ProKennex Laver Heritage Type C (Black/Grey)

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  1. MichaelChang

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    This is the racket I am talking about (not the Redondo).
    http://www.prokennex.com.sg/products/tennis/type-c.html

    I recently purchased one from the bay, which has synthetic grip rather than leather:
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    I am a bit concerned of getting a fake. The racket has not arrived at my place yet. Any experts on this racket? I heard its 80/20 graphite/kelver make it play in the same league as PS85 and PC600.

    Thanks.
     
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  2. galain

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    I've only ever heard wonderful things about this stick and would love to give it a go myself. I think it (and the Redondo) have the nicest cosmetic of recent times.
     
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  3. MichaelChang

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    Yeah I never had one before but have heard great things about it. I guess PK sticks were never popular as it seems not many people here know about it... Argueably I think this Type C is probably PK's best mid size racket ever made.
     
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  4. Keifers

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    Yes, a very fine racquet, MC. I'll be interested in your comments after you've hit with it.

    Here are TW's specs for it (from years ago):

    Weight: 12.4 ozs/352 grams
    Balance: 8 pts HL
    Swingweight: 330
    Stiffness: 60

    80% Graphite/20% Kevlar
     
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  5. tennisee

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    I have one - sweet! No idea how to tell if it's fake, but don't be put off if the finish seems not so good; mine had a sort of soft matt finish that damaged easily.
     
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  6. racquetfreak

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    i also bought one from a seller in taiwan. seem ok to me. i can't imagine that there would be any profit in going to the trouble to fake a racket that would have such a limited demand.
     
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  7. MichaelChang

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    Interesting. I bought from a Taiwan seller too. :) Maybe the same guy? Does yours come with leather or synthetic grip?
     
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  8. racquetfreak

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    synthetic 10 char
     
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  9. MichaelChang

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    Thanks. I will post more pictures once I receive mine.
     
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  10. prodigy_blast

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    I bought from same seller. The racquet is come with synthetic grip but it isn't fake racquet because I've a leather grip version too and they're the same. Much better than redondo and ba93, IMO.
     
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  11. MichaelChang

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    Thanks for the confirm prodigy.
     
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  12. Kemitak

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    I also bought one from the same guy. No complaints at all. It's just a little stiffer than the Redondo so it doesn't seem to put as much spin on the ball, but it's a very solid racquet. I'll probably buy another pretty soon. And I actually really appreciate the rubberized paint. If the racquet gets scratched it's the rubber that comes off and not the paint. (The down side to the rubber paint is that it can rub off againts another racquet in your bag.)
     
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  13. MichaelChang

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    Guys why would the 20% Kelver make it stiffer than a 100% graphite Redondo?
     
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  14. Keifers

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    Check out this thread, MC:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=161135


    I talked with one of the senior tennis staffers at Pro Kennex a few months before the Redondo was introduced, and he said they'd made a conscious decision, in conjunction with some respected tennis professionals, to make the change from 80 graphite/20 kevlar in the original Heritage Type C (silver) to 100% graphite in the Redondo. Braided construction in the Heritage; layered in the Redondo.

    After it came out, some loved the change in feel and others didn't. For me, the 100% graphite composition produced a slightly edgier feel than the (slightly) smoother feel of the 80/20.
     
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  15. MichaelChang

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    Racket has arrived, here are more pictures of it.
    Does PK has location in San Diego? Almost sure the stick is made in Taiwan though.

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  16. MichaelChang

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  17. SirSweetSpot

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    Yeah...er...not a fake.:)

    IMHO the greatest tennis racquet ever, at least for my game. Congrats!
     
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  18. MichaelChang

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    yeah I'd like to buy one more of this, anybody has a clue who may have it on the bay?
     
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  19. anirut

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    This thing's a great stick. Yuth "sold" one to me only to be "taken" back. I got it from Yuth mint, syn grip. He didn't seem to like playing with it.

    Once it got to me, I changed it to leather and weight-distributed in handle area a bit (around 4-5 grams total). Yuth tried the moded stick and asked for it back.

    IMO, this racket has a nice soft and solid feel; the Redondo being softer and flexier. The current Heritage-mold BlackAce stands in between these two, crisp and comfy.
     
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  20. MichaelChang

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    Hi Anirut, thanks for the inputs. Yeah with the synthetic grip the weight is about 0.4 oz less than the leather specs. I suppose I will change it to leather too.

    btw any idea who might be selling this?
     
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  21. thebutterflydied

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    I have the midplus version of this racket. i started playing tennis with this racket and even as an intermediate/beginner i loved the classic solid feel of the racket, and even more so i like the simple design and color.

    since i use a mid size wilson racket currently, ive been wanting to get my hands on the midsize of the Pk type C
     
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  22. kayipster

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    In the eighties, I used to play with the Wilson ProStaff Sampras (85 sq inc) and I saw that this PK has similar specs (80% graphite and 20% Kevlar and a 93 sq inc head), so I bought this PK Type C from the same Taiwanese guy recently. Unfortunately, I did not like it- my volleys were awesome but my strokes often missed the sweet spot. I am selling it. It has a 4 1/4 grip and MSV poly (main) and syn gut (cross) strings at about 55 pounds. I hit with it three times and 10 minutes each time. It looks virtually new. If you wish to buy it, please contact me at kennedyip@gmail.com, thx!
     
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  23. Standupnfall

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    Great racquet but I prefer the feel and balance of the Redondo 93.
     
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