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johnchung907
11-09-2012, 07:02 AM
Does anybody notice a significant difference in all these racquets? I might get one... but can't choose.

johnchung907
11-09-2012, 07:04 AM
And prestige?

MikeHitsHard93
11-09-2012, 07:15 AM
They are all different, with the instinct and extreme being somewhat similar and the other three being similar to eachother

VeeSe
11-09-2012, 06:21 PM
Describe your game/level of play. I think if you are a higher level player (good NTRP 4.0 or above) with very fast swings and good power production from your own play, you'll like the Prestige, Radical, or Speed. Also, it depends on what racquet you're used to playing with. What are the specs like on your current racquet and what are you looking to get in a new racquet? How heavy was your previous racquet? These things will all dictate which of these is best for you.

Francis27
11-09-2012, 06:38 PM
If you want a light powerful and spin-friendly racket and control choose the instinct (my racket of choice).

If you want low powered with nice control choose the speed

If you want a heavy powerful racket choose the radical

If you want EXTREME SPIN, good power and control choose the extreme


So coming to an end it all depends on your style of play

jonnyboi09
11-09-2012, 08:04 PM
In my opinion, you really can't go wrong with the Radical. It's easy to customize and plays wonderfully stock. There is no better deal than the Microgel Radical on TW for $89. I'm a 4.5 and play an aggressive baseline game and love everything about the Radical.

heninfan99
11-12-2012, 10:34 AM
If you're a 3.5 or lower I would recommend an older Instinct. It's a great tweener stick. I used to use it. If you're over the 3.5 level the newish Prestige Mid+ is one of the sweetest sticks I've ever hit with. The Prestige mid is great too but can be challenging to use. I'm not a fan of the Radical but whatever. The Speed felt floppy to me.

Of course the old Instinct can work for an advanced player too though you may want toe lead it up. My 2 cents.

Francis27
11-12-2012, 12:40 PM
If you're a 3.5 or lower I would recommend an older Instinct. It's a great tweener stick. I used to use it. If you're over the 3.5 level the newish Prestige Mid+ is one of the sweetest sticks I've ever hit with. The Prestige mid is great too but can be challenging to use. I'm not a fan of the Radical but whatever. The Speed felt floppy to me.

Of course the old Instinct can work for an advanced player too though you may want toe lead it up. My 2 cents.


What do you mean by old instinct?

dje31
11-12-2012, 01:28 PM
Took out an IG Instinct MP for my wife to demo, and she hit really well with it. I tried it and was surprised / amazed how soft it felt at impact, considering its stiffness is fairly high. I was hesitant for her to try it because of the RDC, and has had joint issues lately...and she's used the C10 Pro for 8+ years now.

johnchung907
11-12-2012, 06:40 PM
Regarding the specs of my current racquet... BLX Prostaff Six One 90 (latest version). I would like a racquet that's a tad lighter but generates more power and doesn't sacrifice to much control. Regarding my level, I would say a 4.5.

etd
11-12-2012, 08:27 PM
What do you mean by old instinct?

One of the gold color Instincts such as the Microgel or the original Youtek

MikeHitsHard93
11-12-2012, 09:15 PM
One of the gold color Instincts such as the Microgel or the original Youtek

Why not the new one?

Francis27
11-13-2012, 11:56 AM
Why not the new one?

i have the new one and its really good

Xizel
11-13-2012, 04:40 PM
I have YT Speed 16x19 and it feels like a 2x4 board. Stay away. I do, however, recommend the Radical.

Stringers
11-13-2012, 07:17 PM
Personally for me

Speed
Extreme
Instinct
Radical

The Speed and Extreme were both a please to hit with. I enjoyed the Instinct too. The Radical I'd just blegh for me.

srvnvly
11-13-2012, 07:55 PM
New Speeds and Instincts in January 2013 - I'm more curious about the weight and swing weight of the new Instinct.

TennisJC
11-27-2012, 08:04 PM
New Speeds and Instincts in January 2013 - I'm more curious about the weight and swing weight of the new Instinct.

You guys might have already read this, as I did a big review back in the Spring for the IG line: http://www.tennis-bargains.com/2012/03/head-ig-rackets-reviewed-speed-vs.html

I liked the Speed and Radical the most...but ended up getting 2x YouTek Radical MP's after reading the forum reviews and couldn't resist that 40% off TW anniversary sale :)

The 2013 Graphene line is coming out very soon...I'm only demo'ing the Speed and Instinct models this weekend and hopefully will have more sneak peak video reviews (weather's suppose to be warmer in DC). I'll post them up so you can judge for yourself if you guys want to subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/user/JCTennisPro

ryydman
11-28-2012, 12:17 AM
I had a Microgel Extreme for 6 months and never felt comfortable with it, I also found it very stiff unless strung with multis. It's not a bad stick, but not for me.

I now own a Youtek IG Instinct and a Youtek Instinct, quite different sticks even though the spacs are very similar, the 18x19 string pattern of the Youtek Gold Instinct feels radically different.

The Youtek IG is a great tweener with it's VERY open 16x19 string pattern, the Youtek is like a bridge between a tweener and a players stick...

Dberger820
11-28-2012, 11:26 AM
As a big fan of Head racquets I recently tried all the lines to see if anything felt better to me than my MG Radical MP I was using. After reading the fantastic review of the Extreme 2.0 on TW I was very excited to try it. I only hit with it for about 20 minutes because I couldn't stand the feel from the new grommets. The previous model hit much more solid in my opinion. I then played with the Instinct which felt similar to my Radical just with a lot more power. I take huge cuts at the ball and I had most flying long. I then tested both the 18x20 Speed and the Speed 300. The Speed 18x20 felt very cumbersome to me but I loved the 300. I ended up buying one. I played with it for about a month until i started having elbow pains. I picked up the IG Radical Pro and really enjoy it as it is now my current stick of choice. It has the added weight to push the ball deep in the court and the flex that took away my elbow pain. Still playing around with my string setup but I like the play of the stick.

Anyways, this is my experience with these Head lines and I hope it helps. Prestige I tried once and it was simply too heavy for me so I haven't tried it since. Maybe down the road when my strokes can accommodate the added mass ill give it another go. Good luck!

2ManyAces
11-28-2012, 03:09 PM
radical = soft
speed = little bit stiffer, I liked it the most
instinct = egg-shaped head, soft
extreme = soft

thecrusher956
11-29-2012, 02:45 PM
radical- easily injecting pace
instinct- ball goes really deep easily
extreme- TON of spin
speed- a bit stiff, good spin and control

why not think of prestige?