Where do Pros apply lead ?

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by bdog, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. bdog

    bdog Rookie

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    Where have you had most success applying lead?

    I have tried customizing many rackets and have found that noon is still the best. I have tried them all, noon, 10-2 and 9-3. Plus lead in the handle as well. But for me a little at noon is still the best. I have leaded up a racket from 2 grams to 30 grams extra. Can never get it right for some reason. Adding only 2 to 4 grams at noon is the only thing that works. Placing lead at noon brings the head thru for me which I like. I get more stability at 9-3 but the racket feels more fat then. Maybe its just me, or I suck, or both, I don't know.

    Looking at Pros, they seem to be all over the map.

    Nadal and Fed, both noon with some in the handle.
    Roddick, 10-2. Alot in handle.
    Delpo, 9-3. Don't know about handle.
    Now Novak, what? 8-4? No clue.

    If most Pros have paint jobs, then most lead is placed under the bumper at noon I would think. Pete Sampras had a ton at noon with his Wilson, but with his Babolat, it is 9-3 now.

    Just curious what works for you and which racket you use? And where do most male Pros place lead?

    I know its personal preference, but wonder if there is a pattern of which is best or which has more success.
     
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  2. Fuji

    Fuji Legend

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    If the pictures I've seen, I remember correctly, Sampras had a TON at 3 and 9 as well to increase torsional stability. With Roddick, his is stretched over 3 and 9, I can link you the thread of his racket if you haven't seen it!

    Pros are pretty all over the place though with their placement!

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=343468

    -Fuji
     
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  3. Roddickfan155

    Roddickfan155 Rookie

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    roddick's is at the 9 and 3 and handle
     
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