Matching 3 x Wilson ktour 95's

alexmcnab

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I have 3 ktours which I like very much but wanted a bit more weight without changing the balance point so I added 4g of lead to each at the throat(6 o'clock). I played with them and noticed I much preferred the feel of racket #3.

When I weighed them I was surprised how much difference there is:-
Racket #1 - 315g (154g grip weight, 161g tip weight)
Racket #2 - 312g (152, 160)
Racket #3 - 323g (156, 167)
They all have the same strings, grips, dampener.

So my aim is to bring rackets #1 and #2 to match #3 so it seems like I need to add:
8g to racket #1 (2g grip, 6g head)
and
11g to racket #2 (4g grip, 7g head)
to make them equal. This seems like a lot of lead, any suggestions where to stick it? I'm thinking high up the grip and on top of the lead I've already added at the throat? Bit confused, appreciate any thoughts, thanks.
 

alexmcnab

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thanks, interesting
still wondering...video suggests adding silicone under the butt cap and at 12 o'clock. How much silicon - trial and error? And, how is this different to adding lead at the end of the grip and at 6 o'clock?

Also, he says "only new bumper can be removed from the racket, otherwise they can never fit again" - is this correct?
 

serb4life

Rookie
thanks, interesting
still wondering...video suggests adding silicone under the butt cap and at 12 o'clock. How much silicon - trial and error? And, how is this different to adding lead at the end of the grip and at 6 o'clock?

Also, he says "only new bumper can be removed from the racket, otherwise they can never fit again" - is this correct?
Yes, when you string a racket, the grommets get stretched and become deformed. This makes it next to impossible to push them back through the holes drilled in your frame.
 
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SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
thanks, interesting
still wondering...video suggests adding silicone under the butt cap and at 12 o'clock. How much silicon - trial and error? And, how is this different to adding lead at the end of the grip and at 6 o'clock?
Actually, the video suggests using lead in both cases. I have used lead around the buttcap and under the grommets at 12 in order to match my racquets and it worked very well. Silicone dampens the response slightly, often making a racquet more comfortable, however, getting the amounts right is very hard (hence I do not suggest trying it unless you really need the dampening of the silicone).

Also, he says "only new bumper can be removed from the racket, otherwise they can never fit again" - is this correct?
Actually, he says that only a new bumper can be put back into the racquet, so you will need a new bumper at hand in order to replace a used one once you remove it.
 

alexmcnab

Rookie
ok, so I've used the TWU Racket Customization Tool and it seems to have worked a treat. I can't believe there was such a difference between the three racquets.

Just a thought for other lead tape newbies, I was using narrow lead tape (about .25 inch wide) and everywhere I've read says that is 1g = 1 inch. I weighed some of mine and actually found it to be 1g = 1.5 inches. So, worth checking before you start.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
ok, so I've used the TWU Racket Customization Tool and it seems to have worked a treat. I can't believe there was such a difference between the three racquets.

Just a thought for other lead tape newbies, I was using narrow lead tape (about .25 inch wide) and everywhere I've read says that is 1g = 1 inch. I weighed some of mine and actually found it to be 1g = 1.5 inches. So, worth checking before you start.
…. 0.25 inch lead tape is 1g per 4 inches though….
 
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