Lead Tape Position

Rafa Nadal

Semi-Pro
Hi Guys,
For my Aeropro Drive would you put LEAD TAPE to the
3 and 9, or 12 position?What would it change on the 3 and o clock position, what on the 12 position?
I would have the Racquet more stable on Groundstrokes
Thanks!
 

coach

Semi-Pro
my advice is to go easy, a little goes a long way. You can always add more later but a little can make a significant difference in feel/play.
 

eagle

Hall of Fame
Do you want your racquet to be more head heavy (3/9) or just add weight without changing its balance (12)?

You decide what you want to accomplish with the tapes and then proceed with it.

r,
eagle
 

SC in MA

Professional
Rafa Nadal said:
ok i dont know if i test @ 3 and 9 or at 12 first, any opinions?
Adding to the 3 & 9 is supposed to increase stability. Adding to the 12 is supposed to add power. Adding lead at either of those places will alter the balance point, making it less head light (or it will make it head heavy, depending on how much lead you add).

I've tried a couple of things.

1) A bit of lead at 3 & 9. I didn't add much, so the playing characteristics didn't noticeably change. I was hoping to get the racket to absorb more of the ball impact than it does in its stock form, but without changing the playing characteristics. Unfortunately, this setup didn't really do what I wanted. That is, I don't think the racket absorbed more of the ball impact than it did it its stock form. So I needed to try something else.

2) Next, I added 2 grams each at 3 & 9 (4 grams total) and 8 grams in the handle. This was probably waaay too drastic. I didn't like the way this played at all. Kind of heavy, and not much power. I probably should have tried adding lead at 12 (to counter the weight in the handle), but I kinda felt that this would just make it seem even heavier, so I didn't try it.

3) Instead, I took the lead off the handle and left the 2 grams each at 3 & 9. Had a brief hit with it like this. It played better than with the weight in the handle, but not as nice as in stock form. I'll probably either remove all lead, or again just leave a bit at 3 & 9.

Besides the lead experiment, I've just restrung it with a softer string at a lower tension to see if this will allow the racket to absorb more of the ball impact.
 
eagle said:
Do you want your racquet to be more head heavy (3/9) or just add weight without changing its balance (12)?

You decide what you want to accomplish with the tapes and then proceed with it.

r,
eagle
Adding weight to the 12 o'clock position would be the most drastic alteration of balance to head heavy so you need to read up on it more before making such statements.
 

eagle

Hall of Fame
Hi SC in MA,

I too played a bit with the tapes and decided to simply leave a little on the 3/9. Torsional stability was marginally improved. I want to keep the headlight characteristic of the racquet since I have a full swing, so the 12 position is not an option for me.

Thanks,
eagle
 

Indiantwist

Semi-Pro
Leadtape experts advise me here. My racquet is already HH & powerful with less control. I have a decent serve with good amount of spin. I believe most of time i make contact around centre to upper hoop of the racquet.

I want to increase the BITE on the ball and may be a few more RPM. Can lead tape help me here?. If so where?
 
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