Feliciano Lopez Lead Tape Placement

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  1. beckham

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    If you look at these pictures its odd. Either:

    1: Several of his racquets have visible lead tape at 3 & 9 and others don't.

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    2: Lead tape is only placed on one side of the frame.

    Here are some pictures:

    Visible Lead at 3 & 9:

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    No Visible Lead at 3 & 9:

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  2. beckham

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    What do you guys think?
     
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  3. dincuss

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    He has it on one side of the frame,
    and then on the other side opposite of the first one,


    if that makes sense
     
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  4. subz

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    Yes, its visible in the last picture....
     
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  5. Yveskim89

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    if you really observed lopez plays you can actually knew why such unique type of lead placement.... what every backhand slices he made... lead side was near his body... avoid twisting and stabilty during backhand slices..
     
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  6. Extreme_WesternVA

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    so does he have lead tape on the inside of the racket head at 9 o clock and then lead tape at 3 but on outside of frame? The pictures that were originally posted expired and i'm trying to set up a racket like his because i slice the majority of the time off backhand side
     
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  7. Zoid

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    No. Each side(3 and 9) has two strips of lead on either side of the strings. Let's call them A and B. At 3 o clock you place the lead strip on side A, and then at 9 o'clock you place the lead strip on side B, so you have lead on either side of the strings balancing the frame but with only two strips of lead

    Alternatively, and probably more effectively you could just cut your desired length of tape in half and apply 4 shorter strips .
     
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  8. Extreme_WesternVA

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    Pretty sure i'm still picturing it wrong, do you mind explaining it again?
     
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    As you can see from the pic, Lopez on had lead on the left facing side of the racket, but not on the back side of the racket.
     
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  10. Zoid

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    sorry my first explanation was poor.

    Look at the photo bloboi posted. As you can see on the 9 o'clock side there is one strip of lead on the left side of the strings. Now, at the 3 o clock side (which we can't see in the photo, there would be one strip of lead, on the opposite side of the string bed to this one, to counter balance it. Does that make better sense?
     
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  12. Extreme_WesternVA

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    Makes sense now, thanks. What is the advantage he gets on the backhand slice based on setting it up that unorthodox?
     
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  13. PBODY99

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    It doesn't. It avoids placing short lengths of lead when you are not adding a lot of weight at the location, but keeps it even
     
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  14. Zoid

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    exactly, there is no real advantage. It's just a preference really.
     
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