The Cult of PT57

I see different codes:
PT57a-2
PT57a-3
I see people talk about lay up etc...
Some one knows what they really mean?

Is it correct that the youtek paintjob is the last one made in Austria?
 

edelp

Rookie
When the pt57a is matched to the same specs as my pro tour 630. Will they play and feel te same?
I hesitate
with same specs, and both capped or not, but the same, I would say I never really felt a difference between them. Same frame. The only thing is when one 57a is full of silicone it might feel a little more muted.
And capped vs. non-cap I feel difference. Old and wonderful frame / mould jeje.
 

edelp

Rookie
I see different codes:
PT57a-2
PT57a-3
I see people talk about lay up etc...
Some one knows what they really mean?

Is it correct that the youtek paintjob is the last one made in Austria?
Hi, I cannot assure this but if you speak about the A-2 or A-3 on the paper sticker on the hairpin handle, my experience is taht there is a difference in feel, being the A3 slighly more firm (within the super nice soft touch of the 57a still).
But if you speak of the a2 a3 a4 a5 a6 on a hairpin round stamp of retail pT630 i have never felt a difference and never understood differences...

about youtek radical, I actually thought it was the first made in China
 
Hi,

It is indeed the A2 or A3 on the sticker. Not the stamp on the hairpin.

Thanks for your input!

The reason why i ask is because i played with the youtek ig mp retail and the feeling is harsh compared to the pt630
 

Ultra 2

Professional
Those are nice. I still love the looks of the PT280s though. My i.Prestiges play great, but are pretty ugly. Been thinking of painting them in the Elektra or Elite Pro fashion.
 

daddabompa

Hall of Fame
I see different codes:
PT57a-2
PT57a-3
I see people talk about lay up etc...
Some one knows what they really mean?

Is it correct that the youtek paintjob is the last one made in Austria?
Afaik, the passage from Austria to China manufactoring happened since about the middle of Youtek production, then around 2011 I suppose.
 

Ultra 2

Professional
Really? I love my i.Prestige paintjob, they look great in black and silver!
I guess in comparison to the colors in the Prestige Mid Line (Candy Apple, Burgundy and the white TXP) and the Elite, Elektra, Graphite and Comp Pros.. I prefer those more. I consider those PJs a work of art.

In the PT57 lineage I like the looks of the PT280, Bumblebees, and Zebras.

That said, all of the PJs on my MPs are still ok, the black paint on the 1 mid I have has melted away.
 
Need some advise on the specs from the specialists here:).
Always played with the standard cap PT630 (dont know the exact specs, since they are all a bit different off course).
Since a couple of years matched them all to 340g/31cm balance (unstrung).
Plays very well off course, but maybe just that tiny little to heavy. But i can handle it.
Tried some others at 355g/31.5cm balance: they where really to heavy for me. Always to late to hit correctly....

Now i hesitate to make them a little lighter, i see 2 options to try:
-330g/31cm balance: so just 10g lighter but keep the same balance
-330g/31.5cm balance: so 10g lighter and move a little the balance

What will be the effect on the swingweight and how will they feel different?
Control/stable/volleys/returns/serve/baseline.

Thanks for your opinions! Would realy help me;)
 

deuser

New User
Does anyone know whether the Youtek Graphene Prestige MP grommets (the red ones) will fit in the Graphene Touch Prestige MP? I see the Youtek Graphene is listed as a 98 sq in and the Touch MP is 95. Did they really change the mold sometime ago during this Great Graphene Depression?
 

Dufur719

New User
Does anyone know whether the Youtek Graphene Prestige MP grommets (the red ones) will fit in the Graphene Touch Prestige MP? I see the Youtek Graphene is listed as a 98 sq in and the Touch MP is 95. Did they really change the mold sometime ago during this Great Graphene Depression?
It will fit, all prestiges mp where 95 sq in until the 2020 edition that is a true 98 sq in

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racketgek

New User
I guess in comparison to the colors in the Prestige Mid Line (Candy Apple, Burgundy and the white TXP) and the Elite, Elektra, Graphite and Comp Pros.. I prefer those more. I consider those PJs a work of art.

In the PT57 lineage I like the looks of the PT280, Bumblebees, and Zebras.

That said, all of the PJs on my MPs are still ok, the black paint on the 1 mid I have has melted away.
Still beauties


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edelp

Rookie
I agree, HEAD can do better, but top 3 in racquet sales worldwide (with market shares between 20% and 30%) aren't too "dark times".
Are you allowed to just mention the ranking of your product family sales? I mean Number one Radical, then Speed, then ... Prestige. Or not possible? :)
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
@vsbabolat : Have there been any frames of any other brand, that are able to replicate the feel of PT57A regardless of headsize?
Angell TC97 18x20. Even has the same sound off the string bed. Wilson Blade V7 18x20 is very close too and good alternatives to the PT57A. What I liked about the new Blade is it’s softness, muted feel, and good lively feeling string bed. The rubber paint is ridiculous and horrible though.
 
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emhtennis

Rookie
New frames that some say have come close are the Angell V3 TC97 18x20, the new Wilson Blade v7 18x20, and the Technifibre 305 18x20.

All 3 of these have stock unstrung weights around 305-310g so you have room to customize without having a 14oz racket by the end.

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vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
@vsbabolat do you agree with Blade and Technifibre?
Wilson Blade V7 18x20 is very close and good alternatives to the PT57A. What I liked about the new Blade is it’s softness, muted feel, and good lively feeling string bed. The rubber paint is ridiculous and horrible though.
The Tecnifibre has a nice soft feel but I don’t like the sound off the string bed. If a racquet needs a dampener then the layup wasn’t engineered correctly
 
Anybody knows where are produced new pt57a? In Austria or in China?

Friend of mine bought pro-stock which was in use in 2-3 years from now and under pallets there is label "made in China". @vsbabolat maybe I'm wrong but I think you wrote that pt57a are still produced in Kennelbach -- could it be the case that some are from Austria and some are from China?
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Anybody knows where are produced new pt57a? In Austria or in China?

Friend of mine bought pro-stock which was in use in 2-3 years from now and under pallets there is label "made in China". @vsbabolat maybe I'm wrong but I think you wrote that pt57a are still produced in Kennelbach -- could it be the case that some are from Austria and some are from China?
I’ve never seen a label on the hairpin that says made in China on any frame ever
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
My wrong: it's chinese characters, not "made in China". You can see it on picture:

Maybe they are not chinese characters? For me it looks like chinese or japanese... Any idea what is this and why it's on pt57a?
From what I have been told by multiple independent people is that the PT57A is made in Austria and then shipped off to China to be painted. Then it’s returned to Austria. I don’t know what the truth is or what those Chinese characters say.
 

mrmike

Semi-Pro
I foolishly thought that maybe I could come close to the feel of my PT280 with an Angell TC97, but was mistaken. Is it true that the PT280 is also considered a 95 sq in frame by today's standard measurement method like the older Prestiges were also ??
 

mrmike

Semi-Pro
Cool paint job. I see that’s the 16x19 version. So frustrated that Head won’t sell these to us. I’ve been on search for a second 280 but they are hard to find in good shape any more.
 
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