Where did Federer used to place tape on his racket in his younger days?

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  1. stangaele

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    As just i said in the title i wanted to know if federer used to use lead tape on his prosaff 6.0.
    Someone tells on the 12 clock,others tell me on the throat.
    I'm very confusing.


    Thanks
    Daniele
     
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    i have seen a lot of pictures of fed's prostaff with lead on the throat. now i believe he uses lead at 12 o clock.
     
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  3. Mdubb23

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    ^^Under the bumper, IIRC.
     
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  4. FEDERERNADAL13

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    Yah he's right, FabFed had a thread on this and answered this question. Under the bumper...
     
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    He is using lead under the bumper now but i've also seen pictures of him in his younger days and he had lead in the throat on his prostaff. Maybe there was more under the bumper, who knows...
     
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    Absolutely right.
     
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  7. vsbabolat

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    How young are we talking. I don't see any visable lead on this Pro staff 85.
    [​IMG]
     
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    I distinctly remember visibly seeing some on his HPS 6.0 paintjobs--I'll see if I can find any pics.
     
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  9. vsbabolat

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    Here it is lead in the throat:
    [​IMG]
     
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    Wow, Fed is much more muscular now...
     
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  11. vsbabolat

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    He was only about 18 then....
     
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    That makes sence. He certainly does look much younger...
     
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  13. Miami83095

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    What does lead tape in the throat like it is on Federer's in the picture do? What is the pro's and con's?
     
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    It's a good way of simply adding mass without overly affecting balance or swingweight.
     
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    Thanks guys for your answer.
    It's vey strange that federer has switched from placing lead in the throat to placing it in the bumper....
     
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  16. ClubHoUno

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    OT !!

    Didn't know Fed used to use babolat string in his Wilson racquets.......

    I knew that Babolat made the gut strings for Wilson, but for Fed to use them directly is news to me.

    It looks like Fed used full nat gut back then..........:shock:

    Interesting............hmmmmmmmmm
     
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  17. morten

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    on some frames only, to match frames, very little inside troat/2and10 o`clock.. so nothing to talk about really.. i talked to him about it in 2001, he even showed it to me :)
     
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  18. v205

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    I think it's because the PS85 is less HL than the K90/BLX90 and he's trying to match his new sticks to the less HL balance of the PS85?

     
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    That's just the decal label on the throat.....
     
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  20. corners

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    As far as how the racquet impacts the ball, lead in the throat doesn't do hardly anything at all, at least not much good.

    But it does change the way a racquet swings. Many people feel that weight in the throat or at the top of the handle, which in effect depolarizes it, makes the racquet swing "smoother" or "shorter". And according to a theory propounded by the poster Travlerajm, adding lead to the throat or at the top of the handle makes the head swing faster in relation to the hand.

    I've got no idea why Fed used to put it there though.
     
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  21. morten

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    eh... no no no.. ps 85 actually swings lighter than the others(see swingweight)(btw part of the reason why i do not think he plays any of the new ones, but that is another topic) and see my answer above... from Fed himself, he plays stock ps85, China.. but use very little lead(like 0,5 and 1gram strips) just to match frames that were just not spot on.
     
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    I once asked a low leverl pro (ranking around 600) about this lead tape on the throat, he told me that this was done to match the racquets and to correct some quality issues, some times they come like this from the company. This was a Prince sponsored player so maybe it is not the same with Wilson.
     
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  23. jackson vile

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    More power and stability with out reducing swing speed and/or manuverability
     
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