Review of HEAD IG Prestige Mid and IG Prestige MP

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  1. Gee

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    Difference in length of my Prestige MPs

    I noticed a difference of 3 mm in length of my 2 racquets. Is this normal with Head racquets?
     
  2. Carolina Racquet

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    I haven't read the entire (700 posts!) thread, but I currently have the MG Prestige MP and love the feel. I have an opportunity to get a gently used IG MP.

    Can anyone compare the two? As a side note, I also have a YT Prestige Pro, and don't find it that "hollow or tinny". In fact, feels comparable to the MGPMP.

    Thanks.
     
  3. vsbabolat

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    No. Where both unstrung?
     
  4. dadozen

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    I did. Even though I weighed both before switching( and both had the same weight ), the racquet became a bit sluggish and lost some feel. I haven't measured the SW, but I was pretty sure it pumped a few points.
     
  5. Gee

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    Both strung. However one has been freshly strung yesterday. Might it due to the higher actual string tension that compresses the head a little more?
     
  6. Lilguy1456

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    A few people have asked about setups in the IG Mid. I currently have a full bed of ProLine II, and it's PERFECT for it. I use the the 18g to open up the string bed a bit. It feels super soft and comfortable!
     
  7. azrael201

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    i just noticed the other day but has the Prestige Mid always been around 12.3oz with a 310ish swingweight? The LM prestige was 340 stock!
     
  8. movdqa

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    Lighter is better with players sticks as you can always add lead.
     
  9. Carolina Racquet

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    Yippee.... I just picked up a slightly pre-owned IG Prestige MP for under $55. Just needs a new grommet cap and I am planning on installing the black Youtek/MG one. The stock clear one is pretty brittle IMO.

    I'm a happy camper.
     
  10. andrehanderson

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    I bought two IG Prestige Mids while visiting the U.S. and brought them back home to Brazil to replace my 2013 APDs--huge difference in racquets, I know. I was trying to find a racquet that fit my style of play, as a guy who is returned to the game last year after a 20 year layoff.

    I was hitting monster groundstrokes with the APD, but my game when I was younger was based on a solid backhand, a strong but inconsistent forehand, and a big serve and volley game. The APD had all of the power I could ever want, but if I wasnt hitting from the baseline I just couldn't find the feel or touch I was looking for. Plus, I hated the fact that it had such a large head (a feeling held over from a bias against oversized racquets in the 80's) and that it was causing me some elbow and shoulder pain.

    So now I'm using the IG Prestige mid and my game has shot up tremendously. I will have to take some video to show you guys the before and after, but generating power has never been a problem for me so now I can give full swings on every ground stroke, from almost every position on the court, and not worry that the ball is going to hit the back fence.

    Its a racquet that totally requires a full swing, and rewards you for it. I am really in love with it.

    I'm playing without a dampner, using Luxillon strung at 51 pounds.
     
  11. vsbabolat

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    It has such great feel! There is no need for a dampner because there is no vibration. Very few modern racquets have such a great classic feel!
     
  12. andrehanderson

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    Exactly!! Awesome racquet.
     
  13. vsbabolat

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    I wish that that the Midplus had the same feel!
     
  14. Carolina Racquet

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    I never tried the Mid... mind you I transitioned from a 100+ square inch frame to the MP, more like a 95" frame.

    I might find one on the cheap at a big auction site and give it a whirl one day.
     
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  15. tennis_balla

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    Very few mid size frames need a dampener. I've always added a rubber band when playing with a midplus but don't remember ever having one on any mids I've used, be it Head, Yonex, Wilson, etc.
     
  16. Carolina Racquet

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    New Grommets - Nice!

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    Replaced the crappy clear grommet set with the Youtek Black Set. I like it!
     
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  17. vsbabolat

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    Cant see your photo.
     
  18. Carolina Racquet

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    Apologies... should be fixed above... Thanks.
     
  19. movdqa

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    The Black does look a lot better.
     
  20. Carolina Racquet

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    Yeah... I think it looks nice, but more importantly, I think the black grommet does a better job in protecting the racquet. Seems like the material is much softer than the brittle clear set.
     
  21. ShankServeAce

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    Looks great! How difficult was it to install the new grommets?
     
  22. vsbabolat

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    It's not difficult at all.
     
  23. movdqa

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    I just handed the grommets and racquet to my stringer and he took care of it.
     
  24. Carolina Racquet

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    In my opinion, the Prestige MP grommet set installs easier than others I've done. I used tips that were in the "Capping a Radical" blogs on this site.

    In short, have some tape around to help secure some key points, like 11 o'clock and 2 o'clock on the frame, so those key grommet holes stay seeded when you work your way around the frame. Use an awl (more of a blunt end if you have it) to help work in some of the holes that are a tad off.

    In all, took me 3-4 minutes a side.
     
  25. ShankServeAce

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    Thank you very much. Very helpful. I appreciate your insight.
     
  26. ShahofTennis

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    If Head includes the frame in the 93sqin headsize spec, is it safe to assume this thing is in effect a 90?
     
  27. Bartelby

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    The mid is supposedly 88.9 from memory. There is a whole thread with intricate calculations,
     
  28. vsbabolat

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    Yes, it is.
     
  29. Absolute

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    hi vs, i don't know if you have tried installing a tk57 grommet on the ig prestige, but it seems to me that the holes in the newer prestiges are drilled to be smaller than that of the prestige before and including liquidmetal line. Do you have any suggestions as to how i can install the cap? I took it to my local MRT and in the end there were some corners where there is a bump from the grommet not going all the way into the racket
     
  30. vsbabolat

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    Yes, the diameter of the holes are drilled smaller. Just get TK238 MG/YT Prestige MP CAP grommets
     
  31. EastAngels2014

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    I love my Mp but looking for that good string setup for it. At the moemnt i am using SPPPP and Sensation at 52 ilbs but i just doesnt feel like it is the right set up, i am going to try a full poly but i am not sure which poly. can i get some suggestions please? thanks. Also i love the reviews VS, thank you.
     
  32. Carolina Racquet

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    To help us out... what don't you like about your current setup? Too stiff, too mushy, too powerful? Are you looking for more spin? Give us your "want list".
     
  33. EastAngels2014

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    more spin, and its a little to powerful i may bump up the tension to help with that problem. I want power but controllable power, with good tension maintenance and touch. Which i mostly find all of this in a full poly but i have not tried a full poly in the MP so i don't know how it feels.
     
  34. un6a

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    Hi, i have very good experience with Signum pro Hyperion (1.18 ) at 46/44 lbs in my prestige MP. Thinner poly works wery well in prestige MP, because it adds spin, power and softer feel in closed pattern. And hyperion holds tension very well even in thinner gauge, it plays good until it breaks.
     
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  35. EastAngels2014

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    thanks, this was one of the polys i was looking at trying out, because i love Signum pro and i have heard that hyperion has some power to it.
     
  36. Capulin Zurdo

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    Tried this racquet some time ago and remember really liking it, and now I couldn't pass up on a great deal on an IG PMP and got it. Came in strung with Wilson NXT and now I've modded it up to my likings. It now weighs 13.22 oz (~375 g), though for me it probably won't be an issue as my 90's weighed more or so the same. Can't wait to go out and hit with it again. Also, very nice cosmetics too.
     
  37. coolschreiber

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    Blast from the past. What a great thread! Loved reading all of it. Prestige IG MP is a great racket indeed.
     

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