What's your setup?

So lets make this fun.

List your...

racket model and grip size
amount of lead and it's placement (and length / layers of the strips)
the ending specs (if possible)
strings/ tension
NTPR rating (if you know yours)
and most importantly, what you personally feel the set-up does for you on the court?
 
I use the Youtek Speed Pro L3 (with 2 wilson overgrips and no replacement grip), with 6 layers of 1/4 inch lead at 3 and 9 o' clock (pieces are 6 inches long). specs: 13.1 ounces, swingweight 401, balance 1 pt head light. I string em with babolat rpm blast 17g mains 30 lb crosses 15lb.

I feel stability I get from the lead at 3 and 9 allows me to abuse the power from the high swingweight, low tension, and high stiffness of the frame.
 

AceServer

Rookie
Head LM Radical MP L4 stacked with 1 wilson pro overgrip, 2 layers of 5 1/2'' lead tape on 3 and 9 o' clock. specs: 11.9 oz, swingweight 352, (idk balance). Pre-strung with some HEAD strings. 3.0 NTRP, and this helps me get way more topspin and a bit of power for those serves.
 
Head LM Radical MP L4 stacked with 1 wilson pro overgrip, 2 layers of 5 1/2'' lead tape on 3 and 9 o' clock. specs: 11.9 oz, swingweight 352, (idk balance). Pre-strung with some HEAD strings. 3.0 NTRP, and this helps me get way more topspin and a bit of power for those serves.

Sounds like a nice frame, brand new?
 

XFactorer

Hall of Fame
So lets make this fun.

List your...

racket model and grip size
amount of lead and it's placement (and length / layers of the strips)
the ending specs (if possible)
strings/ tension
NTPR rating (if you know yours)
and most importantly, what you personally feel the set-up does for you on the court?

Yonex RDiS 200 HG 4 3/8s
2 2-inch strips on the bottom, inside of the throat
Don't know ending specs
Currently strung MPro @ 60, but love Topspin Concept Pure
4.0 (most likely 4.5 next season)
Lead seems to deaden the pop so I can control the ball more. Makes it a little more headlight and increases static weight. Also, two SuperGraps make it a plush feeling, buttery racquet like the RDX 500... or as close as it can be.
 
Wilson Blx tour 90 4 3/8

2 1/2 inch strips and 3 and 9 o'clock

13.1 ounces strung, 9 Pts. Headlight

Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 17 gauge and Babolat VS both strung at 5o Lbs.

I'm not sure what my NTRP rating is...

I feel that my setup gives me more stability with the lead tape, more spin with the babolat strings, and I love the feel of the BLX rackets.
 

ice812

New User
2 x Babolat Pure Storm Tour GT Plus 4 3/8
VS Team mains @ 54 RPM Blast crosses @ 56
Babolat custom damp
Tourna grip xl

2 x Babolat Pure Drive Roddick GT Plus 4 3/8
Solinco Tour Bite @ 57
Babolat custom damp
Tourna grip xl

Babolat Aeropro Drive Plus (non cortex) 4 3/8
Gamma Live Wire XP @ 57
Babolat custom damp
Tourna grip xl

3.5 - 4.0

Experimenting with lead tape placement.
 

AceServer

Rookie
Sounds like a nice frame, brand new?

Yeah, I just got it two days ago. I tried it stock, it felt a little weird, because I've been playing with a $25$ one all along, and switching to a 'player's stick' (I think) made me lose some power, but that was the reason I wanted to switch. I only wanted to add some considerable weight to be more stable.
 
Yeah, I just got it two days ago. I tried it stock, it felt a little weird, because I've been playing with a $25$ one all along, and switching to a 'player's stick' (I think) made me lose some power, but that was the reason I wanted to switch. I only wanted to add some considerable weight to be more stable.
well, the new one seems like a nice choice. sounds a lot like my old set up actually lol
 
i have 3 setups but i'll just go with my main one seeing as i pretty much use it all the time unless something happens to the strings.

Racket and Grip Size: Babolat AeroPro Drive GT 4 5/8 grip with the Babolat Smart Grip System and 2 overgrips (1 Babolat VS for comfort and 1 Wilson Pro for tack) and custom damp
Lead: None, I like the way it plays the way it is
Ending Specs: Same as the stock ones plus the added weight of overgrips and the Babolat SmartGrip system (I guess that would make it a touch more HL than usual)
Strings and Tension: Babolat RPM Blast 17g @ 62lbs
NTPR: Not rated, but probably around a 3.0-3.5

This set up has given me control I could never have dreamed of, which is exactly what I needed. I can really take a cut at the ball and can be confident that it will land in. I've added probably 5mph to my shots just because I don't have to hold back anymore (probably more than that on serves). Dropshots are better than ever. Net play has gotten significantly better IMO (that could be because of a boost in confidence). Serves have sooo much spin. Probably will stick with this setup for a while.
 
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wilson blx 90 tour
lead at 12
4.5 grip with 2 overgrips
Pro Hurr Tour at 55lb

Prince Rebel
lead at 12 and 6
4.5 with 2 overgrips
RPM

Head LM rad mp
lead at 3-12-9
4.375 with 4 over grips


NTRP: 5.5, playing college d3 tennis
 

ADDcourt

New User
a pair of prince rebel 95s

4 3/8 grip size

stock weight. no lead added. (i feel it deadens the response)

17 gauge technifibre x-1 biphase (strung at 58 lbs)

i'm a 4.0 on a bad day, 4.5 on a good one.

i have no problems generating racquet head speed, so modifications weren't necessary. i dislike poly because it feels like copulating with a condom. i get just the right amount of feel and touch volleys and my groundstrokes make my opponents cry.

life is good.
 

specmaster17

New User
babolat pure storm tour GT
4 1/2 grip size(leather grip) one wilson pro over grip
no lead
8 pt. head light, 330 sw
Gamma ZO twist 16 black @60lb

LM Rad mp
4 1 /2 grip(leather grip) one wilso pro over grip
6g lead @3/9 12g lead in handle
8pt head light, 330 sw
Gamma ZO power 16L@60lb
 
Ya know, this could become a nice little database.

I'm surprised to see so many players using stock frames.

To those of you using lead at 3 and 9... do you feel the placement of the lead helps in spin production?
 

Cup8489

G.O.A.T.
Two frames:

Match/usual stick:

Head MG Radical MP, L4 grip, with 12 grams of lead on the buttcap, and a leather grip with wilson pro overgrip. strung with ALU Power at 50 lbs, and I like this setup b/c I can get more spin out of the ball than I can with a stock Radical, but it's still plenty light

and I'm also messing around with a BLX Tour 90 with 15.5 grams of lead at 3 and 9 (one layer of 1/4 inch lead 6.5 inches long, 1 layer 6 inches long, 1 layer 3 inches long; i took it out of a sampras frame thread, decided to give his setup, or similar to it, a try, out of curiosity)

have yet to play with it in this form but it does have a leather with a wilson pro overgrip, and nxt tour strings at 64 lbs. L3 grip
 
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Deleted member 25923

Guest
Playing level: At least 3.0, possibly 3.5

1. Volkl C10 Pro
4 1/2 Grip
1 Yonex Supergrap added
No lead added
Probably 350 grams with the supergrap
Strung with whatever was in the demo (looks like Natural gut), it's fraying. Prob at 60 lbs to start with, I have no idea.


2. Volkl C10 Pro
4 1/2 Grip
1 Yonex Supergrap added
No lead added
Probably 350 grams with the supergrap
Strung with what came in the demo: Wilson NXT demo, I think 16 g. Probably the default 55 lbs.

Looking to restring with Head RIP Control and Weisscanon Explosive next time.

I love the C10 pro because it does everything well. Mistakes can now be blamed on me. Plus, the 2008 models that I own have amazing paintjobs.

I feel like I can play any game style with this. Right now, my best bet is a consistent baseliner who waits for the short ball, then comes in (see my sig!). Unfortunately, my volleys and overhead need work. I often pull an opponent out wide with my ground game, but I don't capitalize when I should.
 

FattyCakes

New User
Babolat Pure Drive "Swirly" (2nd Gen)
4 1/8 grip
Added Wilson Pro Overgrip and Tourna Overgrip
22.5g in/on handle
3g at 3 o' clock
3g at 9 o' clock
Strung with whatever was on it when I bought it
 

Virgilio

Semi-Pro
i have 3 setups but i'll just go with my main one seeing as i pretty much use it all the time unless something happens to the strings.

Racket and Grip Size: Babolat AeroPro Drive GT 4 5/8 grip with the Babolat Smart Grip System and 2 overgrips (1 Babolat VS for comfort and 1 Wilson Pro for tack) and custom damp
Lead: None, I like the way it plays the way it is
Ending Specs: Same as the stock ones plus the added weight of overgrips and the Babolat SmartGrip system (I guess that would make it a touch more HL than usual)
Strings and Tension: Babolat RPM Blast 17g @ 62lbs
NTPR: Not rated, but probably around a 3.0-3.5

This set up has given me control I could never have dreamed of, which is exactly what I needed. I can really take a cut at the ball and can be confident that it will land in. I've added probably 5mph to my shots just because I don't have to hold back anymore (probably more than that on serves). Dropshots are better than ever. Net play has gotten significantly better IMO (that could be because of a boost in confidence). Serves have sooo much spin. Probably will stick with this setup for a while.

Wow 4 5/8, I don't have the courage to go that high...I have 4 1/2 but seems small, did u notice much of a difference? Sorry maybe OT.
 

ace18

Professional
racket model and grip size: 4X Dunlop AG300's, 16X19, 4 3/8 grip with one Wilson perforated over grip
amount of lead and it's placement (and length / layers of the strips): 1X4 inch of 1/4in lead tape on each side at 10 and 2, 2X4 inch on each side during winter months. 4X4 inch strip of 1/4in lead tape under grip.
the ending specs (if possible): haven't figured it out.
strings/ tension: 2 racquets Gosen Micro 17G, 1 racquet Biphase 17G, all at 58 lbs, 1 racquet Signum Poly Pro/Biphase 17G, 52/54. Testing strings right now, normally used Biphase.
NTPR rating (if you know yours) 4.5
and most importantly, what you personally feel the set-up does for you on the court? Great control of my groundstrokes, and power when needed, not too heavy, backand slice (have a bad wrist).
 
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I use the Youtek Speed Pro L3 (with 2 wilson overgrips and no replacement grip), with 6 layers of 1/4 inch lead at 3 and 9 o' clock (pieces are 6 inches long). specs: 13.1 ounces, swingweight 401, balance 1 pt head light. I string em with babolat rpm blast 17g mains 30 lb crosses 15lb.

I feel stability I get from the lead at 3 and 9 allows me to abuse the power from the high swingweight, low tension, and high stiffness of the frame.

I'm testing out 18 grams at 12 o'clock instead of the 36 grams at 3 and 9 o' clock. good power and access to spin so far but I'm having trouble with the depth on the return of serve and I'm shanking more balls than usual even tho the swingweight is the same as my old set up :cry:
 

klementine

Hall of Fame
- 4 (used to be 5) Head MicroGel Prestige Mids.

- 35grams of silicone in the upper portion of the handle & 12grams of lead tape at 12 o'clock under the bumper.

- Unmatched specs- due to variations in stock form- 13.7oz.-13.9oz. - 362-367 swingweight - 11-12pts. HL.

- Head hydrosorb synthetic grip, one Yonex overgrap (both wrapped extra tight).

- Prince duralflex synthetic gut ( gold! :) ) 17g @ mid-tension.. although have been experimenting with polys at low tensions 40lbs. and under.

- No vibration dampener.

- Rating?.. no idea.. but I've been blown off the court by a 6.0'er... despite that I can pretty much hang with almost any player.. It took me 2 years of experimenting to find this set-up. When I actually measured my racquets I was a little shocked. I never started with a specific goal.
 
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kiteboard

Banned
So lets make this fun.

List your...

racket model and grip size

h22 4 1/2"
amount of lead and it's placement (and length / layers of the strips)

4" at 3 and 9, 4 pieces
the ending specs (if possible)

Head light, 360g, 25g silicone in the handle,
strings/ tension

vs team 17g/blackcode 60/56lbs.
NTPR rating (if you know yours)

6.0 for my age.
and most importantly, what you personally feel the set-up does for you on the court?

High power/control and spin.
 
Wow 4 5/8, I don't have the courage to go that high...I have 4 1/2 but seems small, did u notice much of a difference? Sorry maybe OT.

i just went with 4 5/8 to start. i didn't even try out a 4 1/2 because they felt too small when holding them. even 4 5/8 is too small for me, that's why i put the smartgrip system plus 2 over grips to increase the size. any smaller than this and the racket spins in my hands like crazy or i have to have a death grip on the handle.
 

karophiteblu

Semi-Pro
i use my k90s each 4 3/8 with 1 gamma supreme OG. They are 12.8 oz. i dont know the swingweight or balance because i dont have an RDC and those aspects dont really bother me if theyre off by like 1 pt. solinco tour bite 17g full bed at 55 for now. gonna go back to 57 after they break.

since im only 15 and dont play tourneys, i dont know my ntrp rating. but based on how other people play who do know their ntrp, i would say im 4.0. haha im 121 lbs and use a 12.8 oz racket, and i still hit the hardest on my tennis team (HS D1).
 

mang0ra1n

New User
Babolat Aeropro Drive GT 3 3/8th (with puredrive lite grommet)
strung with RPM Blast and Excel Prem. 55/58
Rubberband Damp.
Tournagrip


I believe with my set up I can get decent amout of topspin on my ground strokes and somewhat forgiving, i shank the ball every now and then due to laziness and still have alot of topspin for the ball the bounce in. and I can play with a flat back hand because i feel like that is my greatest weapon, i can get alot of pace and power on the ball, resulting in a winner.
 

Chezbeeno

Professional
Wilson 6.1 95 BLX 18x20 4 3/8 with leather and 2 overgrips x 2, 4 1/2 with 1 overgrip x 1

4 2" strips of lead tape (I think, I put it on so long ago I can't really remember exactly how much it was) wrapped around the buttcap and under the base grips.

Strung with Luxilon BB ALU PWR Rough 16g in mains at 58 and Wilson NXT Max 16g in crosses at 57 or 58, it depends

Don't know the ending specs or ntrp rating, but the lead on the buttcap changes the balance so I can whip through the ball more and get better racquet-head speed
 

Kirko

Hall of Fame
set up >>

Pro-Kennex Rodondo Grip 4 5/8 with overgrip wilson pro. lead at 3 & 9 o'clock string luxilon adrenaline 16 GA tension 53 lbs. total weight 12.4 oz. the best experience I've had with a tenis racket in years ! next string will be luxilon TIMO 18 GA.
 
i just went with 4 5/8 to start. i didn't even try out a 4 1/2 because they felt too small when holding them. even 4 5/8 is too small for me, that's why i put the smartgrip system plus 2 over grips to increase the size. any smaller than this and the racket spins in my hands like crazy or i have to have a death grip on the handle.

must have big hands.... big man hands that are good for doing man things.... and grabbing man stuff. where am I going with this? I have no idea
 
Pro-Kennex Rodondo Grip 4 5/8 with overgrip wilson pro. lead at 3 & 9 o'clock string luxilon adrenaline 16 GA tension 53 lbs. total weight 12.4 oz. the best experience I've had with a tenis racket in years ! next string will be luxilon TIMO 18 GA.

I use to play TIMO 18g also. mains at 30lb/ crosses at 15lb.

I sprayed them with silicon spray. So much spin<3
 

rudester

Professional
Singles-2 wilson prostaff tour 90's 4 3/8 grip, Genesis typhoon in mains 57lbs NRG2 in crosses 59lbs.
Doubles-2 Vantage 95's 18x20 305 balance point with 4 grams lead at 2 and 10, Genesis Typhoon in Mains, Genesis SpinX in crosses, 60/57.5 lbs.
4.0
 
must have big hands.... big man hands that are good for doing man things.... and grabbing man stuff. where am I going with this? I have no idea

yeah i do haha. according to the grip size test i should be using a 5 1/8 grip. what i've got now feels comfortable so i'm not changing any time soon haha.
 

Marcel94

New User
Racket: Tecnifibre T-Fight 320 VO2max, no lead added
Grip: 4 1/2, Babolat Leather with Yonex Supergrap on top
Strings: Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 25/24 kg, but I think I am going to switch to Weiss Cannon Silverstring 1.25mm, due to Luxilon's bad tension maintenance, especially in this open string pattern. The T-Fight provides a huge amount of power but with the Silverstring or BBO, I can still control my shots pretty well.
 

Larrysümmers

Hall of Fame
So lets make this fun.

List your...

racket model prince triple threat warrior oversize and grip sizeL3
amount of lead and it's placement 3 layers of 1/4 at the 10 and 2. and 6 grams at 8inches (and length / layers of the strips)
the ending specs (if possible) i think around 12.1ish oz thats all i know
strings/ tension forten nylon 15g at 67#
NTPR rating (if you know yours) high school level
and most importantly, what you personally feel the set-up does for you on the court?
i truly believe this is a control players dream. i get more control with this than my previous mid rackets. and with the lead i get nice plow through and stability.
my bigest improvement has been serves and backhands.
 

mtommer

Hall of Fame
12 Dunlop M-Fil 200s

381g/8pts HL

41/2 grip or 43/8 with build-up sleeve.
--combination lead/leather grip or build-up sleeve for handle weighting. First I add 4 grams on each side of a racquet at 3 & 9 and then add to the handle to get my balance and overall weight.

Top Spin CyberFlash 16 mains and Gamma Syn Gut w/ Wearguard for the crosses. 65/65

No rating

This setup does absolutely nothing for me on court save that I like it. Because I like it, I'm comfortable and because I'm comfortable, I don't think about my racquet; which is, I believe, the best possible "status" for equipment.
 
12 Dunlop M-Fil 200s

381g/8pts HL

41/2 grip or 43/8 with build-up sleeve.
--combination lead/leather grip or build-up sleeve for handle weighting. First I add 4 grams on each side of a racquet at 3 & 9 and then add to the handle to get my balance and overall weight.

Top Spin CyberFlash 16 mains and Gamma Syn Gut w/ Wearguard for the crosses. 65/65

No rating

This setup does absolutely nothing for me on court save that I like it. Because I like it, I'm comfortable and because I'm comfortable, I don't think about my racquet; which is, I believe, the best possible "status" for equipment.

that's certainly the mentality you need on the court. off the court however, i figure one might as well try to optimize their equipment.
 

Fuzzball7

Semi-Pro
I use the Babolat Aeropro lite GT 4 3/8

Tecnifibre pro redcode at 59 lb's.

I'm 11 so no lead tape for me just yet.
 
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