Head IG Instinct: Grip shape

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  1. Andreas1965

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    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!!
     
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  2. Dgdavid

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    i had an IG Instinct in the UK in the UK and it was the squarer grip (same as IG Speed MP).
     
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  3. Anton

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

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    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.
     
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  5. Andreas1965

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    Ok, the majority seems to vote for Wilson like grip shape.
    Are the pallets changeable like Prestige?
     
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  6. jjl

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    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?
     
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  7. Andreas1965

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    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.
     
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  8. Dgdavid

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    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).
     
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  9. Snaab

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    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.
     
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  10. Racquet Daddy

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    ^^ 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.
     
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    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!
     
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  12. Anton

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    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.
     
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  13. Anton

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    ...but not IG Instinct :)
     
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  14. Racquet Daddy

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    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.
     
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  15. Andreas1965

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    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
     
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  16. Anton

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

    Personally I use **** pallet on my Prestige, I like it even more then 82S
     
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    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.
     
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  18. Racquet Daddy

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

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

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    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.
     
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  20. srvnvly

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    It seems square/ round in shape; definitely not rectangular. I wish Head would use it for the Radicals.
     
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  21. SteveI

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    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....
     
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  22. gamerx52986

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    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.
     
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  23. SteveI

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    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??? :) ?
     
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  24. Anton

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

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

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