26 7/8 inch Head Microgel Instinct?!

etd

Rookie
I just picked up a Head Microgel Instinct and measured it with a tape measure. It measured 26 7/8 inches. My Head Pro Tour 280 measured 27 inches. When I stacked the 2 rackets on top of each other, the Microgel Instinct looked shorter.

Will Head take this racket back and give me a replacement that is on spec (or at least the right length)?
 

NoBadMojo

G.O.A.T.
I just picked up a Head Microgel Instinct and measured it with a tape measure. It measured 26 7/8 inches. My Head Pro Tour 280 measured 27 inches. When I stacked the 2 rackets on top of each other, the Microgel Instinct looked shorter.

Will Head take this racket back and give me a replacement that is on spec (or at least the right length)?
racquet likely suffered from 'stringing shrinkage'. next time you cut the strings out, see if it doesnt go back to full length. if you have another of the same racquet unstrung, you may also notice that this frame is also a little wider. it likley squatted down as a result of stringing...some of the Head racquets are notorious for doing this.
 

etd

Rookie
Anyone else with short Microgel rackets? I noticed someone started a similar thread regarding a short Microgel Prestige Pro.
 

strife726

Rookie
Wow, maybe the microgels have some quality control issues? My MG prestige was also shorter, and it wasn't due to being strung. I compared it with another strung prestige and it was shorter.
 

Rasta

Rookie
I've seen other Head rackets that were just slightly less than 27 inches. Don't think it would be noticeable in play.
 

Cup8489

G.O.A.T.
I've seen other Head rackets that were just slightly less than 27 inches. Don't think it would be noticeable in play.
it might be on serves. if a quarter inch longer is noticeably different in swingweight, i don't see why 1/8 in shorter wouldnt be.
 

bsandy

Hall of Fame
My advice would be . . . If there's anything about your equipment that is going to play with your head, and you have the chance to take it back -- take it back.

These questions sound like good questions, for your dealer. I hope your dealer was TW. They have treated me very fairly, in the past.

. . . Bud
 

wksoh

Semi-Pro
Hi all, I have the same experience, I ordered 2 instincts strung 55lbs from the US. They have the same length.

I string one of them 55lbs in Singapore and it ended up shorter by 1/8 inch. I later noticed all my rackets strung by a certain local shop are all shorter by 1/8inch.

I then strung them on my Drop weight stringer 55lbs and the same thing happens - shorter by 1/8inch.

I sure can feel the difference as the longer instinct has more throw and thus more power than the shorter one.

However, I can't seemed to solve this problem yet. Can stringing method affect this? If anyone can shed some light - will be great.
 

d wayne

Rookie
I have 2 MG Instincts & have used them for a year. Both are approx 1/8" short. I have not noticed any problem with this, as they are both still the same length. I am very happy with the way they play- very solid racquets from the baseline & the net
 

wksoh

Semi-Pro
I have 2 MG Instincts & have used them for a year. Both are approx 1/8" short. I have not noticed any problem with this, as they are both still the same length. I am very happy with the way they play- very solid racquets from the baseline & the net
It didn't bother me until I tried full length 27" instinct strung properly. It felt more powerful and easier to serve - but that's me..
 

Deuce

Banned
It didn't bother me until I tried full length 27" instinct strung properly. It felt more powerful and easier to serve - but that's me..
^ Yeah 1/8 of an inch is known to significantly affect power and serving...
sigh...

Those of you who think 1/8 of an inch is a big deal have far greater problems than anything related to tennis.

This thread was ridiculous when it was begun.
It was even more ridiculous to ressurect it..
 
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