Review of HEAD IG Prestige Mid and IG Prestige MP

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  1. Dgdavid

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    There is a more solid feel to the PMP which made it feel more accurate and stable to me. Seemed to have very controllable power for me when I look to generate my own pace. Definitely hits hard. The weight made it feel nice and secure on impact. I felt I could place my 1HBH with pace more than the Exo3. I would say it is close in several areas but they all favour the PMP slightly so far which is making it quite decisive. Please remember the PMP has only been used for an hour on rebound wall so it might mean nothing in a match. The Exo3 played better in the match than on the wall.

    The only area of definite significant difference for me so far is the serve. Done over 200 from a basket with PMP and similar amount and a few sets with the Exo3. PMP is definitely much better in terms of pace but still has v good placement and accuracy.
     
  2. dr325i

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    VS, buddy:

    Already 8 pages, so I may have missed the obvious:
    1) Is it the same mold as the PG/YT Prestige Mid (237.x)? I would expect since the CAPs are interchangeable?
    2) What are the main differences between the YT and IG?

    Thanks!
     
  3. vsbabolat

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    1. It's very very close. The grip length is a little longer.

    2. The IG has better ball pocketing, softer feel, and less vibration, shock.
     
  4. snagle

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    Had a hit with the IG mp and pro today. Been using YT mp for the past two years. Really liked the update to the mp. Definitely feels more solid in the upper hoop and very comfortable (plush). Definitely plays heavier than the 310 swingweight (at least my demo did), even more so than the YT. The PRO is really solid and also and I would feel comfortable with either but prefer the softer feel and the 18/20 string pattern of the mp. Was considering switching to the IG pro before the demo but the updates to the mp have me sold.
     
  5. chizzle

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    I had a great hit with the Mid last night, playing points (singles). I tried my buddy's, who had it strung with Dunlop Black Widow 17. I was shocked at how well it played and the spin was quite impressive!

    So last night I cut out my hybrid (was due), and put in a spare set of poly (I need to order some strings), WC Mosquito Bite.

    Didn't like it , and today was not very good (lost all 4 sets of doubles). The only thing is, going to the MP didn't seem to accomplish anything. Today was truly a case of the Indian and not the arrow. It's quite possible that I overdid it this week, as well.

    What about string setups? I know its' early but lets hear it for both Mid/MP ?
     
  6. Matchball

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    Interested too! How was black widow 17 on the Prestige mid? I have been using it a lot lately on the PB 10 mid.
     
  7. stronzzi70

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    VS Babolat,
    Today I had my first session with my IG PRESTIGE MID, felt a little stiff, maybe cause the racquet has Solinco Tour Bite 1.20 mm at 52 lbs ( Electronic Machine). First time with this string.
    I felt this IG Prestige Mid, with more top spin and more plow.
    But I was little sad about the stiff feel.
    Please let me know If you can.
     
  8. vsbabolat

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    The IG Prestige Mid did not feel stiff to me. It is crisper than the Prestige Classic but not what I would call stiff. When you test a racquet you should not put in it new strings that you have never used before. You should use strings that you normally put in your currant frame. That way you keep the variables to a minimum and can focus on what is going on with the racquet.
     
  9. stronzzi70

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    yes, you right about the strings, which one do you think is good for this racquet?
     
  10. skeeter

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    Anyone had a chance to compare the MP or Mid with the Pro, and/or with the any of the IG Radicals that are also out now?
     
  11. RacketFever

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    @snagle So you prefer the Ig PMP over the ig P Pro? I really liked the ig Prestige Pro. Can you give comparisons between the Ig PMP and The ig Prestige pro?
     
  12. Dgdavid

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    I can compare the IG Prestige MP to IG Radical Pro (I own both). Will be doing a comparative write up with these two and Exo3 Tour 100 in next few days (just the three I liked most). I have made the switch to the Prestige MP though, fantastic racket (all three are actually).
     
  13. snagle

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    RacketFever...sorry for the wait. Liked the softer feel, flex and ball pocketing of the mp (felt like it was easier for me to place the ball). I didn't hit as much with the pro, it's also really solid w/ a nice combination of power and control. It's subjective but the mp just felt more comfortable and was a better fit for me. Both demos had syn gut probably strung around 57. If you get a chance demo them both. Thought I would prefer the PRO looking for some added pace/plow on my 2hbh but the IG mp seemed to be working just fine. String pattern didn't seem to make a huge difference for me. Maybe not able to hit kickers that jump off the court with the mp but 2nd serves were still pretty good. (played 2 yrs with mgpro, and last two with ytpmp)
     
  14. RacketFever

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    I already ordered the Pro. According to you, which is more forgiving? If you say its the Mp, ill cancel my order and buy the mp..
     
  15. doodlyd

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    Hello! To those who played with the IG MID and Blx
    I played with K90 but they are out of stock now , Blx is everywhere
    so i need to buy a new frame anyway , also i feel i can try something new!BUT i tried a lot of sticks out there and nothing plays like K90 .
    Is it worth to try MID ? or i need to stay with the BLX 90 and save my money without those endless experiments. =) Also i put some lead on my frames so its not like a stock comparison.
     
  16. snagle

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    RacketFever, I'm sure there's a reason you went w/ the PRO and sure there are just as many people who would say they prefer it over the mp. They're both solid sticks, don't think you'll go wrong with either one.
     
  17. vsbabolat

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    I think you are using a hybrid of Luxilon and Tecnifibre. I think you should stay with that since that is your normal set-up. I like Gut in the mains and synthetic in the crosses. That is the only set-up I have tried since that is my normal string set-up.
     
  18. hrstrat57

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    First, great thread!

    VS, curious what synthetic you use in 18x20 Head frames and what tension for both mains(gut) and syn (crosses)?
     
  19. doodlyd

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    And if I lead up IG MID to may be 360gr and BLX 90 to 360gr ,IG Mid still would have less power then BLX or it might be even? couse IG Mid has such a Low SW
     
  20. movdqa

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    It depends on where you put the lead.
     
  21. vsbabolat

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    Thanks! I'm using Babolat Synthetic gut in the crosses. Both Gut mains and synthetic crosses are at 55lbs.
     
  22. stronzzi70

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    Thanks you for you time VS..........
     
  23. doodlyd

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    I mean can i even the power level and stability of leaded up BLX 90 with 3gr at 12 its (around 361gr) to a leaded up IG MID its aprox. 10gr of lead maybe

    but i cant put all lead at the top it will differ the balance to much i think
     
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  24. skeeter

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    Excellent! Look forward to it!
     
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    Which synthetic in the crosses do you prefer? I also like gut mains but have been using various co-polys as crosses in my EXO 3 Tour. Now that I'm thinking about switching to either an IG MP or Mid (or maybe Pro), curious as to how the gut hybrid will play in these frames. Maybe a synthetic in the crosses might give it a bit more pop versus a co-poly cross? Preferred gauge in your Heads?

    EDIT: Just saw that you answered my first question abut the synthetic you use, but appreciate response to my other queries. Thanks.
     
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  26. RacketFever

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    So i hit with the ig prestige mp today. I loved it! Both the Pro and the MP are amazing rackets. Ground Strokes were awesome on the MP, but serving was not too great. I preferred serving from the Pro. So i have made my decision. I'am going to order 2 Ig prestige Pro and 1 Ig prestige MP.
     
  27. JGads

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    how did groundies compare, more specifically, between the two?

    The MP can serve some bombs.
     
  28. Torres

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    What are your reasons for saying that?
     
  29. RacketFever

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    The MP had great placement on serves, but i couldn't generate a lot of power. The Pro was just perfect. The feel on the MP is softer and a bit more buttery than the Pro. It felt great on impact while hitting forehands and backhands. Even though it was very low powered, i preferred the MP over the Pro on ground strokes.
     
  30. snagle

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    Sounds like a solid decision RF. Glad you got to demo the mp, it has some nice feel right? Think I will be making the switch to the IG pmp soon. I need to get rid of some of my old racquets before I can justify buying two new ones. Good thing they look similar to the YTK's...the wife will never know.
     
  31. vsbabolat

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    I feel I get more pop with synthetic in the cross than Poly. I uses 16g.
     
  32. RacketFever

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    @snagle Yes, I think i made the right decision. Now i can get the best out of both the worlds.. :) .
     
  33. chizzle

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    So, I have now progressed to realizing the MP is just a better overall racquet for me.

    It definitely serves much better, and it's still a very accurate stick.

    I don't know if I "win more" but I'm definitely more consistent and play better with the MP.

    Ordering 2 today.
     
  34. Andyroddickfan

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    @VS or anyone that can help.
    Don't know if this has been answered but how does the ig mid compare to the yt mid? Thanks.
     
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  35. Faithfulfather

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    Add me to the IG prestige mp club.
     
  36. Dgdavid

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    Got to sell my surplus rackets before I can buy extra MPs. Want three. Just got to sell IG Rad Pro, Exo3 Tour 100, IG Speed 300, Bio 500 Tour, Wilson Hammer 7.2 (antique!). Not exactly flying off the shelves here in the UK! Can I still join PMP club? I have one :)
     
  37. skeeter

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    Care to do a little write up comparing the ones you tested against each other and why MP won out? Thanks!
     
  38. vsbabolat

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    The IG Mid is much better than the YT. The IG Mid has better softer feel, less vibration and shock, more pop, and better ball pocketing from the string bed.
     
  39. Dgdavid

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    will do. probably later today in fact.
     
  40. Pure Babs

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    Just demoed the prestige ig mp today.. Wow. It's quite the stick. Currently I'm using the prestige pro, but considering a switch to the mp! To my surprise, I actually felt like I served much better with the mp... I wonder how much of a difference there is between the ig pro and the youtek pro...
     
  41. cmendez79

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    Hi vsbabolat,

    What was your previous set up and tension???

    Thanks
     
  42. parasailing

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    The Rad Pro IG didn't work for me but curious about the Prestige MP IG. I have demoed the Prestige MP and found it to be a nice racquet but lacks power and felt a bit stiff.

    Does the new IG MP address both these issues and how does it compare to the PSTGT?
     
  43. JGads

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    The IG has improved both of those areas. So far, I'm thoroughly impressed. The feel is great and the ball is heavier.

    Versus the PSTGT, it moves through the air a LOT easier and hits a ball that's SLIGHTLY less powerful, in my opinion. Feel of the hit is a little more solid to me.
     
  44. vsbabolat

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    I have not changed string or tension. Babolat Tonic ball feel/Babolat Synthetic Gut @ 55lbs.
     
  45. doodlyd

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    I did a test using customization tool ,to know what i need to do with IG MID to level its power weight and swingweight with BLX 90.

    ____________BLX90stock_________IG MID stock________IG MID+lead
    Weight_________354 gr___________349 gr_____________354gr
    Balance_________31 cm(9HL)______32 cm(7HL)_________32.41 (5.9HL)
    Swing Weight____333 gr__________317 gr______________332.5 gr
    Power Potential__41.45___________39.63_______________41.45
    Plowthrough_____28.1____________25.2________________28.1
    Power Potential__18.23___________13.49(YT)____________14.98
    (3/9 O'clock)

    IG MID+lead with 4.5g at 12 and 0.5gr inside the handle 1cm from the butcap


    So with such adjustments i can even those frame in power and plowthrough but look at the balance ,Head is more then 3 points head heavy , it would be more difficult to maneuver it during a play . In numbers BLX is a more complete stick ,while Head can offer a more pleasant fell,but is it worth it with such a drop off in maneuverability and less torsional stability.
     
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  46. Marcus

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    Hi VS

    Really looking forward to hearing how you feel the IG MP compares to the 280/630

    Regards
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  47. stronzzi70

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    VS......
    Second day with my IG Prestige Mid, I felt much better, but I think I need a little more SW, I would like maybe 330 g of SW, how much weight at 12 ?
    in your opinion.
     
  48. doodlyd

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    4gr at 12 and u will be fine with 330
     
  49. parasailing

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    Thanks JGads for the info. I have queued up the MP IG for demo and looking forward to an improved racquet. This could be a worthy contender to my PSTGT then :).
     
  50. stronzzi70

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    2 g each side at 12??...........I have just 1/4 wide lead tape......o.25 per inch
     

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