What to do with Head Pro Lite Tour XL 660?

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by Oz_Rocket, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Oz_Rocket

    Oz_Rocket Semi-Pro

    May 21, 2012
    The Land Down Under
    I bought this racquet about 14 years ago for the one season of competitive tennis I've played in the last 25 years. I was still in my late 20s, could generate lots of power and tennis elbow was something old people had to worry about.


    Coming back to the game last year in my early 40s after over a decade off I found that the lightness (290g strung) and extra length were a lot of hard work and caused my arm some grief. So I've tried a few newer racquets and have settled on the new Head Speed Pro which I can still string with poly at lower tensions and has enough weight that I don't feel like it is being pushed around.

    But I just love the feel of these old Head constant beam frames and don't really want this to just sit in my bag never to be used again.

    So does anyone know the best way to reduce the length, add some more weight and make it more playable?
  2. vsbabolat

    vsbabolat G.O.A.T.

    Nov 19, 2005
    A customizer in OZ is Top Serve.
  3. Hannah19

    Hannah19 Professional

    Mar 13, 2009
    the Netherlands
    It's no rocket science and can be done in any toolshed:) Basically,this is how it works:
    > remove the grip and buttcap.
    > take a blowdryer to heat up the pallets and remove them carefully. (the heat softens the glue so you can slowly loosen them)
    > Take a cutting/sawing tool and cut off the shaft to required length.
    > Shorten the pallets likewise and replace them on to the shaft.
    > Replace buttcap and add a new grip or use old one if possible.
    > Place adhesive lead strip or weights at 3-9 0'clock position to add swingweight and to stabilize the head. Add lead to the 12 o'clock to add swing weight and alter BP.
    If you want to make the racquet headlight, place lead weights on the handle or insert silicone in to the handle shaft before replacing the buttcap.

    Good luck..

    P.S. I have the standard lenght version of this racket, very nice indeed. I added some weight into the handle by means of inserting silicone.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2013
  4. big ted

    big ted Hall of Fame

    May 17, 2004
    like hannah said you can cut off the extra length, then add a leather grip and overgrip to increase the weight, and then add some lead tape in the head to balance it out

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