" Prestige youtek mp " - wow ! but.....

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  1. bluegrasser

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    Ok, I'm an old dude & have been playing with the pure drive for 1 1/2 yrs & also due to neuropathy had a four month layoff. I've had an on/off love affair with the Prestige as long as i can remember & yesterday after a long hit with the girlfriend who's a 4.0 player, well my forehand was magic, pinpoint control with power, something I couldn't muster with the PD, but there is a problem.

    The problem is twofold, the *serve, & backhand, IOW can't get any power, on the bkhnd if a shot has little pace or a lot of spin I continually netted or hit very short, and my serve had little pace. The forehand and volley however were a dream, couldn't miss, it was a total blast. So my question, is there a possible marriage for the ' Prestige & I, or should I go back to the PD & let the stick do the work. Finally, my setup was XL 17g strung at 501bs. Opine please:???: *PS

    * My grips are eastern w/ a one handed bkhnd.
     
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  2. Lukhas

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    It's an Ashaway XL 17 killfire or an Ashaway SuperNick XL 17? Because you're not very precise: there's a good number of Ashaway XL strings. Also, it's 51lbs?
    Maybe more powerful strings could be good for you if you really struggle with pace.
     
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    Babolat Xcel black 17g - don't struggle with pace to the bkhnd, it's the softballs that give me fits.
     
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    Then it's technical more than because of the racquet. Or the strings: XCel is a pretty powerful string, and the tension isn't particularly high either for multi on a 98inĀ², 16*19 pattern. You have to learn how to crush softer, less fast balls. I know I also have problems when I play against someone underpowered, since I tend to fall in their games, only to be a pigeon when I face sudden accelerations. Try to take less fast balls at the maximum height after the bounce or on the rise.
     
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    I think at a quick glance you might be being a little to hard on yourself after a long layoff. If you are cracking forehands you should be good on other strokes once you dial your game back in. I played today for the first time since December with a freshly strung pair of the same frame.

    I cracked about 5 killer forehands in a set and 1/2 of tennis, hit a few good serves and a lot of short weak backhands.

    It'll come I have no doubt.

    Just switched from intellitour 16 57# to Prince Premier Attack 56# in my pair of YT Prestige MP's.

    OTOH if you really think you have a power problem you could always go with a full bed of gut....should fix any power issues. I wouldn't give up on the frame based on what you describe....you can also run around your backhand till you dial it back in:twisted:

    Just my .02....I hit a two hand backhand so my comments might not be entirely relevant.
     
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    Bingo! That's why I prefer frames like a Head Prestige.

    They punish your bad habits more than tweeners. Through this you are forced to concentrate more on performing proper strokes and hitting the ball clean that makes you play with more control.

    Take into account it might take a while before you 're adjusted completely to a more demanding frame so give yourself enough time to learn to play with your Prestige.

    It is also easier to put away short balls with a lower powered frame because you aren't afraid to hit long.
     
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    Ditto... though I do a fair amount of dead ball practice in no mans land because generating pace when given none can be a pain with the prestige if you dont get your kinetic chain going. Plus side is my footwork is better than it has ever been and Im 42. I blame the prestige MP for making me much better because it forces me to be sharper and hit properly. PD did me no favors.
     
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    If I can get the serve going and bkhnd with some pop, I might just stay with the Prestige, it'll take buckets of balls and drills for the real test.
     
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    Keep hitting your strokes relaxed and drive through the ball more in stead of brushing at a high speed swing. Then you 'll generate more speed than you might expect.

    Start your serve motion slowly and accelerate after you tossed the ball.

    Here you can see me hitting groundstrokes with a Head IG Prestige MP. Maybe you can learn something from me. ;-)
     
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    *Gee* - You look pretty solid off both wings, with me my footwork is bad on the bkhnd, I tend to let the ball play me , with the PD I could get away with it, not with the Prestige. So I guess it's put on the hardhat and work at it. One other big issue is overheads, was mis hitting quite a few = practice...
     
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  12. PrestigeDave45

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    I play with a Prestige. Its unforgiving no doubt about that. Good footwork and agressive technique are well rewarded.
    Though I have to say for me I overshot the runway on this one. My technique is just fine but my footwork not so good(just returned to the game a year back after 20 year layoff) Ive laid them down untill my fitness levels increase. Using an older racket now untill such time as fitness levels increase.
    There are many posts on the Prestige and what level of player this is suited to.
    Many say its great because it makes one practise ones strokes better and thus the player improves. Contrary to this argument one could say and ive read this before on here if this was really the case a coach would give 20 lessons and say now go away buy urself a prestige mp and ur game will consistently improve!! Not the case!!
    Many others say this is purely for the advanced player.
    Difficult argument!
     
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    I played 3 sets of doubs with it Sat & it went pretty good as the strings loosened up some. My plan is to play a set each w/ my PD's and the Prestige, I actually bought the Prestige to help a friend who's tennis shop was going out of business, but it's a stick I've always enjoyed through the years. There's pros & cons with both ( PD/Prestige) sticks.
     
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  15. bluegrasser

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    I think one way to end the argument is to play with <eg your Prestige for a set, then take out your (tweener/PD maybe ?) and see how you fare w/ each stick. That's my plan of action..
     
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