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I'm with you. I need extra weight in my racquet. To be more accurate I need more swing weight. I recently had a lecture on all of this with my Level 2..
You probably already know this but maybe other readers dont.. There are 2 types of racquet weight..
Swing Weight and Total Weight.. What does that mean?
Swing weight - is how heavy the racquet feels when held from the handle. The extra weight is felt as you swing it.
Total Weight - is how heavy it is on the scales. It doesnt matter where the weight is distributed - the weight will be the same..
Then you have a balance point.. Which tied into the distribution of the weight in the racquet.
So, for me, I like extra swing weight. I want it to feel heavier in the head. The reason for this is that I like to have long smooth strokes. With a light racquet (swing weight) I feel like I need to muscle the strokes through the point of impact. Therefore I prefer to start the momentum of the racquet and let the swing weight continue the stroke.
This is great for ground strokes and serves - however worse for reflex volleys. With a heavier head the racquet is less 'whippy'. It is also great for playing against heavier hitters because of the total mass and counter punching..
I have weighted up my Head Radical... Actually, I inherited these from a Tour Player and the numbers are
Length: 698 (mm)
Weight: 345 (g)
Balance Point: 316 (distance in mm from handle)
Swing Weight: 349 (g)
I am not sure what DA and G mean...
Anyway hope this helps add to the learning :)
You certainly can balance the racquet according to the specifications of your liking, however, if you do it yourself more likely than not you will probably have a racquet that is not balanced corrrectly. I would suggest having the support of a local U.S.R.S.A., because they have callibration machines that can target the balance weight and distribution through-out your entire racquet by a factor of 0.1 grams. If you wanna take the Macgyver approach, then you can easily measure the lead tape using a measuring utility or a simple ruler will do. Measure within one inch parameter mark, cut, and attatch the lead piece to 12-3-6-9 points on the frame. I've done a study where a player actually put lead tape on the bottom of his grip, then replaced the grip and re-wrapped it. I don't know the out-come of the extra lead, but I can assume it was personal preference. If you need further assistance, please let me know.
I would like custom made. Excact include my grip size Does anyone know an address who can do that?!?!
Pieter de Rooij (the Netherlands)