Lead Tape Question

My RF97 has very little power in the upper part of the string bed.

Adding lead at 10 and 2 should help raise the sweet spot.

Would the upper hoop feel stiffer?

I notice that if I hit a volley on the upper part of the string bed, there is very little power; whereas if I was using a Six One 95 I would hit a better shot as that racquet plays stiffer.

The original RF97 feels like a much more solid racquet.

Thanks!!!
 

joah310

Professional
My RF97 has very little power in the upper part of the string bed.

Adding lead at 10 and 2 should help raise the sweet spot.

Would the upper hoop feel stiffer?

I notice that if I hit a volley on the upper part of the string bed, there is very little power; whereas if I was using a Six One 95 I would hit a better shot as that racquet plays stiffer.

The original RF97 feels like a much more solid racquet.

Thanks!!!
No spec changes from original to current one.... What you're experiencing is probably poor Wilson qc
 

AceyMan

Semi-Pro
Well,

when you get the hoop balance right it actually feels *less stiff* bc it doesn't vibrate like it did before, so you'd think it's softer. Moving the sweet spot tiny amounts make for an amazing difference (... sometimes).

/Acey
 

tomkowy

New User
Adding lead will make the sweetspot a bit larger so there will be less vibrations, racquet will be more comfortable.

Add 2 grams total at first, can be at 2 and 10. Check, if you can feel the difference and if you can handle the racquet comfortably. Then you can decide if you want to add more or leave it like that. Sometimes 2 grams fix the issue, sometimes 8 grams don’t fix the issue and the racquet is too heavy to swing at this point.

Also I’d measure the swingweight, even manually at home. If you have a „product” of a bad QC, swingweight can be much lower than the official specs. I got a Wilson that had 15 points lower SW than specs on TW. I needed to add around 6-8 grams of lead total at 3 and 9 just to get it to official swingweight.
 
Adding lead will make the sweetspot a bit larger so there will be less vibrations, racquet will be more comfortable.

Add 2 grams total at first, can be at 2 and 10. Check, if you can feel the difference and if you can handle the racquet comfortably. Then you can decide if you want to add more or leave it like that. Sometimes 2 grams fix the issue, sometimes 8 grams don’t fix the issue and the racquet is too heavy to swing at this point.

Also I’d measure the swingweight, even manually at home. If you have a „product” of a bad QC, swingweight can be much lower than the official specs. I got a Wilson that had 15 points lower SW than specs on TW. I needed to add around 6-8 grams of lead total at 3 and 9 just to get it to official swingweight.

Added a total of 2 grams at 10 and 2.

This worked very well. Racquet felt more solid, including the upper hoop.

Very good on serves too.

Thanks!!
 
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