Lead Tape vs Head guard tape

Hi, maybe this a a silly question but I have to ask... "Head Brand" of Head Protection Tape is kind of heavy for a tape. If I cover my racket from around 9 to 3 without stretching the tape it will add 4-5 grams of weight. Will those 4-5 grams of tape be the equivalent of adding 4-5 gram of Lead/Tungsten tape to the tip of the racket? Thanks.
 

RobS

Rookie
You'd be looking at 1 maybe 2mm higher in balance and 3 swingweight points greater with the lead concentrated at 12 vs head tape spread between 9 and 3. Total weight would obviously be the same.
 

Big Bagel

Professional
The overall weight will be the same, the swingweight and balance will be similar but slightly lower with the head tape as opposed to the lead tape. Overall it will be similar but not quite the same.

Why do you want to use Head Guard Tape?
 
The overall weight will be the same, the swingweight and balance will be similar but slightly lower with the head tape as opposed to the lead tape. Overall it will be similar but not quite the same.

Why do you want to use Head Guard Tape?
I have 2 rolls on hand I was wondering how different it will be because I never used lead tape before. A roll of tape is like $4 and weight like 50grams. Thungsen is like $12 for 10 grams. The thing is last week I ordered a leather grip and was wondering if the those 5g of head tape will counterbalance the leather grip to keep the balance around the same as before.
 

Big Bagel

Professional
Yeah, if you already have it then go for it. I'm just not a fan of head guard tape because it really doesn't give you that much protection and it's easy to block the holes, so when you want your racquet restrung you've either got to redo the tape or poke holes in it, both of which can be rather annoying.

But if you've already got it, might as well give it a try. It should help counterbalance the leather grip. Although personally I only sometimes use extra weight to counterbalance my leather grips. Sometimes I just leave them with the slightly more headlight balance and keep the swingweight relatively stable since I usually go for fairly heavy racquets to begin with.
 

ppmishra

Rookie
Hi, maybe this a a silly question but I have to ask... "Head Brand" of Head Protection Tape is kind of heavy for a tape. If I cover my racket from around 9 to 3 without stretching the tape it will add 4-5 grams of weight. Will those 4-5 grams of tape be the equivalent of adding 4-5 gram of Lead/Tungsten tape to the tip of the racket? Thanks.
No question is silly. It's all about experimenting and seeing what works best for you. I personally started out using Becker or volkl head tape to my frames (your numbers are spot on) and while the power gain was slight, there was an improvement in stability (like a capped grommet but certainly not as much). As far as lead tape goes there is significant variation between the unbranded strips (1/4" , 4 inches = 1 gram) vs the 2 gram tecnifibre lead tape (1 piece = 2.5 inches) since the latter is more dense and there is a big boost in power but it's like a hot spot in some ways. The 1/4" strips provide a more uniform distribution of power and stability.
To summarize, In my opinion lead tape makes more sense once you decide how much more weight you need and can manage in your frame but there is no harm in trying out head tape first and/or use a combination of the two.
 

galahad

Rookie
What is the real story about Lead vs Tungsten tape? I realize "lead" is a toxic material, but I'm assuming that in this form, it is not hazardous. That said, I know you can purchase alternate types of tape for this purpose. Anyone have any real information??
 

ppmishra

Rookie
What is the real story about Lead vs Tungsten tape? I realize "lead" is a toxic material, but I'm assuming that in this form, it is not hazardous. That said, I know you can purchase alternate types of tape for this purpose. Anyone have any real information??
To be honest, I've always used nitrile gloves (pretty much the same pair since I can remember) when applying lead tape so it's really not a big deal but I tried tungsten tape once and my personal experience was not good. It fell off in a month. I've never had this happen to me with lead tape (I use the tecnifibre 2 gm strips and 0.5 in golf club lead tape as required). Regardless, I've never applied them with my bare hands, toxic or not.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
-lead is only poisonous if you get it in your system
-that means, as long as you dont chew your lead tape you will be fine!,
-i would not try to smell, lick and/or snort it either!!
-if a particle of lead breaks off from the lead piece on your racket, it will quickly drop to the floor (as it is heavier than air) and cause no/improvable inhaling issue
-to apply tape, use a napkin or something to brush over it as you press it down
-to apply under your grip or o-grip, i like to cover the final job with scotch tape, for a "peace of mind barrier:, between my lead and my hand
-and of course, wash your hands with soap after, just in case you got some smaller particles on your hands

-take what i described with a grain of salt and decide for yourself
-i am not a doctor!, but i did stayed at a holiday-Inn last night!! (y) :laughing:8-B
 
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