Wawrinka using lead tape at 3 and 9 positions on new (Yonex) Racket?

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  1. Nikae

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    and a babolat shock absorber
     
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  3. Bhagi Katbamna

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    That last main string looks broken.
     
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  4. Nikae

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    Back to original question....is that lead tape or racket cosmetics or what?

    Did he always lead tape his rackets like that, if anyone remembers?
     
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    That is lead tape. He had lead on his HEAD frame from 3 oclock across all the way to 9 oclock on the other side in layers.

    On this frame, he looks to have lead under the bumper, and 3 and 9 for stability.
     
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    That's some good info, thanks.
    Do you think he uses more lead tape at 3+9 combined then at 12? Or in other words, is he using depolarized or more polarized setup?
     
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    Yep, it sure does. Tell you the truth, it looks like it was strung bottom up. If you zoom in on the picture, you can see a little bit of the bottom cross sticking up outside of the frame. It looks like it broke outside the frame.
     
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  8. ClairHarmony

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    I can only speak for myself, but for me Yonex rackets have always felt a little buzzy/not so smooth through the air when leading up top. The aerodynamics of the isometric head shape just always felt more natural to me, more "in tune," if you will keeping the lead at the sides. The thing is, Yonex frames almost always give heaps more spin as it is, there can sometimes be too much of a good thing. On a normal ovalish head, I generally prefer to keep my lead from 2 to 10ish, it just feels like the racket comes over the ball better on my whippy, western strokes. Leading Yonies up this way, however, just makes my timing feel all off. I may be imaginging things, but it just doesn't feel like a smooth linear acceleration over the ball, but more like, jumpy, ya know?

    Such things are so personal, and many feel that the natural aerodynamics/shape of a racket don't really make any difference. But to me, I've always been very sensitive to such things, and irrespective of weight/balance, Yonex's just feel more "natural" and controlled, *predictable* through the air by keeping the bulk of the lead at the sides. IPS baby! Perhaps, the Yonie designers feel the same way. I have a rather chameleon like ability to emulate any style stroke, from extreme spin to extremely Kordaesque flat, on command. And to me, it's a pretty universal sensation for me, Yonex just feels far more predictable and macro-nuanced controllable moving through the air by keeping the lead at 3 and 9. When I've centered the lead up all accross the top of the head, I've always felt them to just go all out of whack. The best way to describe the feeling is, *herky-jerky*. It's just the herky-jerky sensation of one second the racket is sitting pretty here, and then the next it wallop-jumps, all herky-kerky, like it has hives, to the finish line...when as any can attest to. It's like comparing digital to analog, one moves in 1-2, 1-2, jagged steps...whereas, analog is more of that *human touch*, nuanced, goodness. When you keep the bulk of the lead at 3 and 9 on Yonex frames, you feel like you're mocha jiving like a boss with really cool ski goggles on...you're like the coolest cat walking down Wall Street today. You can get away with anything, do it all today. Now, if you lead up a Yonie predominantly all at the head, as though it were a Head, you may start feeling like Kermie the frog trying to play tennis with a mechanical, biomaniac, *bionic arm*...you don't even know you're own strength...it's like a windshield wiper that's seen better days, rampaging, and flailing this way and that during a hail storm, all out of control. Just remember, do as Bruguera did with his RD-7...you'll not only look stylish, all the girls will love you, you'll feel better, pray better, and down your Wheaties like a champ, and play like a real champion. His career was over, because he switched to Volkl. There can be no other reason. If I were him, I'd get back with Yonex, and attempt a Muster like comeback. Make another run for the Hall of Fame.
     
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    By the way - this whole "polarized" - "depolarized" thing seems to mainly be a "gearhead" thing. I've never heard a real player even think talk or even hear about it. You find a stick that feels good and then just put lead on (or their coach or customizer does) till it feels right to them. End of story.
     
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    Post of the year for the OP.
     
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  11. TaihtDuhShaat

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    What you are asking is, "is he playing with a high twist weight or a low twist weight?"
     
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