IG Prestige MP

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  1. WhereIsMacMac

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    I'll be trying the IG Prestige MP, what should I expect? Any tips? String setup suggestions?
     
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  2. Gee

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    Since the beginning of this year I am using the IG Prestige MP and I can say it has the following characteristics:
    • Solid thick and firm feel
    • Very accurate directional control
    • Low powered in stock condition. Some lead into the upper hoop 'll fix this. I added 10 grams from 10-2 and about the same weight into the handle to counterbalance.
    • String at a lower tension than you used to do. Otherwise it feels very boardy with its tight string pattern and the sweetspot 'll be rather small.
    • I always used to play without a dampener but I would recommend you to use one with this IG Prestige MP as it improves the feel a lot. I was really surprised about this.

    Hope this helps.
     
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  3. StringingIrvine

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    Tons of control, VERY low powered, lets you put the ball where you want if you know what you are doing. The 18x20 will have a different launch angle compared to your PD but after one session you should be used to it. My favorite shots with the stick are the approach shots and volleys. So much ease putting the ball deep.

    I would definately recommend thinner gauge strings to open up the string bed. Personally i love msv hex 18l at 38 lbs. I don't think i will be going lower than 38. At 38lbs it is by no means a rocket launcher. In fact i had someone hit with my racket and first thing they noticed was how low powered the frame + strings were.

    I used to use the LM prestige MP (3 yrs) , then YT prestige MP (2 yrs) swiched to the pure storm for 6 months and now i'm back to my trusty prestige MP. Out of all the prestiges I like the IG the best.

    All my sticks have a TW leather grip with one super grap over it. My previous prestiges had lead at 9 and 3, but i can't remember how much. I have not added led to my current IG's as I haven't felt that its unstable. I'm not saying that i won't, but after the 2 months with this stick and league play offs (which we won! ) i haven't had any instability issues. I'm playing with a rubber band as a shock absorber and it feels great.
     
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  5. WhereIsMacMac

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    thanks for the tips! and the review!
     
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  6. Bartelby

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    I find the prestige strangely powerful on serves and groundstrokes, but not necessarily so in defensive situations with abbreviated strokes.
     
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  7. WhereIsMacMac

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    interesting... I've always been a baseliner and my game revolves mostly on GS's
     
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  8. Bartelby

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    It's probably a string dependent opinion as cyclone tour or singnum pro tornado strung in forties really juices the racquet.
     
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  9. Alex78

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    ^^^ my thoughts exactly. I was really surprised to find out that of all the rackets I've been playing with lately, the IG Prestige MP had the most power for serves and ground strokes when I was fully prepared to hit the ball (long stroke).
    This is in comparison to a whole bunch of Radicals, most notably the IG Radical Pro, the YT Radical Pro, the MG Radical Pro, and the Prince EXO3 Tour 18x20 (granted that this is not considered to be a power stick...).
    But when I was late and not able to do a full swing, the racket just seemed to punish me ;-) And since I'm really a slow guy on court, I'm not using the Prestige for now.
    But man, the feeling when you hit 'em right really is without comparison.
    Oh, and the string I'm using is Kirschbaum Synthetic Gut Multifilament at 20/22 kilos. Original grip in 4 1/4 + 1 Head Pro grip + 1 Völkl V-Tac. No other modifications (used one racket with clear and one with black grommets, both felt the same to me).
     
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  10. Minion

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    The Prestige MP is quite string sensitive, definitely go for a thin gauge, 17 or 18. I find it a very comfortable frame, even with stiff poly's. Very low powered, but super accurate. Very easy on the arm, all in all a great racquet. However, if your strokes are not consistent, it will be the most frustrating racquet ever. Tis why i switched to the Dunlop Bio F2 Tour - very similar, but just a tad better in all areas.

    I replaced the pallets on both my Youtek Prestige MP and my IG Prestige MP a while ago, and right there on the handle, it said, barely legible "sweet spot not included" ;)
     
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  11. WhereIsMacMac

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    Thanks for your comments!
     
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  12. Bartelby

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    Yes, that's my take on the racquet.



     
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  13. Bartelby

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    I should add here that the ig prestige I received has a swingweight close to 320, so if you get one under 310 I can imagine a problem as the yt version I got was around that so I added three grams of lead to its 316 static weight.
     
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  14. hrstrat57

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    This is a great Prestige MP thread, I have experienced nearly all the comments in this thread with the YT MP Prestige.....

    My pair were matched by TW when purchased together and I added leather(Babolat) and lead to offset the addl weight of the leather.....can't comment on the IG haven't hit it but the comment re the surprising power on groundies is spot on, still seeking the right string set up to tame the power.....may need to experiment with shaped thin gauge poly at low tension :)
     
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  15. DonDiego

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    I just hit with my new IG this morning, and I find it to have more power than the Youtek. I think it's because of the somewhat lower flex. It has this slight trampoline effect you find on certain flexy frame. It has to do with the IG vs Youtek technology. I'm not sure I like it so far. Yes, it's more comfortable, but I get more control with the Youtek. I'll give it another try, but if someone wants to trade its Youtek for an IG, watch the FS/FT board, there might be a brand new IG available soon.
     
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  16. yangster007

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    I wonder how does the IG MP version compare to the Youtek MP version ? I tried my friend's Youtek MP and like it a lot lol.
     
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  17. iceman_dl6

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    Youtek has a stiffer feeling than the IG version.
     
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  18. DonDiego

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    Which can be a blessing or a curse, depending on what you like. I play with a soft multi string, so the stifness of the Youtek is perfect. With the IG, it becomes too muted and powerful.
     
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  19. dpca

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    After only one game all I can say is that the above answer is just PERFECT!

    Regards.

    D.
     
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  20. dpca

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    Both frames are YouTek. The difference is that in the IG (Innegra) version HEAD has added this new material. The YouTek technology is within both frames.

    Regards.

    D.
     
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  21. Tmano

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    can anyone compare the Microgel prestige MP to the IG MP?
     
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  22. 5point5

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    I actually wrote a 'light hearted' review that many people took the wrong way.. I'm not sure how somebody's opinion could offend someone, especially since it's in regards to a tennis racket... Some people just take things too seriously...

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=499833

    Essentially, I like the racket because Head finally decided to do something different with the racket. I always believed every 'new' version of the Prestige was just a paintjob with some weight shifted around so they could call it a new racket.

    With the new Graphene you can feel that the Head designers tried to make a classic frame more modern. It took me a few hitting sessions to get used to the extra 'pop', but once I did, my groundstrokes were landing deeper and heavier than ever before, my volleys were deep and skidding low. This racket helped my serve immensely with the extra pop, and it still being a Prestige, you still have that precision the Prestige has been known for the last 27 years.
     
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  23. zapvor

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    yea i browsed that thread. you can tone it down a bit lol

    i totally agree. head decided to go super modern this time around and made rackets for the modern game. this is esp true with teh radical line.

    but back to the prestige. i only got to hit with the mp for about an hour and cant remember much but i liked it. it being the best ever though? remains to be seen. i am glad you decided though. good for you. i say you get 18 of them. (i got 18 of my favorite prestige:)
     
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  24. dpca

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    I agree...
     
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