View Full Version : MG Prestige Pro review
01-11-2008, 04:56 PM
I finally got the MGPP to demo. Will play with it tomorrow and post my initial thoughts here. Sorry for the tease.
Since I received this racquet already strung, I could not verify the unstrung weight. But with what looks like standard Head synthetic gut installed, the racquet weighs only 335 grams and is 7 points Head Light. The swingweight feels low, probably in the 315-320 range.
From what I can see from the TW product page, the weight of mine is quite low at 335 grams. It's supposed to be 325 grams unstrung (printed on the frame), so that means the strings only weigh 10 grams? All of my previous racquets gain around 17 grams when strung, so I get the feeling that this racquet is probably 318 grams unstrung, which is a little on the light side for my tastes.
Does anyone else have one of these that they can weigh and balance and report the specs here?
01-13-2008, 02:20 PM
Ok, I hit with it for about 2 hours yesterday and have some preliminary thoughts to present. My stats: 4.5 level serve and volley player, 1HBH and semi-western grip off the forehand. My current racquet is a Yonex RDS 001 mid (90) strung with a gut/poly hybrid.
Looks-wise, this is a sweet looking racquet. Definitely better in real life than the pictures might indicate. Grip is the typical Head style, a bit more rectangular than other racquets, but not unwieldy. I was able to adjust fairly quickly to it. I didn't find myself searching for the proper grip and never got caught with the wrong one. As for playability this is a solid, solid racquet. It is a bit light stock, so I added 6 grams of lead at the throat. Not sure it did much, really, because the racquet had such a solid feel anyway, but I think it may have helped a bit to gain some depth on my shots. The demo racquet was strung with Head synthetic gut at mid tension. I used a rubber band vibe dampener.
Great serving racquet. This is the only area where my current racquet is lacking, so this was a welcome improvement. First serves had a decent amount of heat on them. Not the fastest, but solid, controllable, and reliable. Second serves had some serious kick on them. Spin was very, very accessible and I could definitely see this racquet being used to good success in a serve & volley game.
As I said, this racquet hits a solid ball. The spin is "just right" off the ground and you don't have to do anything fancy to hit a good ball. My 1HBH has never been better. BUT... I got a "disconnected" feeling whenever I really cracked the sweet spot. Not sure why. But when I really connected well, I had NO IDEA where the ball was going. I'm thinking that a little more familiarity with this racquet and maybe this problem will go away. But my initial impression says that the feel is a bit lacking. But it does hit nice shots. I also found the depth a bit lacking, too. Any shot not struck perfectly clean tended to drop a bit short. I'm not sure how to describe it, but I didn't seem to hit many "heavy" balls that I typically get with my current racquet. A change of strings might change things, who knows. Maneuverability-wise, this racquet cuts through the air like a knife through butter. I haven't played with a racquet so easy to swing since my M-Speed. As a result, I found that my timing was frequently off for service returns. But I don't attribute that to the racquet, that's just my unfamiliarity with it. But I did find that when I was late to a shot, I could easily get the racquet head around and get the ball back in play. The downside to that was that there wasn't much weight behind the shot and they tended to land short.
Very nice. The racquet was easy to maneuver into position and I didn't find myself getting handcuffed at all. The racquet lacked a bit of depth on putaways, but if you really gave it a good punch, volleys had some decent pace. And despite the lack of feel that I described earlier, I was able to hit some decent touch shots and angles. Overheads were strong and were no problem to control with pace and placement.
Well, that's about all I can think of at the moment. All in all, a very nice racquet. Something I would definitely recommend to a serve and volley style player. Not the greatest off the ground, but has enough controllable power and touch to really shine in the S&V game.
Definitely worth a demo if you're in the market.
01-13-2008, 03:05 PM
Second serves had some serious kick on them. Spin was very, very accessible
pssssst, yeah you, don't be saying this around here, they might lynch you or something, don't you know by now that it is not the racquet nor the string that produces spin, it is you.:shock: anyone can Uber kick serves with tree branches molded into tennis racquets strung with weed wacker line, geez
seriously great review
01-14-2008, 02:06 PM
Well, I certainly am glad to have bothered to type up that review.
Looks like a ton of people are appreciative.
Serves me right.
01-14-2008, 02:14 PM
It's a great review Tony. I agree with most of what you said with this frame. I've noticed that the ball is coming off 'lighter' than usual from the Pro Tour 630 but I'm getting more 'action' from the spin so it's a tradeoff IMO. As far as the feel of the racquet, I think it's fine and I'm wondering if it's the string setup that you have; I normally use a natural gut hybrid and I find the MG Prestige Pro fine for feel (of course feel is subjective). All in all it's a very 'effective' racquet for me as I like to hit different spins (read: junk) and control points via angles and touch.
01-14-2008, 02:43 PM
I have found the sweet spot in the mid Prestiges to be somewhat ambiguous for a several models, which is one of the reasons I go with the MP.
01-14-2008, 03:17 PM
I for one appreciate your review. It along with the favorable comments from other threads convinced me to order a couple customized MGPP.
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