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Janne
12-03-2006, 06:35 AM
Hi fellow TT-members! I acquired my Pro Tour 630 a week and a half ago and since I only have practice 2 hours every Sunday I´ve only been playing with it for 4 hours, so the review will be a little small.

A little info about me: 5'5", male, age 17, favourite food is thai-food etc. I started playing tennis 6 months ago but the first 3 months I only played with my dad ones every week until I started taking lessons every Sunday. I´d probably rate myself a 2.5-level player. I hit with a SW FH and I switched to an 1handed EB few weeks ago. I hit flatter than most people with a SW grip, since I´m trying to learn the All-court game with a bit of serve and volley. I normally use a Prince TT Bandit MP, specs can be seen here: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCPRINCE-TTB.html

Cosmetics: I really like how the racquet looks. It's pretty plain but good looking, not as flashy as most new racquets are which is a huge plus to me. I´ve also bumped the racquet on the floor pretty hard on some half-volleys and low-volleys and there's not a scratch to be seen!

Comfort: Outstanding! It feels like you're hitting with a pillow! With my Bandit i used to feel a slight pain in the elbow and wrist area but not anymore. This was probably the most important reason I decided to try out the Pro Tour since I heard it was very flexible and soft, which it is!

Groundstrokes: The PT 630 really forces me to constantly think about proper timing, footwork and form which I like. If I´m not focused the ball will barely go over the net but when I´m focused my trainer said I hit a "heavier" ball that was a teensy-weensy bit slower then the ones I hit with the Bandit. The racquet was also extremely stable when my coach started hitting hard and heavy shots, something I had a very hard time returning with the Bandit but was alot easier and comfortable with the PT. I also noticed I couldnt generate as much spin with the PT, which to me, is a plus. Found more directional control with the PT 630.

Volleys: Again, this racquet proved itself to be very stable. I was no longer uncomfortable at net since I didnt get pushed back by "heavy" shots. I also noticed that I actually had CONTROL of some volleys, while I had absolutely zero control with the Bandit.

Serve: I cant give a good review on the serve since that is a HUGE weakness in my game. It's so bad that I haven't entered any matches yet since I net almost every serve. I really need a few more months until I have like a 50-60% first/second serve instead of the 10% first/second that I have now. Sorry.

Maneuverability: I thought I would have problems with getting the racquet around since I moved from a light, head-heavy to a "heavy" and head-light racquet, but I didnt. I´d actually say it was EASIER to move around than the Bandit which really shocked me.

I dont know what else I can say about the racquet except that it's taking the
Bandits place from now on. :grin: The racquet also weights in at around 350 gram's with an overgrip on it. I also restrung it with some kind of Babolat strings, maybe gut, after my first test-drive with it since it felt a little harsh but now it's a pillow.

Here are some pictures of the racquet:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v160/JanneK/IMG_0279.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v160/JanneK/IMG_0281.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v160/JanneK/IMG_0283.jpg

I want to thank reflexace for selling me this racquet at a good price and he also included a Head racquet cover which was not part of the deal, along with re-gripping it with a Gamma grip. The racquets condition was also better than stated, so thanks!
I also feel like thanking people who gave me info about the racquet like Starwind and Michael Chaho to name a few.

Tour 90
12-03-2006, 06:42 AM
That is a very nice racquet you have there. If you ever feel like trading it in, don't because it will only play better as you get better.
You seem like you know what you are talking about and have a good dedication to the game. Good luck!

Janne
12-03-2006, 06:57 AM
You seem like you know what you are talking about and have a good dedication to the game. Good luck!

Well... atleast you were right about me being dedicated! ;) IŽll actually start looking for more Pro Tour 630's once christmas is over, so I wont be selling this soon. I also hope you're right about them playing better when I get better. That would be like brownies magically tasting even BETTER! IT'S CRAZY!

Pro_Tour_630
12-03-2006, 11:26 AM
your stick does not have the CAP, you can buy a LM prestige MP CAP from TW, it will help on stability,

second, you need to tell us what strings you used not just "some kind of babolate" and at what tension, otherwise great review, keep up the good work

I strongly recommend http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACGAMMA-GHT.html

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageHEAD-LMPMPG.html

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACGAMMA-TNT218.html

tandayu
12-03-2006, 11:37 AM
Janne, congratulation on the acquisition of PT630. It is a rare frame to find this day.

Yours is the oldest version, which came with regular bumper guard. The later version has cap grommet and different lettering/fonts.

It is a nice frame, and nice to hear you enjoying both tennis and the racket.

vsbabolat
12-03-2006, 11:45 AM
Janne, That sure is a beauty you have. Enjoy it! You have special frame that a lot of people wish they could still buy.

Janne
12-03-2006, 01:01 PM
your stick does not have the CAP, you can buy a LM prestige MP CAP from TW, it will help on stability,

second, you need to tell us what strings you used not just "some kind of babolate" and at what tension, otherwise great review, keep up the good work

I strongly recommend http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACGAMMA-GHT.html

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageHEAD-LMPMPG.html

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACGAMMA-TNT218.html

I´m not sure I´ll need the CAP's on it, since it's already a bit heavy and I wouldnt want to start changing the balance on it + the stability is already superb.

The only reason I cant tell what strings are in it is because when I went to get it restrung, I just asked for some soft and thin strings and the stringer started showing me these Babolat strings (he only has Babolat, Toalson and Tecnifibre strings) and confused the hell out of me so I just let him decide on what he thought was soft and nice strings. I think they might be Babolat XCel 17g strings. And tension as said is at 53, both mains and crosses.

The racquet already has that Gamma Hi-tech replacement grip on it, since reflexace was kind enough to re-grip it with that before shipping it to me.

Tandayu: Yes, I realize it's a rare frame and I guess I was lucky enough to find someone willing to sell one to me for a good price this fast!

vsbabolat: It sure is a beauty! I´ll enjoy it to the best of my somewhat abilities!

PS: I´ll probably continue with my review as I´ve still got one or two practice sessions left before christmas. Maybe this is just the so-called "honeymoon-phase" alot of people talk about and my opinion changes. Let's hope not!

Pro_Tour_630
12-04-2006, 06:59 PM
then is that case you should try 18g from

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACTFUSA-NRG18.html

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACTFUSA-X118.html

at 55lbs and work your way down