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THESEXPISTOL
09-08-2009, 11:23 PM
As the title says..
A club for the owners of this amazing racquet.
Post pics, string setups, customizations.. Everything about this model of head.
I will later post some pics of my sticks.

Members list:
1- THESEXPISTOL
2 - shogun90
3 - scs96ajr
4 - Don Luca
5 - Winks
6- VivalaVida
7- Kick Serve 14

shogun90
09-09-2009, 02:51 AM
I'm in. Currently 1 with Blue Gear 18g 47# x Gosen Micro 17g 52#. Another with Klipper Pearl Zone 57# x 57# with lead @ 10/2. Both with leather grips and Gamma overgrip. Lowe's rubber gasket as dampener. Been bouncing around between the MGEP and Volkl Cat V10 V-Engine. Found the one with the lead hitting a heavier ball.

Members list:
1- THESEXPISTOL
2 - shogun90

scs96ajr
09-09-2009, 03:05 AM
Count me in.
I am very happy with my sticks, use them for almost 2 years and still in love with them, best rackets I ever had. :p

Members list:
1- THESEXPISTOL
2 - shogun90
3 - scs96ajr

THESEXPISTOL
09-09-2009, 11:30 AM
Do you prefer lead at 6 and 3 or 10 and 2?
How many are you using?

BigT
09-09-2009, 04:35 PM
how does this racquet feel leaded up to 12oz.+?
easy on the arm?

THESEXPISTOL
09-09-2009, 04:38 PM
how does this racquet feel leaded up to 12oz.+?
easy on the arm?

is not easy on arm but is not harsh..
You can expect a lot of plowthrough.

Don Luca
09-10-2009, 02:23 AM
Hi everyone,

this is my first post here and I think I should introduce a bit myself! :)

My name is Luca, I'm 23, male (yeah, names like Luca, Gianluca, Andrea and Nicola are commonly used male names here in Italy), I live in Rome and I've been playing tennis for 11 years, though not consecutively.
I started when I was 6, played until 16, then stopped because my doc said I was growing unbalanced onto the right and I had to practice swimming and gym to develop back muscles.
That's been 3 years of swimming and 2 years of gym, then had to study for university so I didn't have the time to practice a sport (terrible mistake) and last year I grew tired of just being there on a chair, studying and not doing any physical activity, so I went back to the court and started again.

As of now I'd rate myself as a beginner, I'm taking lessons three times a week and fell in love with tennis again.

I used to play with a Head Extreme Competition Twintube Midplus (the orange and black one, not the blue one!) but recently switched for a Head Microgel Extreme Pro ( 2008 ) which I absolutely love.

Here are some photos of it:

This is the stock one, with Head Sonic Pro @ 25 kp (55 lb or so)

http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/2814/img2026l.jpg

Here I applied a stencil I made on it of a "L" in gothic

http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/5513/img2033u.jpg

http://img188.imageshack.us/img188/9020/img2034bn.jpg

Don Luca
09-10-2009, 02:24 AM
After 2 weeks I simply hated the Sonic Pro, so I switched for Tecnifibre Black Code @ 27 kp (~60 lb), I still have to try this setup. I put a overgrip (Head Prestige Pro) as well since the grip was a bit too little for my hands.

http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/9333/img2035ri.jpg

http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/7365/img2036ac.jpg

Of course, I'd like to join the club! :D

P.S.: As you can see my english is far from perfect... if you notice any grammatical errors/horrors, please correct me so I can improve. ;)

winks
09-10-2009, 04:03 AM
Add me to the list. A while back I was looking for something a bit more powerful than the old Prince Retros I was using but not at powerful as the Pure Drives I had tried. I wanted the power the PD has on the serve but had trouble controlling groundstrokes. I saw the original MG Extreme Pro and it thought it appeared to be somewhat of a clone of the PD. When it went on sale for $99 I thought I'd take a chance.

It was a bit lighter in the head than I expected but I did what others mentioned and added some lead at 10/2. Plays nicely now so I bought a 2nd for backup.

Microl Gel Extreme Pro Original Members list:
1- THESEXPISTOL
2 - shogun90
3 - scs96ajr
4 - Don Luca
5 - Winks
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Don Luca
09-10-2009, 04:05 AM
Oh, now that I noticed it... there's an extra "Pro" in the thread title :P

THESEXPISTOL
09-10-2009, 04:53 AM
I will post pictures of my extreme pros later. They are in the stringer.

THESEXPISTOL
09-10-2009, 04:55 AM
Oh, now that I noticed it... there's an extra "Pro" in the thread title :P

That's a mistake i made lol..
There are no pros in this boards
Pros at TT are a myth :P

BigT
09-10-2009, 08:55 AM
If you have 2+ of these, how's the quality control?
Same weight and balance, or all over the place?

Don Luca
09-10-2009, 09:45 AM
Pros at TT are a myth :P

Who knows... maybe Fed is lurking in this forum, looking for good advices... :P

Hidious
09-10-2009, 11:34 AM
Who knows... maybe Fed is lurking in this forum, looking for good advices... :P

He would have switched to an OS frame already, if that was the case.

Don Luca
09-10-2009, 11:51 AM
He would have switched to an OS frame already, if that was the case.

lol, nice one! :)

iscottius
09-10-2009, 04:47 PM
If you have 2+ of these, how's the quality control?
Same weight and balance, or all over the place?

i have three quality control is very good +/- .1, recommend that you buy them at the same time from the same batch.

please add me to the club

scs96ajr
09-10-2009, 11:06 PM
If you have 2+ of these, how's the quality control?
Same weight and balance, or all over the place?

I bought 4 at the same time from TW, the strung weight is within 5 gr. Balance is the same. So I will recommend buying all at the same time.

Don Luca
09-11-2009, 12:41 PM
Can you guys tell us about your string setups and how do they perform?

As I said I tried first with Head's Sonic Pro strung at 55 lb but after some hitting (and some heavy serving) I felt like the strings were already loosening... I had a match against my hitting partner and the first set went very well, but the second one was terrible... I had to cut my swings a bit or the ball would always land a bit over the line.
Some days after I decided to give them another try but the situation got even worse.

Now I have my MXP strung with black code at 60 lb but haven't tried it yet since my hitting partener got ill -.-
Today he felt better, so tomorrow I should be playing with him and I'll report asap how the black code performed.

Btw, I'm using a eastern forehand grip and a 1 hand western backhand grip.
My best strokes are serves and backhands.

winks
09-14-2009, 03:30 AM
Can you guys tell us about your string setups and how do they perform?

As I said I tried first with Head's Sonic Pro strung at 55 lb....

Now I have my MXP strung with black code at 60 lb but haven't tried it yet.....

I switched to a 100% poly setup years ago and am currently using Babolat Pro Hurricane in my MGXP's at ~60 lbs.

You can try a Poly like that but I think the strings you choose are more of a preference thing. I like a relatively firm stringbed that lets me "hit out" more so I can generate more spin. To some people this is harsh and prefer a softer bed with more "feel". You only know by trying yourself!

I just happened to be reading the specs printed on my Racquets and saw on them that Head recommends using "Sonic Pro". I've never heard of this string before nor anyone using it until you mentioned it. I assume it is just a new synthetic that Head is trying to push?

Fedace
09-14-2009, 03:34 AM
Where can i buy the extreme original. its a discontinued model

winks
09-14-2009, 03:40 AM
Where can i buy the extreme original. its a discontinued model

I bought my first one right here at TW after the new version came out and they dropped the price of the original to $99.

When I wanted another as a backup TW no longer had any in stock but searched the internet and was able to be find another at the same price. I don't remember the name of the online retailer, but it was a well known name and somewhere out Mid West? I think they still have them.

THESEXPISTOL
09-14-2009, 03:53 AM
them that Head recommends using "Sonic Pro". I've never heard of this string before nor anyone using it until you mentioned it. I assume it is just a new synthetic that Head is trying to push?

No.. Sonic Pro is a poly from Head. One of the softest out there..

Don Luca
09-14-2009, 04:01 AM
I just happened to be reading the specs printed on my Racquets and saw on them that Head recommends using "Sonic Pro". I've never heard of this string before nor anyone using it until you mentioned it. I assume it is just a new synthetic that Head is trying to push?

Yes, and it is very cheap indeed... I tried it because they gave me it for free and at first it was over average, but after 1 hour or so of hard hitting the strings start loosening and after 2 hours I had to cut my swings. They were rather soft, no spin, average-low power.

Where can i buy the extreme original. its a discontinued model

I found one at a pro shop near home, I couldn't believe it until I had one in my hand and bought for 110 (let's say 110 $, since everything here in Italy costs a lot more to the point that = $. Damn taxes -_-' ).

Don Luca
09-14-2009, 04:03 AM
Oops, sry, I thought that by "synthetic" you meant "poly".
Sonic Pro, as said by SexPistol, is a co-poly, not synthetic gut.

Don Luca
09-15-2009, 11:49 AM
Ok, today I had a match with a friend so I finally tried out my new setup with Black Code @ 60 lb.

I'd start saying that today I was in exceptional physical form and I played great (won 6-3 6-4, then started raining hard :( ), so my little review will obviously be affected by this, I'll have to play again when I'll be more "normal", lol.

The string performed very very well.
I had much more confidence on my groundstrokes and I pulled several powerful forehand winners with plenty of spin on them. Had to adjust my 1hbh a bit but then felt absolutely great.
On the other side I felt my kick serve a bit underpowered than it used to be, but that just might be me, in spite of this, my slice serve was sick; on the second set I changed my first kick serve for the slice serve because it was way too good.
Volleys weren't that great but I'm not that net player myself, so, again, it may be just me.
After 2 hours of hitting the strings were perfect, they didn't move a bit and had 0 tension loss.

Anyway, this is just a first time review of Black Code on my MXP2008, I'm looking forward playing more with it so I can give more details. :)

THESEXPISTOL
09-17-2009, 03:40 AM
My extreme pros as promised:
http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/152/extremez.jpg

scs96ajr
09-18-2009, 02:44 AM
Where can i buy the extreme original. its a discontinued model

I have 4 from last year, but I saw them at Sports Authority at 77 $ last month in the DC area.

Don Luca
09-18-2009, 02:53 AM
SexPistols, what's your string setup? How does it play?

Today I'm going to hit again and will report if black code still performs well ;)

THESEXPISTOL
09-18-2009, 04:58 AM
SexPistols, what's your string setup? How does it play?

Today I'm going to hit again and will report if black code still performs well ;)

Gosen Micro 17 @ Crosses 24kgs
Isospeed Baseline spin 17 @ Mains 23kgs

Very cheap hybrid, very durable. I can take big cuts at the ball and still it goes in. It has some good feel for dropshots of volleys thanks to the Gosen Micro.
Definitly a must try if you don't have a lot of money for stringing and you play at a competition level.

Don Luca
09-18-2009, 01:35 PM
That sounds like a very good setup! ;)

I absolutely DO NOT play at competitive levels xD
Even if I've been playing tennis for 11 years, I had a 5 years gap during which I haven't been hitting and I've started taking lessons last year and I'm continuing now because I just love this game. :)

To sum up, I'm definitely not a string breaker, nor I have durability problems (apart from the Head's Sonic Pro case where the strings lost tension very badly in a few hours of hitting :confused: ) but in the next months, when black code will eventually start loosening, I'll probably try your setup :D


So, today I had another match with my hitting partner, and I thought I was again in great form, but after few minutes of hitting I felt my arm terribly heavy and after a few good powerful serves it started aching a bit, so I had to switch over to my slice serve (which, btw, is getting better and better) and considerably lower the pace. Obviously my game got influenced and I could say goodbye to my big forehand winners and opt for a more strategical play with high and deep topspin strokes. The match finished in a draw because the time ran out and we ended up 5 - 5 due to very long games.

Anyway, the black code still performed greatly, I could definitely put a load of spin on my groundstrokes to compensate the lack of power due to my condition. The slice serve gets better and better and I'm taking a lot of confidence in it.
I must play with it again at least another time when I'm in a better shape to give it the final word.

Stay tuned! ^^

THESEXPISTOL
09-29-2009, 03:41 PM
which tension are you using to keep the ball on the court?
I will strung my racquets with full tecnifibre redcode at 25kgs.. I hope thats enough for take big cuts at the ball and keep it on court

Don Luca
10-01-2009, 12:15 PM
Sorry for replying so late but this thread went too down and I ended up forgetting it, my bad :(

I'm stringing Black Code at 27 Kg and finally can take full swings without cutting my swings or putting insane spin in favor of power to keep it in.

Today I had my first lesson after the summer interruption and it went great, I'm tremendously happy with my MXP2008 and Black Code, I think I've found my perfect setup, though I want to try yours and Jolly's Rig because it really intrigues me.
I finally have decent consistency and always play deep with excellent strong strokes... now I have to work on my second serve and build up accuracy.

Two thumbs up! ^^

film1
10-01-2009, 12:56 PM
how does this racquet feel leaded up to 12oz.+?
easy on the arm?

If I remember right that frame strung with an over grip is well over 12oz.

VivalaVida
10-12-2009, 06:21 PM
Sign me up! :)

Don Luca
10-13-2009, 12:45 PM
The racquet is doing an awesome job during my tennis lessons... I'm visibly improving my strokes, extremely happy! ^^

Welcome aboard VivaLaVida!

VivalaVida
10-13-2009, 07:21 PM
The racquet is doing an awesome job during my tennis lessons... I'm visibly improving my strokes, extremely happy! ^^

Welcome aboard VivaLaVida!
Why thank you Don Luca!

I have a pretty embarrassing story to tell you guys. I used to have a Head Microgel extreme, the new one and not pro. I loved the racket and one day this summer I lost my temper on court and threw it down and the frame cracked. I was so upset because I didnt wanna break my frame. What was worse is that my parents bought it for me for a 180 dollars. I felt bad so I went and got a new old version pro for 100 dollars. At first, I hated the racket very much, I got wrist and elbow tendinitis for just a few hitting sessions but now I am starting to love this racket. It is very solid and has a lot of control and power. My serving has gotten a lot better too.

BigT
10-22-2009, 05:44 AM
Still trying to find out the perfect string combo with these babies.

THESEXPISTOL
11-08-2009, 02:03 PM
It's strange that such a good racquet isn't used by a lot of people in this forum...

About the HEAD MICROGEL EXTREME PRO:
This very spin friendly racquet offers a solid feel thanks to its combination of weight and HEAD's MicroGel technology. At close to 12 ounces strung, the MicroGel Extreme Pro offers excellent stability at contact. HEAD claims that its MicroGel material, placed throughout the hoop, reacts at contact and distributes shock around the frame. On court testing has proven the Extreme Pro to be a very comfortable racquet. Our TW playtesters noticed a much softer feel from this racquet than one would expect from its 68 RA stiffness rating. HEAD have designed the hoop of the Extreme racquets to be wider at the sweetspot, allowing the ball to slide further across the stringbed for improved spin production and racquet stability. Aggressive players will find this racquet perfect for taking large cuts at the ball from all areas of the court. Players will find some useful power from the heft and stiffness of the racquet, yet the level of control remains very high thanks to lots of feel and good ball bite. All in all a very impressive racquet for 4.5+ NTRP level players.

Head Size:
100 sq. in. / 645 sq. cm.
Length: 27 inches / 69 cm
Strung Weight: 11.8oz / 335g
Balance: 7pts Head Light
Swingweight: 332
Stiffness: 68
Beam Width: 24 - 26 - 23 Tapered Beam
Composition: Microgel / Graphite
Power Level: Low-Medium
Swing Speed: Fast
Grip Type: HydroSorb
String Pattern:
16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,8H
Two Piece
No shared holes
String Tension: 52-62 pounds

THESEXPISTOL
11-08-2009, 02:07 PM
I put some Vantage Leather grips on my babies. They're more sexy than ever.
I'm using Tecnifibre Redcode 16L in mains at 24,5kgs and Tecnifibre Syngut 15 in the crosses at 25kgs and i'm liking it. I will try some Signum Pro Poly Plasma aka SPPP 16 at 25kgs. Did someone tried this one?

THESEXPISTOL
01-31-2010, 12:18 PM
I know there are a lot of guys using this ones. Please contribute to the club.

My current stick specs are:
weight: 350g (with grip, overgrip, dampener)
modifications: added TK82S pallet to all of them and the new youtek buttcap. Also added 3g at 3' and 3g' at 9 and 6 on the bottom of the handle.

Strung with Polystar Energy 1.25 at 24kgs and it plays like a dream.

Kick Serve 14
01-31-2010, 12:40 PM
I know there are a lot of guys using this ones. Please contribute to the club.

My current stick specs are:
weight: 350g (with grip, overgrip, dampener)
modifications: added TK82S pallet to all of them and the new youtek buttcap. Also added 3g at 3' and 3g' at 9 and 6 on the bottom of the handle.

Strung with Polystar Energy 1.25 at 24kgs and it plays like a dream.

I use the 2008 MP, non Pro, but as you see in my signature, my racket is heavily customized so that it actually weighs more than the Pro. I liked the Pro more than the MP, however, I felt that the Pro was too stiff and hurt my elbow, while the MP didn't. Anyways, I technically use the Pro, so feel free to add me if you wish.

goldenyama
02-03-2010, 09:11 PM
Don Luca - I am looking at buying an Extreme Competition. You mentioned that you used the orange and black version, not the blue one - is there any difference between those two version? Thanks!

Andymonium22
02-05-2010, 08:55 PM
Count me in!!! This is a great racquet, plays similar to Pure Drive Roddick but more spin potential. Got mine last year when they first went on sale @ TW and love it ever since! I typically have a powerful and very spinny forehand and w/ with my MGEP I can spank 'em around like Nadal. Currently using lead at 9 and 3 for added stability on my one-handed BH w/ a hybrid set-up of Kirschbaum Pro Line II mains @ 59 /// Kirschbaum Touch Multi crosses @ 57. Although the Extreme Pro is my bread and butter, I just purchased a MicroGel Prestige Pro and am struggling to get used to it and was wondering if any other Extreme Pro users who have also used a MGPP might offer any weighting or string set-up suggestions for me.

ez90ing
02-22-2010, 07:00 AM
I use a 2009 version with Teflon, Not Pro.

What Hybrid colour is awesome on the racket? Any pictures to share?

courtking
02-22-2010, 07:45 AM
I used to play with the old extreme pro with hybrid setup.. put on a fairway leather, lead it up to 350g unstrung.. it's a great racket.. I tried the same setup for the 2009model and it's not as good.. I don't feel the ball like the old original one..

slow_duster
03-07-2010, 03:49 PM
Has anyone used Head's RIP control?

Kick Serve 14
03-07-2010, 04:58 PM
Has anyone used Head's RIP control?

Yes. Very soft, but quite durable. Definately worth a try if you're willing to pay th price...

BallBeemer
03-07-2010, 05:44 PM
Win! Got 3 all strung with Gosen Synthetic Mains and Pro Supex Big Ace Crosses. (16/17) Stung depending on the season. Also got a rubber band and wilson or yonex overgrip on it. Fricken quality control. Bought one in Taiwan and was way too head heavy and had to add lead to the handle and balance one out. Cheers.

Mtle
03-07-2010, 10:00 PM
http://img704.imageshack.us/img704/2715/img0054n.jpg

Yes! I'm glad other people truly love this racket. I've played with the Wilson 6.1 series (nCode and KFactor) for the entirety of my tennis career. Hit with this racket and fell in love with it. These are strung at 58 with a hybrid of babolat pro hurricane 18 and some head syn gut. Scored these in 9.5/10 condition for $120. Greatest purchase ever.

Doubles
05-09-2010, 10:59 AM
These rackets really are nice for Serve and Volleyers/doubles players. Feel free to add me to the list...

Overheadsmash
05-09-2010, 11:09 AM
I'm playing the Extreme Pro 2009 edition. Does that count to be in the club?

I love it btw. Best stick I ever had.

Can you still get the original new or do you have to go used?

Doubles
05-09-2010, 01:01 PM
I'm playing the Extreme Pro 2009 edition. Does that count to be in the club?

I love it btw. Best stick I ever had.

Can you still get the original new or do you have to go used?

I think that most of us who have it have had it since it came out. I don't think you can still get them new...

jhutch
06-28-2010, 07:43 PM
i currently use a babolat apdc +. i hit with my friends youtek extreme and loved it. heard great things about the microgel and am probably going to buy one on the bay since some are pretty cheap. good decision??? good racquet??

thanks

luckyfool
09-06-2010, 04:49 AM
i'd like to join the MG Extreme Pro club, i have 3 of them. Excellent stick. Best racquet for my 1HBH.

chopstik
09-08-2010, 12:06 AM
i want to join this club
but i only wish they had the PJ of the YT extreme pro

Fed Kennedy
09-08-2010, 12:21 AM
How do you all rate this one compared to youtek? I just got a youtek, the racquet is a beast!

Ross K
09-08-2010, 12:22 PM
These rackets really are nice for Serve and Volleyers/doubles players. Feel free to add me to the list...
Ah, so it's not really a b-liner topspin frame then?

Fed Kennedy
09-08-2010, 12:41 PM
No way, this thing is cash money from the baseline. It's a pure drive clone made for lubo when he switched over from bab. It plays very similar to the roddick, but imo has a better balance. I am talking about the youtek, but specs on all versions are close.
Here is a question: what is the grommet situation on these? Did they indeed change drill pattern or are they interchangeable? Looking at the youtek, the string spacing is wide enough to drive a bus through a la rad pro/k90.

Used ep 2008s are affordable but I don't want to get sucked into a grommetquest (tm).

Btw looks like youzhny is using the white groms.
Lastly, is there an extreme club for all versions? We need a catchy name!

Doubles
09-08-2010, 04:43 PM
Ah, so it's not really a b-liner topspin frame then?

They can be. It all depends on the user. I could serve and volley with an APDC/GT and have no problems with it...

ace0001a
09-09-2010, 06:05 AM
I just got a couple of MGEPs myself, so count me in. Just out of curiosity, has anyone tried the Teflon grommets on the older 2008 model?

Ross K
09-18-2010, 11:30 PM
I'm taking a look at an original MG EP shortly... just wondering if a few more ppl who have experience of them would post up their thoughts and opinions on this racket... I admit this is kind of coming out of left-field for me, and I've never been curious about this line of rackets previously. However, I'm suddenly interested again in slightly lighter and a bit more powerful (for me), very whippy, very topspin b-liner rackets, and this kind of intrigues me somewhat... I suppose similar would be PDR, PD and the APD; though quite how similar, well, I'm about to find out...

BTW, Any pros play with this exact model (the very first Extreme Pro)?


R.

Ross K
09-19-2010, 12:18 AM
Have just done a search and come across a load of dire warnings re harshness of frame and TE and other injury problems... hmmm... not good at all, and especially as I experienced some issues in this dept about a year ago... :( I shall proceed with caution.

shogun90
09-19-2010, 01:23 PM
I concur. I came back to tennis last year and used the MGEXP, developed tennis elbow. Have been using a variety of Prince racquets and haven't had the same issues.

michael_1265
09-20-2010, 08:32 AM
As the title says..
A club for the owners of this amazing racquet.
Post pics, string setups, customizations.. Everything about this model of head.
I will later post some pics of my sticks.

Members list:
1- THESEXPISTOL
2 - shogun90
3 - scs96ajr
4 - Don Luca
5 - Winks
6- VivalaVida
7- Kick Serve 14

Count me in. I fell in love with this racquet when it first came out (I had just taken up league tennis). I recently demoed some sticks, but none came close.

I asked my stringer to add some lead tape last time one was strung, and it really firms up my volleys.
Setup-I have two with the following: Blue Gear 1.28g with Wilson Stamina 16 in the crosses, lead tape at 10 and 2, Grip size: 41/2 with another 1/4" of Gamma padded grip. Total strung weight: 13.4 oz

Michael

Phantom
09-22-2010, 03:44 AM
Hi guys!

Count me in!

I have one of these babies since it came out, and have been switching from and to it ever since. Now i am playing a prestige pro and decided to go hevy on the customization, took the pallet off and placed it 1 inch below, extending it without any reinforcing to the graphite. I must tell you, it plays SWEEEET!! I have never tried an x racquet before. I am fairly tall and 1hbh, all court, so i shouldn't like it, but it turned out so great that it's back as my number one playing stick! An experiment worth trying for those who have a backup extreme!

cheers!!