How many of you customize your racquets with leadtape or handle weights?

Do you customize your racquets by adding weight?

  • Yes

    Votes: 21 87.5%
  • No

    Votes: 3 12.5%

  • Total voters
    24

socallefty

Professional
Wondering how many players play with stock retail racquets and how many use lead tape or weight inside the handle to customize their racquets? Using over grips, vibration dampeners and leather grips does not count as customization for the purposes of this poll.
 

Rosstour

Hall of Fame
I used to, but I got really weirded out about putting lead on my racquets and then putting the racquets in my bag, handling them with bare hands etc...lead is bad stuff.

I then tried the Tungsten tuning tape, but it didn't stay on.

This was all with my PK 7G, I haven't bothered to do anything to my Warriors since I made the switch about a year ago.
 

socallefty

Professional
I used to, but I got really weirded out about putting lead on my racquets and then putting the racquets in my bag, handling them with bare hands etc...lead is bad stuff.

I then tried the Tungsten tuning tape, but it didn't stay on.

This was all with my PK 7G, I haven't bothered to do anything to my Warriors since I made the switch about a year ago.
Remember to vote No in the poll in that case.
 
I’m not really sure what to answer here: I mostly don’t customize my frames, but I recently got one that was way off of specifications, and ended up adding weight on the buttcap and under the bumper to get it up to specs. If I had access to something like the TW matching service, I wouldn’t have added.
Although I’ve tinkered with lead on the past, it’s not really for me.
 

dahcovixx

Professional
Wondering how many players play with stock retail racquets and how many use lead tape or weight inside the handle to customize their racquets? Using over grips, vibration dampeners and leather grips does not count as customization for the purposes of this poll.
All of my rackets are the same, 2 layers of lead tape covering the top 8 middle main holes (forget its weight, i go by feel). My throat has 8 mains

I prefer heavy head. I did put counterbalance tape on the butt cap a few times (7g head + 7g butt cap to neutralize), but nothing i would do again.

Ultra 100 xps
 

blablavla

Legend
Wondering how many players play with stock retail racquets and how many use lead tape or weight inside the handle to customize their racquets? Using over grips, vibration dampeners and leather grips does not count as customization for the purposes of this poll.
I tried to customize the Gravity MP, as for my taste it lacks stability for serious incoming speed, but I failed miserably, and moved on to a tad heavier and stable enough in stock form frame: Gravity Tour.

Other than this, I replaced the standard grip with leather grip on the Tour, so it is a tad heavier, and a tad more HL now.
Thinking about replacing the standard CAP grommets on the Pro Tour 2.0 with non CAP grommets to make it a bit lighter, but on the other side, it has same static weight as the Gravity Tour with leather grip, so might try again to play with it just as it is.

On another side, one of the guys I was hitting with, during the winter season had some lead added at 12, to increase the plow of his shots.
Worked fine for him.
Customization was done by his coach, so probably was counter-balanced by weight in the handle, without the player knowing it.
 

Dragy

Hall of Fame
It’s much cheaper than buying new frames to try alternate balance or beefed up/more stable hoop.
 

weelie

Semi-Pro
Me and my hands prefer HL. Prince TT 100P (pre-2019) is my main racket now. Added some weight to make it more headlight and a little to the hoop to make it more stable (I usually add Tourna lead tape perpendicular to the frame length between strings, so like 1/2" strips, so I am adding just a little, but I do feel the difference!). Wanted a 2nd one like it, did not find one, so I bought a Gravity Tour this week (as the reviews have been good and TW racquet comparison basically has all equal specs for these two), it is more head heavy, so I added two overgips, a flare and some bluetac. Feels good now. Could be that some perfect model exists out there, but I want to adjust a little here and there.

I actually started modding when I had some elbow issues like 5 years ago. As a kid in the 80s, I just played as-is, except I have always added overgrips (sometimes even two of them).
 
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