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Customer feedback on Head Pro Tour 280 Racquets

Comments:The Head Pro Tour 280 is an awesome racquet! Best players racquet on the market! Don't be deceived by fancy ads about new technology. Pros like the old fashioned racquets with a good combination of weight and balance. Many ATP tour players such as Gustavo Kuerten still use this racquet but with a different paint job. So, if I were you, I would take advantage of this racquet's sale price and stock a couple of them. I did.
From: Dimas, Miami, Florida USA 10/00
String type and tension: Wilson Sensation 16g. @ 55lbs.

Comments:I have been playing with different racquets for years, but none like the Head Pro Tour 280; perfect control, adequate power, and extremely nice feel. This is the frame I feel most confident with when I get on court. My previous racquets (Wilson Hammer 6.2, Wilson Hyper Carbon 5.0, Wilson ProStaff 6.1 Classic) never gave me as much feel as I get with the Pro Tour 280. This is a very nice frame and I would recommend it to anyone planning to buy a new racquet.
From: Ilya, Danville, California USA 12/99

Comments:The first thing that attracted me to the Pro Tour 280 Mid was the superb weight and balance of the frame, and of course secondly the price. I'm a serious competitive club player, and I find the best aspect of the frame is the total control off the ground, it responds well to spin, and it also responds well to the flat stuff!! As I'm a pretty big server it holds a pretty good punch too. Some of the touring pro's still use this frame. Gustavo Kuerten used the 280 to win the French in 97, and I still believe he uses the same frame now, but with the Premier Tour cosmetics! I highly recommend the Pro Tour 280. Buy it before they run out of stock! I hope they start making them again one day!
From: Matt, Bekshire, England 11/99

Comments:Head has continued their Pro Tour tradition of making great racquets. The Pro Tour 280 is a good all court racquet. I play for the Oregon State University Tennis Team, and love the control of the racquet. The ball goes where I want it, well, most of the time. It does lack power, but if you can generate that with your swing, you'll love this racquet. I used the Wilson Pro Staff 4.2 for years, but since they stopped making it, I chose the Pro Tour 280 as a replacement. Love the racquet, love the game.
From: Kent, Corvallis, OR. USA 11/99

Comments:One of the first things you'll notice about this incredible frame is the perfect balance, feel and easy swing. I'm a regular, serious and competitive player and tend to hit my shots fairly hard. Before I got the Head Pro Tour 280 MP, I was using a Yonex RQ 410 widebody, which although a good racquet with a large sweet spot, was lacking in control. My shots, while skimming 2 inches over the net, would sail 3 feet over the baseline. The Pro Tour 280 gives me the kind of control I've been craving and has really improved my all-round game. Although it's a little heavy and therefore a little hard on the elbow and shoulder, it's the frame I'm sticking with.
From: Sid, Jackson, MS. USA 10/99

Comments:I am a 14 year old player from Cincinnati, ranked 35th in the city. I have played with the Head Pro Tour 280 for about one and a half to two years. This racquet is a nice weight and is a nice all around frame. I hope to possibly buy 3 more.
From: Addie, Cincinnati, OH. USA 09/99

Comments:I am a sixteen-year-old singles tournament player. I also play on my high school team. About a year ago I couldn't afford to play with all of the newest racquets, so my coach recommended the Head Pro Tour 280. I tried it out and fell in love. Extreme feel and control with a forgiving head. Good maneuverability for a "players" frame. Power is limited but to be expected with such a racquet. For players looking for ultimate control, I highly recommend the Head Pro Tour 280.
From: Chris, Greeley, Co. USA 09/99

Comments:Over the last year my game has outgrown the racquet I was using - Hammer 2.7. I have an adequate serve, one-handed backhand, big forehand and get to net as much as possible. I'm a 4.0 level player who's rapidly improving. I tried the Head Radical Ti, Prince Response Ti, Wilson Hyper Carbon 5.0 and a few other "players" racquets. None have the feel of the Pro Tour 280. Good control, solid volleys, delicate touch at net. It feels good in your hand - maneuverability is great. Very little string vibration; none with a dampener. Serves lack some punch compared to my old racquet but I'm sure I'll grow into the frame. Overall, a solid control racquet that plays better than frames costing twice as much.
From: Doug, New Jersey, USA 08/99
String and tension: Gamma TNT 16g. 58lbs

Comments:After years of switching racquets, this is the one I'm keeping. It has more than enough power, is very conrol-oriented and easy on the arm. I tried the Head Ti Radical racquet but it's too light. All racquets are marketed these days as if lightness was the panacea for everyone's ills. A lighter racquet isn't neccessarily better. This one is excellent from the baseline but stable enough for volleys and over-heads also. I'm primarily a 4.5 to 5.0 serve and volley player and this is my pick. The Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 original would be a close second but because this racquet is more forgiving so it's better. The only problem is finding frames since they're discontinued.
From: Geoff, Napa, California USA 07/99

Comments:I'm a 4.5-5.0 player who hits really hard on everything. I was using a Pro Kennex Kinetic 10g before this. It hit well, but volleys stunk. Before that, I used the Wilson Pro Staff Classic (the original one, not the new one that looks like it), but my elbow couldn't take the weight of the beast anymore. This racket really sticks the volleys well, especially if you are a baseliner like me who plays a lot of doubles and needs to serve and volley some. You can end the points quickly at the net, which is what a baseliner wants. You need to be a pretty decent player to get the most out of this racket - it has a lot of power, but you have to hit the sweet spot to get to it. It also offers an amazing amount of control for a racket with this kind of power - kind of a lighter Wilson ProStaff Classic. In short, it rewards players who have the ability to really go for their shots. I've been able to take chances during a match that I haven't taken in years, and it pays off. I haven't played this well in 10 years, and I've been playing tennis for 20.
From: The Dog, Atlanta, GA, USA 07/99

Comments:I have played with this racquet for about 4 years now. I am a 4.0 singles and doubles player who plays an all-court game. I have found that the racquet is best for players who can get into position in time to make a full swing at the ball. It does not pack a lot of power but produces excellent control on both ground strokes and volleys. To compensate for the lack of power I have found it beneficial to string at the low end of the tension range. This provides increased depth on ground strokes with only limited loss of control.
From: Mark, San Antonio, Texas USA 06/99

Comments:A supremely comfortable stick, the 280 is a precision control racquet without equal. For baseliners who pack their own power, this a great tool. It is very easy on the elbow, too.
From: John, Watertown, MA USA 06/99

Comments:I have been on the racquet merry-go-round for the last four to five months. I am a 3.5 all court player who loves to hit out. I thought I had found the answer in the Wilson Pro Staff 6.1. I bought a Head Pro Tour 280 primarily because of the incredible price and the customer comments that I could get off of the web. Am I glad I did! I can not believe that Head is discontinuing this racquet! I have found this racquet to be extremely stable on all strokes. I am able to hit out without fear of home runs. I also love the grip. I love this racquet! I presently have one racquet strung at 58 lbs. with Babolat Fine Play 17. I have just pruchased my second racuet from TW strung at 58 lbs. with Gamma TNT Pro Plus 17.
From: Tom, Jacksonville, FL USA 06/99

Comments: I'm a high school junior and I've been playing with this racquet for 3 years. I've loved this racquet and looking forward to buy one more. The only thing I've regretted was that, the tension range is too short; 50~60 LBS. Personally, I like higher tension about 65 LBS.
From: Aaron, Lexington, MA, U.S.A. 04/99

Comments: I have used this racket for 4 years. I am ranked 7th in the USTA Midwest section in Men's Open Singles 1998 rankings. I've tried a lot of other rackets but I can't find a better one for my heavy spin baseline game.
From: Selles, Chicago Il. USA, 04/99

Comments: The Pro Tour 280 is a great racket that is still used by many players on the ATP tour. It is a particularly good racket for baseliners. While there are lighter, more manueverable rackets on the market for serve and volley players, this racket has excellent control at the net once you make contact with the ball. My volleying has really improved with this racket.

What is particularly impressive about this racket is its combination of good feel and great shock absorption. This is a great racket for someone who has tennis related wrist or elbow problems. I have my Pro Tour 280 strung with Prince Synthetic Gut Soft 16 at 53 pounds.

All in all, a great pro racket at a bargain basement price.
From: Eric, Mountain View, California, USA 02/99

Comments: Have used the racket approximately one year and like it very much. Bought it as replacement for the old Head TX Professional trying to duplicate the stable and soft feel. I'm a flat 4.0 serve and volley player and although it's a bit heavy the racket allows for a deep controlled volley. Head speed on the service motion can be a problem. Overall it is the best of the eight rackets I own.
From: Pete, Columbia SC USA 03/99

Comments: Comments: The Pro Tour 280 is a great racket that is still used by many players on the ATP tour. It is a particularly good racket for baseliners. While there are lighter, more manueverable rackets on the market for serve and volley players, this racket has excellent control at the net once you make contact with the ball. My volleying has really improved with this racket.

What is particularly impressive about this racket is its combination of good feel and great shock absorption. This is a great racket for someone who has tennis related wrist or elbow problems. I have my Pro Tour 280 strung with Prince Synthetic Gut Soft 16 at 53 pounds.

All in all, a great pro racket at a bargain basement price.
From: Eric, Mountain View, California, USA 02/99

Comments: I consider myself an advanced player (I play tennis since I was born) and I have been using this racquet for the last two years. I've found it extremely good for advanced baseline players who like to have great, great control of their shots. Despite that fact, things have become more difficult when playing the net (and that's quite often...). Up to these days I couldn't find a rational answer to this problem, but I keep thinking that it's an excellent control racquet.
From: Lucio, Buenos Aires, Argentina 02/99

Comments: I have been using this racket for 2 years and I have been playing for 4 years. My level is about 3.5. This racket has great control, and is great for baseline players. I also enjoy serving, the only complain I have is playing the net, the 12oz makes the racket hard to move. If I take time to set up I can produce a full swing and generate winning shots. I believe this racket is for playing singles, when playing doubles it can fall short at the net.
From: Gerald, Lawrenceville, GA,USA 02/99

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