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#1 Go_Time

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 01:22 PM

For a TM R9, there's the best place to put it?


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#2 KMeloney

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 04:31 PM

View PostRugger, on 06 December 2010 - 01:22 PM, said:

For a TM R9, there's the best place to put it?

To do what?  Make it heavier?  Make the ball go higher?  Favor a hook?  Favor a draw?

Words are free.  Use more of them to describe what you're talking about!

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 05:04 PM

View PostKMeloney, on 06 December 2010 - 04:31 PM, said:

View PostRugger, on 06 December 2010 - 01:22 PM, said:

For a TM R9, there's the best place to put it?

To do what?  Make it heavier?  Make the ball go higher?  Favor a hook?  Favor a draw?

Words are free.  Use more of them to describe what you're talking about!

lol

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 05:11 PM

Unless you put a ton of it, lead tape won't affect ball flight.  It's more for swingweight purposes.  Best place to put it is whereever it fits.  My preference is towards the toe.
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Posted 06 December 2010 - 05:14 PM

Why use lead tape when you have weight ports ???

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 05:31 PM

Just want to make the head heavier. I put a bigger grip on with 3 wraps and it's changed the balance.  And lead tape because I don't have a weight kit.

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 05:42 PM

I used lead tape the size of a baby finger nail on the back end of a W-506 7.5 which hit it a tad higher.
For the R-9 perhaps the same or
place it where the xxx's are in the following.

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This will make the ball jump.

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 06:05 PM

View PostJVill, on 06 December 2010 - 05:42 PM, said:

I used lead tape the size of a baby finger nail on the back end of a W-506 7.5° which hit it a tad higher.
For the R-9 perhaps the same or
place it where the xxx's are in the following.

Taylormade
Txxxoxxadx

This will make the ball jump.


WTH? lol. If you have the ability to change the weight with the MWT do it, thats what its there for. You can find weight kits for cheap on here and ebay

Edited by caseyc1, 06 December 2010 - 06:18 PM.


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Posted 06 December 2010 - 06:40 PM

You need a 2"x 1/2" piece of high density tape for each swingweight point. Just either side of the center weight will produce a higher flight, toe bias=fade, heel bias= draw.
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Posted 06 December 2010 - 07:30 PM

Putting too much weight on the head can make the shaft more tip soft....increasing spin. I put some on the heel, some on the hosel and some on the shaft. Just have to tinker w it till you find what fits you


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Posted 06 December 2010 - 08:09 PM

View PostJVill, on 06 December 2010 - 05:42 PM, said:

I used lead tape the size of a baby finger nail on the back end of a W-506 7.5° which hit it a tad higher.
For the R-9 perhaps the same or
place it where the xxx's are in the following.

Taylormade
Txxxoxxadx

This will make the ball jump.


View PostBCC, on 06 December 2010 - 06:40 PM, said:

You need a 2"x 1/2" piece of high density tape for each swingweight point. Just either side of the center weight will produce a higher flight, toe bias=fade, heel bias= draw.

Actually folks, you need a lot more than what you're talking about and the amount needed isn't practical:

Question: Why Do Some Golfers Add Lead Tape to Their Clubs, and What is the Effect?
Answer: There are two reasons golfers add lead tape to their clubheads. One reason is a good one, and works; the other reason is a myth and does not work.
For the bogus one first: Adding lead tape in an effort to change the center of gravity of the head (to make the ball fly higher, lower, more to the right or left) simply will not work. The CG has to be moved at least a quarter-inch for the golfer to notice a flight change in the ball with the same clubhead. To move the CG by a quarter-inch requires no less than the addition of 10 4-inch-long strips of half-inch wide lead tape, all placed in the same area of the head toward which the CG movement is desired.

The right reason for using lead tape is to increase the swingweight of the club; i.e., to increase the feel of more weight or "heft" in the clubhead. For that purpose, one 4-inch-long strip of half-inch wide lead tape will increase the swingweight of any club by one point, as in from D0 to D1.

Most golfers will detect a difference in the headweight feel of a club when the swingweight is increased by 2 or 3 swingweight points, but only the most sensitive feel players will ever note the difference of 1 swingweight point.

When should you think about experimenting with adding lead tape to the clubhead? If you sense that you can't feel the presence of the clubhead in the swing, if you feel that you fight being "too quick" with your swing, of if you are experiencing a fairly high incidence of shots hit off the heel of the face, adding lead tape to increase the swingweight very well could help improve the problem.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 02:03 PM

I use 7grams of lead attached to the heel of my Hibore XL driver. Problem is the lead weight keeps flying off.  I have used duck tape to hold it on. Can anyone recommend a tape to keep the lead attached?
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Posted 07 December 2010 - 02:43 PM

golfsmiths 1/2 x 75 roll of high density lead tape is great. stays on no problem

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 02:59 PM

Putting lead tape on the heel/toe won't change the COG and affect the flight of the ball in that sense, no.  What it will do, is slightly change the timing  in how long it takes to close the clubface, which will affect the flight of the ball.

I don't know the technical mumbo-jumbo behind it all, but more weight on the toe would seem to take a touch longer to close the face, resulting in less draw or more fade, no?

Maybe scientifically it's not supposed to work, but I know if I put lead tape on the toe of the club, it reduces the amount of hook draw on the ball, and I focus on results, not necessarily theory...
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Posted 07 December 2010 - 03:34 PM

Excellent post Buzz. :good:

Add a strip or two until you can feel the clubhead.

Lead tape works better when attached to a metallic part instead of a plastic or composite part. Be sure and apply rubbing alcohol to the area you want to tape up.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 08:33 PM

View Postcaseyc1, on 07 December 2010 - 02:43 PM, said:

golfsmiths 1/2 x 75 roll of high density lead tape is great. stays on no problem

Thanks! ordered a roll.
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Posted 14 December 2010 - 02:45 AM

View PostRugger, on 06 December 2010 - 01:22 PM, said:

For a TM R9, there's the best place to put it?

Just ran into a similar situation with my 3 wood.. I had never messed around with swing weight before (should have started sooner), but decided to measure driver vs. 3 wood.

Driver was d5 and 3-wood was d0. I was not surprised because the last time I played I was hitting my driver much straighter than my 3 wood. My 3 wood felt lighter and I hooked a couple out of bounds during the round. I play x shafts in my driver and 3 wood, so I was surprised at this.

So I took three inch-long strips of lead tape and placed them on the bottom-backside of my 3 wood towards the toe (to counter-act the hooking). When I went to the range later to try it out, my 3 wood was much straighter. It felt heavier obviously, but my swing was actually balanced, rather than quick. It also has this nice crisp feeling to it at impact now like I'm striking down on a 7iron, not a 3 wood. Much easier to hit.

I didn't change the Driver at all, since nothing was really wrong with the ball flight. I guess I just like a heavy club.

So from my experience it was beneficial to get a baseline from the club you hit the straightest of your woods (in my case, the driver), then measure off of that and add tape accordingly

NOTE: I have not gone back to the shop to see exactly how much my swing weight changed from those three strips, but I thought it more important to watch the ball flight on the range until it looked straighter. I'll post when I find out

Edited by proglf68, 14 December 2010 - 02:51 AM.





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