Tips and tricks for racket tuning
Tennis racket is not simply a tennis racket. In addition to the racket model and the string, the swing weight and the game dynamics play an important role.
Many professionals play with racquets that have been adapted to their needs. Even recreational players can benefit from this method. With racket tuning, you can customize your tennis racket according to your preferences: increase the total weight, change the sweetspot, apply weight against twisting of the racket, or move the balance point. These effects are achieved by attaching lead weights to the racket. Especially the swing weight of a racquet is enormously important. This can be tuned by tuning perfectly to the player.
As a rule, the lead weights are easily removable. So you have the opportunity to play around until you find the perfect weight for your racket. To adapt your racquet to another, you should first find out about the characteristics of both racquets and determine the weight differences.
Note: If you want to do a racket tuning on your tennis racket, you should definitely contact one of our experts at the Tennis-Point Store. They are happy to help you and give you many helpful tips and tricks.
What kind of racket tuning leads to what effect?
Increase in racket and swing weight
Affixing the lead band at 6 o'clock has little effect on the balance of the racket and rather affects the racket weight and swing weight of the racket.
Acceleration and stability
To increase the swing weight and acceleration without losing stability, the lead band is attached at 2 and 10 o'clock.
Increase the swing weight
An increase in the swing weight and thus the acceleration is achieved if you attach the lead band at 12 o'clock. With this method, the racket is also top-heavy.
Increase in torsional stability
One of the most common reasons for racket tuning is to increase torsional stability. If you do not hit the ball exactly in the sweetspot, but close to the frame, the racket twists - you also say it "flutters". Attaching lead bands at the 6 o'clock and 9 o'clock position can reduce this.
Change the grip strength of the racket
To make the racket more grip-heavy, we recommend small lead weights that are placed inside the handle. For this purpose, the butt cap is removed and possibly taken out some filler. The weight comes in the resulting cavity. It is important that the lead weight makes no noise when using the rackets. For this reason, you should fix the weight with the filler or some cotton wool. An alternative to lead weights in the racket handle is silicone. Subsequently, the butt cap can be re-attached. As an alternative to lead weight, a thin lead band can be glued under the base grip band. It should be noted however, that the scope of grip could change.
Change the balance point of the racket
To change the balance point, you can add extra weight below or above the balance point. Additional weight in the racket head increases the weight of the racket, increases swing weight and accelerates acceleration. If you apply weight below the balance point, the racket becomes more grip-heavy. This increases the control and maneuverability. The following applies: The further away from the balance point weight is applied, the more pronounced the effect becomes.
Increase the total weight of the racket
If you want to increase the overall weight of the racket, keep an eye on the balance of the racket. In order to keep the club balance as equal as possible, the weight must be placed above and below the balance point.If you apply the lead weights in the head area, you can influence various racket properties such as swing weight, stability and power of the racket (unintentionally).Self-adhesive lead strips are suitable for attaching lead weights to the club head. These are available in different versions in tennis accessories. The lead bands are glued directly to the racket frame or under the eyelet tape. If necessary, you can glue several lead strips on top of each other. It is important to note that the glued lead band does not touch the eyelets, otherwise it could easily loosen and cause vibrations.