The Cult of PT57

PT280 Fan

Rookie
does the chinese 280 count or is it lower quality?
Seems to be a lot of cork sniffers out there that think a classic frame has to be made in Austria or something to be any good. Yet all of the contemporary offerings are pacific rim made and nobody bats an eye. All I know is that I had the Austrian Prestige Classic 600 and got rid of it because it didn't play as well as my 280s. Twenty years later I still haven't found anything I liked better. Easy on the arm, no variance from frame to frame, and still going strong after all these years. This is the frame that took my game to another level and twenty years later is still winning matches for me. What's not to like?
 
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tennisBIEST

Semi-Pro
Sharing is caring... ;):D

Look into my eyes @asifallasleep and listen to the sound of my voice.... you are feeling increasingly relaxed and happy as you're walking towards your hidden stash of racquets... As you take them out of your tennis bag you feel a burst of joy... you smile and feel the love, adoration, and gratitude of the people who will be receiving these racquets... you are being carried on their shoulders and thrown into the air... you are ecstatic and as you land on your feet and turn around you see me waiting for my 5-6 racquets from your stash... as you hand them over you feel like a huge burden has been lifted... you no longer have to carry that weight... you are free...:rolleyes: :D:D:p;)

No ulterior motive here... :rolleyes:... just saying...
Maybe my favorite TW post of all time:)
 

Tour_G

Semi-Pro
Is it worth buying a PT 630 for about 70 dollars? It hasn't got bumper and grip and the butcap is a bit twisted.
Other than that, it looks fine on pictures.

Thank you.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Is it worth buying a PT 630 for about 70 dollars? It hasn't got bumper and grip and the butcap is a bit twisted.
Other than that, it looks fine on pictures.

Thank you.
If the racquet is not damaged in any way, you're prepared to get all the extra bits (unless you have them already), and are happy with the cost once all items are put together, then definitely :)
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
It's not a PT57 (from what I've been told about flexpoints)...but I recently hit with a Flexpoint Mid Prestige. I have been stringing this for a couple years that belongs to a friend. It swings nice and fast. I'm intrigued to try a Prestige Mid...and maybe get one of my own. My friend hits with a bunch of pace and spin. Carry on.
 

McEncock

Rookie
Hi Everyone
First of all, thanks for everything you shared here.
Reading you fans of the pt57 made me want one, and here it is :
I bought an i.prestige extralong for 30€. I am super happy. Now, I have something to ask :

I would like to know the PRECISE length difference between the normal i.prestige mp and the extralong, in order to shorten the hairpin myself to go from the extralong to a normal lenght. I know that the difference is said to be 0,5 inch, but we all know that it can be different in reality.

If someone has ever measured the hairpin of a normal pt57, can he share that information?

(Measuring the racquet with the buttcap and pallets will not help me, thanks)

BTW, here is what I've found under the pallets :

-Bar code H22057E1NX
-Molded on the low part of the hairpin T57E
4

-Molded on the top of the hairpin 683

Sorry for the pre-school level english
Cheers from paris
 

HeadClassic

New User
Hello all,

I need some advice regarding the PT57A's which I have been testing for a couple of months now.

My main stick is the Head Radical Tour "Candy Cane" or PT57B. The Radical Tour has helped me solve arm issues, and has a nice flexy feel that I have enjoyed. I have used it in stock form with the exception of adding CAP grommets weighing in at 12.6 oz (358g). No lead tape. It's been great so I thought I would try the PT57A! I bought two frames brand new.

For me, the PT57A feels stiff compared to my Radical Tour. And for the first time since switching, I have been experiencing bicep pain in both arms after use. This is completely strange because I've never had this problem with any stick I've ever used! However, this is my first time experimenting with tungsten tape with high swing weight. I have found some success with wearing compression sleeves over my arms when I play and don't feel much pain.

Specs of my PT57A: 12.6 oz (358g), 7 pts HL, 10g of tungsten tape from 10 to 2 at the top of the frame, CAP, Silicone in handle, leather grip, using Wilson Synthetic Gut Power for string at 52 lbs (23.5 kg).

Another problem that I am having is that the frame just "sounds ugly" and "pingy" when it comes off of the string bed. I have heard so much about the great sound and feel that the PT57A is supposed to produce! Could this be altered with different tape placement? With silicone in the handle, if tape is not placed at the top of the frame, my PT57A's are extremely head light. I do not enjoy frames more head light than 9 pts.

After hearing so many good things about the PT57A and it being the same mould as the radical tour, I have been hoping for a better experience. Any advice would be great!
 

richardc-s

Semi-Pro
Are you using the same string in the 57A as the Candycane? String type makes a huge difference in the sound it makes. I use gut mains and poly crosses in my Candycane and when I hit the ball 'just right' it sounds like a cannon :D
 

HeadClassic

New User
Are you using the same string in the 57A as the Candycane? String type makes a huge difference in the sound it makes. I use gut mains and poly crosses in my Candycane and when I hit the ball 'just right' it sounds like a cannon :D
I have only tried Wilson Synthetic Gut Power, and hybrid Natural Gut/ALU Power Rough on my 57A's. I've strung my 57A's up about 6 times now. The only time it had a pleasant sound and great ball pocketing was the first time I strung it up, and that was with the Wilson Synthetic Gut. I'm not so sure it's my type of string. Since that first time, I can't seem to replicate it. Maybe I'm bad at stringing, or tape placement makes all the difference? o_O I've even tried putting in new grommets with no avail.
 

moon shot

Hall of Fame
I can't say they are as mint as @Alex78 but I had to share the expanding stack. I've been crushing with the xl zebra lately.



I know the Ti isn't much loved but I dare say they are better than graphene or Higgs Boson after I capped them. The paint on them brings fond memories of my Ti.Radical from my senior year.
 
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McEncock

Rookie


Found a "Liquidmetal" on my local bay for 15€...



I was so excited to see the codes on the hairpin that I destroyed the pallets while driving back home. (Not my size, anyway).





So happy

PS : though this pro-stock paintjob is kind of rare, I am going to black it out.

More pictures to come
 

McEncock

Rookie
Which leather grip? Is it tacky for good grip? Looks great
It's a technifibre leather grip that I've found on a second hand racquet. "Tacky" is a confusing word for me. WordReference gave me some translations : If you meant "sticky", it's not. If you meant "in bad condition", it's not. If you meant "old school", well yes, it looks like an old dunlop leather grip. But surprisingly it's the thinnest grip i've ever seen. Weights 22g. In comparison, I've weighted a head leather grip at 27g.
I like very small overlapping with my leathers, in order to feel the channels under the OG.

BTW, forgot to say that I've putted TK82S pallets. The more square-shaped wilson like ones.
 

McEncock

Rookie
@vsbabolat
I have a mystery racquet for you. I think she may fit in the club. What do you say?



As Pioline used to play with a twin tube 630, I suspect his fake muscle 200 to be a pt57.



See?

The only spec I've measured is static weight 379g
the SW feels very high. Lots of lead under the bumper guard.

This is his personal racquet from Davis Cup 2002
 
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vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
@vsbabolat
I have a mystery racquet for you. I think she may fit in the club. What do you say?



As Pioline used to play with a twin tube 630, I suspect his fake muscle 200 to be a pt57.



See?

The only spec I've measured is static weight 379g
the SW feels very high. Lots of lead under the bumper guard.

This is his personal racquet from Davis Cup 2002
It’s the same mold as the aerogel 4D 300 Tour.
 
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