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a529612
06-04-2004, 11:24 AM
I want to try the Pro Braided out of curiousity after watching Tim Henman play at RG. Has anyone hit with the discontinued Pro Braided or the current X1? If so, how would you compare it with 6.0 85 in terms of ball feel, volley and serve power?

larrhall
06-04-2004, 01:15 PM
I used to own a 6.0 85 or two. I will hit with an X1 demo over the next several days and 'may' post a review. If I remember, an iffy proposition, then I will throw in some comparisons to the PS.

swilburn
06-04-2004, 03:28 PM
Larrhall, I would like to hear you impression of the Slazenger x1 also. I am going to demo it later this month.

Thanks

a529612
06-04-2004, 04:14 PM
The Pro Braided has a stiffness # of 77. Wouldn't it make it the ultimate arm killer? PS 6.0 85 stiffness is 66 and I find it quite stiff already.

larrhall
06-04-2004, 05:25 PM
Initial impression is 'much too light' - weighed in at 11.7 and lacked solidity and punch. But my strokes are geared to 12.6 ounces or so. I may add some weight and try it again, but first reaction is -

absolutely no similarity with PS 6.0 85, and yes, it's stiff and lacks feel.

a529612
06-04-2004, 06:42 PM
Initial impression is 'much too light' - weighed in at 11.7 and lacked solidity and punch. But my strokes are geared to 12.6 ounces or so. I may add some weight and try it again, but first reaction is -

absolutely no similarity with PS 6.0 85, and yes, it's stiff and lacks feel.

Yuck! I guess this stick is not for me. I'm a big sucker for feel and solidity. :D

BreakPoint
06-05-2004, 05:22 PM
I happen to be at a pro shop today and I took three racquets off the racks and weighed them on their calibrated scale, the X-1, the PS 6.0 85, and the Tour 95. All three had the cardboard marketing/spec sheet insert inside the open head which I think adds about 0.2 oz. to the unstrung weight. So to get the strung weight, I would add another 0.2 oz. to the following weights.
Slaz X-1: 12.1 oz. (so about 12.3 oz. strung)
PS 6.0 85: 12.4 oz. (so about 12.6 oz. strung)
Tour 95: 11.1 oz. (so about 11.3 oz. strung)

No wonder the Tour 95 felt too light and unstable when I demo-ed it, whereas, the X-1 and PS 6.0 85 are both very stable.

swilburn
06-05-2004, 06:18 PM
Hey Breakpoint, thanks for the lab work. Good information!

Larrhall, did it feel like a stiffness of 64? Sounds stiffer than that. Keep us posted on your progress. Thanks.

larrhall
06-05-2004, 09:29 PM
Looks like I received a skinny underfed demo about 10 grams or so lighter than standard. I may beef it up and hit with it again, but I don't know if the resultant balance is going to match the X-1 specs. Right now I'm not real tempted to hit with it again.

larrhall
06-05-2004, 09:31 PM
yes, swilburn, it felt stiffer. I switched to my trusty SRD Tour in mid-session and could feel the difference in stiffness. the Yonex is right about 64 stiffness - the Slaz felt more like 68-70; loggy.

womackD
06-06-2004, 12:30 AM
I demoed the X1 a month or so ago, and the impressions i got were that the racket plays much lighter than a 12.0 oz racket, and most of the demo's of this stick have weighed under 12oz as well. The X1 and Henman Pro Braided feel nearly the same in the hand and on the swing. The only real difference, albeit slight, is that the X1 has a somewhat more muted feal to it because it now incorporates a Handle System. The X1 plays more stiff than the numbers indicate. A nice racket, but not different enough to make a switch if you already have the Henman Pro Braided.

*also, both rackets with their 16x18 patterns generate excellent spin on all shots, but are really hard on strings. String breakers be warned*

swilburn
06-06-2004, 03:24 AM
larrhall, I was wondering how Tim Henman went from the stiff Pro Braid to this new X1 if the stiffness was not close to the same. Thanks for the feed back. I was hoping for a Slazenger with about a stiffness of 65 to 66. I have the new Yonex RDX and it plays stiffer than its' rating also.

larrhall
06-06-2004, 05:42 AM
yeah, I think he uses whatever he's used for the past ten years...

welcome. My feeling on this racquet is that DWomack is right on.