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

Slodge630

Rookie
Thanks for clarifying. Highly appreciated!
The difference in the throat area is around 5 millimeters. I think than that this is likely production tolerance as likely head didn’t only have one TK57a mold back than...
Does anyone know what is still produced in kennelbach in terms of pro stocks? If the pt 57a is produced there I would apply for an internship there to see how this is produced :) they have open positions: https://www.head.com/de_DE/jobs
 

daddabompa

Hall of Fame
Thanks for clarifying. Highly appreciated!
The difference in the throat area is around 5 millimeters. I think than that this is likely production tolerance as likely head didn’t only have one TK57a mold back than...
Does anyone know what is still produced in kennelbach in terms of pro stocks? If the pt 57a is produced there I would apply for an internship there to see how this is produced :) they have open positions: https://www.head.com/de_DE/jobs
Don't think you would be allowed to see such a manufactoring process during an internship, but it would be a great experience definitely :)
As for Pro Stock still produced there, as far as I know that's still the case of all "PT layups" racquets.
 

Slodge630

Rookie
I was just wondering since one of my pt57a prostocks had some chinese signs under the code on the hairpin.
also do you know if the materials used in todays pt57a2 are exactly the same as those used in the pt630 25 years ago? I.e. does a modern pt57a2 still have twaron?
 
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esm

Hall of Fame
I was just wondering since one of my pt57a prostocks had some chinese signs under the code on the hairpin.
Those Chinese characters are the translation for the words “pro stock” racquet. I think there are a few pix of those in this/other threads.
 

daddabompa

Hall of Fame
I was just wondering since one of my pt57a prostocks had some chinese signs under the code on the hairpin.
also do you know if the materials used in todays pt57a2 are exactly the same as those used in the pt630 25 years ago? I.e. does a modern pt57a2 still have twaron?
If I recall well, all PTs are painted and "assembled" (grommets, pallets, ecc) in China and then re-shipped to Austria for custom process, hence the Chinese characters I suppose.
As for Twaron I honestly have no idea, maybe @dr325i or @vsbabolat knows better...what I can say is that the feeling between retail PT630 and PT57A is almost the same (just slightly different because of different weight/balance specs, silicone injected, ecc).
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
If I recall well, all PTs are painted and "assembled" (grommets, pallets, ecc) in China and then re-shipped to Austria for custom process, hence the Chinese characters I suppose.
As for Twaron I honestly have no idea, maybe @dr325i or @vsbabolat knows better...what I can say is that the feeling between retail PT630 and PT57A is almost the same (just slightly different because of different weight/balance specs, silicone injected, ecc).
Correct. Produced in Austria, painted in China. Customized back in KB or by a customizer.
Yes on twaron. But, the amounts are very small, a few grams in the handle.
 

Keizer

Professional
New collector here and I recently acquired a MIA PT280 from the auction site to pair with my DIA (China) and PT 2.0. Came prestrung with pretty old Yonex PTP, but I couldn't resist giving it a spin. As expected, it was awesome. It seemed a bit more maneuverable than my DIA (China), which is also an excellent stick. My usual hitting partner is a flat hitter using a Pure Drive 107. I recommended giving my DIA (China) a try and it was extremely well received. For my part I thought my her backhand, which is already pretty good, was far better with the PT280.

Wonderful sticks indeed.
 

daddabompa

Hall of Fame
Correct. Produced in Austria, painted in China. Customized back in KB or by a customizer.
Yes on twaron. But, the amounts are very small, a few grams in the handle.
I seemed to recall there was Twaron also in PT57A, but good to have a confirm.
Also, I had no idea it is concentrated only into racket's handle...quite curious, do you know if there's a specific reason for that?
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
New collector here and I recently acquired a MIA PT280 from the auction site to pair with my DIA (China) and PT 2.0. Came prestrung with pretty old Yonex PTP, but I couldn't resist giving it a spin. As expected, it was awesome. It seemed a bit more maneuverable than my DIA (China), which is also an excellent stick. My usual hitting partner is a flat hitter using a Pure Drive 107. I recommended giving my DIA (China) a try and it was extremely well received. For my part I thought my her backhand, which is already pretty good, was far better with the PT280.

Wonderful sticks indeed.
There are DIA that we’re made in Austria and finished/painted in the Czech Republic. Does your DIA have HEAD Barcode Label Inside written on the side of the racquet?
 

Keizer

Professional
There are DIA that we’re made in Austria and finished/painted in the Czech Republic. Does your DIA have HEAD Barcode Label Inside written on the side of the racquet?
It does not -- I went through this thread when I got it and checked for the HEAD Barcode Label Inside per (probably) your instructions on a prior post. It also does not have the hologram/silver buttcap. Not complaining though, it's a great stick in its own right. Thanks to you and all the other knowledgeable members here for introducing me to the old HEAD sticks -- I'm going to try to add some of the other ones to my collection as the opportunity arises!
 

Slodge630

Rookie
Correct. Produced in Austria, painted in China. Customized back in KB or by a customizer.
Yes on twaron. But, the amounts are very small, a few grams in the handle.
So also the old pt630 have twaron in the handle only? Is it exactly the same as nowadays pt57a2?
 

BDAZ

Professional
Hey everyone! So, I bought a used PT 280 DIA a couple of years ago. It came strung with some string that I don’t recall and had i.Prestige CAPs. Grip was too big, 4 5/8 vs. my regular 4 3/8. I didn't weigh it at the time, but it felt sluggish, so I changed out the CAPs for Microgel Radical grommets and bumper. To reduce the grip size, I put on some Wilson thin replacement grip (can’t recall exactly which one). Anyhow, I never had gotten around to stringing and playing it until recently. Strung it up with Tourna Big Hitter Black 7 17g. Felt good, but not solid, so I weighed it. Surprised to find that it only weighs 11.5 oz. (326g). Would the changes I made to the grommets and bumper and grip really reduce weight that much, or do I just have a grossly under spec racquet?
 

Slodge630

Rookie
Hey everyone! So, I bought a used PT 280 DIA a couple of years ago. It came strung with some string that I don’t recall and had i.Prestige CAPs. Grip was too big, 4 5/8 vs. my regular 4 3/8. I didn't weigh it at the time, but it felt sluggish, so I changed out the CAPs for Microgel Radical grommets and bumper. To reduce the grip size, I put on some Wilson thin replacement grip (can’t recall exactly which one). Anyhow, I never had gotten around to stringing and playing it until recently. Strung it up with Tourna Big Hitter Black 7 17g. Felt good, but not solid, so I weighed it. Surprised to find that it only weighs 11.5 oz. (326g). Would the changes I made to the grommets and bumper and grip really reduce weight that much, or do I just have a grossly under spec racquet?
There is huge variation in the weight of these racket with dia from China being even lighter. Changing the tk57 cap grommets to microgel grommets makes it much lighter ~10grams. Consider to get some tk 293 cap grommets. They are a bit lighter than the tk57 and should keep swingweight manageble
 
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