Any recc

Egoista

Professional
Hello All,

Recently trying out the head prestige Ltd edition Ig prestige MP.Previously played with the Donnay Gold 94.
Am torn right now. On certain shots the prestige offers alot more such as heavier shots, less topspin though, better volleys and also good balance and stability.

ALthough it generally feels heavier in my hand.
Plus due to having a bigger pallet *both grip sizes 4 1/4" but the head pallet feels more wider and bulky as compared to the Donnay . I cannot get my hand around the grip on fast running shots or high balls which I generally enjoy killing . But find it more difficult to do so with this.

Feel I am playing better with the head esp against harder hitters ( as the Donnay is more lightweight) but some shots the donnay is better like getting more topspin due to the thin frame.

To make a long story short I cannot find any more ltd editions to buy as the manufacturer has discontinued it but might want to change .

1. Would anyone recommend me to do so? MY body generally feels more tired playing with an 11 grams heavier racquet but I might get used to it.

2. IF so and the manufacturer has discontinued it are there any other Head mps innegraa racquets out there for me or any other racquets that the people here recc?

Brief history, collegiate tennis player in southern california in my 20s. D3 though.

Am in my mid 30s now. Topspin oriented.

thanks
 

Muppet

Legend
Head offers handle pallets in a shape more like other brands. You could check into it at the best pro shop you can find in your area. If they just look at you blankly or try to divert you to another product, there are mail-in services that do this work. **** in New York is one, but they are expensive from what I've read.
 

Egoista

Professional
so you mean I SHOULD go with the heavier racquet overall
more benefit even though some drawbacks

where i am currently unfortunately I do not have access to a pallet shop
but I would assume changing the pallet would upset the balance of the racq anyways
 

Egoista

Professional
so many views but one response.

any other ideas for new racqs or whether or not i should switch from the donnay to the prestige
 

meltedsteam

Semi-Pro
The limited edition (Prestige)is just a paint job, so I would look for some more of the regular versions. Yes, that means I am recommending to stick with the heavier stick. Swing with the body not with the arms, you should go lighter for racquet head speed not to keep from getting tired.
 

Egoista

Professional
The limited edition (Prestige)is just a paint job, so I would look for some more of the regular versions. Yes, that means I am recommending to stick with the heavier stick. Swing with the body not with the arms, you should go lighter for racquet head speed not to keep from getting tired.
Okay so if I get a heavier racq most likely the head will be heavier so if I am reading right how can I reduce the weight from the head
normally I like to go head light?

And is the innegraa MP prestige a good one coupled with the fact that I have played with all of the verious versions of the prestige from intelligence down to microgel but all mid sizes now I am going MP
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
so you mean I SHOULD go with the heavier racquet overall
more benefit even though some drawbacks
Although the wisdom of sticking with only one racquet is not unreasonable, I've found some substantial benefits with keeping two different models in my bag. In my case, I was playing the Volkl C10 for several years before more recently adding their heavier version of the O10.

It's a big help having similar grip shapes with my different racquets. If you add the Head to your bag, I'd recommend trying to track down the grip pallets that will give you a profile that's closer to your Donnay. Switching off doesn't require nearly so much of an adjustment this way. I've also customized my O10's with some lead tape and they balance about the same as my C10's - also a big help when switching between them.

My O10's are easily more useful for slower hitting (especially when teaching or coaching) and they're deadly for me in a doubles setting. My heavier C10's are clearly better for me when I need to hit harder with control. I often go with them when playing singles or if I'm working out with hard hitters on the practice court. My lighter frames are slightly easier to maneuver, but I can't command that heavier pace like I can with the heavier racquet.

Just my story, but you brought up the benefits/drawbacks issues that come with switching to heavier gear. You may not want to have to deal with whatever adjustments are necessary when using different racquets, but I think that there can potentially be a big upside if you can get comfortable with both.
 

Egoista

Professional
Although the wisdom of sticking with only one racquet is not unreasonable, I've found some substantial benefits with keeping two different models in my bag. In my case, I was playing the Volkl C10 for several years before more recently adding their heavier version of the O10.

It's a big help having similar grip shapes with my different racquets. If you add the Head to your bag, I'd recommend trying to track down the grip pallets that will give you a profile that's closer to your Donnay. Switching off doesn't require nearly so much of an adjustment this way. I've also customized my O10's with some lead tape and they balance about the same as my C10's - also a big help when switching between them.

My O10's are easily more useful for slower hitting (especially when teaching or coaching) and they're deadly for me in a doubles setting. My heavier C10's are clearly better for me when I need to hit harder with control. I often go with them when playing singles or if I'm working out with hard hitters on the practice court. My lighter frames are slightly easier to maneuver, but I can't command that heavier pace like I can with the heavier racquet.

Just my story, but you brought up the benefits/drawbacks issues that come with switching to heavier gear. You may not want to have to deal with whatever adjustments are necessary when using different racquets, but I think that there can potentially be a big upside if you can get comfortable with both.
Sounds really good....historically I had confined myself to the prestiges and now the donnays and to a midsize.....but the lighter donnay was collapsing against harder hitters....
so you think that changing the pallet would not disturb the balance of the racq?

Lastly ,,,since I cannot get the limited edition again is the graphene prestige MP a nice stick?
 

Egoista

Professional
The limited edition (Prestige)is just a paint job, so I would look for some more of the regular versions. Yes, that means I am recommending to stick with the heavier stick. Swing with the body not with the arms, you should go lighter for racquet head speed not to keep from getting tired.
actually I know about the paint jobs but with this particular frame I Believe it is a cross between the youtek and microgel prestige version...
it sort of sits in the middle
 

Egoista

Professional
I have seen two racquets online I might be interested in

Can anyone tell me which I might like given that

I tried to purchase the Limited edition 25 years Head Prestige Midplus. Even this I WAS not to happy with as I found that my swing slowed down considerably and on high balls did not have the strength to really kill the balls. Having played with the Donnay Gold 94 before this.
I was happy with the thin frame and topspin but lacked the firepower against hard hitters.


I need a racquet that Has a fast swing, 16*19 string pattern, that helps me generate topspin and not too tiring during long matches.

The Donnay was good because it was lighter as well but I am interested in the above two racquets.

If anyone can recommend me either one or some other racquet I would be happy. The DOnnay was 7 points headlight but these two are 5 and 6 points headlight.

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Head_Graphene_Prestige_Midplus/descpageRCHEAD-GPMP.html

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Head_Graphene_Prestige_Pro/descpageRCHEAD-GPP.html

I prefer the PRO but I am open to suggestions for anything ,
 

spinovic

Hall of Fame
There's a few on this board that love the new Graphene Prestige MP. Check out the last 10-15 pages of the Racket-a-holicing thread and the Redheads Do It Better thread.

If you're looking for other options, the TFight 315 Ltd might be worth a look. It comes in two different string patterns, so you can stick with the 18x20 or go with a more open 16x19.

All of the above mentioned racquets are a few ounces lighter than the IG Prestige MP.

Based on all the good things I've read, I think I'd try the new Graphene version before looking elsewhere. It might be exactly what you want in a slightly lighter package.

But, based on your description in the previous post - 16x19, fast swing for topspin and not too tiring - that sounds more like Pure Drive (or something similar). If you like HEAD, maybe the Radicals would interest you. There are lots of options for what you want. Every racquet manufacturer has frames in the 11-12 oz window that meet those criteria. What weight do you need to be under to insure that a racquet isn't too tiring? Figure that out and it should help narrow it down. The easiest way to go about it is to demo some racquets - it costs $20 and you get to try out 4 frames for a week.
 
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fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Sounds really good....historically I had confined myself to the prestiges and now the donnays and to a midsize.....but the lighter donnay was collapsing against harder hitters....
so you think that changing the pallet would not disturb the balance of the racq?

Lastly ,,,since I cannot get the limited edition again is the graphene prestige MP a nice stick?
It's hard to believe that swapping out pallets would throw the balance all that much, but just record the balance or even mark the frame's balance point with a pencil, piece of tape, etc. before you alter anything. If the balance is different after switching the pallets and regripping, it's easy enough to put a little lead tape either on the hoop or more likely under the grip to get back to the same layout.

I'm not familiar with the current Graphene line from Head, but I'll always encourage a demo if it's feasible.
 

lgbalfa

Professional
why don't you consider keeping the donnay and just adding some lead tape or using the customization kit?
 

Egoista

Professional
There's a few on this board that love the new Graphene Prestige MP. Check out the last 10-15 pages of the Racket-a-holicing thread and the Redheads Do It Better thread.

If you're looking for other options, the TFight 315 Ltd might be worth a look. It comes in two different string patterns, so you can stick with the 18x20 or go with a more open 16x19.

All of the above mentioned racquets are a few ounces lighter than the IG Prestige MP.

Based on all the good things I've read, I think I'd try the new Graphene version before looking elsewhere. It might be exactly what you want in a slightly lighter package.

But, based on your description in the previous post - 16x19, fast swing for topspin and not too tiring - that sounds more like Pure Drive (or something similar). If you like HEAD, maybe the Radicals would interest you. There are lots of options for what you want. Every racquet manufacturer has frames in the 11-12 oz window that meet those criteria. What weight do you need to be under to insure that a racquet isn't too tiring? Figure that out and it should help narrow it down. The easiest way to go about it is to demo some racquets - it costs $20 and you get to try out 4 frames for a week.
Thanks for your input. Unfortunately I am not in an area where I can demo racquets, that would be the perfect situation.
I do like Head racquets but as I age although still in my mid 30s find them abit cumbersome to play with.
However, as I get better now(hard to believe) having played college tennis in my 20s I find maybe I should go back to Head as it gives me a heavier shot. Trade off find it difficult to generate a fast swing as compared to the Donnay.

The babolats are abig no no for me as I cannot control the power of those frames. All credit to people who can but for me I tend to hit the fence with those.

Having just gone over the specs of the T315 it sound ideal but not having played with and not knowing anyone who has it here I wonder how different the feel will be to the Head or donnay racquets.

I guess either graphene pro or 315

I will also look over the racquet holics thread
 

Egoista

Professional
Okay so today I tried my friends microgel MP having cracked a midsize microgel back in the day which I owned.
Anyways found this to be way more suited to my game soft and very plush

Could create insane amounts of pace and spin but more pace ....

Could swing freely. Hit better backhands with the youtek prestige but FH being my go to shot this suited it better.

I have posted on the RHolics threads as well. Just waiting on some advice whether or not the the Graphene Prestige Pro is more like the microgel or the youtek versions of the prestige. I love the plush soft feeling of the gels...hate the hard stiff feeling of the youtek. I guess the youteks are for far better players than me
 

spinovic

Hall of Fame
Thanks for your input. Unfortunately I am not in an area where I can demo racquets, that would be the perfect situation.
I do like Head racquets but as I age although still in my mid 30s find them abit cumbersome to play with.
However, as I get better now(hard to believe) having played college tennis in my 20s I find maybe I should go back to Head as it gives me a heavier shot. Trade off find it difficult to generate a fast swing as compared to the Donnay.

The babolats are abig no no for me as I cannot control the power of those frames. All credit to people who can but for me I tend to hit the fence with those.

Having just gone over the specs of the T315 it sound ideal but not having played with and not knowing anyone who has it here I wonder how different the feel will be to the Head or donnay racquets.

I guess either graphene pro or 315

I will also look over the racquet holics thread
I used to own an X-Dual Silver 99. The TFight compared favorably with that, IMO. The 315 felt more solid and had better pop to me. Both were comfortable, but I prefer the feel of the 315. The Donnay was just a tad underpowered for my preference.

Tecnifibre makes great racquets. I think you'd like it, but I can't say it would for sure be the best frame for you.
 

Egoista

Professional
Someone mentioned on this thread that the feel of the Graphene prestie pro was akin to the youtek rather than the microgel which leaves me confused as according to TW it is a softer racquet than the graphene prestige MP 18*20
 
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