Placing lead tape on the side of your racket at 3 and 9 o’clock will add more stability and stiffness to your racket. This is great if you are looking to reduce the flex and additional vibrations in your racket, as adding weight to these positions increases the racket’s torsional stiffness.
Keeping this in view, is Tungsten tape safer than lead tape?
Unfortunately, Tungsten tape is also a little less soft than lead, which makes it less user-friendly, and it can be more difficult to securely stick to the racket frame. Nonetheless, some players will prefer to avoid lead tape, and will therefore use tungsten.
Similarly, where should I put lead tape on my racket?
How heavy is Federer’s racquet?
Federer, for what it’s worth, is using a racket that weighs in north of 12.5 ounces — far too heavy for the average club-level player or even high-level junior for that matter.
One inch of lead tape weighs about 1.8-2 grams, depending on the thickness. That also equates to about one swingweight, so be careful not to use too much or you’ll drastically affect the feel of the club head and balance point of the club overall.
When it comes to tennis racquets for the ATP professionals, they often use something called pro stock racquets which are heavily customized using for example silicone in the handle, lead tape and sometimes personally molded handles.
Tungsten is a metal with one of the highest densities. Tungsten is 1.7 times more dense than lead, 2.4 times denser than steel, and 2.7 times denser than zinc.
Each ½” x ½” Rubber Tungsten weight chip is equivalent to 4” of standard lead foil tape. The flexible Rubber Tungsten Tape will securely adhere and form to curved and painted surfaces. The Rubber Tungsten Tape is soft and will enhance sound and feel due to the vibration dampening qualities of the rubber compound.
In some brands of tape, the color changing compound in the angled stripes may contain lead. Tape that displays the word “Autoclaved” instead of angled stripes is most likely lead-free. The best way to determine if your autoclave tape contains lead is to check the Safety Data Sheet (SDS).