Increasing Plow Through on K Blade Tour

JoshyS

Rookie
I have predominantly been playing with the k blade tour now for near enough two years and have to say i absolutely love it. However, after a recent stint with the k90 i find myself nowadays constantly switching between the two. I like the manouvrebility and forgiveness of the k blade but im finding i get much better penetration and hit a heavier ball with the k90. Consequently ive resolved to leading up my k blade to increase the swingweight a bit and give me a bit more plow through. Ive never used lead before so was looking for some advice on the placing. After having read numerous articles on the subject im thinking, due to the fact i tend to hit quite high up the stringbed, of putting 8 grams at 10 and 2 and 6 grams 7 inches up the handle. How does that sound? If anyone with experience leading a k blade could give some insight it would be much appreciated. Thanks, Josh.

Oh and my current setup is PHT at 53 lbs in the k blade and alu rough at 55lbs in the k90 both with leather and 2 wilson pro overgrips.
 

flashfire276

Hall of Fame
I have predominantly been playing with the k blade tour now for near enough two years and have to say i absolutely love it. However, after a recent stint with the k90 i find myself nowadays constantly switching between the two. I like the manouvrebility and forgiveness of the k blade but im finding i get much better penetration and hit a heavier ball with the k90. Consequently ive resolved to leading up my k blade to increase the swingweight a bit and give me a bit more plow through. Ive never used lead before so was looking for some advice on the placing. After having read numerous articles on the subject im thinking, due to the fact i tend to hit quite high up the stringbed, of putting 8 grams at 10 and 2 and 6 grams 7 inches up the handle. How does that sound? If anyone with experience leading a k blade could give some insight it would be much appreciated. Thanks, Josh.

Oh and my current setup is PHT at 53 lbs in the k blade and alu rough at 55lbs in the k90 both with leather and 2 wilson pro overgrips.
I'm guessing what you mean by plow through is power.
And yes, lead tape can help. Most people put it on 3 and 9 o' clock. But if you just want a heavier racquet, just put strips of lead tape on the throat, or put an equal amount on both the hoop and the handle.
 

flashfire276

Hall of Fame
I have predominantly been playing with the k blade tour now for near enough two years and have to say i absolutely love it. However, after a recent stint with the k90 i find myself nowadays constantly switching between the two. I like the manouvrebility and forgiveness of the k blade but im finding i get much better penetration and hit a heavier ball with the k90. Consequently ive resolved to leading up my k blade to increase the swingweight a bit and give me a bit more plow through. Ive never used lead before so was looking for some advice on the placing. After having read numerous articles on the subject im thinking, due to the fact i tend to hit quite high up the stringbed, of putting 8 grams at 10 and 2 and 6 grams 7 inches up the handle. How does that sound? If anyone with experience leading a k blade could give some insight it would be much appreciated. Thanks, Josh.

Oh and my current setup is PHT at 53 lbs in the k blade and alu rough at 55lbs in the k90 both with leather and 2 wilson pro overgrips.
Also, I recommend Babolat Lead Tape. It's 2x heavier than the other brands, so you're pretty much getting twice of what you're paying for.
 

JT Corona

Semi-Pro
Have u tried the KPS88? For some reason I preferred it over the K90 and KBT during my demo play. KPS has amazing plow and can really crush the ball, but it can be demanding. I think I may just stay with my old faithful: POG mid.
 

JoshyS

Rookie
I'm guessing what you mean by plow through is power.
And yes, lead tape can help. Most people put it on 3 and 9 o' clock. But if you just want a heavier racquet, just put strips of lead tape on the throat, or put an equal amount on both the hoop and the handle.

No, i mean plow through. I generally hit a much heavier, more penetrating ball with the k90. In regards to postioning of the lead im pretty set at 10 and 2 as i would like to increase the swingweight and raise the sweetspot rather than increase torsional stability. My main concern is the amounts to use. Any thoughts on the quantities i mentioned in the original post?
 

armsty

Hall of Fame
Don't go a full 10gms in one hit. put 1.125gm strips, 2 at 10 and 2 and 2. 5gms first week. After a week or so put another 5gms. See how that feels. If you want go another 5, just see how it feels. Too much, now you know to pin it back a bit ey.
 

JT_2eighty

Hall of Fame
Don't go a full 10gms in one hit. put 1.125gm strips, 2 at 10 and 2 and 2. 5gms first week. After a week or so put another 5gms. See how that feels. If you want go another 5, just see how it feels. Too much, now you know to pin it back a bit ey.
Good call. Currently i'm using the kbt and also with my wear pattern a bit higher than the sweetspot, 10 and 2 helps shift the ss up in your hitting area, so you get additional plow and stability with the lead as well. Adds a bit more power to the stick as well, improving it for baseline play. I still use an unleaded one for doubles.
 

cellofaan

Semi-Pro
You say you like the manouverability of the blade, and the plowthrough of the k90. So, you're looking for a way to increase plowthrough, without sacrificing (too much) manouverability.

Plowthrough has to do with hittingweight, which is a function of Swingweight, static weight, and balance. Increasing any of them will increase plowthrough.

Manouverability is a difficult thing. For some it depends mostly on balance, for others it's more about weight or swingweight.

When you add 8 grams at 10 and 2 and 6 at the top of the handle, you'll increase the swingweight by about 20 points. That would give you a higher swingweight than the k90 has, with a slightly lower static weight.
The blade already is more head heavy than the k90, and it will become a couple of points more. My guess is that it'll feel less manouverable than the k90.

I'd start by trying 3.5 grams at 12 and 8 grams at 0.5", to get it at the same sw and balance as the k90 has, with a lower static weight, and compare them again.

After that, you could try 19 grams at 10inch, which would give a similar weight and balance point, with a lower swingweight.

You might want to try it too with just the 3.5 at 12, or just the 8 at 0.5", to feel the effect.
 

dmcb101

Professional
pics for help

I had the same exact problem. Although I have not had the stick as long as you I changed it almost immediately. I added 8 grams of lead at 3 and 9 and noticed a considerable difference. not only did i notice more plow through near the top of the string bed but i also noticed a more solid feel on off center hits. i used the gamma lead tape the is 1/4 inch thick. I started at the grommet just below the (K) at 3 and nine. My strips were 4 inches in length and layered twice on both sides of the grommet. Here are some pics of two of my racquets that have lead on them. Good Luck



 

Richie Rich

Legend
Don't go a full 10gms in one hit. put 1.125gm strips, 2 at 10 and 2 and 2. 5gms first week. After a week or so put another 5gms. See how that feels. If you want go another 5, just see how it feels. Too much, now you know to pin it back a bit ey.
Good call. Currently i'm using the kbt and also with my wear pattern a bit higher than the sweetspot, 10 and 2 helps shift the ss up in your hitting area, so you get additional plow and stability with the lead as well. Adds a bit more power to the stick as well, improving it for baseline play. I still use an unleaded one for doubles.
yes, as these guys wrote, i think you are going to have to tinker a little bit to get the weight that works for you.
 

JoshyS

Rookie
Okay, so i have added 7.5 grams total at 10 and 2 and and about 3 grams in the handle as i already use leather and two overgrips. I wont be able to play for a week or so due to exams but i will try to post my findings shortly thereafter for those (few) who may intrested.
 

dmcb101

Professional
I care

Okay, so i have added 7.5 grams total at 10 and 2 and and about 3 grams in the handle as i already use leather and two overgrips. I wont be able to play for a week or so due to exams but i will try to post my findings shortly thereafter for those (few) who may intrested.
cool. id be interested to know how it hits with the lead also on the handle. I was considering doing this but decided not to because i did not feel that much difference when holding the racquet. The lead added on mine at 3 and 9 really helped me though. let me know how adding lead to the handle goes, id be interested to see if it helps with overall feel of the racquet.
 

JoshyS

Rookie
cool. id be interested to know how it hits with the lead also on the handle. I was considering doing this but decided not to because i did not feel that much difference when holding the racquet. The lead added on mine at 3 and 9 really helped me though. let me know how adding lead to the handle goes, id be interested to see if it helps with overall feel of the racquet.
Will do, but as i said it might be a while until i get to hit properly. Was there any noticeable decrease in manouverablility with just adding the lead at 3 and 9? I use two overgrips which come in at around the 5 gram mark each hence why i only added 3 to the handle.
 

dmcb101

Professional
not at all. I absolutely love having that extra 8 grams there. it is incredible how much more solid the racquet is going through the ball on off-center hits and higher up on the head. it really stabilizes the racquet and tightens everything up. you wont be disappointed i guarantee that.
 
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