The Official Lead Tape Placement+Racket Customization Thread

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  1. saleem

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    you will not increase swingweight by adding weight to the grip, adding to tip of the hoop will increase the most swingweight.
    here is excellent tool to figure it out http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/learning_center/customizationReverse.php
     
  2. zalive

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    Swing weight as standardly measured at approx. 10 cm from the butt stays about the same with anything you add to the handle.
    However, you can still notice increase in power and changes in swing behaviour when you increase mass in the handle, because the nature of racquet swing and hit mechanics is more complex than just about swing weight measured at 10 cm from the butt.
     
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    I've added an extra 3 g total at 12, 3, and 9, for a total of 6 g lead tape in the hoop in my PS95S.

    There is an additional 8 g of lead tape stuck in the butt cap, and the synthetic grip that came with the racquet was replaced with a Wilson leather grip.

    Currently using a full bed of Cyber Flash 17G at 49 lbs.

    Total mass now off the top of my head is in the 350-355 g range.

    Lovely setup so far; getting a lot of effortless power I could only get from the PS90.

    Still breaks strings like no tomorrow, so I'll probably be sticking to the PS90 in the long run.
     
  6. anhboa2

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    Someone enlighten me pls, i thought Federer or Wawrinka added more weight to the lower part of the racket. Their racket has higher static weight and less SW than the like of Djokovic (as reported by someone who owns them here)
     
  7. zalive

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    For what I know, if you go for too polarized a setup you will eventually lower MgR/I too much resulting in a setup which lags through the swing, because of pendulum physics related to it.

    To compensate for this you need to put some mass at the middle of the racquet, in the area from the top of the handle through throat up to the 12 o'clock area. Putting mass to this area will increase MgR/I (relatively) speeding up the racquet's head through swing.
    The inevitable result of compensating MgR/I (ideally getting it to around value of 21) by putting some mass somewhere at described area is that you increase static weight without getting significant SW gain.

    So while higher static weight is not as desireable by itself, a certain balance between SW and static weight is kind of wanted exactly because of connection to MgR/I. And in the end, mind that it's SW and lowish MgR/I that slow down a swing, it's no the static weight that does it by itself.

    Pro players specs are their preferrence related to their playing style. And Novak's setup is specific for its high TW. But AFAIK Novak also uses some lead at 7'' as customized by P1, it's kind of a need when custom polarizing racquets, as probably done by all pros.
     
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