How to lead tape a APDGT to have the same weight and balance as a 6.1 Tour?

Marshredder

Semi-Pro
Hi,

Put my Babolats away today and took my Wilson K6.1 Tour to the club. Huge difference I know but the way it feels and hits is beautiful, very nicely balanced. Can anyone help me out with where and how much lead tape to put on my APD GT's to make them balanced and weight the same?

Many thanks in advance.
 

tribunal4555

Semi-Pro
Well it depends on the weight and balance of your sticks, as well as the exact weight and balance of the K90 you are trying to emulate. Assuming that the K90 is spot-on, which is not a given with Wilson's terrible quality control, you would be trying to weight your racquets to be 354 grams with a 9 point headlight balance point.

With the specs in your signature, that would not be possible- there's too much weight in the head. If you remove all of the weight on your Aeropro Drives, reverting them to stock balance, this would become possible. Once again, assuming that those Aeropros are as advertised, which also is not given because of Babolat's terrible quality control, you would have a racquet (or 6 haha) that's 320 grams and 4 points headlight. To make that 354 grams and 9 points headlight, you would need to apply either all 34 grams at 6.3 inches from the buttcap, or 8.5 grams at 22.8 inches from the buttcap and 25.5 grams at 1.2 inches from the buttcap.

You could use either method, but the first would probably be truer to specifications. The APD already has a stock swingweight of 331, while the K90 has a swingweight of 336, and the first method would only add 1 to the swingweight. The second would add 21. Either way, you would be adding a huge amount of lead to the handle, so it would be better to add it inside the handle, in the form of lead weights.

Of course, your racquets could have different specifications, so you may want to check that out before you try. A handy tool to use once you have the specifications is TW's Customization Tool, which is what I used to provide the above method. It can be found here: http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/learning_center/customization.php

Hope that helps, good luck!
 

cellofaan

Semi-Pro
You can look up the specs for both racquets using racquetfinder.com
then input them in the customization tool
http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/learning_center/customization.php
which will tell you how much lead to put where.

I did it for you, and it gave two options, one being 2.2 grams at 22.8 inch, and 31.8 grams at 4.7 inch.
Meaning you'll have to put a LOT of lead in the handle.

It's not undoable, but make sure the lead is secured. You don't want it moving around in the frame and getting stuck somewhere in the throat.
It will swing the same, but the 'feel' will still be different because of flex and headsize and such.

Edit: and what tribunal said. Better measure your aeroprodrive's specs since they usually aren't exactly the same as advertised.
 
fair warning though, even if you do match the specs of the 6.1 tour exactly, it most likely will not feel/hit the same or even similarly due to differences in the distribution of weight. it would probably be easier if you started with something a bit lighter stock, but the aeropro is already 11.3 oz with a high swingweight. good luck though!
 

Cup8489

G.O.A.T.
fair warning though, even if you do match the specs of the 6.1 tour exactly, it most likely will not feel/hit the same or even similarly due to differences in the distribution of weight. it would probably be easier if you started with something a bit lighter stock, but the aeropro is already 11.3 oz with a high swingweight. good luck though!
this.

plus youre really trying to emulate the feel of the K90, which can't really be done as the frames have different types of vibrations due to differing frame characteristics, ie aero shaft vs box beam, 90" head vs 100", etc etc.

In essence, if you want a racquet to play more like the K90, just use the K90 :)
 

JoshyS

Rookie
If you dont mind a higher swingweight i found 14g in the under the buttcap and 5g at 12 worked really well with the APDGT. I ended up with a racket with a static weight of about 345g, swingweight of 350 and balance of about 8pts HL (i use 2 overgrips). Try it out for yourself and see if you like it. Oh, and i used to own a k90 and have dabbled with it pretty extensively. The modded APDGT and k90 do share similar qualities but will never play exactly the same due to the vast inherent differences between the two. Rather than trying to exactly emulate the k90's specs id suggest its better to try and match some of the qualities of the k90, such as the HL balance, but to still play to the strengths of the APDGT, for example i, like many others, find that it responds well to polarisation with lead at 12.
 

flashfire276

Hall of Fame
It's not gonna be the same by any means. Even if you achieve the weight and balance, it's gonna play totally different. The stiffness will still give it too much power, and the beam width would prevent any feel.

But just on top of my head, 3 grams at 2 and 10. Then put the whole 18 gram strip on the handle.
 
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