Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Geico, Aug 23, 2005.
All this talk about lead has lead me devise a poll for all you lead-tapers!
Looks like I am the only one that leads at 12 at the moment, interesting. I lead at 3 and 9 also but I thought more people would lead at 12.
That's because adding weight there will affect the maneuverability of your racquet the most negative.
I tried 2, 10 and handle since last week on my O3s
Nice one, "on my opponents..." I didn't think about that, I will try it on one of my friend's racquets ahaha
No lead for me currently, but I'd like to use it in the future.
I add weight at 3,9, and one strip at 12 and some in the handle to counterweight.
3/9 and handle, but in the handle i put silicon
I lead up in the handle.
Lead tape on the 3 and 9 for a more solid feeling, lead tape in the throat to increase static weight, and in the handle to displace the unbalancing by tape in the hoop.
fishuuuuu how did you vote for 3 different answers? lol
it totally depends on the racquet. Different racquets need lead in different locations. Also depends on where you strike the ball, and what the purpose of adding lead at all is : more power, more solid, slow down your swing, etc.
i lead up my POG with 4 g at 3 and 9 and 5 g at the handle.
it plays pretty well
Where do you guys put lead in the handle? Under the grip?? Won't that increase grip size and destroy the grip shape?
Last night I spent 90 minutes removing the butt cap from my RD-ti80(those damn industrial staples are motherfunkers!) only to find it not hollow. So I just put two coins(a toonie + loonie for our Canadian dudes) on the end and replaced the butt cap. Now the racquet is about 3mm longer but it works excellently. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that I did use glue, giga glue. Not super glue, not mega glue, giga glue. Imagine if I didn't use glue? On every shot my opponent would think I'm dropping change and start looking to the ground for free money and forget about the point. Hmmm, there's an idea
The poll is a multiple choice.
Opponent's Racket when he's not looking.
But i usually will add some to 3 and 9 o'clock
I never mess with the handle though (dont have the tools to take off the butt cap and insert weights cause i know iill screw something up)
Sometimes maybe 2 or 10 o'clock and 6 o'clock to maintain the balance but just for the sake of making it heavier
Sometimes I feel like I have lead in my shoes :-(
I lead somewhere between 10/2 and 11/1. I wanted to raise the sweetspot, but it has also noticeably raised the power level.
I usually lead at home, but sometimes I do some adjustements at the club :mrgreen:
Hey guys, what does putting tape on the throat do? I have a problem hitting through heavy balls. When I play with some really strong friends of mine I can barely hit the ball back over and my racquet feels like it's twisting. I added a lot of weight on the 3 and 9 but I still can't hit through the ball easily, the twisting is much better though. Would adding weight at the throat help?
Other factors that can attribute to this is the weight of your racket and the tension the string is at. If you have one of those light weight rackets like a head IS6 no matter how much weight you add to it it won't solve the problem of the twisting and you not be able to hit a heavy ball or get your friends shots back. Only way to solve that problem is to get a real players racket.
You must love playing with your racquet!
I have leaded up feet which act as anchors that actually help me get max power from the gound in my strokes, ie groundstrokes As for my racket, I just use head tape from 9oc to 3oc which gives its more of a hammer effect and help keep the graphite intact on all of my digs.
It's not one of those super light ones, but it's about 10 oz something stock. It's a Head I.X5 OS
Yea you should really invest in a new racquet when you can. Leading up at the throat WILL make you racquet more head-lite but to a lesser effect than going in the handle. However, what it won't do is make your racquet more stable, at least not as stable as you'd prolly like it.
Hey, this way at least you'll have a spare if you break a string
Since I really like the balance of the O3, I added lead at 3, 9, and then the grip so I kept the racket balance the same. But the added weight really helps with the pop on this racket.
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