*****The Official Head Prestige Mid Users Club*****

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  1. Jaewonnie

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    forgot one other purpose: It produces that awesome whistling sound when you swing it; rather than a blunt "swooshing" noise :)
     
  2. Spin-A-Lot

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    I'd like to join too :)

    I've dabbled in other racquets but I always seem to go back to my i.Prestige Mid...had problems with it before when I was using Ashaway Crossfire 18..nearly killed my arm!! But now, strung with Forten Sweet 17 at mid tension and it's the greatest feeling!

    For people who use soft strings (synthetic gut, multi or poly) what would you recommend in a full bed or hybrid? at what tension?

    Thanks!
     
  3. ryushen21

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    Currently using full bed of Black Code 17 at 52/50. It is great.
     
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    Thanks Ryushen :) I was actually thinking of it..so it's not stiff at all? I was thinking of doing a hybrid with Forten Sweet 17 at the crosses...
     
  5. ryushen21

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    Not at all. In fact in the i.Prestige it is damn near perfect IMHO.
     
  6. Jaewonnie

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    Hmmm...just played today with my YT Prestige mid on a humid day! What a difference! Here in Canada, the medium temperatures really limit the full potential of the strings. But today at 32 C (90 F) the strings were responding amazingly! Its as if i newly restrung my stick! Previously, I've been experiencing some instability issues when hitting off-centre. But with livelier strings, the ball got plowed. The sound I was getting off the multi was just incredible. Literally a cannon. I don't think I could serve into the 110mph range so effortlessly, it was quite amazing. I got more spin, control, pop, everything.

    Now I'm definately sticking with my prestige :D
     
  7. Fuji

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    Hey all! I'm just wondering what lead placements have been good for the prestige here!

    I read in reviews that 10 and 2 have been good for some, but I've always been a fan of 3 and 9. Has anyone here had some great lead placements that really beef up the prestige even more???

    -Fuji
     
  8. thug the bunny

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    Fuji, didn't you use to hang out on the Bab PSL and KPS88 threads? Those are the two sticks I am coming from (I love them both), and I also just purchased a YTK Prestige Mid. I haven't received it yet, but I'm dying with anticipation. I also dig X1 BP and NXT strings...I think we must be long lost twins....
     
  9. WitheringDemise

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    Recently modded up Youtek prestige mid to about 12.4 or so strung.

    2 grams under the bumper at 12

    4 grams under the grip, at the buttcap

    String setup:
    Mains: Pro Supex Blue Gears 1.25 @ 52lbs.
    Crosses: Babolat Super Fine Play 1.25 @ 54lbs

    Wilson Overgrip
    Gamma Shockbuster

    I can really feel the weight in the head, really gives plowthrough. I think I'll either be adding more weight, or keeping the mods the same.
     
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    I'd like to join the club!
    Here are my two sticks, strung with Champion's Choice and SP Tornado.
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  11. Fuji

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    I did indeed! :) That's hilarious about strings! We must be long lost twins!

    Trust me, it is well worth the wait! I've been experiencing a bit of arm pain lately, just from growing pains and the such, and the prestige really cleared it right up. It's got such a soft feel that I can play for hours and not be in pain anywhere after!

    -Fuji
     
  12. thug the bunny

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    Fuji, have you been using your YTK PM much to give some impressions? I would be interested in what you think since we are coming from the same sticks.

    I am looking at my new Prestige right now...very gorgeous, looks pretty high quality. I'm going to put some X1 BP 18g on it, I'm thinking 53 lbs...what do you think?
     
  13. Fuji

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    Of course! I've put on about 15+ hours since I got it and I've gotten to know it pretty well.


    Serves are great, probably one of the best serving mids I've played with. It's got great plow through and cushion for those less-then-perfect hits.

    Groundstrokes are really good. My backhand clicked right away and I have no problem with it, but my semi western forehand is still trying to get the hang of the timing with it.

    Volleys are Grade A+. The only stick to have more stability is the KPS88, but the Prestige is RIGHT behind it, and the prestige is Worlds ahead in maneuverability, and comfort.

    I've started to develop a bit of wrist and forearm pain however. I think it's because of my strings. Head RIP Control 16 @ 52lbs. I think next string job I'm going to be trying a much thinner gauge to get a little bit more cushion. I forgot how hard a closed string pattern can be, so a thinner gauge probably at around 50-52lbs to make my arm happy, and get a good amount of playability.

    Right now mine weights 12.6oz w/ elastic band and 2 OG's + Base grip. Hydrosorb + Wilson Perforated Pro + Tourna Grip XXL.

    Any other questions just ask! :)

    -Fuji
     
  14. thug the bunny

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    Thanks Fuji, it sounds like I'm going to love this mid. Can't wait to eat some fuzz!

    I like putting thin gauge (18g) on my dense bed sticks - you can get away with it, and I think it gives a great compromise between all the trade-offs - control, spin, feel, and pop.
     
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    How do you find topspin/slice with this racquet? I remember the MP being great for spin access.

    What a coincidence! I just ordered my YTPM strung with 18g X-One. I've only used 17 up to this point, so I'm very excited to try out this new setup in such a densely patterned stick. What string do you use?
     
  16. Fuji

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    Topspin is less than perfect for me, I just can't seem to get the contact point totally down for my normal Topspin rally shot! It has good bite if you can get the timing right though.

    Slice is GREAT! I absolutely love slice with the prestige mid. It has some very good bite and control.

    It's great for drop shots as well, you can put some sickening bite on them!

    -Fuji
     
  17. TheOneHander

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    Sounds like it's gonna be a fun stick then. Would you mind making a list of the sticks you own in order of how much you use them?
     
  18. Fuji

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    For sure! It's a great stick, but I think it's pretty string sensitive. I have it strung still with Head RIP control 16 @ 52lbs, but it still feels semi bordy, and it will really come alive after I get a thinner gauge going.

    As of now I use in order from most to least....

    Head Prestige Mid
    Yonex RQiS 1 Tour
    Yonex RDS 001 Mid
    Wilson Prostaff Classic 6.1 (retired to doubles only due to fatigue cracks)
    Wilson KPS 88 (Killed my arm, but such a nice frame)
    Pro Supex 6.1 Knock off (It's a good frame, but I'm too lazy to set it up to my tastes)
    Head Flexpoint something or other (Used for my first season and just sits now, nice looking frame though.)

    I think that's all of them.... I only take the top 4 in my bag to matches though.

    I'm picking up some lighter and bigger frames to keep my arm and shoulder happy though. Most of my sticks are weighted up to 13oz or higher because that's the way I LOVE to have my frames, but my body just can't take them during times of injury. I suffer from from wicked golf elbow and a lot of pain in my shoulder blades at times, and it's really taking a tole during my hardcourt season this year. I honestly love my mids more then any other tennis rackets, but mid plus' are what keep my game and body going!

    -Fuji
     
  19. TheOneHander

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    My mini-YTPM review:

    I got my first hit with this stick today! I had it strung with TF X-One Biphase 18 at 57lbs. My initial impressions:

    Groundies: what a feeling! It's soft and flexible, and control with this setup is incredibly high. I could swing out with all the force I wanted and not have to worry about the ball sailing on me. However, the low power got to me-I missed the pop I usually get from my Aero Storm GTs, and my shots lacked penetration. I'm not sure if the string tension was too high, so I'll restring it and see how it hits afterwards. Spin potential was decent, but grounds did not have as much pop or spin as with my regular sticks.

    Another note, the frame got around really quickly. It swings more like a 315 sw. It also doesn't have a loud "thwack" sound that my ASGTs do, more of a ping (I was using a Sampras dampener). Finally, it's pretty stable for a flat beam racquet, which I was pleasantly surprised by.

    Serves: no free power, but placement is excellent. This frame really whips through the contact zone well.

    Volleys: one word to describe volleys would be "delicious". A smooth, controlled feel. Feel feel feel. It's out of this world.

    That's it for now...until later!
     
  20. coolschreiber

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    Well helloo, look what google found as I was searching something for Prestige mid.....
    How about reviving this thread gentlemen :D
    I just switched to the prestige ig mid and would like us to share our set ups.
    Mine is pretty much stock with an overgrip and a dampener.
    Strung with Tech biphase 16g mains/smooth poly crosses - 50/48.
     
  21. klementine

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    Fantastic choice my good sir.

    I couldn't groove with the YouTek version but the IG is splendid.

    Still go back to my hoarded MgPresMids.
     
  22. coolschreiber

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    Hehe... thanks klementine.
    Unfortunately its too cold to play now. But next season I hope to switch to natural gut (mains) and 4g. Did some research about this string combo and good things came up. Hope to go down on tension to about 48/44 ish (at 17g or 16L for both). To get slightly more power and spin.
    If any of you guys use a combo similar nat gut/4g please chime in! I'm not much of string breaker so hope to save on strings in the long term.
    Overall, a fantastic racket. In 'match play' I always tend to hit out more than hitting into the net. In fact I rarely hit into the net. But this racket helps keep the ball in with my play style. Have won almost all my matches with it :). What a piece of work. I expected a mid to be harder to use during match play but this thing just defies logic lol.
     
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  24. Overdrive

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    Too bad HEAD is killing the mids..
     
  25. coolschreiber

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    Nice collection Dino!
    Yea, the PC 600 re-issue thread also died after a while. Not sure what happened there.
     
  26. da johnny boy

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    Hey, I just got a IG Mid from a friend and tried it out. It had really dead poly strings in it, so I restrung it with OG Micro 16 at 50 lbs, and it is more powerful but the spin is still pretty awful. What other strings should I try to increase spin? Maybe thinner strings, hybrid? I am coming from a modified PSLGT with a BHB17/OGSM 16 hybrid at 45 lbs and leaded up to 12.5 oz, and I really like the spin and power from it.
     
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    ^ I could stare at your collection all day VS. It's turned into a form of meditation for me.


    Go thinner. Even though the PSL is a dense pattern, the PresMid is a bit denser. Your also gonna have to torque your wrist a bit more to achieve the spin your looking for with the PresMid, which is why I suggest going with a size lower on your grip. Worked wonders for me with this frame, especially if you're planning on adding weight to it.

    It has excellent bite on the ball, the ball is going to have a lower flight path to it as well. Anyone who has played with any iteration of this frame, can attest, that it is built for feel, control and precision. Spin and power (all relative terms), are attributes you'll have to bring to the fight, as the frame is bare-bones, no frills.
     
  29. coolschreiber

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    @VSBabolat - Nice pictures... And great insight into Head rackets in general! Your review of the IG Mid convinced me to buy one of these bad boys, then I brought two more and have settled down on this marvel of engineering. I'm envious of your PC 600s, read so much about them but hope to play with one ... one day :).

    @Johnny boy.. klementine is spot-on in his post. Try stringing thinner and lower, that's what I'm planning to do too. I also agree that with some rackets you see balls jumping high because of the spin. I put decent spin on the ball myself. With the IG mid however, with MY stroke mechanics, I dont see the ball jump very high but jump forward and get good penetration. After bouncing it just keeps shooting forward out of reach of my opponents, joy to watch lol. To each their own I guess. My favorite raket for hitting is the k90 still, IG mid is a very very very very close second. But when the battle begins.... k90 goes back.. IG mid comes out :).
     
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    careful, old Head mids are addictive :|
     
  31. Overdrive

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    I know there are a lot of Head Prestige Mid fanboys out there... why doesn't the company pay attention to its customers and re-release them like they did with the Wilson PS 85?

    I might get flayed for this statement, but that frame is one of the most overrated frames of all time. Seriously...
     
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    I'd rather they didn't, honestly... makes it more fun hunting down the oldies,
    haggling & sheeptrading to bring them home, then strip/repair/rebuild

    Best thing they did was the black 25th Anniversary MP :)
    They've acknowledged their fans of their past, without wrecking
    all the collective heritage by selling a china copy of the original
    that (probably) wont live up to its elders.


    The PS85 is a custom order anyway, not part of W's common retail offerings.
    I can't walk down to LPS and buy one if ever I felt like it.


    haha yeah, it's just a tennis racquet.

    Very like a little Lotus √Član... compact little sportscar with no power, no ABS,
    no EFI, no ASC, no SRS, no A/C, no GPS = nothing to save ye if ye can't DRIVE! :twisted:

    Ain't fast nor easy but when all your numbers fall in line... oooh yeah it's ecstasy.
     
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    How is that fun? It's a pain trying to find the frames that I use. The updated frame sucks and I don't understand why they did it. I called Volkl, and there are no frames left in the dusty warehouse or anything. Now I have to resort going to local pro shops and the auction sites.. Freaking idiots..

    My plan is to get around 20 became I'm sticking with my frames for life. It is fun stripping the grip to the bare pallet and making my own pro stock. :)

    Right, the Prestige MP Ltd. is good to look at.. I don't know why they didn't release a mid though..

    Right, the PS85 is a TW exclusive.. The problem with the return of that frame is that I don't know anyone in real life that uses it.. Those darn modern frames..
     
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    What frame do you even use exactly?

    Man, I was on that same thought trail. I had 14 Pure Storms divided between the Tour and LTD, then I realized that I couldn't play with either to their max potential after getting injured. It sucked having to sell em!

    -Fuji
     
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    Becker Legend. I didn't have enough money to purchase any during last year's Christmas sale. I would've purchased every frame in L3. TW 'claims' they don't have any left and there are no plans for a re-release..

    Good thing I know someone who has 6 of them. I'll get all of them next year (if they aren't all gone already).

    [​IMG]

    Fiji... they're Babolat frames.... you're going to get injured sooner or later.. :neutral:
     
  36. Fuji

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    Ahhh I see! Those are decent frames. I hit with one a while back and it played pretty well.

    The Storms had absolutely nothing to do with my injury, I got a damaged vertebrae in my neck and a rotator cuff injury playing badminton. :( Ended up having to stop using "heavy" frames in the 12oz+ region while my shoulder healed. Ended up moving on the the Steam 99S back in May after a failed winter season last year during rehab. I finally have enough strength to go back to heavier frames, but I'm used to tweeners. :razz:

    -Fuji
     
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    Yeah, those are good frames. Then the Melborne came out and killed it.. :mad:

    Oh... Badminton? Really?

    Whatever works for you! :)
     
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    My progression has been from Pure Control swirly to n code six one 18x20. Left the game for about six years (College work etc). Somebody told me to try microgel prestige mid. Best frame ive ever had, already have 5 sticks started with alu power at 54lbs now runing volkl cyclone 16 at 56 lbs. Backround former ranked junior in Puerto Rico top 6 in 16's top 10 in 18's. Heavy topspin forehand and one handed backhand.

    Only thing done to the frames are leather grips and about six inches of overgrip wraped aroung the buttcap plus my normal overgrip on top of it
     
  39. andrehanderson

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    I have two IG mids and I honestly can't say enough about them. I haven't had the pleasure of hitting with a 600, though I'm dying to try it.
     
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    I bet the PC600 will be the next frame on the list for TW to re-issue. There was a poll about it and it included the PS 85, Dunlop HM 200, and PC600.
     
  41. vsbabolat

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    Its even more buttery than the IG.
     
  42. stronzzi70

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    Love my 3 ig prestige mid so good frames !
     
  43. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I'm not sure about that. It's been brought back twice already.
     
  44. aimr75

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    It's the pt630's turn
     
  45. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Listen man, I'm up for ANY re-issues of classic frames. It's just nice to see that people still want 12oz+, thin-beamed, headlight frames around.
     
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    I agree. I'd buy a pc600 reissue, and a pt630 if they released one. They just haven't done so with the pt hence my previous post
     
  47. Big Tigger

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    Just an update. Playing with the IG Mid. Gorgeous. IMO better than the PC 600.

    Grab one or more while you can find it!

    BT
     
  48. George-415

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    Maintaining this forum alive. ALL HAIL A REAL MANS RACQUET.
     
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    Just got this in today:

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    Anything special about it?
     
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    A bit odd the code is TGK237.2 which is supposed to be the 16x19 version, while i counted 18 mains on yours
     

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