Review of IG Prestige Pro

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  1. madmutt

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    So, just got my IG prestige Pro this morning, and here is my review, enjoy! :)

    It came strung with Sonic Pro 17, at an 'average tension'

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    A little about me first,
    2 handed backhand, all court/ aggressive baseline. Previous racquet was the 6.1 95 18x20 strung 56-58 hybrid setup (rpm/big banger and w sensation), depending on stick. Before that it was a PD, but that was a long time ago...Level wise, hard to judge - play with my university second team, for whatever that means.

    First Impressions,
    This racquet looks good! the paint job really shines in the light, and while in photos it may look dark/brownish - it is actually a deep red. Stunning. The weight is really nicely balanced, so it actually feels pretty manoeuvrable.

    I took it on a 2h hit around (only practise) today, no match play unfortunately (doing that tomorrow) and here are my first impressions

    forehand
    This was a bit tricky for me at first, as I suddenly felt that I had a bit more pace, and a LOT more spin then the 6.1, which meant I was over hitting at first.

    After slowing the stroke down a little, I realised that this racquet is extremely rewarding with a full swing. And I still had to have good technique (no open stance rubbish), but the spin and pace I got were great - and the shot placement was really spot on.

    The feel is softer then the 6.1, and a little more involving. the plow-through is really, really good. It is hard to explain but I really liked it. :twisted:

    backhand

    The racquet really shined here, the open pattern, and the balance allowed me to be a lot more aggressive with my backhand without fear of overhitting, as the ball had a lot of pace and topspin (this is usually my weaker shot). Not much more to say ... it encouraged me to 'lean on' the ball and bury it down the line...

    slice

    very, very good. Felt a little more manoeuvrable then the 6.1, but still had a lot of mass to allow me to knife the ball deep. really liked the HEAD grip as well, as it sits perfectly in your hand and it is easy to quickly adjust depending on shot)

    serve

    I was expecting great things, and the racquet did not disappoint. I felt that I was getting a lot more pace and spin then the 6.1 - and the maouverability was really good. I am usually not a heavy server, but I was encouraged to take big cuts at the ball, and was rewarded.

    transition/volleys

    Only hit a few today, the feel and stability were about the same as the 6.1 (which was pretty close to perfect). Transition shots were a little easier due to the easier access to spin, although coming from the 6.1 I had to be a little careful with pace, although Im sure I'll adjust soon.

    Overall, I'm very impressed with this stick. There doesn't seem to be much to fault (apart from the price...) - I would recommend this for someone with developed strokes, who likes to play aggressive. especially if you have a full, fast forehand (read Federer/gonzalez-style) then this racquet is pretty much perfect for you.

    Im already ordering a few more...:)
     
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  2. Ross K

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    Great stuff madmutt. I'm very curious about the new PrePro having played the YT version and a range of Head MPs over the years. You've certainly added to my curiosity here and my eagerness to hit with one for myself; and not least as you've brought the 6.1 out as a reference. I've been playing with the BLX95 lately (and playing not too badly), but TBH I'm slightly yearning for some of that plush, solid, sweet swinging Head MP performance. :) Thanks for the review.
     
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    I too just demoed the Prestige Pro, coming from the K6.1 95. Totally agree, a super racquet in almost all regards. I thought every stroke, especially the serve, was improved with the PP. The only problem I encountered was the grip shape, felt strange coming from the Wilson shape, but may be just a matter of getting used to it.
     
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  4. madmutt

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    yeah, the grip will take a little getting used to - although it sits beautifully in your hand when you're serving/slicing :)
     
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    Great review, please update after a match or match play. I hit with the mid last week and liked it. Didn't get the same response from the MP and looking forward to my demo of the PRO to get here.
     
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  6. Ross K

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    Just read the early feedback section on this frame here on TT. It was noticeable how virtually everyone says the new version is a bit heftier/slower to swing than the YT version. Do others who have hit with both all agree then?
     
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    Weight and Strung Balance?

    Thanks for the review. What is the weight and strung balance? Everywhere I look the spec's are different? Same spec's as the YouTek? THanks....I have the previous version and a few pro stock 238.5's and love everything about them!
     
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    I weighed the demo as soon as I got it. With an overgrip and dampner it came in at 12 1/8 oz. It was exactly 6 1/2 pts HL. The string is Wilson Sensation. Never played with the previous versions, but this racquet is one sweet puppy. Never thought I would replace my K6.1's , but I believe this may do it. Going to play a few more times, before making a final decision.
     
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  9. Ross K

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    Not a bad little summary from TT tester Chris. :)

     
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  10. Hotrocks

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    New IG P/Pro

    Thanks. I just received one today....spec's are 11.5oz. unstrung(325 grams), the same as the previous model.
     
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  11. madmutt

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    right, played a bit of match play during the weekend (just a few games and tiebreaks) and here are my observations,

    1) I felt that I was able to be aggressive with my second serve, compared to the 6.1 and the PD (which just felt a bit hollow and strange on serve), the Prestige Pro really shined - really helped my confidence here.

    2) This racquet just absorbs pace, and then returns it with interest. On shots that I usually be a bit hesitant on giving a full swing (return of 1st serve, heavy groundstrokes) - I was able to be confident in giving a full swing, and the stick would stay stable... the softer feel really helps here

    3) It is unforgiving when you are lazy, whenever I got a bit sloppy with footwork/technique - I was punished.... although whenever I hit is spot-on, I was rewarded with a controlled and very heavy ball :)

    4) It is a bit of a spin monster :twisted: I was expecting for my balls to stay pretty flat, instead they had some very good spin on them, and changing direction (especially for short angles) became easier - and I was encouraged to go for these shots.


    The more I play with this stick, the more it seems that HEAD have somehow tweaked the Prestige to stick with its amazing feel while also making it suited for the modern all court topspin game. The extra spin was a real surprise for me, the fact that it came with pace and plush feel was even more impressive.
     
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    What tension did you string it at? Do you think it would be forgiving if strung at 53-55lbs? Especially when tired and lazy?
     
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    It is still strung with Sonic Pro 17 at 'average tension' for whatever that means. Feels about 55/56, not too tight - haven't had the time to start playing with different strings yet :)
     
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  14. Ross K

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    Just reposting ^ as I'm still curious about this.


    madmutt,

    Sounds like you've found your stick.:wink:
     
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    Good technique and open stance aren't mutually exclusive. You've got a pretty strange game if you're always hitting off both wings with a closed stance and never with an open stance simply because - to use your words 'its rubbish'. With respect, I don't think you have a clue what you're talking about.
     
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  16. Cfidave

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    I noticed the additional spin the Prestige pro seem to add as well. Forehand drives definately had more topspin then I normally get with my 6.1.
     
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    Doesn't sound like much respect there to me. Bit harsh that.
     
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    I never said that I always hit closed stance, as you never can have enough time for that - but I can see how I was interpreted to say that, sorry :)

    what I meant was that this stick is a lot more rewarding when you use closed stance with good weight transfer to the front foot, along with shoulder and core rotation - which allows you to generate more power from your body as on its own its fairly low powered.

    Hitting open stance with it means a lot of balls are gonna end up short/uncontrolled (unless you incredible arms), I call it 'rubbish' as I was brought up to play a slightly more 'old school' game, so closed stance has been pretty much drilled into my brain since I was 8 :)
     
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  19. Torres

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    That's surprising because the construction of the previous Youtek Prestiges result in a stiff frame - noticeably stiffer than the BLX 6.1, so if you say the IG version is softer than the 6.1, then the IG iteration of this stick is significantly softer than the Youtek version. That would be a big, big difference.

    Anyone else able to verify the stiffness of these IGs compred to the previous gen Youteks?

    How could you possibly know a Prestige Pro is more suited to a closed stance / 'old school' style of game as you put it, when you don't even play a modern game with open stance forehands? There's no reason at all why open stance forehands should result in short or uncontrolled balls.

    If your coach has funnelled you down to a closed stance 'old school' style of playing and brainwashed you into thinking anything else is "rubbish", he should be shot because all he's done limit your development potential. Even 20 years ago, any coach worth his salt would have coaching open stance forehands with across the body finishes or at least allowing their students to develop a combination of hitting styles.
     
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  20. TheRed

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    I wouldn't use such strong language but I pretty much agree 100%. In fact, I would say if you're hitting closed stance most of the time, you have BAD form.
     
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  21. Ross K

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    We seem to be veering off course somewhat... a few contentious points... but can we focus back to the frame?:) Whoever has hit with one, post your impressions!
     
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  22. holytennis

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    madmutt, people say that the ig prestige pro has an actualy head size of 95 sq. inch. Can you confirm this?(Compare with another 98 racket?)
     
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  23. counterpuncher

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    This has been covered a few times, in that Head measures the size from outside of the frame. It has also been mentioned that the size is probably closer to 96 than 98 and comparing to many other 95 - 98 racquets that I have, I would agree.
     
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  24. TexasTennisbum

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    I played with one for three straight days, two and a half hour sessions. I am buying this racquet because it had no ill effect on my tennis elbow, had increased topspin over my previous sticks, and was great on serve and volley.

    Previously I had-- Wilson K88 with Lux BB (elbow problem began, something I've had for 2 years), then Prince Rebel 95 (found lacking in maneuverability at net), then Head Prestige YT MP (elbow problems again).

    Prestige Pro- It is a great racquet, there is more spin than the MP, it is somehow more arm friendly for me, serve is slightly more powerful than the MP, but my forehand and backhand are 10-20% less powerful with 30% more spin (perhaps string, string tension, and open string pattern).

    One really unusual thing I noticed is I could half volley a couple of overheads from near the service line below my knees and the racquet just returned it without budging, I've never experienced that before. It's a heavy racquet though, so you will need solid footwork and court awareness on volleys or you will be handcuffed.

    That being said, the racquet is head light enough to allow for great net play, heavy enough to compliment my deep topspin forehand and more flattened out one handed backhand, and good on serves.
     
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  25. Dgdavid

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    Great comments, thanks. Have you tried the new IG Prestige MP too? I have two of them and considering adding a different Prestige as a 3rd (Mid or Pro). Interested in people's comparisons between them if there are any.
     
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    To answer your question imo the MID is a much better stick in all areas with the exception of power as you would expect the larger head size would produce more power. I just got me demo of the pro which I was waiting for to finish my comparision.
     
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    Thanks wao, I love the Midplus and it is my racket of choice now with the only possible exception being I am open minded on the Mid and PRO. I was leaning to the PRO on the basis it is more powerful but the "10-20% less power" comment is giving me second thoughts. MP ticks all the boxes but if the Pro keeps that plus adds a touch more power, I would switch.
     
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    Cheers for that ^. It does seem ppl are finding it a bit hefty. I'm wondering though if it's like the BLX 95 (I know, very different rackets), but if similarly to that, it somehow contrives to swing really fast and doesn't feel bulky and log-like despite there actually being some considerable weight there.
     
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    Played two sets last night. First with the Prestige pro, then second set with my old K95 6.1. The PP actually swings through a little faster then the 6.1 and feels less bulky at net. Although not as head lite as the 6.1, for some reason the PP just feels quicker, all around. That being said, the PP definately comes through with a heavier ball on serve, slightly less pace on groundies, but more spin, and depth.
     
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    When I demoed the racket, I noticed that it did swing heftier, which helped my forehand a lot, but made me hit off-center (1h) backhands more often. However, the few 2h backhands I hit with it felt very good. Everywhere else, the racket shines, but my 1 handed backhand performed better with the YT version than the IG version.
     
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  31. TexasTennisbum

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    I echo these comments on the PP and Dave summed it up perfectly.


    As to some previous comments, I don't agree the MID is a "better" racquet, it is just different, I am curious why someone playing with any Prestige would be asking for more power. I wouldn't consider these power racquets at all.

    I did play with the Wilson 90 inch head racquet (is it BLX or something, white paint?), the new one, I would choose that over the PP, except it destroyed my arm when I tried a few serves.
     
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  32. atatu

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    I played two sets with the IG PP today and loved it. It felt a bit softer than the YTPP, but it could be the fact that it is strung with Technifibre NRG2. I did not notice a difference in weight and the swing weight seemed about the same. Looking at the two frames side by side...the YTPP pro head seems just a little bigger. Has anyone else noticed that, or is it just my imagination ?
     
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    Black CAPS close space, the clear ones open it up giving the illusion of largeness.
     
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    Head IG Prestige Pro Experience

    I got my new one strung with Genesis Black Magic at 50lbs. I love the racquet. I like my MG and YT verisions but this one is better. It just has a better overall sweetsport and hits cleaner. Great improvement on an already awesome product.
     
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  35. holytennis

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    How is the Sweet spot on the pro, since you have strung it at 50? How does it respond on off-center hits?
     
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  36. rudester

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    I am currently on my 4th string job on my new IG prestige pro, It is indeed very string sensitive, but i believe i have what i want finally, VS Tonic at 60/58 lbs , and this stick becomes impressive. The other thing that had to be done was to install TK82s pallets, i too have trouble with the head grip having mainly used Wilson Racquets. Anyway, bottom line is that with a few adjustments i now have a new racquet with a bit of the wow factor.
     
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  37. Cfidave

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    Played again last night. The more I play with the PP, then more I like it. I agree, the racquet is quite string sensitive. Restrung with Bhsr/multisyn hybrid at 48/52. Really felt like one huge sweetspot, but still very contollable. Also noticed more spin then my first outing with the racquet. The grip does take some getting use to, I too am a Wilson user. Btw, who supplies TK82 pallets?
     
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    Just bought one to go with my IG Prestige MPs. Got my Pro strung at 50 lbs with Sonic Pro 17 (simply because I get on well with the string). Will report back.
     
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    Keep your eye on the for sale section, they are also available i believe TW europe, but have not had to go that route so far. With your Wilson background, you will love this frame even more with a grip shape change.
     
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    I can say emphatically that after playing three sets with the IG Prestige Pro tonight, I will be switching to it as my main racket from my IG Prestige MidPlus (x2) and the IG Prestige Mid (which is too demanding).

    The Midplus was the best racket I've ever played with (for my game at least) but the Pro made so many parts of my game a notch higher. Only one notch maybe but in so many areas as to make it very clear cut. Nothing felt compromised but my attacking forehand, rallying forehand, slice backhand (depth and pace) and serve were all better. Touch shots and volleys - no discernible difference. Only area Midplus still exceeds is my attacking backhand which I hit very flat but I suspect this will groove quickly.

    I am aware of honeymoon periods so will play a few more matches before I post my own review. Delighted with it. If I'd listened to Racketfever, might have saved myself £450 on rackets I now want to sell!

    ps. it is strung with Sonic Pro 17 at 50 lbs.
     
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    Thats great DG. I suggest you keep one MP like me. Sometimes, i just suddenly feel like playing with the MP. You never know.
     
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    David, now that you have hit the Ig Prestige pro , Prince Exo3 Tour 100 and the Babolat Pure Drive Roddick 2012, please could post a quick comparison? And of course, how is the SWEET SPOT on all the frames strung at around 52-55lbs??
     
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    Just popping out with family and will respond in more detail later but the sweetspots were good on all three. The Pro is strung at 50lbs with Sonic Pro and I think I've got it right first time for me. Very nice feeling even off centre which was a surprise. I was banging flat and TS shots right into the corners and getting better depth than my Midplus. I always avoided the Prestiges due to the alleged unforgivingness but on the IGs at least, the Pro (strung low) and Midpluses are absolutely fine (I can't say the same for the Mid though).

    The Exo3 Tour 100 was also very nice and I liked it a lot but I did have some problems hitting winners when coming in on a short ball. I only played a few sets with it though. If you give it time, that would also be a great racket and I would be using it now had I not picked up a Prestige Midplus out of curiosity. I was great in rallies and working the opponent. VERY spinny.

    I can't comment much on Pure Drive Roddick because I only played two singles sets but the sweetspot felt fine but I wouldn't swap it for the Pro in a millions years. I had to really shorten my stroke on it but players that like that might think it is the best thing ever.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. Like i stated in many threads, i use the Babolat Pure Drive GT Strung at 58lbs. Just hoping the Ig Pro would be forgiving enough for me, if i string it at 50lbs.
     
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    Mine is strung at 48lbs on the mains and about 52lbs on the crosses, and I think that is about perfect for this racquet. Mains are Poly and crosses are multi syn gut. I had it higher, around 55, and felt it lacked some touch, and also felt a little stiff. I have played about 4 hours with the 48/52 tension and it feels and plays even better now, so could be that a couple of pounds less would work as well. Control is still there in spades.
     
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    Honestly, i have always strung at 58lbs. Never tried experimenting with the Tension. No point in replacing the Strings on my PD now, I'am buying two of the Ig Prestige Pro in about 2-3 days.
     
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    I use the Microgel PP and find that it has the perfect combination of spin, power, and "plushness". (with the right string)

    When I tried the Youtek PP I found that it was far too stiff - it felt unsubstantial and made a "tinny" sound. Overall, I was not very happy with the Youtek.

    Does the IG version have a more substantial/solid feel to it, or does it still have the old Youtek tin feeling? I want to upgrade to the IG but I am unsure as to if it has the same plushness that the Microgel has.
     
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    Posting for a friend here...

    He bought to IGPPs and they both weighed in at 11.7 - strung with overgrips. (Weighed by several sources).

    The other demo he'd been playing with was 11.9, which is better.

    But you have to figure the unstrung weight is 11.5, then it should be closer to 12.1 or 12.2 shouldn't it ?

    Anyone else have this experience? Pretty surprised.
     
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    Dang it. I'm just about ready to pull the trigger on the MP, I love it, but this has me wondering if I need to check out the Pro. Question, though: if I really did not like the Youtek Prestige Pro (felt too stiff and didn't have the control I wanted) will I also not like the IG PP? Love the IG update to the MP: so honest and controlled and mistake free. Generally veer toward closed patterns so I'm thinking the MP is definitely the one for me, but after reading the MP to PP love, you've peaked my interest.
     
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  50. edman9898

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    I demoed the IG PP and bought a YT PP. Honestly, there is not THAT much difference between the two IMO. The IG is a little softer and produces a little more spin, but thats about it.
     
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