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Pro One Penta 97 (16x19) Black Edition


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Head size: 97sq"
Unstrung Weight: 305g
Unstrung Balance: 315mm
Strung Weight: 317.5g
Strung Balance: 5 Points HL
Strung Swing Wt: 314
String Pattern: 16x19
Stiffness (RDC): 57
Grip: Cushion
Rec. String Tension: 45lbs (+/- 10)
Beam Width: 21/21/21mm
Length: 27
Technology: Penta XÄ“neCore™

The sleek and lively Pro One 16x19 Pentacore is a more appealing and sensible option to the other players’ racquets that are heavyweights and swing like you’re dragging a hippo on a leash unless your name is Federer…or maybe King Kong or Godzilla.

The Pro One 16x19, like its Pro One Pentacore 18x20 sibling with a tighter string pattern, is much easier to wield and plow through the hitting zone with its lower mass and much softer flex that combined gives it more power and touch than the Wilson Pro Staff 97, the current standard for 4.5-and-up players with long fluid strokes.

But unlike the Pro Staff, the Pro One 16x19 is also accessible and accommodating to players of lesser playing levels who may also lack Herculean strength. That’s because the Pro One 16x19 Pentacore is much more maneuverable than the Pro Staff due to its half-ounce lighter stationary weight (even after Wilson put the Pro Staff on a diet this year), and a full 10 points lower in swing weight. And the Pro One’s control factor greatly exceeds the Wilson due largely to its 9-point greater flexibility rating that enhances feel and directional ability that has enough feel at net and from the baseline to drop the ball on a dime.

Donnay added a fifth foam-filled core (hence the name "Penta" which means "five" over its Quad (four cores) version that not only tweaks up the Pentacore’s arm protection over the Quad’s industry-leading comfort quotient but slightly tones down its stiffness and swing weight. While the Quad version remains the Mercedes Benz F015 of player racquets, the Penta is the Lamborghini Reventón.

The main difference between the Pro One Pentacore 16x19 and its Pro One Pentacore 18x20 is the open string pattern of the 16x19 giving it more access to spin for open-stance western grip players versus the 18x20 which is preferred by older-school closed-stance hitters with eastern grips who play serve-and-volley style and prefer moderate spin.

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Incredible racquet Review by c64
I'm impressed how well this racquet is made, all the way down to the plastic quality on the butt cap. The swing, control, and power is effortless. The other foam filmed racquet, Angell TC97 is no where close to the positive attributes of this racquet. First, The plastics on this racquet is thicker and less brittle. Second, the filling(xenecore) in this racquet gives this racquet incredible stability, unlike the light foam found in the TC97. Thirdly, the racquet feels as an extension of the arm, the TC97 is extremely clumsy and mishits in the upper hoop sends shock waves up your arm. I am able to crush serves, bang topspin and flat groundies all day, and come to the net for easily controlled volleys. I sent a Babolat player home early the other day, he was so frustrated he couldn't finish the match. I've hit with many racquets including pro stocks for many years, from my experience, thank you for a truly beautiful racquet. (Posted on 10/29/2017)

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