Head Elite Pro (CAP)

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by Dino Lagaffe, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Dino Lagaffe

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    You only got 89 pieces? :shock:

    Here are the specs of my CAPped Elite Pro:

    Weight: 352/12.42
    Flex: 52
    SW: 324
     
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  2. Bud

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    Lol... I didn't realize the Elite Pro had those brittle grommets. My Elektra Pro grommets weren't brittle.
     
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  3. retrowagen

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    Hee hee! Yes, for some reason the darker colours of Head's grommet plastics (including the Elektra's grey) from the 1980's were softer and less prone to brittleness and cracking.
     
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    This post made me dig out my own elite pro, it's now back in my tennis bag after so many year, ready for my next match! This was the racquet of my youth, bought it from my tennis teacher who was sponsored by head back then (in france).
    And I found out that I too have a couple original grommets sets, preserved in the original plastic bags. nice!!
     
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  5. craniopath

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    TK82S for elite pro

    Is it possible to install newer head pallets on the elite pro or the hairpin dimensions are different?
    thanks
     
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  6. retrowagen

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    The grip pallets from any era Prestige Mid will fit your Elite Pro's hairpin.
     
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  7. itr

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    Umm I’m new what does caped mean. I was given one of these racquets from my old tennis coach it was the best racquet I’ve used, but very fragile since the top half of the hoop is skinnier then the rest of the racquet unlike the prestige pros. I was so sad when the racquet went pear shaped, but luckily I found a replacement on **** but it never felt right, i never used to need a damper in my old one but the one i purchased had a ping that annoyed me. Anyone else got a spare one of these racquets?? btw what are pallets?
     
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  8. craniopath

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    the top of the hoop where the half (1/3?) cap sits is about 1mm thinner than the rest. It's as if 1mm is shavef off from the top, sides and inside of the hoop is the same. which is probably designed to let the cap sit lower as one of the members mentioned, I guess also the reason for the relative fragility of the frames?

    that doesn't makes sense to me from a production perspective. it would require new molds for the racquets sincce they cannot use prestige pro mold, also they needed to produce these weird half caps just for these two (elite, elektra) racquets. No wonder they were short lived.
     
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  9. craniopath

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    with reference to post #12, is not advised to have two piece string on the elite pro?

    also, what is a good tool to cut cap grommets? I tried using a box cutter and as much as I managed it's not very precise and difficult to cut in a straight line.

    best
     
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  10. retrowagen

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    My mistake - this frame should be strung two-piece ONLY. :oops:

    I have cut many of them with one of these (substituting a curved blade for the one pictured):
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  11. craniopath

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    what is the suggested string tension range for this racquet?

    retrowagen you wrote "Also, as with other "thinbeam" HEAD models, care must be taken when stringing, as the shape of the head can deform if strung hybrid or with varying tension between mains and crosses." do you mean prestige mid racquets by "thinbeam" Head models, I thought prestige mid are supposed to strung two piece. or is it ok to string two piece but with the same string and same tension?
     
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  12. craniopath

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    what is the suggested tension range for elite pro?
     
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  13. vari0012

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    my collection

    Hi guys,

    This is my first post in long time. I just found 2 mint head classic (elite pro and comp pro) with wrapper still on the grips. How do I post pictures?

    Best regards,

    William
     
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    Thank you vsbabolat. Have you ever hit with either of wedge elite pro or the comp pro? I want to try and hit with them but feel bad to string these up. I use mg prestige mid as my main stick.
     
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  17. jkm07

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    I've been stringing my PC600s (both red and green/silver) and i.Prestige mids with two-piece hybrid stringing (Main-SPPP @ 53; cross-syn gut @ 58). I haven't had a problem with warping on my Klippermate. I have an Head Elite Pro coming in next week and I'm going to try it out with these same specs. We'll see how it goes...

    Mounting is extremely important with Head racquets, even more so with a two-point mount like K-mate. Once the racquet is mounted I pull the vise bracket outwards just a bit and tighten the U-bolts with pliers. This should stabilize the racquet.
     
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  18. craniopath

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    I'm anxiously waiting for the results
    best
     
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    Just finished stringing the racquet with the same specs above (and TK52 instead of the white half-CAP). Everything turned out well!
     
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  20. craniopath

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    capping question

    I have installed cap grommets on my elite pro and have it strung this week. I was expecting the cap grommets to be a perfect fit but to my surprise there is about a 2mm opening between the grommet strip and the body of the racquets all around the head. The sides are not flat but slightly concave, well hence the width of the grommet strip felt a little short and unperfect fit. Well I have never handled a prestige mid racquet but I expect this is not the case. I assume the grommet channel (?) of the elite pro is slightly deeper than prestige, well at least that could explain it.

    Anyways I wonder whether this has been the experience of people who have capped their racquets.

    I have it strung with mantis comfort synthetic(23k)/ forten sweet 16(22k). I haven't hit with it yet, fingers crossed for tomorrow, but have been playing around with a tennis ball at home and it makes a much fuller (thicker?) sound compared to my vantage 90, without a dampener. With wilson ying yang dampener elite pro makes a much more subtle sound, as if it is indifferent to the ball :)
     
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  21. boinz

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    what's the static weight of your fully CAP'ed Elite Pro? I've seen one that's over 360grams strung with syn gut and still on the old white bumper guards (and over grip)... making it heavier than a Prestige Pro of the same era.
     
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  22. craniopath

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    I have no idea, unfortunately I don't have a scale that is accurate enough. Dino has kindly shared the RDC output for his racquet, in the first post, have you seen it? Swingweight is not really that high. I thought cap first, trim later :)
     
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  23. Tennis Man

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    I capped a few of them. I usually pre-fill the gap with lead tape. It worked for me.
     
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  24. boinz

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    I found a pair of Eilte Pros sometime back, one nicely CAPPed and the other still on original white bumpers and unstrung.
    Somehow I never did enjoy playing with the Elite Pro that is CAPPed which I tot it is too heavy.
    Well, the strings snapped finally... and I found some 6g of lead under the CAPs. After removing I managed to weigh the frame with CAPs. It is 350g unstrung! My other frame with the white bumper weighed 335g.... So CAPPing adds an additional 15g???
    thats alot of weight to the head.

    FYI, these CAP are TK52
     
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