Youtek Extreme Pro vs Innegra Extreme Pro

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  1. Fed Kennedy

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    The YT extreme pro is a solid stick, a stiff beast, great for volleys, returns and big serves.
    Now Head has released an even more extreme extreme: it is heavier and stiffer, no leather grip.
    My fellow extremists, I pose the folllowing observations/ questions:

    The grommets are black. There is something new going on in the throat? Has the marvelously open string shredding drill pattern changed?
    Is this new extreme the GEOAT? (Greatest Extreme of all Time?)
    I know it is early but can anyone comment on the update.

    The Pj makes me barf, but if it is the GEOAT I will forgive.

    As a postscript: they standardized the mp extreme also and radicalized the balance...shall we also put this one in the running for possible GEOATage?
     
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  2. retlod

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    I'm bound to test drive both versions, but I'm thinking I may not like either. The current Pro is too heavy for me to whip around, but I like the open-open drill pattern you mention. I think that's one of the great unsung things about that frame. I wouldn't mind the stiffness rating of 70 since I can hit with Pure Drives and Areo Pros without much of a problem. The current MP has a little more flex, which I liked, but was too light in stock form. That was easily fixed with some lead tape. If HEAD combined the two and made a frame with the Pro's open pattern that was about 318g strung, 6 pts HL, and had a stiffness rating of 68, I'd jump all over it.

    But they didn't. The IG Pro is stiffer than the YT Pro (74) and is still pretty head light, yet is just as heavy as the current model. For the MP, HEAD almost made me ecstatic by getting the weight perfect, but made it a tad too stiff and *WAY* too even balanced (2 HL) for me. Maybe it won't play that way, but I don't like frames that are that even. If HEAD was trying for an APD clone, they seem to have missed, but like I said, the proof is in the playing.

    As an aside, there *is* a frame that meets most of my criteria above--it's a Pure Drive GT+.
     
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  3. A_Instead

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    I too am anxious to see how this new Extreme will be.
     
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  4. CDestroyer

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    The new racquet has a cheaper grade graphite (innegra) and a different paint job. If you want to pay more knock yourself out.
     
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  5. retlod

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    If I like hitting with it, I'll knock myself out and buy one. I don't give a **** what it's made of or how it looks.
     
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  6. Fed Kennedy

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    eerily prophetic...
     
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    They changed the drill pattern for Lubicic so I blame him for ruining a great racquet :(

    I think a TW 08 microgel SMU would sell well.
     
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    There were some major updates to the IG version...

    The Youtek Extreme has more power and a softer feel than the ig extreme pro, but the ig extreme pro does have more control and feels more solid with a quicker response to ball impact.

    Both racquets can generate tremendous amounts of spin, but the Youtek Extreme has more of a depolarized feel to it, which makes it easier to flatten out shots. In contrast, the IG Youtek Extreme has a somewhat polarized feel and is much more aerodynamic, which makes it easier to generate spin.

    The Youtek Extreme has classic two color cosmetics, whereas the IG youtek Extreme matches the patterns on Djokovic's clothes.

    Both great racquets, but the changes made were greater than what is usually seen between two generations of the same racquet.
     
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  9. Fed Kennedy

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    Good summary^^, for my game the youtek is a much better racquet than the innegra. Like you said, power, comfort and ability to flatten balls was better in the old version
     
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    The YT extreme pro is a solid stick,(nope), a stiff beast(yup great for injury), great for volleys(lool), returns(not really) and big serves(no that's just lubicic lol)
    Now Head has released an even more extreme extreme: it is heavier and stiffer, no leather grip.
    My fellow extremists, I pose the folllowing observations/ questions:

    The grommets are black. There is something new going on in the throat? Has the marvelously open string shredding drill pattern changed?
    Is this new extreme the GEOAT? (Greatest Extreme of all Time?)
    I know it is early but can anyone comment on the update.

    The Pj makes me barf(very true all the extreme are butt ugly), but if it is the GEOAT I will forgive.

    As a postscript: they standardized the mp extreme also and radicalized the balance...shall we also put this one in the running for possible GEOATage?

    Answer: The extreme offers a arm shaking feel, guaranteed to give you injury. It posses no good qualities, and Head should concentrate on their good racquets, the radical and prestige.
     
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    ^^^

    I take it you won't be buying the Innegra?
     
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    Only the Prestige or Radical version lol
     
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  13. Player#1

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    I completely disagree with that assessment... Other than it being a harsh frame on the arm.

    My favorite of the four and favorite racket ever is the Youtek version (Granted, the one I got weighed in at 12.6-12.7 ounces strung before lead tape, so I'm not exactly sure if it's the same as most). If you put lead at 3 and 9 up to 13-13.5 ounces the frame does not feel nearly as harsh (feels comparable to an apdtgt).

    If you are looking to play a power game like Ljubicic or Youzhny, it's perfect. Big serves, Big groundies (either flat or spin) and solid volleys are easy to hit with power.

    Microgel Extreme Pro 2008 = Youtek Extreme Pro (except with a good deal more control and feel, but with a little less power)

    Microgel Extreme Pro teflon = IG Youtek Extreme Pro (except stiffer frame, a good deal more control, more aeordynamic and a lot more polarized)
     
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  14. Fed Kennedy

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    Total one star thread. Who cares about these lame extremes? I only use prestige. Lol.
     
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    Interesting and insightful to read this.

    I played a freshly strung MG EP a few weeks ago (w/ very old MG cosmetics) but failed to notice the type of grommets, so I don't know which one it was. (I'm curious now and will try and find out the id.) It was highly impressive in terms of from the backcourt and topspin. Great for rallying. In other areas, well, let's just say I didn't instantly 'click' with it. Another few outings though might yield different results.

    But my real qsn is this: what strings/gauge do ppl recommend? I presently have Andrenaline (16, I think) @ 52 lbs, which I wasn't wild about... BTW, for reference, I'm a full poly user, a big fan of Tour Bite and Signum strings (at 1.25 or thereabouts.)

    TIA
     
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    I still mean to demo one of these sometime this summer. When I do, I'm gonna cut out the demo strings and throw some B5E in it. Having hit mostly with leaded Extreme MPs, APDs, and PDs for the past two seasons, I think I'll have some good background to go off of.

    But yeah, one-star thread. :)
     
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