From LM radical MP to YTIG prestige MP (or Pro?) - worth the upgrade?

Toliver

New User
hi all,

I am wondering if the upgrade from a LM radical MP to a prestige MP would worth it, I switched from APDGT to LM radical MP and really liked the change, especially the softness and the lower power. Even lower power would not be a problem so I wanted to know if there is indeed that difference in the feel (the so called prestige feel) that would make the change worth it.

From the tool in tw it seems they have some differences in the power level, sort of a smaller sweet spot in the prestige.

Unfortunately there is no demo availability.

Was also checking the YT IG Prestige Pro but I dont know if its too stiff and powerful despite being a prestige.

thanks in advance
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
The Prestige Pro's power level is fairly dependent on the string you use... Use a soft Polyester like Kirschbaum Pro Line II and you'll be launching the ball from the baseline. But insert a dead Poly like Kirschbaum Black Shark and you'll be hard pressed to hit the ball long IMO. The Prestige Pro actually feels much softer than its RDC reading. It will be much stiffer than your LM Radical no doubt, but it won't feel uncomfortable, rather it will feel less muted and more crisp. Also the open string pattern should open the sweet spot to be almost that of your current racquet.
The MP is more comfortable and control oriented, however it also is pretty low powered (much more than your Radical). The MP is a racquet for controlling extremely powerful groundstrokes. Both racquets will feel less muted than your radical, which has an RDC reading in the high 50s if memory serves me right.
Directly comparing the two (customized to the same specs) you'll have the following pros for each racquet:
IG Prestige Pro: More power, more spin, more forgiving, slightly crisper feeling (racquet for an aggressive game)
IG Prestige MP: More control, more comfort (racquet for an all-rounder game).
In the end the choice is up to you, however I will say that the Pro is more user friendly than the MP IMO. String setups can easily bridge the difference in power levels, so it really depends on your game style.
The IG updates are widely considered to be the best (stock) Prestiges in a long time. They definitely are worth a look. Regarding the differences between your Radical and Prestige in general:
Radical: More powerful, more forgiving, more muted
Prestige: More control, more stable, slightly crisper, widely considered to have better feel.
 

Toliver

New User
Thanks for the detailed information, it seems that prestige pro would be the safer option then (if any). I was thinking to lead up my radical to see if I can cope the approx. 20+grams more as it is a concern. Per swing weight my LM radical is almost the same with prestige pro but I don't know if the overall weight takes its toll in the playability.
 

bluegrasser

Hall of Fame
I just went back to the IG Prestige mp from a PD. I owned two MG Prestige pros years back. The pro is more crisp like Spintowin" said, more spin, but to me the MP felt more solid, yet I'm an ' eastern grip guy, with only a little topspin in my game. Either way you'll have a stick that's better on the volley and more stable IMO.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
Thanks for the detailed information, it seems that prestige pro would be the safer option then (if any). I was thinking to lead up my radical to see if I can cope the approx. 20+grams more as it is a concern. Per swing weight my LM radical is almost the same with prestige pro but I don't know if the overall weight takes its toll in the playability.
The Prestige sounds intimidating due to its overall mass, however it is more headlight than your Radical. If anything, you'll be swinging the racquet faster due to the lower balance. Static weight isn't something you usually notice, especially not 20 g (give it a try, take a 20 g weight, it's a joke really :p).
It will be difficult to lead your radical up to the same specs as the Prestige... You'd have to put most of the weight in the handle, so that the SW remains the same, but that would make the Radical much more headlight, making it feel very different when swinging it.
 
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