How IG Prestige Mid feels?

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    From http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Vlogpage.html?ccode=VLOG260
     
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    From http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Reviews/HYIGPM/HYIGPMReview.html
     
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    It's not back at all, when I hit with that racquet I made sure to bring my spear Ipretige mid, even though they had different strings in NO WAY this new Prestige mid feels like a classic nor IPrestige, these 2 are the best racquets head ever made.

    The new prestige feels just like the last one, brassy (if I can use this term), unforgiving, not soft, hollow. I didn't like it at all. They're BSing people with the review.
     
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    From http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=6220860#post6220860
     
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    If you want a 1980's racquet buy one...

    Maybe playtesters were saying that it has the same feel but, according to modern sticks.

    I'm pretty sure the Prestige will be always the Prestige, it won't feel like 1980's or 1990's versions because materials have changed. But they will still be good damned racquets.
     
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    I would, it's just too damn expensive ;)
    Nothing can replace the feel of pure graphite, but modern game requires more powerful frames. If Head manages to recreate that "Prestige mystique" in a modern frame, then we have best of both worlds.
    And it's a big "if"...
     
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    I think he was talking to the other dude who thinks it feels brassy...
     
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    That's not really true. They still make the Prestige Classic 600 for the "Pro Room". It still feels and plays just like it did all those years ago.
     
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    But not in Austria any more, as I recall from earlier discussions. That's why I took notice of Chris's remark,
    Austrian, really?..
     
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    The Prestige Classic 600 that is still made for the "Pro Room" is still made in Austria. The MG, YT, and IG Prestige is made in China.
     
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    VS Babolat,,,,Sorry can you tell me more about the Yonex V core 98...I Know you were hitting with it...
     
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    I'd love to hear a detailed comparison with the MGPM.
     
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    I like this thread. For some reason, it is the most important reason for me
    to play tennis is to feel how sweet spot feels. :)

    Anyway, although prestige lines are generally solid feel, it always had a bit
    of that Head signature feel of somewhat brassy and (touch) hollowness.

    I like the feel of old yonex/prince frames. If Prestige has that feel, it would
    be really nice.
     
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    The Prestige Pro/Prestige Classic 600 and i.Prestige was not brassy and had no hollowness. Hitting with the Prestige Pro/Prestige Classic 600 is as smooth as velvet and very muted. No vibration what so ever not at all brassy. It is the crap that came after that is brassy especially the YT Prestige is very brassy.
     
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    I hit with it last spring. Had a good size sweet spot was crisp and muted no vibration. The is number one thing I look for in a new racquet that I am testing is what is the story on the vibration because I don't use a dampener. So having a muted feel is something I look for. Especially in my formative years playing with the Max200G and then Prestige Pro. So I am very sensitive to vibration and that Brassy feel.
     
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    I didn´t use it dampener also,,,but this V core 98 has a very low SW, for this reason not sure about it.
     
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    i'm exactly the same way about feel and vibration. never use dampeners either
     
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    My experience with YT and FXP prestige was not too much brassy (just touch brassy) compared to
    radicals of that time and olde premier 630 in 90's, I thought.

    anyway, my favorite is yonex's players frames of 90's. there was vibration but
    felt good. had to leave yonex because it was too boring.
     
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    No offensive but the Premier Tour 600 was a piece of garbage. It was a taste of what was to come.
     
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    Hey Max!

    With your game style and level of play, why would you want to mess around with such a small headed frame which is designed more for longitudinal strokes rather than rotational strokes, not to mention the closed string pattern?
     
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    Hey TM,
    That's a very good question. Currently I'm using Head Prestige Tour 600 and LM Prestige Mid, occasionally switching to a bigger headed frame, Dunlop MW 95 and Head Satellite Tour MP (102 sq in) just to experiment with my technique. I'm coming back to Prestige Mid, because it's easier for me to turn smaller racquet head around the ball, even though I would prefer more open string pattern (I'm trying to offset this with lower tension and poly with a bite in the mains, currently 48 lbs Poly Star Turbo). Plus i started to compress the ball so much more on my forehand, like you suggested long time ago ;)

    My other option is Wilson BLX90, but I find it a bit lackluster in my hand compared to Prestige Mid. And above all, this is classic graphite Prestige feel and sound I'm looking for and this is why I was looking at London Tour. If IG Prestige Mid can provide me that plus bigger sweetspot, I will stick with Prestige Mid line and further build my technique around it.
     
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    I really liked the original Prestige, but coming from an egg shaped head, I couldn't make the adjustment. The London Tour plays close to the original Prestige, and I have mine leaded to 370 grams, making is that much closer, and which is 20-25 grams less than anything which I have used in 40 years. Yet, it's not perfect. I prefer the sticks heft in the shoulders, whereas the Tour's is at 3/9. Thus, I have made the adjustment with the customization. The Prestige's heft is a little higher, around 2/10, so it's too tough to customize it feel what I am looking for as I swing through the air and contact the ball. However, you can easily take the Tour and move it's heft up a little higher. You should give it a shot.
     
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    I would, I'm just trying to avoid lead in my house in any amount, as my 2 y.o. daughter likes to play with my racquets more than with Teddy bears. And without customization London Tour would not be that stable and its sweet zone is fairly small from what I can gather from numerous reviews. So, I hope I can settle with something that's good in stock form for now.
     
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    You can put the lead under the grommets and under the grip. She will never get to it. Also I have hit with the London Tour only in stock form and was very impressed with power and size of the sweet spot. It is worth a try or the IG Prestige Mid that I am waiting for any day now. Look for a in depth review when I get it.
     
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    Looking forward to that review VS. My cousin is waiting to test out the IG prestige mid as well.
     
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    I switched from the PB 10 Mid, which sweet spot is massive, to the London Tour, so anyone who says that the Tour's sweet spot is small, is on drugs. I know a few Future's players who are using the frame, and have added only 2-4 grams in total. So stock or near stock, they can't be that unstable if these guys can deal with it. Mine are very light for me, but I only weighted them up because I need a heavier frame to overcome the incoming ball of my players, who are all still competing, and anywhere from 25-35 years younger than I. Otherwise, if I were to play with the guys I grew-up with, who hit a far lighter ball, I would be using the frame near stock. Maybe.
     
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    Although I'm not a long-time "prestige classic" user, I am a long-time 'pro tour 280' user, which from my stints with the prestige classic & tour, also has that old-school, amazing feel that some people are seeking in modern frames, to little avail.

    Well, point is I finally got around to picking up a used London Tour 93, and strung it exactly as I do my PT280s... Initially (just one set so far), it is as close to the old, velvety feel, and I agree, the sweetspot is not as 'tiny' as people have reviewed it to be. I'm going to use it more this weekend, and having already tried the YT prestiges, I have a feeling the "IG" tech is not going to magically bring back the velvet feel that some of us are looking for. As of now, the closest modern frame with old-school feel, to me, is this London Tour. The flex on impact, and the ability to carve my shots like the old PT280 was very nice. Being a lighter package to the old PT's is a huge plus for my aging game as well.

    (sorry for the derail!)
     
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    Please share your impressions when you try London Tour some more. It's that classic velvet feel I'm after, not particular brand. Besides, I like flex rating 55 a little bit more than 63, my only concern is considerable drop of power in the upper part of London Tour stringbed, that some reviewers noticed. But maybe they exaggerated the problem like they did with sweetspot, and there's nothing you can't fix with duct tape (I mean, lead)
     
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    From http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=409542&page=3
     
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    If they are posting somewhere that the London Tour is a 63 flex rating, then their diagnostic machine needs some serious calibration.

    And adding as little as one or two layers of 1/2 in wide white athletic tape 4 inches long, fixes the "so-called" loss of power issue. I personally have never felt that, even with stretch volleys, but my sticks are weighted/balanced to my personal specs, so those specs obviously fixes that "so-called" issue, besides the fact that I consistently use the sweet spot to contact the ball, and not the rest of the string bed, which although I paid for, I prefer not to use.
     
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    flex 63 - I meant IG Mid
    I tend to use more of my string bed estate, especially in the upper part of sweet zone, trying to brush the ball diagonally (more like a side spin).
     
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    Very cool! Keep us apprised.
     
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    quite possibly IG Prestige is waiting for my demo. :)
     
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    Yes I'm waiting to hear more critical views, none that I found so far... :confused:
     
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    From http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=409542&page=7
     
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    How does the mid respond on off center shots?
     
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    just buy POG or Pro staff 85, modern racquet has no traditional feel.
     
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    I hit with the Prestige Mid IG today and though it feels a bit better than the Youtek Prestige Mid being a bit more solid, it still had some harshness to it especially if you hit outside the center sweetspot.

    I guess I don't have the game to hit with this particular stuck but glad I had a chance to demo it.
     
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    Have you tried the IG Mid-plus yet? Thought I recall you stating that you were going to give both a demo. I found the MP a bit more forgiving and easier to wield than the Mid.
     
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