Head Youtek IG Prestige Midplus

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  1. Dasol

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    Hi,

    I demoed IG Prestige MP today, and wow, it is a great racquet! I previously played with Wilson Blx 6.1 95 (18X20), PDR 2012, and Pure Storm Tour GT, and I think IG Prestige MP, compared to them, is very smooth, plush, yet solid and stable. Also, it is very easy to swing and the sweet spot seems to be large to me.

    This Prestige MP is strung with Xcel 16, and I think tension is 48lb. I did not have any problem with control today and the feel was very nice. Yet, I did not rip the ball today, since I thought this flexible frame with multi might be too powerful.

    If you have used IG Prestige MP, what is the best set up for this? I prefer multi to poly, but hybrid is fine to me. Sweetspot seems to be pretty large with Xcel 16 at 48lb, so I think I need less power and more control. Maybe just a little bit higher tension? Any advice will be welcomed!

    Thank you in advance!
     
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  2. rafafan20

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    I've only tested it and its a great racket, my second favorite (to what I use now). I would say a thin gauged poly would be the best. Maybe the 17l hexablade if you want control and possibly more spin.
     
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  3. Dasol

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    Thanks for your advice! I have not cared much about the gauge of string before and aways used 16 gauge. Do you think 17 gauge really gives more control and spin? Also, many reviews of Prestige MP say it is better to stay with a low tension (max 53?) since it is a low powered racquet. So, I want to know how high I can string it up too.
     
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  4. rafafan20

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    I usually string my rackets pretty tight so I'd be the wrong person to ask about tension, its really about what you prefer the Prestige isnt SO low powered that you can't string it between 55-58. The low gage offers more pop and spin, and on the tight string bed I think a thinner control oriented poly keeps the control of the prestige but adds monster spin. Hexablade 17l came to mind because its a softer, control oriented spinny string. The weisscannon strings would be great too.
     
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  5. Dasol

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    Any other recommendations???
     
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  6. pvaudio

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    Yeah, try the Pro. I demoed both and settled on the Pro. Haven't looked back.
     
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  7. Dasol

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    Thanks, I demoed the Pro too, but it was more powerful than MP, and I thought it does not fit to my game. Also, controlwise, I think MP is a little bit better than the Pro.
     
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  8. MikeHitsHard93

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    I also really liked the mp. I would go with a little higher tension.
     
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  9. dreamneedle

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    I got Tecnifibre Black Code 1.24 @53 and I'm happy with it.
     
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  10. uk_skippy

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    I use TF X1 17 main/Babolat Revenge 17 crosses strung at ~52/49lbs.

    Regards

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  11. Dasol

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    Thanks a lot!
     
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  12. Dasol

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    Thank you!
     
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  13. Dasol

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    Thanks a lot!

    One quick question: I have not used a hybrid set up for a long time, maybe used a week or so, and I do not know exactly what difference main/cross and cross/main variation makes. What I mean is if the main is gut/multi and the cross is poly, is it really different from the poly main and gut/multi cross? And I saw some posts saying that poly main is cutting gut/multi cross really fast, so I want to know about it too. If I put gut/multi for main and poly for cross, then the poly cross tension should be higher than main because poly is stiffer?

    Thank you in advance!
     
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  14. Peedub

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    I demoed the IGPMP with Sonic Pro at 55lbs and found it under powered but loved the frame so I bought one and have VS Touch 16 mains and RPM Blast 17 at 57/53 and it is a beast - a bit over powered but fantastic feel and touch.

    When its time for a restring I'm going to bump the poly cross tension up to get some of the control back.
     
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  15. uk_skippy

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    75% of the stringbed's charateristics comes from the mains. So if you have a soft string on the mains, that is the feel you'll get most of. Conversely put a poly on the mains and that's what you'll feel.

    As for tension, I follow the line that as the poly is stiffer you should string it lower, which is the general rule if using a full bed of poly. However, when it comes to professionals, what they believe is important for them. I've seen same tensions on hybrids and lower tensions on crosses even where its a multi.

    Regards

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  16. Dasol

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    Thank you so much!!
     
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  18. anubis

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    I too love the Prestige MP. I had one briefly over the summer and erroneously thought I needed more power, so I've been using the Rad MP ever since. But I've since wizened up and will be switching back to the Prestige MP. The rad MP is fine, but its just too powerful for me. Even with a poly setup and extreme spin, balls are still sailing long.
     
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  19. thecrusher956

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    As surprising as it may seem, I tried a pro with a poly vs a multi and the multi actually felt like it had more control than even the mp.
     
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  20. movdqa

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    Full poly at 54.
     
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  21. Overheadsmash

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    I have the pro, the mp, and the s and I love them all. Great sticks. The pro has great plow-through and is really stable.
     
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  22. thecrusher956

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    Which is your favorite?
     
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  23. Overheadsmash

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    For singles the pro. For doubles the S. The MP is nice, but it is really low powered. I've been experimenting with different string setups in the MP trying to find the right balance.

    Like others here (Ross K, Mikeler, etc), I love to try out different sticks and string setups in search of the "holy grail". It's enjoyable.
     
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  24. sunof tennis

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    That is a good suggestion. You might also try a cheaper gut for the mains. Probably would have to bump the tension then from 52 to 55.
     
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  25. Dasol

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    Thanks guys,

    I am still using Xcel 16 at 48, and I am having a match tomorrow and will change the string after the game. I am leaning toward natural gut now and hope my first experience with NG is good :) Since Prestige MP is a low powered racquet, I will probable string NG at 52 and see whether I can control it.
     
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  26. Dasol

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    I demoed the Pro too and it was strung with poly (I do not remember the tension though), For me, the Pro was very lively compared to MP and I sprayed balls several times. I think MP is more consistent than the Pro, though MP is definitely less powerful than the Pro.
     
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  27. Overheadsmash

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    I've been messing around with a full bed of the new Lux 4G and I like it in an old Dunlop Aerogel 500 tour that I have. I think I'm going to string it in the MP and go really low - like 45 lbs for starters.

    You are correct about the MP being more consistent though. I'm really accurate with it. Just need to find a little more pace because I play with all people who are better then me and if I give then a slower pace short ball they eat my lunch lol.
     
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  28. Dasol

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    I strung mine with Xcel 16 at 48, and controlwise I do not have problem. With multi at low tension, the MP is powerful enough for my game. If you think the MP is very very low-powered, I think poly at 45lb might be a good try. Let me know how it feels after you try it.
     
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  29. thecrusher956

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    What would you reccommend stringing the pro with?
     
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  30. SpinKing

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    See below ...
     
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  31. colowhisper

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    I am curious to try a full bed. How long does it last for you?
     
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  32. movdqa

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    Full Poly lasts about 40 hours for me. Some of the crispness wears off a lot sooner than that but I just keep playing on.
     
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  33. Gee

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    Recently I switched to Solinco Tour Bite 19 that I highly would recommend you.

    The thin 19 gauge strng really gives a great touch. The sweetspot feels bigger as well to me because of the bigger string spacing.
     
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  34. AsianArnold1

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    i string mine ELT style bec/ of my elbow (see sig block). right now i have a full bed of Pro's Pro Blackforce @38 (elbow happy :wink:). at this tension, the ball dips at the last second and stays in. i added lead at 10/2 so plow thru is similar to the Pro but with better flex and feel. it's true that my MP is low powered, so my shots at 10ft behind baselines just barely clears the net. Hmm, maybe i may up the tension to 42#.
     
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  35. colowhisper

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    Well I played with this set up a few times this past week during practice matches and had to cut it out. It was just too powerful, felt like I had to hold back on my swing to keep the ball in. However it was surprisingly comfortable and had more touch than I expected from a poly full bed and I can see why people like it. I think I might enjoy the string at higher tension, perhaps 55 or 56, but fear that would creep into the uncomfortable for my arm territory. I went back to my normal hybrid of gut mains and ptp125 crosses and the swing came right back into focus. Always fun to experiment though.
     
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  36. DonDiego

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    The IG Prestige MP begs for Black Widow 18 at around 50 lbs.
     
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  37. SpinToWin

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    Yuck! Get a hybrid in there. Gut or a good multifilament in the mains and a slick and smooth polyester in the crosses.
     
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  38. yangster007

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    18 gauge sounds great on a Prestige MP. :)
     
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  39. dpca

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    YONEX Poly Tour Pro @ 54 (24.5kg).

    Not bad!!

    D.
     
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