Where do Pros apply lead ?

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

  1. bdog

    bdog Rookie

    Apr 5, 2005
    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.
  2. Fuji

    Fuji Legend

    Aug 30, 2010
    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!


  3. Roddickfan155

    Roddickfan155 Rookie

    Dec 7, 2008
    roddick's is at the 9 and 3 and handle

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