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Dunlopkid
11-20-2006, 06:24 AM
Do you guys think that the FXP Prestige would be too demanding for an athletic, average, 4.0 16 year-old? My coach wants me to try it because it is similar to my m-fil 200 (which is too demanding) but the swingweight is a little lower. What's your opinion? Most of the reviews I've seen say 4.5-7.0. Is it too much for a 4.0?

Dunlopkid
11-20-2006, 06:45 AM
Obviously I'm referring to the midplus not XL version.

Greg Raven
11-20-2006, 06:47 AM
I know a guy who bought a car without even test-driving it because Consumer Reports said it was the best car to buy. The buyer hated that car for years. The point of the story is this: Don't put too much weight on what others tell you -- you have to decide for yourself.

I don't think it's too demanding, but just because it's not demanding, doesn't mean it's the racquet for you. You're going to have to try one out to see how it works for you. IMHO, the Head Flexpoint Prestige Mid is a very different racquet than the Dunlop M-Fil 200, despite the similarities between them.

Dunlopkid
11-20-2006, 06:49 AM
Thanks Greg, and yes, there's no way I'd buy it without demoing. What, in your opinions, are the differences between the 200 and the prestige?

Tennis Man
11-20-2006, 06:57 AM
It's not at all, IMHO. Just search and will see many posts here.

Dunlopkid
11-20-2006, 07:02 AM
Thanks I'll search, and also how is it that you switch the grip shape? thanks

Tennis Man
11-20-2006, 07:17 AM
Thanks I'll search, and also how is it that you switch the grip shape? thanks

I never switched anything :) but there was a post recently on how to adjust Head grips to Wilson's with a tape.

Dunlopkid
11-20-2006, 07:24 AM
I'm not saying you ever switched anything, just wondering if you knew how. I'll try to find that thread.

ollinger
11-20-2006, 08:11 AM
If your coach will provide you with a demo racquet, say "thank you" and use it for a week. If not, tell him "no thanks."

anirut
11-20-2006, 08:12 AM
Why not give the Redondo Mid a try? It's like an easier to play Prestige. (Not as thuddy as the Dunlop or the Prestige though.) For your level, I'd think you'll have no trouble with it. Only be cautious with the string type/tension. Give it a demo -- whenever that demo stick becomes available ...

Dunlopkid
11-20-2006, 08:40 AM
Thanks, Anirut, I'll see if I can give that one a try. I'd prefer one I don't have to get from TW, but one I can demo for free. I think a pro shop near me just started carrying PK so I might look into that.

fastdunn
11-20-2006, 11:18 AM
Obviously I'm referring to the midplus not XL version.

FXP Prestige Mid Plus is pretty powerful. I'm 5'10" and over 40 year old
and thin. It's not so demanding for me.
I would say it's as powerful as Babolat Pure Control.

Court_Jester
11-20-2006, 11:52 AM
The FXP Prestige MP's lower SW makes it more manageable than the M-Fil 200. However, the Prestige is not that demanding (heck, I use one :) ). You should be able to use effectively. It might take some adjustment but you should do fine with it.

goblake14
11-20-2006, 12:05 PM
I think that the fxp prestige midplus isn't all that demanding, I had my doubts about it but after trying it, I knew I could handle it. But definitely, you should demo.

bcsax123
11-20-2006, 03:43 PM
My POG OS is more demanding than my FXP Prestige MP.
The power level is about equal, but it's easier to serve, volley and hit massive forehands with the Prestige. I fould the SW way too low, so I added a leather grip, and it fixed the problem.

saqdeez
11-20-2006, 09:46 PM
I am 4.0, usually hit 98 inch rackets, and hit the prestige mid today. No learning curve, just have to take full swings, otherwise it goes into the net. Other than that it made me better right off the bat.

saqdeez
11-20-2006, 10:05 PM
I will say the one area I really couldnt half *** it was a slice. With some rackets you can hit a slice with poor balance and just take a swipe at it. You cant with this one....

stormholloway
11-20-2006, 10:14 PM
I've been playing with the Prestige MP lately. I find it very stiff, like a club. It's quite powerful but I just can't get much spin with it. Flat serves are great but again I couldn't get sufficient kick and my second serves languished. I wish the Prestige came in a 16x19 pattern.

bcsax123
11-21-2006, 07:07 AM
I will say the one area I really couldnt half *** it was a slice. With some rackets you can hit a slice with poor balance and just take a swipe at it. You cant with this one....

I never could get any slices in with the racquet too. Maybe it's the tight string pattern.

Dunlopkid
11-21-2006, 08:31 AM
Slice is one area in which my m-fil 200 excels. I would miss that if I switched.

guedoguedo
12-02-2006, 10:54 AM
Best slice of any rackets are the DNX 9 and 10s. Effortless and you can slice and dice like no other. And ive tried many rackets.

bcsax123
12-02-2006, 12:00 PM
I switched to poly mains and now my slices are back, so maybe it was just the strings. go demo it.