:
    1,099
    Location:
    Redondo Beach, CA
    #3
  4. VGP

    VGP Legend

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2005
    Messages:
    6,311
    Location:
    Location: Location
    I've placed lead tape on my PS 85s a little higher up on the hoop.....




    [​IMG][/QUOTE]
     
    #4
  5. Jack & Coke

    Jack & Coke Professional

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2007
    Messages:
    1,099
    Location:
    Redondo Beach, CA
    Just curious, why did you decide on that location?

    Did you test out other spots (3 & 9, 4 & 8, 12, etc.) ?

    Thanks for sharing..
     
    #5
  6. VGP

    VGP Legend

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2005
    Messages:
    6,311
    Location:
    Location: Location
    I've tried lead at 3 & 9 (I did this with my Dunlop HM 200gs as well), but found that the torsional maneuverability wasn't to my liking.

    I did like lead at 12 a lot, but I settled on the above setup mainly because of my stringing machine. If I placed the lead at 12, it would get crushed by the mounting system. I don't have a single post at 12 like current machines.

    What I've got shown is a good mix between 12 and 3 & 9.......for me.
     
    #6
  7. cukoo

    cukoo Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2007
    Messages:
    767
    hey jack, thanks for uploading the pics. So was Sampras racquet extremelt head heavy? How much lead did he put in the head?

    Also, if I want to put lead in the butt to counter the weight in the head, how can i do that to the ps85, it doesnt have a openable butt cap...
     
    #7
  8. VGP

    VGP Legend

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2005
    Messages:
    6,311
    Location:
    Location: Location
    You'd have to as Greg Raven about the Sampras frame shown above. That's his racket. He's got specs on his website.
     
    #8
  9. Jack & Coke

    Jack & Coke Professional

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2007
    Messages:
    1,099
    Location:
    Redondo Beach, CA
    VGP is correct, I don't own the racquet.. I just remembered where sample pics of it were located:

    Hope this helps :)
     
    #9

Share This Page