How to add Weight to your Tennis Racket

Once you get more into your tennis gear, at some point you will likely want to customise your racket by adding more weight.

This article will look at the ways you can add weight to your tennis racket such as adding lead tape, injecting silicone into the buttcap or adding a leather grip.

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How to add Weight to your Tennis Racket
How to add Weight to your Tennis Racket

How to add Weight to your Tennis Racket

Lead Tape for Tennis Rackets

Lead Tape is probably the easiest and most popular way to add weight to a tennis racket.

Where should you place the Lead Tape on a Tennis Racket?

There are a number of different areas where you can place lead tape on a tennis racket but below are the most common places that are used:

  • At the top of the frame (under the head guard)
  • At the bottom of the frame
  • On the sides of the frame
  • On the throat of the racket
  • On the handle of the racket (under your grip)

Where you end up putting the lead tape will depend on what you are trying to add to the racket. For example, if you want more power then you can add lead tape to the top of the racket or if you want more stability then you can lead tape to the sides of the racket frame.

Cooper Tape for Tennis Rackets

Cooper Tape is a safer alternative to lead tape as you don’t have to handle lead in your hands.

Cooper Tape works in much the same way as Lead Tape in terms of how it affects a racket with the only downside being it stands out a little bit more on your racket due to its color.

Tungsten Putty

Tungsten Putty is mostly used on the racket handle or inside the racket’s buttcap and is great to use if you want to add a small amount of weight to your tennis racket.

Tungsten Putty easily moulds to any shape so it is quite easy to add to your racket.

Silicone

Another option you have to add weight to your tennis racket is to inject silicone into the handle of your tennis racket.

The main reason for doing this beyond adding mass to your racket is to shift the balance of a racket, so it is more head light and therefore more manoeuvrable.

Leather Grips

One easy way you add weight to the handle of your tennis racket is to replace the synthetic grip on your racket with a leather grip.

Depending on the leather grip you use, this can add up to 10g of weight to the handle of your racket.

An added benefit of using leather grips is that many players say they get a better feel on their shots using a leather grip. This is why many top ATP Pros such as Roger Federer use a leather grip on their rackets.

Vibration Dampeners

Vibration Dampeners are probably not the first thing you think about when adding weight to a racket but as they can weigh between 2 and 7 grams, they can be a good option if you want to add a small amount of weight near the bottom of the racket frame.

For my own racket, I use Wilson’s Shock Trap vibration dampener which weighs about 2 grams. You mightn’t think 2 grams would make much of a difference but I like the feel I get on my shots using this vibration dampener.

Tennis Strings

You are probably not going to choose a set of tennis strings just because they weigh slightly more than another set of tennis strings but it is good to be aware of the fact that tennis string weights can vary by up to 5 grams.