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04-27-2013, 07:33 PM #1786
On top of the head they are. It's the difference between a NS9900 and a AT900 (or even AT700), basically.
And it's definitely possible (and really not that hard) to put on athletic tape the way CL and LD do it (and WZM, sometimes) without cutting - I've done it several times. Remember, it's athletic tape, not lead. You start by putting it on top of the frame (so that the grommets stay free) and then push it down around the frame.
3 layers are a whole lot of a difference.
Remember that these guys don't do it to turn their racket into sth completely different but rather give it just a little extra oomph and fine tune it for each arena (by adding/removing single layers depending on how quick/slow the arena is).
04-27-2013, 08:08 PM #1787
04-27-2013, 08:44 PM #1788
I'm almost tempted to try a NR800 and add some more head weight to it....but then I think to myself why not then just get a VT80?
04-28-2013, 12:18 AM #1789
Hi Any badminton fans can give a update on Lee Yong dae :
What racket he using now BS LYD, BS LYD N, BS 12 or BS 12N ?
04-28-2013, 12:24 AM #1790
04-28-2013, 12:38 AM #1791
And another one is Xu Chen , what racket he is using , can update ?
04-28-2013, 06:40 AM #1792
Around my corner, lead tape is sold in strips of 5 grams. I did put one on top of my Victor MX60 4U and did get a BP of around 305 (the original is ~295), with the weight of a 3U. I did the same with my Arc 8dx.
It is easy to cut the lead tape in small parts so to remove or add some in relation to the conditions ans feeling of a player.
I don't see the advantages of the athletic tape, the whole thing seems absurd to me.
That is why I thought And I still think of some devices like the one on the new Adidas racket, some rubber mass fitted on the frame.
04-28-2013, 08:20 AM #1793
Well when you reach Chen Long's level you can tell him how ridiculous his setup is
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04-28-2013, 09:27 AM #1794
And he uses 3u or 4u?
04-28-2013, 09:31 AM #1795
The racquet only comes in 3u so it would have to be custom to be a 4u
04-28-2013, 09:34 AM #1796
4u rackets too light for me !
04-29-2013, 08:13 AM #1797
04-29-2013, 08:35 AM #1798
Watch Lin Dan's 2010 WC match against Hurskainen. Watch what he applies in a break, and tell me what kind of tape that is.
I admit that I have no idea what racket he actually uses (for all I know, it might be a repainted Wilson - not that I care). I'm damn sure though that Chen Long and Lin Dan use athletic tape and not lead.
Someone already provided you with a photo proving that. Your refusal to accept that suggests you're not here to actually get an answer but to convince all others your opinion is right...
Anyhow, if you're actually interested in an objective answer, watch the mentioned video.
EDIT: Here it is. Skip to 11:09 to see him putting on the tape.
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04-29-2013, 08:43 AM #1799
Not at all, don't take it personaly. I don't find it rational, that's it. But I am also certain it is not lead tape.
The thing is, if these players use athletic tape, there must be a reason, and I would like to know which so I would perhaps also uses it.
04-29-2013, 08:55 AM #1800
It does indeed look like athletic tape.
But I enjoy participation on the conversations on this forum, I am not here to convince anyone of anything, and certainly not of something as futile as the nature of a tape, so I would appreciate you keep your assumptions for yourself regarding my motivations and make an effort in beleiving that having differences of opinion is not wrong.
04-29-2013, 09:00 AM #1801
I think it's because the lower density allows for a more equal distribution of the weight. If you were to apply the same weight as, say, 3 layers of athl. tape in lead tape, you would have to cut it into many small pieces and space them apart to get a similar distribution as you do with the athletic tape.
Personally, I can't think of another reason - I agree that it is quicker to apply a small piece of lead tape. I don't do either, as I can't really see how that's better than just picking a slightly head heavier racket, but if I had to, I'd probably choose lead tape as I play Braveswords and the athletic tape pretty much ruins any aerodynamic design of the frame.
04-29-2013, 09:05 AM #1802
It makes sense for the distribution of the weight. I personnaly like the weight to be at 12 o'clock, but I know some like it to be on the whole upper half.
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