Some silly racquet matching questions

Pitti

Rookie
Hi:

As I've told you in some other posts, I own an Ultra Tour 97 and a nSixOneTeam 95 (old red version). Both racquets are 18x20, and have a similar swingweight (319 and 320) according to TW measurements. These are the only two acceptable racquets I own, and whenever I've broken my UT strings, my timing (specially in my 1HBH) has messed up because of the different equilibrium point of the 6.1 (more HH racquet) and the slightly lighter weight. Also, whenever I hit a off frame shot in returning a serve I felt like a jolt in my wrist, which I think can be a consequence of having a lighter racquet.

I want to have a similar balance on both racquets so today, I decided to take both racquets and measure their equilibrium at the edge of a table before buying any tape or putty and playing a little bit. My UT, with an overgrip and a wilson shock trap dampener has the equilibrium at 33 cm from the buttcap. My 6.1 with the exact same setup had it at 34 cm. I opened the trapdoor and fitted a 0,20 € coin on it (5.8 grams according to a quick google search) and... voilà. Now both racquets have their balance at 33 cm.

Some silly questions:

  1. Is fitting something like a coin inside the doortrap an acceptable way of changing the racquet balance? Should I use a different method?
  2. The most silly question: how would you fixate the coin so that it doesn't move while I play, but that can be easily removed? I only have some adhesive tape at home, but I'm not sure I trust it very much...
  3. I've noticed that the racquet now seems to be slightly more difficult to move (higher swingweight?). How much would 5.8 grams at the bottom increase the sw? What's exactly the effect of a higher sw?
  4. Will these "6 grams" help a bit increasing power and protecting my arm from shock (theoretically there's more mass coming against the ball?
Thank you!

Edit: I also have some blutac. I may use that
 
Last edited:

Zoolander

Hall of Fame
Bluetac is best for me, a little ball of bluetac about 1.6cm in diameter will weigh 5 grams.

5g in the buttcap will barely increase SW at all. If you put it in the hoop it would increase SW and power a fair bit, but in the buttcap it will do very little for that i think.
 

Louis33

New User
1. You can use any method you like as long as it stays put when you play. As others have said blu tack works well because you can use precise amounts and it’s easy to remove if you don’t like the changes you made.

2. I don’t know the size of the coin but if it’s small enough you could just tape it to the inside of the butt cap.

3. Swing weight increase would be negligible adding weight to the butt if the racquet.

4. It won’t increase power or help with shock dampening. Adding weight to the head would help. Think of swinging a hammer, adding weight to the handle won’t drive a nail further but adding weight to the head given the same speed would.
 

Pitti

Rookie
Thank you! I’ll use the bluetack in the buttcap for matching the balance, and see how it works.
 

jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
Whatever works; Pat Cash used to hammer lead nails into the bottom of his Fischers during his brief dalliance with the brand. (Seemed to be Australia's Davis Cup squad 'team racquet' for a bit back there lol!)
 

Pitti

Rookie
Whatever works; Pat Cash used to hammer lead nails into the bottom of his Fischers during his brief dalliance with the brand. (Seemed to be Australia's Davis Cup squad 'team racquet' for a bit back there lol!)
I may search for a softer solution. I appreciate my racquets enough not to hammer nails on them... :-D
 
Top