TW: Sloane Stevens Racket - The Rumored Head Prestige *TRUE 93* 16X19 Pro Stock?

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by PaulC, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. PaulC

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    As seen on US Open today and other matches, it's bigger than stock Prestige Mid "93s" (true hitting area 89.5), but smaller than the midplus Prestige "98s":

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    I know it may have been talked about before; and I know there is already a Prestige mid (true size 89.5) 16X19, which was sold at TW briefly couple of years ago, but is there a pro stock Prestige *TRUE 93* Prestige (or "95" by Head's measurement method which includes the frame itself) 16X19?

    And If so, I'd hope TW can bring this to us soon :)
     
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  2. vsbabolat

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    That's 89.5..................
     
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  3. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Yeah because, a moving, ~3 square inches difference is that noticeable when viewed from a distance, on a TV...
     
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  4. PaulC

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    Hehehe... I know, but never hurt to ask.

    You probably never seen a Head Premier Tour 600 - which is bigger than the Prestige "600"s.

    -- I know for fact, since I own both.

    So FYI: the mold is already here, though slightly thicker (20mm), we just don't know whether she uses the same mold.
     
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  5. vsbabolat

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    I also own a Premier Tour 600. She is not using that MOLD! The Premier Tour 600 has grooves at the throat bridge. The IG YT Prestige Mid MOLD is flat. She is using the IG Prestige Mid 89.5 MOLD.
     
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  6. PaulC

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    Good catch vsbabloat!

    Regardless of which mold she's using, just hope that some tour pros are using a true 93 mold that is as powerful as a YP Prestige Pro but smaller... and somehow TW find a way to bring this to us *exclusively* on TW online... like they always do with other pro stocks :)
     
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  7. vsbabolat

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    Keep dreaming. A true 93 Prestige Mid is in your imagination.
     
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  8. Hidious

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    Wow, she's using the Prestige Mid? That's unexpected for a teen girl ! Great win today!
     
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  9. dr325i

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    What the....?
    You can spot a 3 sq in difference??? Genius!
     
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    She uses a prestige mid 16 x19 strung with Alu power around 54 lbs.
     
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  11. blackfrido

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    to me that racquet is 94.75 sqin
     
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  12. BreakPoint

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    Nah....I can tell just from one quick glace at that pic that it's actually 91.253792013847325 sq. in. :)
     
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    I agree man, I have to admit that you are right. I wish i had more time to go over these really interesting topics discussed on this forum :)
     
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  14. PaulC

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    The llittle secrets on how to tell the differences...

    Alright... can't help to disclose the **basis for the speculation**, even though now we know for fact that it is a 89.5, per Heads rep.

    It's actually pretty straight forward:

    (just that some folks here may not have owned all the different Head mids and midplus versions long enough to know how to tell them apart)

    1. The 98s don't have the last cross string that low. Only 89.5 mids like Prestige mids or true 93s like Premier Tours have the last cross that low.

    2. The 89.5 heads are more "narrow" (or thin/elongated) The 93s are slightly rounder, but still not as "round" as the 98s.

    --If you own all different Heads mids and midplus, you can tell them apart across the court!!

    -- I have my hitting partner blind-switch between the mid and midplus YT Prestiges (same strings), and I can tell which is which across the court 10 out of 10 times, which silenced his ass. :)

    3. I was on the front rows in a match that she played before, may be 20-30 feet away from her seat... I felt that her rackets just look not as "narrow" as the mids (c.f. Safin's Prestige mid), but not as "round" as the 98s.

    -- Well, now I can only guess it must be the effects of stringing that made it look rounder.
     
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  15. Nostradamus

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    Is this the same racket Bradley Klahn is using ?
     
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  16. JGads

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    Can't believe Sloane rocks a Prestige Mid. Love it. Any other girls do the same? Feel like the Mid could be a lot more feasible/doable on the women's tour with the ball and spin not quite as nasty all the time as on the men's tour.
     
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    I just like the fact that she said 'no' to those crappy clear grommets
     
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    What's the real difference (aside from aesthetic) between black and clear caps?
     
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  19. vsbabolat

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    Tommy has said "no" to those crappy grommets too.
     
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  20. TennisMaestro

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    Not much but if you have lead in the hoop you may not want your opponent to see it.
     
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  21. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Can't agree more. Still don't know what Head is doing with those hipster-like clear CAPs.
     
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  22. BreakPoint

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    What difference does it make if your opponent sees that you have lead tape on your hoop?
     
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  23. Lefty78

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    Murray as well. Usually, however, the girls play with whatever the manufacturer gives them. Good for Sloane.
     
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  24. Ronaldo

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    No woman plays with a Prestige Mid, especially a 19 yo. This is not a Prestige Pro?
     
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  25. vsbabolat

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    Sloane really plays with the Prestige Mid. In The Juniors she used the MG Prestige Mid.
     
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  26. Ronaldo

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    With sixteen mains?
     
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  27. vsbabolat

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    No, She used the MG Prestige Mid with 18x20. But she is really using the IG Prestige Mid 16x19.
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  28. tlimster

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    So based on the new Head number system for pro stock frames, would Sloane's racket be a TGT 292.2?
     
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  29. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Are you implying that women can't use a Prestige Mid?
     
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  30. Ronaldo

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    No. Even Chris Evert's PS 6.0 was a 95.
     
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  31. TennisMaestro

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    Thats why I said maybe. You may not want your opponent to see that you have added weight in various places on your racket.
     
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  32. vsbabolat

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    No, sorry that is wrong. When Chris Evert played the WTA Tour The Pro Staff 95 did not exist. Chris Evert used the Pro Staff Midsize (85sq.inch) made in Chicago and St.Vincent. The Wilson Pro staff 6.0 95 did not come out until 1994.
     
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  33. Ronaldo

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    Have an old Prestige Tour with lead tape covering the entire hoop, hidden by the CAP grommet strip. No cutting the tape, just punching through the holes.
     
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  34. Lefty78

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    Sloane served a 138MPH bomb against Malek today, according to usopen.org
     
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  35. Ronaldo

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    Must be the GOAT racquet
     
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  36. mrmo1115

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    This is off topic but does HEAD make any Pro Stock Speeds? Are there any 16x19 Prestige MP's?
     
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    I'm assuming that they make a pro stock Speed, but the 16X19 Prestige MP would be the pro version.
     
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  38. mrmo1115

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    This is slightly off topic, but I had a question regarding Prestige Mids.. are they 89.5 sq inches and not 93?
     
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  39. Doubles

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    89.5...........................
     
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  40. BreakPoint

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    Someone needs to create a sticky thread which explains why Head 93's are really 89.5 and 98's are really 95. It has to do with the metric conversion and marketing names.
     
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  41. Ronaldo

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    Head measures the outside of the hoop, everyone else measures the inside.
     
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  42. dr325i

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    Who are you? Quiet and then all this outpour of...junk...
     
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  43. Ronaldo

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    TY, must be that junk from my trunk.
     
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  44. klementine

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    Nothing to do with being male/female, all about level.

    My wife plays with the MgPresMid. She's also a very accomplished tennis player. Played on the Greek junior olympic team.
     
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  45. Tan

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    That's why I feel the lack of power in her game. She's gonna a big threat if she could find the one that make her game more powerful in today WTA IMO.
     
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  46. tistrapukcipeht

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    Ivanovic overpowered her with the Xi 98, the control from a mid didn't help much, Ivanovic had just as much control with a lot more power, it may be Ivanovic that is a better player though.
     
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  47. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Honestly, I think that Sloane could have won that match. It seemed that at the end of the second and the entire third set, she looked like she was hitting her forehand off of the back foot. In some of them, she was lifting up and back and just arming the ball. It had nothing to do with which racket the ladies were using.
     
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