Review of HEAD IG Prestige Mid and IG Prestige MP

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  1. APG

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    Abolutely a difference. The YT's contributed to GE. The Microgel is definitely more flexible. I went back to playing with MG after a long layoff.
     
  2. Mateo

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    Can wait for mid review.
    Is it normal that I play better with my prestige tour 600 than with prestige youtek mp?
    The mp was low powered and sometimes heavy on swing weight for me.
    Only thing on my mind is the fact that Chris from TW chose Mp over Mid because he hits points better with mp, my story is totally opposite.
     
  3. vsbabolat

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    I can see why the YT hurt your arm. I think the IG Prestige MP is more arm friendly than the YT. For sure the IG Prestige Mid feels softer than the MG Prestige Mid. I only hit with the MG Prestige MP once 4 years ago.
     
  4. mrmike

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    Glad to hear its not only me that thinks the Youtek MP is too stiff. Funny thing is the published (measured by TW?) RA number never seems to stray from around 62, yet real world results vary for arm friendliness. I currently have MultiFeel 17 in mine @ 60lbs. Queued up some Mantis Comfort Synthetic for the next go-round. See how that feels.
     
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    Are you finding similar results to Chris, that the MP is winning sets but the mid feels better?

    How does the MP feel compared to a PT280/630 or 57e?

    I am debating whether to just buy one now or to wait until the demos come in.
     
  6. vsbabolat

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    I have won the sets I should have won with both sticks. The mid does feel better to me. I will be doing a comparative review of the IG Prestige MP and the Pro Tour 630/280. I will also do a comparative review of the IG Prestige Mid and the Prestige Classic 600 after I write the IG Prestige Mid review.
     
  7. tlimster

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    I'm looking forward to the review!
     
  8. drakulie

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    Really looking forward to this!!!!!! Why not throw in the new Radical Pro??? :)
     
  9. sargeinaz

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    Have you hit with the new IG Radical Pro Drak? Im liking it a lot. Just waiting to try out the IG Prestige Pro first before buying the Rad Pro.
     
  10. JGads

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    I'll add my two cents after another hit with these two frames tonight. The other night, absolutely fell in love with the Mid. Thought the MP was solid in my brief hit but didn't wow me like the Mid.

    Tonight, total reversal. Played a lot more so with the MP and played one of the best sets I've played in a long while with it. It's a serving monster. I was crushing the ball with it and could put the ball anywhere in the box, with whatever kind of spin I was going for. It was such a sweet serving zone that, tonight, I didn't come close to having with the Mid.

    With the Mid, tonight, everything suddenly felt a little more difficult. And the MP wowed me.

    This Prestige line is going to be very popular.

    Regarding vibrations Vs was talking about, I had some with the MP but they were completely cured by a dampener. The Mid was so smooth, though, it didn't even need a dampener.
     
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    Damn the black grommets look so ugly compared to the clear ones i saw in the shop.
     
  12. movdqa

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    > Tonight, total reversal. Played a lot more so with the MP and played
    > one of the best sets I've played in a long while with it. It's a serving
    > monster. I was crushing the ball with it and could put the ball anywhere
    > in the box, with whatever kind of spin I was going for. It was such a
    > sweet serving zone that, tonight

    That's the way I feel about the YTPMP. Great access to spin even though it's an 18x20, good control and lots of power when you want it.
     
  13. matchmaker

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    vsbabolat,

    Regarding the IG Prestige Mid, how does it slice the ball? And how are volleys? I see the TW test players gave it 86 for slice and 88 (!) for volleys.
    The one gripe I had with the Prestige Classic was slice and block volleys. It is hard to explain, but the PC600 seemed to lack punch in those situations. I had a pair of them, absolutely loved them for anything else (serve, groundstrokes, dropshots, lobs), but couldn't dial in the slice when stretched out. Slices were okay when you could get really behind the ball and hit them with a full stroke, but obviously when you play a slice, a blocked serve return or a volley, you don't always have time to take a full swing.
    What's your experience with the Prestige IG Mid in this aspect? How would you consider serve in comparison with the venerable PC600? For me the PC600 was the second best serve racquet I ever hit with.
     
  14. maxpotapov

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    My experience with PT600 is similar, but I recall YT Prestige Mid was really good on slice, having more mass in the bridge area. I think it's a matter of mass distribution and I wonder if IG Mid will perform like YT Mid in this regard?..
     
  15. Dgdavid

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    Hi all,

    No one is really thinking about the IG Prestige Pro in this thread (although the thread title is a clue!). I am totally new to Prestiges. Is the Pro different enough to not be in people's consideration if they are looking at the Mid and MP? Would love to get an opinion on the MP vs Pro. Any views?
     
  16. stormholloway

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    I'm actually most curious about the Pro, so I'd like to hear something as well.
     
  17. movdqa

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    vsbabolat bought the racquets he's trying out. I don't know whether he keeps them or resells them but there's clearly a cost of testing frames if you buy them first as opposed to demoing them.
     
  18. Standstill

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    Compare differences between the YT and the IG versions of the MP?
     
  19. ryushen21

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    This so not the thread I needed to read.
     
  20. movdqa

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    Just bought two IG MPs. I'll see how they compare to the YTs. I hope that they are as good as everyone is saying. I will use the YTs as backups.
     
  21. Anton

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    ROFL :) :evil:
     
  22. stronzzi70

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    Vs Babolat,
    About the low SW in the IG PRESTIGE MP:
    Do you think is almost the same power than the YTK Prestige MP or maybe more power ?
     
  23. skeeter

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    Nice post; thanks for the input. So, do you think the MP has a bit more power than the Mid due perhaps to the larger string bed? And you were obviously wowed with the serves of the MP; other strokes just as good? And how was the spin generation with the MP? Thanks.
     
  24. JGads

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    The MP is interesting. I see the low swingweight, but to me the frame swings heavier than 310. It feels like a 320s swingweight. The YT version, I felt that it did indeed swing too fast and I was both ahead of the ball a lot as well as when I hit the ball, the ball just did not have the weight behind it that I was looking for. To me they definitely added some more weight to the head, or change the balance, or something, because this MP flattens the ball a little more. Because of this, depth is easier than I ever experienced with the previous MP. ... That being said, there's a softness/flex to the frame that makes it very controlled. You can really go after the ball without fearing going long, which is a nice feeling. And when you do go after it, that's when you get some nice zip on the ball that I thought was missing in the last version.
     
  25. scotus

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    Can't go by the published specs.

    I just bought 2 i.prestiges and there is a 15 g difference between the two. Obviously the two supposedly identical sticks swing very differently.
     
  26. sunof tennis

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    Yes, MG version was softer, more arm friendly
     
  27. vsbabolat

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    The slice and volleys are good with the IG Prestige Mid. The IG Prestige Mid is a great serving racquet! The IG Prestige in a nut shell is a crisper feel with more Pop Prestige Classic 600.
     
  28. stronzzi70

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    Forget about ps 95-----piece of garbage..
     
  29. vsbabolat

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    IG Prestige Mid Review:

    Cosmetics: The cosmetics have grown on me. I really like the asymmetrical burgundy graphite braid look with lighter red in the braid around the hoop. It reminds me of the Austrian Prestige Pro and the Prestige Pro 600. However the Silver decals are very fragile. Why the decals can't be the same high quality as is what was on the Microgel does not make sense.

    Ground Strokes: I feel like the IG Prestige is a extension of my arm. It is so comfortable. I feel connected to the frame. It is a finally honed instrument, a scalpel. If you have the skills of being able to provide your own power and spin it will absolutely reward you. It is also not jarring on mishits.

    Volleys: The IG Prestige Mid rewards you with great feel and great ball pocketing on the volley. You have fantastic stability which is great on the volley.

    Serve: I loved serving with it. I felt like my serves were very heavy and I had pin point accuracy.

    Return Of Serve: The racquet's stability, control, and plush feel made me feel confident on my returns.

    The IG Prestige Mid is the best Prestige Mid since the i.Prestige Mid. I think I like the IG Prestige Mid more than the i.Prestige Mid. The IG Prestige has a very generous sweet spot, great stabilaty, and wonderful velvaty smooth plush feel.
     
  30. drakulie

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    VS, could you expand on I mid, vs IG mid in terms of feel, serves, and groundies, and especially swing weight/ease of swinging??

    Thanks in advance.
     
  31. RacketFever

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    VS, how does the mid feel on off center hits? I heard some people say that they felt the mid had a sweetspot the size of the midplus.
     
  32. Kace

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    Just setup my new IG Prestige MP and compared it to my YT Prestige MP. Will hit with it tonight. Some first impressions.

    Feels different from the YT in my hands. The L2 gripsize seems slightly larger than the usual - prefer the previous sizing. Grip shape is more rectangular with a larger handle butt. The swingweight is slightly heavier. The IG is approx 1.5pt more head heavy than the YT though both weighed 335 strung with identical setup of grips + strings. Bouncing the ball on the stringbed produced some slight buzz - not an issue with me. The IG is only a touch softer but very similar in feel to the YT. I noticed that the IG frame shape is slightly longer than YT - longer main strings = more power? I value performance over cosmetics so it's alright as long it retains the the trademark red of the Prestige heritage.

    I can understand why HEAD made some improvements to the specs except for gripsize. Might just file down to my liking if it bothers me.
     
  33. Bartelby

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    Frame shape is unlikely to be different.
     
  34. 0d1n

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    Frame shape is the same (different stringing can change the head shape slightly) and the perceived handle differences are most likely due to the fact that your older grip is compressed from play.
     
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    Yes, there is a noticeable difference. Always thought my YT's shape looks a little shorter than most Prestiges but yet to compare it with another YT MP. The IG shapre resembles more the traditional shape of the PC600.

    Yes, my YT's grip has compressed much indeed but I don't remember it being as large as the IG's. It could be a discrepancy with the batch but Head is known to have stringent QC standards.

    Forgot to add that there is more heft in the the IG frame. Probably the reviews on more plough through and head heavy. Will find out soon.
     
  36. vsbabolat

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    Pallet has not changed nor has the head shape.
     
  37. chizzle

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    So I have (demo'ing both), and I am switching to the new Mid. But I have the same exact thought. And what was the reason Chris switched to the MP?

    I am really enjoying the demo. Wow.
     
  38. movdqa

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    I'd ask that question on the TW official review thread. I'm curious too though. I went from the KPS88 (90 sq in) to the Prestige MP and I definitely play better overall with the Prestige. The benefits of 95 outweigh the drawbacks. It's clear to me what's better and what's worse but I'd love to hear what Chris has to say in detail of why he likes the MP over the Mid. Of course he said that he wins more with the MP but maybe he could break that down a little.
     
  39. Anton

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    How is the new IG MID compared to PK Redondo?
     
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    I'm actually coming from the PSL/PSLGT.

    It plays firmer and plusher. Much more solid overall. I feel like my BH on the Mid requires less perfection actually. Footwork is still a key, but that never changes. I'd tend to agree that it seems to have a very generous sweetspot. A buddy who is also demo'ing with had the exact same comment as well (large sweetspot), so that appears to be a trend (trending to mostly agreed to / fact).

    I definitely serve "bigger" with the MP. But today was very nice serving with the mid, so hard to complain. The big thing is the Mid is more accurate, so the "bigger" serves with the MP, are still offset by the higher %/accuracy of the Mid.

    Volleys are very (more) solid and stick too (vs the PSLs).
     
  41. Anton

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    oops thought it was a PK Rendo in your avatar.

    I tried the PSL and thought it was a POS :) very unstable, tiny sweetspot, no plow, bad feel.
     
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    My experience mirrored Chris Edwards'. Initially lusted over the way the Mid killed the ball. But the more I played with the two sticks, the more my game improved with the MP and declined with the Mid. Especially when conditions were tougher - more wind - and the balls came at me with more pace and spin, the Mid was too difficult for me to keep my level up with and the MP was just easier to use. And on serve, the MP just completely comes out of its shell and shine, shine, shines. Bombs and kickers and slices, they're all there, and a little easier to access than the Mid.
     
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    I demoed the mid. Enjoyed the feel, accuracy and surprised by the generous sweetspot. I will soon demo the midplus. My concern is if there is any difference in arm comfort with my problematic elbow. Any input would be welcomed. The mid did feel soft but crisp as VS alluded to.
     
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    Yea, you're not alone on the PSL. I fell in love with the maneuverability of it. To me you can throw that thing around like none other.

    Anyway, I played more with the mid tonight. Not much changed. For me its standing out with strokes. Volleys are not far behind, but I'm dialing it in from the back.

    Just to think .... I thought I'd be switching to the MP. (which I am still going to try).
     
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    I have to be fair to myself and try the MP.

    What string set up do you have in the MP? I threw in some Timo 1.17, but looking for better pairing(s) for the MP.

    (I have Prince Power EXP 17/16 in the Mid currently).
     
  46. vsbabolat

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    I think I like the feel of the IG better than the i. I feel like the sweet spot feels bigger and pockets that ball better. I feel like I am crushing my groundies with the IG Mid right now. I can't comment on ease of swing weight/ease of swing because I don't play with my racquets stock. They are both to my specs. So they are swing the same for me.
     
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    VS, how does the mid respond if you hit off center shots?
     
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    Just had an hour hit with this on rebound wall and some serves. I know it means nothing until a match but it has already jumped into number 1 slot by some distance over the IG Rad Pro and Exo3 Tour I also own and testing.
     
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    I mean the Midplus not Mid.
     
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    I've also been playing with Exo 3 Tour for a while but am about to demo the IG PMP and Mid. What specifically (if you don't mind) did you like about the MP that has it outdistancing the Exo 3? And have you, or are you, going to try the Mid as well? Thanks.
     

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