head prestige s

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  1. acintya

    acintya Semi-Pro

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    how is the new head prestige s? had someone play with it ?
     
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  2. Dgdavid

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    I have it. Played 3 sets with it so far. Nice and surprisingly solid for its weight. Needs a faster swing but noticeably more control/accuracy than my Rebel 98 for instance. Not as solid as my Prestige Midplus but more pace and spin (but I need a faster swing to keep things in). I got it because my Pro was to sluggish in fast singles matches. I prefer the S.

    If I didn't keep getting dragged back to my Midplus, it would be my primarily racket (and still might be).
     
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  3. YesTennis

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    I also have been using the Prestige S. I had a short hit with it, and listed it on the For Sale forum( no response by the way). I have been using it a bit more the past week, and the racquet is really growing on me. The power level is low/medium. I'm really impressed by the "feel" of the racquet. It is very solid and has the "Prestige feel" that I think Chris (tester at TW) described. I was testing a few "tweeners," and this racquet doesn't have any hollow feel that some of the others did. Just a very solid racquet at a manageable SW, etc... Some might prefer to add a little lead to get some more plow through, but play fine for me stock. The racquet has a players feel, in a lighter package. At my level, I might still be better with a more traditional tweener. Check the FS forum if you're interested in a good price on a used model.
     
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  4. JackB1

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    I tried it and found it very unforgiving on off center hits. Power level was very low as well. I couldn't recommend this unless you are a pretty accomplished player who hits dead center most of the time and can supply your own power all the time.
     
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  5. srvnvly

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    I second Jack's response - if you are looking for a tweener, look elsewhere
     
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  6. etd

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    Would this be worth looking at if you want a lighter player's racquet (such as a lighter version of the IG Prestige MP)?

    Thanks!
     
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  7. JackB1

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    Yes. That is precisely what it is.
     
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  8. YesTennis

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    Anybody have any string recommendations for this racquet? The prevailing wisdom is that this racquet is somewhat underpowered, so wondering if it would be best to string with a full bed multi/gut, or hybrid. Appreciate any thoughts.
     
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  9. Dgdavid

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    If you have a Prestige like swing, you won't find it underpowered. I didn't coming from the Midplus.
     
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  10. CesarMorales92

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    Anybody customized a prestige S
     
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  11. dhv

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    What string and tension have you used? I am wondering if it will play well with a multifilament at low tension. The recommended range is 48-57 pounds, let's say 48-50. It should have more power and a larger sweetspot. Hopefully the control will still be there. What do you guys think?
     
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  12. JackB1

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    I tried it with natural gut and low tension and it still wasn't acceptable for me personally. If you are below 4.0 rated, I think there are lots of better choices out there.
     
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    Would agree from my demo, found it garing on off centered hits. I was not impressed on handeling hard paced balls at the baseline or net. It felt that it was unstable and twisted.
     
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  14. Ojibway

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    How is Prestige S compared to Radical MP?
     
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  15. CesarMorales92

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    Jack ... Your right its not stable at all
     
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  16. retlod

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    I found it too light when I demoed it out of curiosity. It does indeed have the feel of a prestige, but to be as headlight as it is in a package that's that light overall just didn't work for me. I found it too easy to start using too much wrist flick, almost like a racquetball racquet. The lack of mass also made it pretty unstable when the balls were coming in hot. Such a light frame needs to be more head heavy to be useful, IMO. Advanced players need beefier frames. Intermediates need tweeners. Beginners need head-heavy frying pans. The Prestige S is none of those things, and thus, isn't a good fit for anyone. I think HEAD swung and missed with this one.
     
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  17. CesarMorales92

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    Haha and I have 3 of these bad boys leaded its fine but eh wish I bought the pure storm.ltd Gt instead
     
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  18. JackB1

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    ^^^
    Nailed it! :)
     
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  19. li0scc0

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    The only way I like the Prestige S is with lots of lead. At that point, why not get the Prestige Pro? It has a thinner beam than the S. The only way I can see going with the Prestige S is if you play purely baseline and want a lighter player's racquet. It is not stable enough stock for volleys, in my opinion. Your results may vary.
     
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  20. skeeter

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    I'm actually kinda digging on the Prestige S right now (I'm a 4.0/4.5, 1HBH, all-courter, dubs and singles). Started off with the IG Midplus and though I liked many things about it, felt a bit sluggish on certain shots (particularly serves and volleys) and seemed a little heavy after 3 sets. Demo'd the S and now have it out for a "long term" trial. I added about 2 grams at 12, 3 grams at top of handle, and with overgrip and dampener, all comes to about 11.8 oz; perfect for me. The lead seems to add a bit more stability on harder hit shots, volleys are great, and getting some good pop on serves now. The more open string pattern may have helped in the power department a bit, but I also think the right strings bring this racquet some real life. I'm using gut mains and Head Rip Control crosses (57/54) at the moment and feels pretty dang nice. I've just been using it about 2 weeks now and dodging rainy weather, so still getting used to it, but so far so good.
     
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  21. pattenww

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    I am a 3.5/4.0 player coming back from a year off with elbow problems. I took my micro rad out and quickly recognized i needed an open pattern for more comfort (had is strung with MCS) and plusher feel (i do not find the rad a soft and plush as others). I tried an bunch of rackets and for me the prestige s nailed it - strung with fxp tour the pocketing is amazing and the headlight balance and weight makes 1hbh a bit easier on my elbow.

    I think of it as more of an instinct tour vs a prestige team.....

    I may need to snatch a 295 gram frame to use till i build up strength, but am keeping the prestige s...

    If I ever find it a bit to head light i can always put a little lead on the head.
     
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  22. rb__11

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    what strings work best for this stick? and how much lead did you guys put into this racquet?
     
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