HEAD has finally re-released the legend, the HEAD Pro Tour 630 / 280. But is it the same? I hope to review this racquet soon.
Tennis nerds and racquet enthusiasts have been asking for the re-release of the HEAD Pro Tour 630 / 280 for a long time. It is still surprising that HEAD obliged. Is this racquet still viable for club and intermediate level players? If you have tried the original version, you know it is a beautiful but demanding racquet. You can watch my take on that version here in my review below or read my post Magic Made in Austria. This re-release is called HEAD Pro Tour 2.0.
HEAD Pro Tour 2.0 vs 630/280. Is it the same thing?
The question many will ask is: is the HEAD Pro Tour 2.0 the same thing as the original? Well, not exactly. The mold is the same, but the racquet does not include Twaron and has a higher stiffness rating (65 vs 58). I base this on the Tennis Warehouse review which you can watch below. The racquet is also made in China and most HEAD classic racquet fans prefer the Made in Austria versions. So there are quite a few differences. We can be pessimistic about that or perhaps see it as a true 2.0 version that is easier to use. I can’t really say until I have tried it.
Here are some pics from racquet collector extraordinaire, Dane Miftari of prostockracquets.com.au
The racquet is available from Tennis Warehouse (US), Tennis Warehouse Europe, and Tennis Only (AUS). I hope to get my hands on one for a review as soon as the courts open up here. Below are the specs from the Tennis Warehouse Europe website.
|Head Size:||98 in² / 632 cm² (real 95 – Tennisnerd comment)|
|Length:||27in / 68,5cm|
|Strung Weight:||343g / 12,1oz|
|Unstrung Weight:||11,5 oz/ 325 grams|
|Balance:||32,49cm / 6 pts HL|
|Unstrung Balance:||31,5cm/9 pts HL|
|Beam Width:||20mm / 20mm / 20mm|
|Grip Type:||Hydrosorb Pro|
|String Pattern:||18 Mains / 20 Crosses|
Mains skip: 9T,8H,10H
|Tension:||22-27kg / 50-60lb|
HEAD Pro Tour 630 / 280 Racquet Review
I review the original Made in Austria version in the video below. This is a great racquet to use, but I generally find it a bit too demanding for match play these days. On the other hand, the updated version has a slightly lower swing weight and higher stiffness (more power?) so it could be a tad easier to use. Still, there is no getting away from that a 95 sq inch head size is on the small scale of things in today’s tennis.
I was always a fan of 95 sq inch racquets, but lately, I have started to appreciate the forgiveness of a 100 sq inch head. Will the HEAD Pro Tour 2.0 be good enough to sway me back in that direction?
Have you tried the new HEAD Pro Tour 2.0? Or maybe the old one? Let’s hear what you think of it in the comments below.