*****THE OFFICIAL HEAD PRO TOUR 630/280 Club*************

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  1. vsbabolat

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    PT280/630=PT57A
    i.Prestige MP=PT57E
     
  2. TheRed

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    NOthing from Head. I hear the Tecnifibre 315 ltd but have never played with it. 10 years after selling my Austrian PT 280's and trying countless modern frames, I'm back. Just acquired 3 austrian ones. Not that I play any better with them but I don't care about winning anymore. The closest "easier" to use version of the PT 280 I've ever used is the IG Speed 18x20 weighted up.
     
  3. Hawbolt

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    So there is no difference between the PT57A and the PT280? They are the same racquet?
     
  4. aimr75

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    they are supposd to be the same apart from weight, for easier customisation
     
  5. Hawbolt

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    Which one is the lighter of the two? and by how much?
     
  6. aimr75

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    The pt57a is the prostock version and is lighter

    Here are a couple hairpin specs of 2 57a's i had

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  7. pshulam

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    Right!!!!!!
     
  8. BlueB

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    Ouch, don't tell me you are in Vancouver? You "stole" those right under my nose...
    China PT280 is just fine. In the unlikely case you didn't like them, I'd buy them from you.
     
  9. pt630_belgium

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    Indeed.
    I recieved them and played with it.

    Like you say, they are a lot stiffer. They have that "ping" when you hit.

    They are nice rackets but they dont have that "soft" and "comfort" feeling the pt630 has.
     
  10. pt630_belgium

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    Other question. I remember that head made a "lite tour 630" (green paintjob).

    Was it from the same mold as the pt630?
    Does it have the same soft and comfortable feeling? How different is it, compared to the pt630.
    I suppose it also had twaron.

    Anyone compared?
     
  11. Rob_C

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    I think you mean the Tour XL, it was basically just an XL version of the 280, an inch longer. Same mold.
     
  12. boinz

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    Don't think the Lite Tour shares the same mould, it's 21mm thick vs the 20mm of the PT630.
    Believe the feel and flex is dissimilar too
    But there should be twaron in the layup

    More knowledgeable PT630 experts can chip in here... I'm really relatively new to them. But they play lovely :)
     
  13. vsbabolat

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    There was also lite Tour 630 that was the same cosmetic as the Tour XL
     
  14. vsbabolat

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    It appears to be and they do take the same grommets.
     
  15. pt630_belgium

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    So i could make them "full cap".
    Thats interesting. Thanks
     
  16. ae1222

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    I have the tour XL around here somewhere, but I do know I have full caps on it. If memory serves it was just a hair stiffer than my PT630, but I haven't hit with it in years. Maybe I will get it out for a hit soon and compare...
     
  17. pshulam

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    The vibration damper keeps popping out of my two PT280 racquets, which does not happen with my other racquets. Does that happen to you? Is it my hitting style? It's possible that I am hitting the ball too close to the damper.
     
  18. BlueB

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    Use a rubber band instead...
     
  19. pshulam

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    I have tried that. The rubber band would stay longer but eventually get loose.
     
  20. ae1222

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    Never had the dampener problem, sorry

    But hit with the Tour XL tonight for a few minutes next to my 57A, and the XL is a nice stick but I do feel it is a bit stiffer than the 57A. Also felt a bit more pingy. Maybe no twaron?
     
  21. JAY1

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    Have some lessons and learn to hit the ball out of the sweet spot.
    If this doesn't help you need a larger headed racket?!
     
  22. pt630_belgium

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    The pt630 does not need a vibration damper. Thats why it is always rejected by your racket.
     
  23. dr325i

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    I believe you're right, the lite tour was thicker, more balanced toward head and stiffer, as I recall. However, it will take CAPs as mentioned above.
     
  24. vsbabolat

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    Thats what I was thinking!:)
     
  25. vsbabolat

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    They also call the Prestige MP 21mm now..........
     
  26. JAY1

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    Can someone please tell me what modern Head racket Grommet strip I should order for a Head Pro Tour 630, I want the cupped/capped version?
    Many thanks in advance.....
     
  27. vsbabolat

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    LM Prestige MP or MG Prestige MP.
     
  28. dr325i

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    What about NON-CAP grommets that would fit on it?
    YT Radical MP?

    Thanks!
     
  29. JAY1

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    I used the Head Pro Tour 630 for many years when I was playing my best tennis, but for some silly reason I stopped using them and went through lots of poor imitations. W
    I started play testing the Babolat Pure Control 95 about 6 weeks and was sure it felt how the Head Pro Tour 630 used to feel.
    Anyway I got hold of a PT 630 online, strung this and the PC 95 up the same and did an extensive comparison.

    My conclusion......Pretty identical! if I had to mention one difference, I would the PC 95 is slightly softer on contact.

    See the specifications comparison below....

    Babolat Pure Control 95

    Head Size: 95 sq. in. / 613 sq. cm.
    Length: 27.00 inches / 68.58 cm
    Strung Weight: 11.90 oz / 337 g
    Balance: 7pts HL
    Swing Weight: 313
    Beam Width: 19.0mm
    Tip/Shaft: 19.0mm / 19.0mm
    Composition: Graphite/Tungsten & Flex Carbon
    Power Level: Low
    Stiffness: 58
    String Pattern: 18 Mains/20 Crosses
    Main Skip: 9T,8H,10H
    String Tension: 52-62

    Head Pro Tour

    Head Size: 97 sq. in. / 626 sq. cm.
    Length: 27.00 inches / 68.58 cm
    Strung Weight: 12.00 oz / 340 g
    Balance: 6pts HL
    Swing Weight: 327
    Beam Width: 20.0mm
    Tip/Shaft: 20.0mm / 20.0mm
    Composition:
    Power Level: Low
    Stiffness: 58
    String Pattern: 18 Mains/20 Crosses
    Main Skip: 9T,8H,10H
    String Tension: 50-60
     
  30. souledge

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    PT630 with IG Prestige MP CAPs

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  31. pshulam

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    Nice comparison. Which one do you use as your primary racquet?
     
  32. JAY1

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    I use the Pure Control 95 all the time, as it's much easier on the arm.
     
  33. JT_2eighty

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    Oh, great. Now I have to demo this? :shock:
    Thanks!


    ...hold on, is the PC95 an old frame? I just looked at the new Pure Controls, they are 16x20, 98", 62+ RA, 21mm+ beams. Hmm, I guess I'll stick with my PT280s, but still will demo the new Pure Controls at some point.

    edit: I look into it further, I think the PC95 is already released in Europe and not yet in the US. The PC95 does have 18x20, 19mm, etc specs per Jay. Looks nice!
     
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  34. jayserinos99

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    Isn't the PC95 just the current version of the PS LTD?
     
  35. JT_2eighty

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    Finally replaced the grommets on my 15+ year used PT280!

    Before:
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    During the process, after removing the battered grommets and polished up the frame...

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  36. JT_2eighty

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    Head Youtek Radical MP Grommets

    And after!

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  37. Gellin

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    Nice job with the new grommets! What did you use to polish up the racquet if you don't mind me asking?
     
  38. JT_2eighty

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    Goo gone.

    Initially I just used it to get all the residue off from prior lead placements and head tape gunk build-up over the years. Then I realized it really cleaned up the dust too, leaving a nice glossy shine that I haven't seen this stick exhibit for years. My other two PTs will get this same treatment soon. I like these grommets as it makes it as headlight as possible, compared to the one I have with CAP grommets, which is slightly less forgiving; and I need as much mobility as I can get with this frame as I am not as quick as I was a decade ago!
     
  39. dr325i

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    ^ Without grommets = 4/10; With the Radical grommets = 7/10.
    Put the CAPs on and it will be 9/10 ;)
     
  40. BlueB

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    Just dag out my PT280 and played 2 sets, today. I already forgot what a great racquet this was! Precise, super solid and comfy on groundies, when I prep early. Serving is another story, though. Good pace but not much action on the ball. Shoulder started complaining by the end of it...
    Mine is 346g, 6 HL, 333 SW.
     
  41. SOY78

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    The thinner the strings and the looser the tension for this PT280/630 makes this stick magical :) and a spin monster hehe.
    The more I play with it the more I like it.
     
  42. srichey96

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    Love this racquet! If anyone is looking to get some off of their hands, my e-mail is in my profile.
     
  43. driveblind

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    Hi,
    I've just bought a PT 630 that seems to be in very good condition.
    The seller say's it's 338 gr, seems to be in the stock specs?
    In the rackets I had befor I alway's had silicon in the handle, I dont think the pro tour has any? would it benifit with silicon in the handle?
    Also I guess there is no lead added either so, same question?
    I also wonder if anyone know's if the pro's ( kuerten, muster, ...etc)that used pt 630 had silicon and lead added?
    I know the pt57 usually has lead and silicon added but it starts much lighter.
     
  44. rorschack

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    I can't believe I am back to posting on TT again. I had a lay off from tennis for several years and have been hitting again the last couple of years.

    Anyway, the Pro Tour 280 (austrian made) were my sticks for years but as you know it's low power. Now, I have been playing with the Babolat Pure Control Tour (PCT) for about 6 months.

    Comparing the PCT to the PT280:

    PCT is more
    - maneuverable
    - good overall racket (i.e. volley, backhand, serve) but not great in one department
    - more free power, but don't get it wrong, it's player racket (reads low power)
    - soft on impact. good for arm

    However, the PT280 has more:
    - that Head plush soft feeling, you all know what i'm talking about.

    The two are very comparable. One thing with the PCT, since its swing weight is lower, I can not dial in my forehand. Reading this thread makes me want to pull out the blue sticks again, which I will.

    BTW, keep an eye out for the Sales forum, I am dumping my Prestige Pro (brown) and Pro 600 (red to brown). Don't miss your chance to get these rare rackets, one of which is ultra mega rare with an unknown signature on it.
     
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  45. souledge

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    What about IG CAPs?
     
  46. MichaelChang

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    Bought 2 Bosworth PT280 from TW here. Nice rackets, well balanced all-around racket. A little on the heavier side.
     
  47. MichaelChang

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    For anyone CAPping the PT280s, I would recommend against it. The stick is already 12+ oz with non-cap bumper, CAPPing it means you have to add certain weight in the handle to keep the balance, the stick will go over 13 oz.

    For 630s I think it is a different story.
     
  48. souledge

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    I have IG CAPs and a leather grip on my PT630.
     
  49. BlueB

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    I agree. It was designed without. Doesn't need any alterations.
     
  50. anubis

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    I have CAPs + leather grip on my PT280s, now it's 370 strung weight w/ overgrip and dampener. Definitely hefty.

    Which type of older Head grommets do you recommend if i want to swap out the CAPs?
     

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