Help understanding exlead on my racquet.

Mark Bosko

New User
Lead - not exlead in title.

I have a Volkl V-Feel 300 gr, balance 4 points head light, and a swing weight of 315. I have added 3 gr at the 12 o'clock position using four 3" strips. Can someone tell me what the new balance and swing weight are?

I like the groundstrokes, volleys are fine, but I have lost some consistency on serves. I used to serve much better with the APD but I wouldn't think the specs are that much different.
 
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Mark Bosko

New User
No trap door, I tried 5 gr externally to keep the balance similar to original specs but it did not make much difference, 15 - 20 gr seems like a lot.
 

mistapooh

Semi-Pro
Put about 15-20g at the top of the handle to quicken it up. You could do bluetak or poster putty instead of lead to test. Remove until it swings like what you want.
How do you suggest putting lead at the top of the handle? Wrapping it around like an overgrip? I'm doing some experimenting with mine.
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
How do you suggest putting lead at the top of the handle? Wrapping it around like an overgrip? I'm doing some experimenting with mine.
You could try using a few rubber bands to secure some heavy coins or other similar type of metal weights.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
you need larger amounts of lead in the handle to counter the smaller amounts of lead in the head
I typically use 1/4" lead in the head, and 1/2" lead on the handle

btw using lead is easier to me, no buttcap removal needed, you can place it under the "grip" and/or "o-grip", and can be removed if you don't like it, not as easy with other options that involved filling the grip
 
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Shroud

G.O.A.T.
I thought the 5 gr made it too slow for my liking.
15-20 grams is just a massive amount. Try increments of a few grams. Also, adding weight anywhere slows down a racquet. Ridiculous conclusion
You guys havent tried it. Take any racquet and add 20g to the top of the handle and see if it dees not FEEL faster. Here is a thread that explains it. Its all about the angular frequency:


post number 2 specifically. Not saying it actually speeds up, just that at contact the racquet isnt lagging so the perception is that its "faster".....also remember that there is a feeling, you add weight and its "slower" then add weight at 7" then its faster RELATIVE to the slower speed of the initial addition of lead tape.
 

Mark Bosko

New User
It will be head light, that's for sure. Swing weight only goes up when adding weight, it does not matter where you add it. My game is built around racquet head speed, a high SW is going to have a negative effect for me, thanks.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
It will be head light, that's for sure. Swing weight only goes up when adding weight, it does not matter where you add it. My game is built around racquet head speed, a high SW is going to have a negative effect for me, thanks.
how much does 20g at the 7" spot add to sw?
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
15-20 grams is just a massive amount. Try increments of a few grams. Also, adding weight anywhere slows down a racquet. Ridiculous conclusion

I agree, that’s a large amount to apply. I literally just started experimenting with tungsten tape and a little goes a LONG way. I have the Wilson Clash Tour and I added half a gram at the 12 o’clock. It may not seem like much, but I can already feel the difference in my serve and ground strokes. Less is more, small increments are the keys to success.
 
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