Where to Place lead tape...(Calling All Experts)

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  1. kerplunker

    kerplunker Semi-Pro

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    Well I have a Head LM Rad OS and I am looking to convert the specs to a Head Agassi LE Radical or POG OS.

    The Current Specs:
    Strung Weight: 11.2oz / 318g
    Balance: 3pts Head Light
    Swingweight: 330

    Wanted Specs:
    Strung Weight: 12.1oz / 343g
    Balance: 7-8pts Head Light
    Swingweight: 338

    Where do I place the lead tape? Please state as specific as you possibly can.
    It looks as if i need to add 20-25 grams...where would these go?
     
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  2. pNoyr3D

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    Woah um.. It really matters on preference there.. What don't you like about the racquet?? For example, weight, stability, sweetspot, etc.
     
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  3. bcsax123

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    First, get a leather grip/overgrip combo, which will increase weight by about .5 oz. Add 5 grams at 3 & 9, and add maybe 5 more grams above the handle. I'm not sure what the balance/weight would be, but thats what I would do.
     
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  4. pNoyr3D

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    Well I added around 5 grams at 3 & 9 and around 5-6 grams at 12.. Feels great to me on my M-Fil 300.
     
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  5. kerplunker

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    Well I would like it to be baseline oriented. I want to make it a tad more solid, and make the sweet spot a tad higher. And I want to make it more headlight obvisouly.
     
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  6. meh

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    Only allowing 8 units in SW change makes customizing for a baseline difficult. From that setup, simply adding 5g to 3&9 would bring the SW up to 338.
    You could try 6g to 3&9, 12g to the top of the grip, and 12g to the butt, which would make the static weight 342g, with a 344 SW. It depends on personal preference: I personally hate adding weight to the top of the grip unless I also counterweight to the butt. However, people such as travlerajm have in the past recommended just adding to the top of the grip; while others like ChicagoJack favor weight only at the butt; I fall somewhere in between.
     
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  7. kerplunker

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    I need a tad more solidness and more headlightness
     
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  8. AJK1

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    I would add 5g to head, 5g to throat, and 10g to handle.
     
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  9. meh

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    Check my edited post...and maybe some more knowledgeable than I can chime in.
     
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  10. stules

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    I hope this helps............
    download it here
    http://www.badongo.com/file/1604939
    You have to go to the bottom of the page, and read the instruction.

    I figure you have Excell on your pc.

    open the spreadsheet.

    There is no need to copy the formula. Across the bottom of the page are 'tabs. I have inserted about 10 popular racquets there, with the specs off TW. click on the tab, and mod away to your hearts content.

    When you wish to use a new racquet,
    'right click' on any tab at the bottom of the page,
    click 'copy sheet'
    tick the sheet you wish to copy
    'ok'
    'right click' on the new tab and rename to the desired name.

    The blue fields need to be filled out, ie if your racqet length is 69.5cm, you need to insert that number in the blue square.

    Fill out the blue 'weight added' squares with grams of lead at a distance from the butt (both figures can be varied) but leave the space blank or with a '0' in it if you don't place lead there. Negative numbers work as well, eg if you trim down the grommets, weigh them before and after, and place the difference as a minus figure at the average distance from the butt where you trimmed.

    TW's figures are close, but they are averages of that racquet, and not for your specific one. ie if you have a 4 5/8 grip it may be heavier, and slightly more head light. With this in mind I weigh the actual racquet I am modding, measure its actual balance point (with overgrip and dampener on) and check the SW using the pendulum method (as per the bottom of the spreadsheet) and then insert these figures into the start of the spreadsheet instead of TW's. Either way is reasonably close.

    Please follow these instructions, and hopefully it will be reasonably self explanatory. If you have any difficulties, please say so, as you won't be the only one. I have tried to label everything on the spreadsheet to make it useable without complicated instructions.
    REgards Stuart
     
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  11. kerplunker

    kerplunker Semi-Pro

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    I still dont know what to go with.
     
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