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axdao
08-09-2004, 12:03 PM
I'm a 4.0 player looking to replace my Pro Tour 280 Austrian Version with something with a bit more open string pattern, however want something with a comparible feel. I love the PT 280, however I can't seem to generate good spin especially off serves. I am looking at the prince diablo and the POG. What do you guys think?

P.S. if you need anything info about the pt 280 feel free to ask.

Pro_Tour_630
08-09-2004, 12:12 PM
Nothing will replace your austrian PT in terms of feel, if you want more spin use thinner strings like nrg 18g at low tensin, TNT2 18g my favorite at 52lbs, if you want extra kick serves go with kevalr 18g in mains at 45lbs and a simple 18g gosen cross at 54lbs.

Ronaldo
08-09-2004, 12:30 PM
Have you demoed the Volkl Tour 10? May be the only answer aside from adding weight to a tweener with an open string pattern.

kreative
08-09-2004, 04:39 PM
i'll agree w/ chaho and say try out some string combinations, thinner, or going w/ kevlar. like ronaldo, i also thought of the tour 10 MP as a possible replacement if you were considering switching. that, and the diablo MP are prolly worth a demo.

newbie123
08-09-2004, 05:56 PM
I'm not sure but I heard people say that the Dunlop 200g and the LM Prestige are similar to the PT280

Pro_Tour_630
08-09-2004, 07:36 PM
IMO I would consider 200G XL and cut 1/2 inch off before going Volkl and if I really had to go volkl I would check out the C10pro or waite for the next generation tour 10

Deuce
08-10-2004, 12:20 AM
If you want to get away from 18x20 patterns...

I like the feel of the 280, and also quite liked the Volkl Catapult 10 (the original Cat 10). The 280 and Cat 10 are different racquets, to be sure, but both provide tremendous feel. You'd have to add quite a bit of weight to the Cat 10 - but it might be well worth it.

Kevin T
08-10-2004, 06:52 AM
I agree with the Chaho and the others. Drop the tension a little and move to a thinner gauge string. I hit some of the best kick serves of my life with the 280. Despite the 18x20 pattern, that thing (especially the Austrain version) is a kick and slice serving machine.

Brad Smith
08-10-2004, 09:21 AM
Another vote for the PT280 here. It's one of the best spin rackets I've ever used. I actually stopped using it because I wanted less spin -- now I use the PC600.

axdao
08-11-2004, 01:12 AM
Thanks guys,

You've given me new insipration and I'm going to try out a 18g string. I guess I was always afraid of using such thin string because I'm a really hard hitter, in fact, I just BROKE MY string today after just 3 weeks...anyway will head to my local stringer and get that baby laced up.


P.S. just for curiousity any of you guys hit with a Diablo Mid, and if so, how is the spin on that racquet?