The 3 Gram Solution

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Rabbit, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. Rabbit

    Rabbit G.O.A.T.

    Feb 11, 2004
    I've read posts where 3 grams were added to correct various deficiencies with frames. Notably, EXO3 Tour users were adding 3 grams. Every time I read one of these posts, a little voice inside my head said "3 grams, please". But the rational side refrained from posting as I had not tried 3 grams.

    Well, I did. I put 3 grams, comprised of 4 3" strings of lead, at the 12 o'clock on my EXO3 Tour Team (mind you) and went to hit with a friend of mine. I could not believe the difference. I wound up pulling it off after about 10 minutes because I didn't like it, but it truly did alter the frame in a substantial way.

    I didn't see any difference in the balls I hit, and my hitting partner didn't comment on any being heavier or whatever.

    BTW, Prince, when I pulled the tape off the frame, some of your paint came with it. :shock:
  2. fantom

    fantom Hall of Fame

    Feb 24, 2004
    It is amazing how that small amount of weight can alter the feeling so much when placed @ 12. You can definitely feel the difference.
  3. 0d1n

    0d1n Hall of Fame

    Jul 8, 2006
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    3 grams @ 12 will increase sw by over 10 points, so can definitely feel it.
    The balance will move a few mm as well...those two factors combined require some adjustment to the timing.
    If added to the handle anything under 5 grams is not really will alter balance slightly but won't change characteristics of the frame in any major way.
    Anywhere 3 & 9 or higher...a few grams can make quite a difference.
  4. Matt H.

    Matt H. Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    i have a tough time believing it, but it's true.

    all the various 10-12.5 oz frames out there that feel relatively close. but you add 3, heck even 2g, and it's a different racquet.
  5. jasonmiller

    jasonmiller Rookie

    Feb 19, 2004
    I tried to make a Fischer mpro 98 my main stick for awhile. The racquet was great for groundies, but I couldn't find the groove on serve. Adding 4 grams at 3 and 9 really brought my serve around with the racquet, but the ground strokes I had enjoyed so much were no longer the same.

    I still have that racquet as a spare that I let friends use, and sometimes wonder if I couldn't get used to groundies with the lead or adjust my service motion to make due without the lead.
  6. slowfox

    slowfox Professional

    Oct 3, 2011
    A little lead does make a difference. Perhaps or perhaps not in the ball that your opponent receives, but definitely changes the way the racquet swings thru the air.

    I've played around with lead a lot this past year, from adding 12+ grams to just a little like 1 gram. One gram can be felt.

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