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Andreas1965
11-05-2012, 09:51 AM
Hi guys,

now the Instinct went on sale at several shops here, so finally I would like to demo the frame, it seems to be in my range of preferred specs (with a leather grip and some lead).

But if the frame has the rectangular Head grip shape I won't like it and I don't know if I'm willing to go the pallet-change-way again (did it with all my prestiges once). Speed pallets would cost me another 25$ per racquet (and I would need three frames).

So: rectangular or round grip??

Thank you!!

Dgdavid
11-05-2012, 10:22 AM
i had an IG Instinct in the UK in the UK and it was the squarer grip (same as IG Speed MP).

Anton
11-05-2012, 10:39 AM
Hi guys,

now the Instinct went on sale at several shops here, so finally I would like to demo the frame, it seems to be in my range of preferred specs (with a leather grip and some lead).

But if the frame has the rectangular Head grip shape I won't like it and I don't know if I'm willing to go the pallet-change-way again (did it with all my prestiges once). Speed pallets would cost me another 25$ per racquet (and I would need three frames).

So: rectangular or round grip??

Thank you!!

IG Instinct has Wilson like grip shape - you'll like it. I wish they did that for all their rackets.

jjl
11-05-2012, 12:55 PM
i disagree, i have an IG Instinct and it definitely has the usual Head rectangular grip shape. The new Extremes' grips are rounder like Wilsons.

Andreas1965
11-05-2012, 10:19 PM
Ok, the majority seems to vote for Wilson like grip shape.
Are the pallets changeable like Prestige?

jjl
11-06-2012, 04:27 AM
IG Instinct grip:
http://img.tennis-warehouse.com/new_big/HTIGI-3.JPG

Prestige MP grip:
http://img.tennis-warehouse.com/new_big/HYIPMP-4.JPG

BLX PS 6.1 95 grip:
http://img.tennis-warehouse.com/new_big/WPS95-3.JPG

You judge for yourself. The Instinct MP has the same shaped grip as the Prestige MP. It's one of the reasons I initially bought the Instinct, I like the rectangular Head grip shape. I ended up switching to the Extreme MP, that racket's grip is a bit squarer like Wilson grips. Why don't you hold an Instinct MP yourself to see for yourself?

Andreas1965
11-06-2012, 04:55 AM
Because I have no shop nearby that has the frame. Ordering a demo would cost me some money, money I could save if the grip shape is like Prestige.

Dgdavid
11-06-2012, 05:06 AM
Might be a regional thing but the Instinct is definitely squarer than the Prestige. Even in jjl pictures he kindly posted, the Instinct looks squarer (relative length of bevel 2).

Snaab
11-06-2012, 05:51 AM
AFAIK only the Speed frames are using the Speed pallets, I've looked at the Instinct frames and they share the standard rectangular pallets of Head's Prestige and Radical lines.

Racquet Daddy
11-06-2012, 07:45 AM
^^ Unless something's changed with the 2013 racquets, I was also under the assumption that all Head racquets have rectangular grips except the Speeds. I've played with the Radicals, Extremes, Prestiges and Speeds.

Dgdavid
11-06-2012, 02:04 PM
Hmmm, I wonder if my memory is a bit off because it was my first time with a larger Grip 4 and would have felt a bit fuller in my hand. Better ignore my earlier posts just in case!

Anton
11-07-2012, 08:47 AM
i disagree, i have an IG Instinct and it definitely has the usual Head rectangular grip shape. The new Extremes' grips are rounder like Wilsons.

I have IG Intinct as well, I got it brand new from TW.

I also own a IG Prestige MP, which I specifically customized to have a more square shape like the Instinct.

Anton
11-07-2012, 08:54 AM
^^ Unless something's changed with the 2013 racquets, I was also under the assumption that all Head racquets have rectangular grips except the Speeds. I've played with the Radicals, Extremes, Prestiges and Speeds.

...but not IG Instinct :)

Racquet Daddy
11-07-2012, 05:26 PM
Ok - this is mind bottling. I'm a Prestige guy, so I am always swapping to the TK82S (aka "Speed") pallet. You guys are telling me that I can pull them from a new Instinct or Extreme now? I'm gonna need to see pics of pallets to confirm all this.

Andreas1965
11-07-2012, 10:53 PM
Confusing.
I wrote an email to Head Germany, unfortunately no answer until yet.

I'm afraid I'll have to order a demo and see for myself. 10

Anton
11-09-2012, 08:09 AM
Ok - this is mind bottling. I'm a Prestige guy, so I am always swapping to the TK82S (aka "Speed") pallet. You guys are telling me that I can pull them from a new Instinct or Extreme now? I'm gonna need to see pics of pallets to confirm all this.

Yes, not sure about IG extremes, but IG Instinct has TK82S pallet.

Personally I use RPNY pallet on my Prestige, I like it even more then 82S

Andreas1965
11-10-2012, 08:24 AM
Yes, not sure about IG extremes, but IG Instinct has TK82S pallet.

Personally I use RPNY pallet on my Prestige, I like it even more then 82S
Now I can confirm Anton's post:

today I received a demo and culdn't resist to pull off the basegrip a little bit.
Pallet says TK82S

So thank god they gave these frames the round grip.

Racquet Daddy
11-10-2012, 02:20 PM
Personally I use RPNY pallet on my Prestige, I like it even more then 82S

I actually put an RPNY pallet on my PC600 - love it.

Well, you guys just blew my mind with this IG Instinct pallet business.

SteveI
01-19-2013, 11:57 PM
So..... whats the answer? Seems like the S pallet might be a UK issue? I just ordered one. I will pull the grip and see what is installed on mine.

srvnvly
01-20-2013, 05:19 AM
It seems square/ round in shape; definitely not rectangular. I wish Head would use it for the Radicals.

SteveI
01-20-2013, 06:12 AM
It seems square/ round in shape; definitely not rectangular. I wish Head would use it for the Radicals.

Getting mine on Tues... I will rip that grip off and see what the pallet indicates. I play the Head MG PP and just replaced the grip.. and it is a standard Head pallet. I go back and forth with Head, Volkl and Dunlop and I know I feel the difference but I could not tell you if it hurts or helps my game in any event. Moving my feet and watching the ball is most important to my game....

gamerx52986
01-20-2013, 05:42 PM
I had ordered a pair of IG Instincts from TW in early December and they definitely have a different pallet on them than my Microgel Radical or Youtek Radical. As mentioned by others its rounder and not the traditional Head rectangular grip.

SteveI
01-23-2013, 04:47 AM
Just got mine... looks the same in as in the pic here.. but pretty much seems the same shape as my MG PP grip shape and the same as a Volkl. Does not seem to make a difference in my game in any event. So the answer is??? :-) ?

Anton
01-23-2013, 06:55 AM
Just got mine... looks the same in as in the pic here.. but pretty much seems the same shape as my MG PP grip shape and the same as a Volkl. Does not seem to make a difference in my game in any event. So the answer is??? :-) ?

Just got your IG Instinct? And you think it has standard 82 HEAD grip?

SteveI
01-23-2013, 10:00 AM
Just got your IG Instinct? And you think it has standard 82 HEAD grip?

Looks like the one in the pic.. did not pull the grip

SteveI
01-23-2013, 10:17 AM
IG Instinct grip:
http://img.tennis-warehouse.com/new_big/HTIGI-3.JPG

Prestige MP grip:
http://img.tennis-warehouse.com/new_big/HYIPMP-4.JPG

BLX PS 6.1 95 grip:
http://img.tennis-warehouse.com/new_big/WPS95-3.JPG

You judge for yourself. The Instinct MP has the same shaped grip as the Prestige MP. It's one of the reasons I initially bought the Instinct, I like the rectangular Head grip shape. I ended up switching to the Extreme MP, that racket's grip is a bit squarer like Wilson grips. Why don't you hold an Instinct MP yourself to see for yourself?

I have a MG PP and an Instinct.. the grip shape is the same.