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vsbabolat 01-17-2012 08:54 AM

Review of HEAD IG Prestige Mid and IG Prestige MP
 
I just received my HEAD IG Prestige Mid and MP. I've got good news for those of you like me are not a fan of the Clear CAP Grommets. The black grommets will fit.:cool: I think it looks great with the black grommets. Now if only the Black CAP Grommets were glossy like in the old days.




IG Prestige MP Review
Cosmetics: The cosmetics have grown on me. I really like the asymmetrical burgundy graphite braid look with lighter red in the braid around the hoop. It reminds me of the Austrian Prestige Pro and the Prestige Pro 600. However the Silver decals are very fragile. I already getting them to come off. But the paint quality is very high and the racquet should not chip. I've never had a HEAD frame with hard paint chip. Why the decals can't be the same high quality as is what was on the Microgel does not make sense.

On Ground strokes I found the IG Prestige MP to have very nice pop with decent access to spin. It is a nice control oriented racquet with pop. I found it very stable on off center hits. It has some nice ball pocketing and a softer feel over the more recent irritations of the MP.

On Volleys I found it excellent. You have a sweet spot that goes pretty north in the string bed combined with the great stability of the racquet.

On the Serve I felt I got a little more spin on my Kick serve do to the larger head of my normal racquet and more string spacing. When I played a set I did not lose serve with it and did not double fault. My kick serves had some nice height over the net and nice high bounce.

Off the return of serve the stability and head size was a help in getting good depth. I was chipping returns and hitting returns. The first return I hit with it I ripped. The power is there if you have the skills.

Overal: I think this will be the most popular Prestige model in the line. The only thing that gives me pause is the feel. There is a very slight buzz to the string bed. It is no where near as bad as the YT which was like a tuning fork or a nice way of putting it brassy. It is a huge improvement over the YT. The IG Prestige MP a step in the write direction. If it was more muted I would switch tomorrow. I will have to think about it and hit with it some more.

IG Prestige Mid Review:
Cosmetics: The cosmetics have grown on me. I really like the asymmetrical burgundy graphite braid look with lighter red in the braid around the hoop. It reminds me of the Austrian Prestige Pro and the Prestige Pro 600. However the Silver decals are very fragile. Why the decals can't be the same high quality as is what was on the Microgel does not make sense.

Ground Strokes: I feel like the IG Prestige is a extension of my arm. It is so comfortable. I feel connected to the frame. It is a finally honed instrument, a scalpel. If you have the skills of being able to provide your own power and spin it will absolutely reward you. It is also not jarring on mishits.

Volleys: The IG Prestige Mid rewards you with great feel and great ball pocketing on the volley. You have fantastic stability which is great on the volley.

Serve: I loved serving with it. I felt like my serves were very heavy and I had pin point accuracy.

Return Of Serve: The racquet's stability, control, and plush feel made me feel confident on my returns.

The IG Prestige Mid is the best Prestige Mid since the i.Prestige Mid. I think I like the IG Prestige Mid more than the i.Prestige Mid. The IG Prestige has a very generous sweet spot, great stabilaty, and wonderful velvaty smooth plush feel

dadozen 01-17-2012 09:00 AM

Booooo!!! I thought the review was ready yet!!! :D

Just kidding VS, can't wait to read your review. I also don't dig the clear CAP grommets, but haven't seen one personally yet. The new pj, with the circuit, is worse than the YT IMO.

vsbabolat 01-17-2012 09:12 AM

I added a photo to my Original post. Look how good it looks now.

maxpotapov 01-17-2012 10:13 AM

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Originally Posted by vsbabolat (Post 6237125)
I added a photo to my Original post. Look how good it looks now.

Looks kinda cheaper now :/

vsbabolat 01-17-2012 10:18 AM

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Originally Posted by maxpotapov (Post 6237315)
Looks kinda cheaper now :/

I thought it looked cheaper with the clear grommets. It looks much richer in color with the black grommets. It always had brown or black (and Green on the Prestige 600) grommets until now.

JGads 01-17-2012 11:13 AM

Black for the win. Not even a contest. Clear cap looks terrible.

dr325i 01-17-2012 11:43 AM

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Originally Posted by vsbabolat (Post 6237085)
I just received my HEAD IG Prestige Mid and MP. I've got good news for those of you like me are not a fan of the Clear CAP Grommets. The black grommets will fit.:cool:

Aren't they the identical mold to the Youtek/Microgel frames?

sargeinaz 01-17-2012 11:46 AM

Brown is the goat, but that black looks great VS. The clear is very meh.

vsbabolat 01-17-2012 03:01 PM

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Originally Posted by dr325i (Post 6237581)
Aren't they the identical mold to the Youtek/Microgel frames?

The grips are longer on the MP and the Mid now (that's all I have don't know about the Pro). Other than that they seem the same.

scotus 01-17-2012 05:31 PM

Do the clear grommets and the black grommets weigh the same?

MAXXply 01-17-2012 05:54 PM

Remember how in mediaeval times wrongdoers and villains were forced to wear stocks on their heads? I think the people at HEAD who signed off on the clear caps design should be forced to do the same.

fundrazer 01-17-2012 06:06 PM

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Originally Posted by vsbabolat (Post 6238128)
The grips are longer on the MP and the Mid now (that's all I have don't know about the Pro). Other than that they seem the same.

Ah, interesting to hear that Head changed the grip length. I'm going to be dabbling with the blx prostaff 95, but the MG prestige MP is still my stick of choice. I think I actually preferred the shorter grip length on em. Not that it makes a whole lot of difference. Wonder why they would change it though?

JGads 01-18-2012 12:41 AM

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Originally Posted by vsbabolat (Post 6238128)
The grips are longer on the MP and the Mid now (that's all I have don't know about the Pro). Other than that they seem the same.

The MP grip is really longer now? That was among my main gripes with the MP always. The Mid had a longer grip before, but not the MP.

rudester 01-18-2012 08:25 AM

And will The old Prestige Pro microgel/youtek grommets also fit the IG Prestige Pro?

vsbabolat 01-18-2012 10:16 AM

I had my first hit with the Mid today.

movdqa 01-18-2012 10:21 AM

How was the feel compared to the YT?

maxpotapov 01-18-2012 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by vsbabolat (Post 6240874)
I had my first hit with the Mid today.

And what was the feel and sound right off the bat?

Anton 01-18-2012 11:07 AM

Clear grommets look much better.

Where is the review?

vsbabolat 01-18-2012 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Anton (Post 6241069)
Clear grommets look much better.

Where is the review?

That's your opinion. I don't like the clear. I only just got the racquets yesterday. I had my first hit with the Mid this morning. When I get done testing the racquets the review will be written. Have a little patience.

vsbabolat 01-18-2012 11:12 AM

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Originally Posted by maxpotapov (Post 6240926)
And what was the feel and sound right off the bat?

The feel of the IG Prestige Mid is the closest to the Prestige Classic 600 that I have yet to hit with.


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