How To PersonalizeYour Pickleball Paddle Using An Inexpensive And Easy To Use Solution – Lead Tape
By: Tony Roig | April 18, 2024 |

How to PersonalizeYour Pickleball Paddle Using an Inexpensive and Easy to Use Solution – Lead Tape

Customizing your pickleball paddle is a simple yet powerful way of making it yours and a way to boost your paddle performance. Add lead tape to get the most from your paddle.

I’ll show you how in this video.

We’ll start with understanding the concept of paddle weight, because when we add lead tape to our paddle, we’re changing the weight of the paddle.

A paddle has two different types of weight; scale weight or gross weight which is the amount that the paddle weighs when you lay it on a scale and swing weight which is how the paddle feels when you swing it through the air.

Lead tape can be used to affect or change the power of your paddle so be careful if you just load up a whole bunch of tape making it harder to move it around.

This video is the most comprehensive video on adding lead tape to get the most from your paddle, understanding why we use it, where to apply it and more.

0:00 Introduction to Paddle Weight – Gross Weight / Swing Weight

2:29 Adding Lead Tape to the paddle – why we do it

3:33 Adding power to your paddle

4:45 Balancing your paddle

5:40 WARNING on just adding lead tape to the whole paddle

6:00 3 concepts on how to add lead tape to your paddle

6:45 How to add pure power to your paddle

7:17 How to maximum balance your paddle

7:25 How I do my paddle for maximum speed with ballast

8:11 What are you trying to accomplish with your paddle?

8:26 Lead Tape and Sweetspot

9:18 Bonus – how to protect the top edge of your paddle

10:33 The protective tape I like to use

11:16 Are you going to organize them like me or Jill?

Links Mentioned in the Video

Find your paddle at our friends at Total Pickleball. They will take care of you. Use Code Better10 at checkout (applies only to select paddles and equipment)

→ Find all of these materials – lead tape, protective tape, etc. – here:

→ STS Pickleball Lead Tape Measurements Video: The BEST Place For Lead Tape In 2024

→ Pickleball Studio Lead Tape Calculations Video: The Ultimate Guide to Using Lead Tape

→ Ben Johns Paddle Setup Video: JOOLA Pickleball Perseus Paddle Setup

Tony Roig

Hola. Hello. Konichiwa. After 40 years playing tennis, I am now a full-time pickleball player and professional. As a 5.0 rated Senior Pro Pickleball Player and an IPTPA-certified Master Teaching Professional, my focus is on helping players like you learn to play their best pickleball. In 2016, shortly after starting to play pickleball, my friend Tom and I jumped into the highest division at the first US Open in Naples, Florida. That morning it became clear just how much there is to learn in this seemingly simple sport – a lifetime of learning if you so choose. Since 2018, I have been on a mission to share my knowledge of pickleball so other players can enjoy the game at a higher level and attain their pickleball objectives. When not studying or playing pickleball, I like to travel with my other half, Jill.