Head Prestige Series

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by justinyyang, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. justinyyang

    justinyyang Rookie

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    I've began to gain alot interest in this series. I've heard that the original is amazing to play with, although I've never seen one in person or played with any of it's successors.

    Just from browsing around this is what I've seen. I'm not listing them in chronological order of course since I have no idea which series came first, but I'll try my best to list it in order.

    - The Original. What is the proper name for the racquet or series? Classic? 600? I have no idea.

    - Liquidmetal

    - Flexpoint

    - Microgel

    - Youtek

    - Youtek IG

    I think I am missing one. Anyways. I know that the first will always be the best, but which series would you consider the best? The worst? Plus the "cap" grommets have always been a unique part of the racquets too right?

    Sorry for sounding like a "noob." I'm a Prince Original Graphite fan. I haven't played with any other "classic" or "vintage" series that are still being produced today.

    I'm a big fan of the Prince Original Graphite Tour 107 and I've been looking for another racquet that could possibly change my "following." I think the midplus versions of the Prestiges might me switch over or gain another favorite.
     
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  2. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I don't think "The Original" is the PC600. I think the lineage started long before the PC600. But it is one of the more sought after frame ever. I'm familiar with the Prestige line since PC600, so I'll help you from there.

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Reviews/HYTPM/HYTPMReview.html

    The first picture of the review shows the PC600 as being in the middle of the lineage.

    But yes, the PC600 is amazing to play with!

    After the PC600, which is what I'm familiar with, it goes like this:

    - Prestige Classic 600
    - Intelligence Prestige (the one you're missing!)
    - Liquidmetal Prestige
    - Flexpoint Prestige
    - Microgel Prestige
    - Youtek Prestige
    - Youtek IG Prestige

    To me, the best Prestige is the PC600. Smooth and buttery is what I would use to describe it. The worse for me would be the Liquidmetal variant.

    As far as the CAPS, I think they started and recognized with a Prestige. But there is at least one other frame with CAP-like grommet, so it's not really unique, but unique enough. I think it's one of those Boris Becker frames.

    Just so you know, Prestige Mids and Midpluses are completely different frames.
     
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  3. zapvor

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    the liquidmetal is my favorite!

    by the way i think it starts from prestige master/classic then to the green prestige, then the pc600, and so on
     
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  4. TheRed

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    If you're looking at the MP prestige, the line started with a racquet that's not a prestige at all: the Pro Tour 280/630. The other ones described by the posters were mids.
    1. PT 280
    2. Pro Tour Ti/ Ti Classic (terribly stiff and pingy, essentially not even close to the classic Head feel)
    3. Iprestige (came around same time as Ti Classic)
    4. LM
    5. fxp
    6. Youtek
    7. IG
     
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  5. tandayu

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    the prestige mid:

    - prestige pro (deep metallic brown for euro market), white TXP for USA, plus elite pro (green met), elektra pro (light blue met)

    - prestige pro 600 (euro market, red brown), prestige pro for usa (red brown, but different print on frame)

    - grey prestige 600, lime green bumper or cap

    - pc600 trek font, and pt600/trysis300 (suspension grip)

    - pc600 different font

    - i prestige

    - lm prestige (some still made in Austria)

    for midplus:
    - radical tour/trisys260
    -pt630/280
    - iprestige630

    the 102.5 head:
    -txm
    -prestige master

    - graphite master
    there are others but not to my interest
     
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  6. vsbabolat

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    The Ti. Pro Tour/Ti Classic are not Prestige frames and were low end frames that were released after the i.Prestige MP came out.
     
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  7. TheRed

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    You're right, the Ipres came out first. But they were the same mold as the Pro Tour 280 and even borrowed the name. I agree though, that they're not really "prestiges"
     
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  8. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo G.O.A.T.

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    Would anyone familiar with the entire Head Prestige/Radical line from the 80s and 90s please comment on the racquets in auction # 150795127036

    And other racquets offered by the same auctioner
     
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  9. vsbabolat

    vsbabolat Legend

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    Never mind.
     
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  10. pshulam

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    Wow, David Wheaton definitely has a great collection of Head legendary racquets!!! I wonder if I can see them in person since I am about 5 miles away.
     
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  11. aceroberts13

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    i.Prestige was a nice axe to swing. Too demanding for me at the present, but I love the way one of those feels. A little lead at 3 and 9 and you're either cadillac'ing or going down in a blaze of glory. Still feels great though.
     
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  12. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo G.O.A.T.

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    i.Prestige mid or mp?
     
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  13. pshulam

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    Most likely the mid. I do fine with the mid but shank the ball once in a while during serve return.
     
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  14. 4sound

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    Forgot about the TXP.

    I remember seeing a thread that has the history of all the Head Prestige rackets.
     
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  15. JUAN_PRADO

    JUAN_PRADO Rookie

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    If my mind its right , the name of the Frist prestige are
    Head prestige pro , basicly its the same but the cosmetic of this model of 1988 are very nice , i said in many times the colour of this racket is Coca Cola colour because change with the lights in some times are brown an in other times change to red , fantastic racket i think is the frame of all times , the cap bumper are the best way to protection the frame , only Kneissl made a similar sistem
    [​IMG]
     
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  16. pshulam

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    ^^yea, the brown/red Prestige Pro was the first generation of Prestige. This version was released to Europe while the U.S. version is the white TXP.
     
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