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    Originally posted by taneepak
    I believe in their search for the ultimate grip, many players drastically change the balance point of the racquet without realizing it. I have been stringing racquets that are G5 (circumference 80mm) but wrapped with grip that is closer to G2 (circumference 95mm) or even G1. I have seen AT700 that have their balance changed from head-heavy to handle-heavy. The balance point for the AT700 is somewhere near the '7', but some of them have been shifted by 12mm! It is no wonder they blame the racquet, especially the AT700.
    Going along the same lines, has anyone ever experimented using lead tape near the handle cap (and would it be allowed)?

    The reason I ask is because lead tape (and more sophisticated means such as metal plugs in the handle) is often used on golf clubs to tweak the moment of inertia (or center of gravity) in order to produce maximal velocity (and/or stability).

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    I remember mod Cheung doing this on his Cab20 rackets when some weren't as balanced, if I recall correctly. I'll see if I can dig up the thread.

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    Here's a "lead tape" link

    http://badmintonforum.com/vb/showthr...ight=lead+tape

    Don't forget to view the method used by "jeetz_2", or view it at:

    http://www.engr.uvic.ca/~jpanesar/racquet.jpg

    -dave

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    Originally posted by wood_22_chuck
    Here's a "lead tape" link

    http://badmintonforum.com/vb/showthr...ight=lead+tape

    Don't forget to view the method used by "jeetz_2", or view it at:

    http://www.engr.uvic.ca/~jpanesar/racquet.jpg

    -dave
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA--------------------!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That one is way too much for me

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    Originally posted by wood_22_chuck
    Here's a "lead tape" link

    http://badmintonforum.com/vb/showthr...ight=lead+tape

    Don't forget to view the method used by "jeetz_2", or view it at:

    http://www.engr.uvic.ca/~jpanesar/racquet.jpg

    -dave
    Geez, you need to install wings on that thing to improve aerodynamism

    On a more serious note though, I did mention experimenting with lead tape on the grip cap (i.e. the opposite end relative to the comments in the thread mentioned by wood_22_chuck) to achieve something called counterweighting a.k.a. backweighting in order to reduce (not increase) so-called "head-heaviness".

    See http://www.balance-certified.com/pag.../08/26/3323025 for an extreme illustration of this concept applied in another sport involving rotational laws of physics.

    Why would one want to try that ? Well, there seem to be numerous threads lately comparing MP88, MP99, AT700 etc. where the main concern is about candidate rackets being more head-heavy than the racket one is used to. This might turn out to be a simple way to tweak said head-heaviness.

    Cheers,

    Mike

    PS: I have an MP88 and MP99, both 3U, and the MP99 feels like a baseball bat when I switch to it after having played with the MP88. I think I'll run this test on the MP99 out of curiosity...

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