Graphene MP Prestige - 11/10 STARS!

stronzzi70

Professional
I m strung one graphene prestige mp with 40 lbs with top spin poly tech , i didnt feel any pain in my elbow, then strung again same strings at 50 lbs , killed all my arm , maybe very low tension can help .
 

burn1986

Banned
I m strung one graphene prestige mp with 40 lbs with top spin poly tech , i didnt feel any pain in my elbow, then strung again same strings at 50 lbs , killed all my arm , maybe very low tension can help .

Why go to the trouble? There are a whole bunch of racquets that could get the desired result.
 

hoodjem

G.O.A.T.
I don't know how describe the feel. It's something i have never experienced before from any racquet company. I have hit with the new racquets from Babolat, Yonex, Voelkl, Wilson, and Prince.

I'm hitting the IG Prestige these days.
Ever hit with a Dunlop Aerogel 4D?

Amazing feel.
 

stingstang

Professional
I don't think the Graphene is a bad racket, it just doesn't play like you would expect a Prestige to. I'm not sure why they decided to mess with a proven and popular line.
 

burn1986

Banned
I keep waiting for someone to say how great the Graphene Prestige Rev Pro is . Maybe something like Graphene Prestige Rev Pro - 12/11 STARS!
 

burn1986

Banned
I do believe that users who haven't used Prestiges before, may actually like the Graphene Prestige. I noticed that a friend of mine who is a 5.0 recently switched from his long time Technifibe to one. I couldn't believe it. We'll see how his arm holds up.
 

5point5

Professional
I do believe that users who haven't used Prestiges before, may actually like the Graphene Prestige. I noticed that a friend of mine who is a 5.0 recently switched from his long time Technifibe to one. I couldn't believe it. We'll see how his arm holds up.
Destiny never lies.
 

stronzzi70

Professional
Low tensión = 40 lbs = No elbow pain until now, second week with that tension, feel the racquet great without pain, well.........until now........
 
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vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
I do believe that users who haven't used Prestiges before, may actually like the Graphene Prestige. I noticed that a friend of mine who is a 5.0 recently switched from his long time Technifibe to one. I couldn't believe it. We'll see how his arm holds up.
If you ever had the pleasure of spending anytime with the Prestige Classic, Pro Tour 630, and i.Prestige Mid it's very difficult to use the Graphene Prestige.
 

Ten_nuts

Semi-Pro
Yes, i agree that the new Head Graphene Prestige MP is by far the best racquet in the Prestige line. It's like in between the Utek Prestige MP and the Utek IG Prestige MP. I Previously loved and had 4 Utek IG Prestige MP and 4 Prestige MP Anniversary but after i tried the new Graphene Prestige MP, i sold all the others. Now i have 3 Graphene Prestige MP and i plan to get a few used ones more. I'd prefer to string with full bed with Tecnifibre Black Code 17g at 54 lbs. I play 3 times a week, 2 to 3 hrs per day. I always break string in the 3rd and/or 4th week for rallying with a strong partner and playing singles.
 

5point5

Professional
Yes, i agree that the new Head Graphene Prestige MP is by far the best racquet in the Prestige line. It's like in between the Utek Prestige MP and the Utek IG Prestige MP. I Previously loved and had 4 Utek IG Prestige MP and 4 Prestige MP Anniversary but after i tried the new Graphene Prestige MP, i sold all the others. Now i have 3 Graphene Prestige MP and i plan to get a few used ones more. I'd prefer to string with full bed with Tecnifibre Black Code 17g at 54 lbs. I play 3 times a week, 2 to 3 hrs per day. I always break string in the 3rd and/or 4th week for rallying with a strong partner and playing singles.
I seriously do not understand the strong dislike for this racket - It's obviously superior/better than any other prestige. You'd have to be sub 3.5 to think it's worse.
 

burn1986

Banned
Destiny never lies.
He's already switched back to his old Technifibre. I actually hit with it, and he was using Lux 4g at about 45 lbs. It felt way too loose to me, but still had the vibes and irritating pinging sound. I have kept trying to like this racquet, but its just not a pleasant experience hitting with it. My elbow is already tender anyway, so I had to put it down after about 40 minutes. Goodbye Head, and so long Prestiges.
 
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Ten_nuts

Semi-Pro
You have to change the string.

He's already switched back to his old Technifibre. I actually hit with it, and he was using Lux 4g at about 45 lbs. It felt way too loose to me, but still had the vibes and irritating pinging sound. I have kept trying to like this racquet, but its just not a pleasant experience hitting with it. My elbow is already tender anyway, so I had to put it down after about 40 minutes. Goodbye Head, and so long Prestiges.
I don't think it's a good idea to string the Head Graphene Prestige MP with Luxilon 4G. In my opinion the 4G will be best to go with Babolat Pure Drive or oversize racquets. I tried to string the Luxilon Timo 17g at 53 lbs, and the feels were awesome. Too bad i broke the string in the mid 2nd week. I switched to Black Code 17g and the feels are even better. If you wanna try the Graphene Prestige MP with Poly string full bed, i suggest you try the Unique Big hitter 17g at 53 lbs first. You will say it's like butter.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
I don't think it's a good idea to string the Head Graphene Prestige MP with Luxilon 4G. In my opinion the 4G will be best to go with Babolat Pure Drive or oversize racquets. I tried to string the Luxilon Timo 17g at 53 lbs, and the feels were awesome. Too bad i broke the string in the mid 2nd week. I switched to Black Code 17g and the feels are even better. If you wanna try the Graphene Prestige MP with Poly string full bed, i suggest you try the Unique Big hitter 17g at 53 lbs first. You will say it's like butter.
It does not feel like butter with a multi, gut, and any kind of poly either.
 

5point5

Professional
I wish we could have NTRP segregation.

3.5's and below to the back of the forum where they could discuss their 14 oz Pure Drives, and leave the real racket discussions to us.
 

burn1986

Banned
The good thing about the GPMP is looking forward to the next model coming out. Head has produced a marketing gem - they have nowhere to go but up with this racquet line.
 
I am demoing the graphene prestige right now and I dont find it that uncomfortable. It is a little hollower and stiffer and more head heavy than previous prestiges, but it doesnt seem like it is elbow damaging. My demos are strung with multi though, maybe thats why. On the whole I just thought it was an easier playing prestige mp with less touch/feel and more power. I have only put in a couple of hours with the stick yet though in the demo.
 

harryz

Professional
Hit with it again last night

None too impressed. May be sensitive to string. A bit too polarized for me, and lacking the feel of the IG MP or even the YT, not to mention the MG. Also a bit tinny and hollow for anyone who values feel more than spin production, which it does have.. Definitely more "modern" but not what I'd expect from a Prestige MP. Perhaps it was the string-- I believe it was Prince Beast.

By contrast, I actually like the Rev Pro. I think TW missed the boat on this frame in it's review, and should not have compared it to traditional Prestiges, but reviewed it on it's own terms. It certainly is not a Prestige of old (or a Prestige at all, for that matter). I've played and owned them going back to the grey and green ones in the early 90s. The Rev has better spin and more pop and feel isn't bad at all. Kick serves and groundstrokes have great action with a soft poly strung loose, and the results are sick... It just needs some lead and leather.

Given this, I wish that Head would have just come out with a 16x19 Prestige MP and Mid and keep the 18x20s as well, all with HL balances and proper weight. Wilson will have three 97s, after all... They could have released these frames as another line entirely; but hey, they sure have better things to do than to ask me or other users here for feedback before releasing new sticks. If only they did what OPPO has done in hifi-- consult with users to develop products based upon what players actually want, then maybe we'd get better frames with decent quality control. And they would have frames that actually sell. Right...

Harry
 
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Lilguy1456

Semi-Pro
None too impressed. May be sensitive to string. A bit too polarized for me, and lacking the feel of the IG MP or even the YT, not to mention the MG. Also a bit tinny and hollow for anyone who values feel more than spin production, which it does have.. Definitely more "modern" but not what I'd expect from a Prestige MP. Perhaps it was the string-- I believe it was Prince Beast.

By contrast, I actually like the Rev Pro. I think TW missed the boat on this frame in it's review, and should not have compared it to traditional Prestiges, but reviewed it on it's own terms. It certainly is not a Prestige of old (or a Prestige at all, for that matter). I've played and owned them going back to the grey and green ones in the early 90s. The Rev has better spin and more pop and feel isn't bad at all. Kick serves and groundstrokes have great action with a soft poly strung loose, and the results are sick... It just needs some lead and leather.

Given this, I wish that Head would have just come out with a 16x19 Prestige MP and Mid and keep the 18x20s as well, all with HL balances and proper weight. Wilson will have three 97s, after all... They could have released these frames as another line entirely; but hey, they sure have better things to do than to ask me or other users here for feedback before releasing new sticks. If only they did what OPPO has done in hifi-- consult with users to develop products based upon what players actually want, then maybe we'd get better frames with decent quality control. And they would have frames that actually sell. Right...

Harry
Honestly, had Head come out with a mid that was EXACTLY the same as the IG Mid, but with a 16x19, I'd be using that stick right now...no doubt.
 

burn1986

Banned
Head has drifted off on some weird tangent. They are completely disconnected from real players, pro to beginner. Head's blunder is kind of old news now. Maybe Head can attract some new customers, since it lost most of its traditional customers and players. Most loyal Head users (especially Radical and Prestige users like myself) have on to other companies. Head will never be able to match the sales of the new RF 97.
 
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DustinW

Professional
Head has drifted off on some weird tangent. They are completely disconnected from real players, pro to beginner.
I usually try not to argue about what's good and what's bad because everybody is entitled to their own opinion. So you don't like the Graphene frames... fine, but to say Head is disconnected from real players is just crazy talk.

The only Graphene model I have hit is the Prestige Pro, which happens to be my current frame... and it is fantastic. I have hit A TON of rackets from the APD to the 6.1 95 and everything in between, and the Graphene Prestige Pro is the most versatile frame I have ever played with. The specs (weight/balance/stiffness) are just perfect for the modern game. Of course others may not agree, but it checks every box for my game.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
I usually try not to argue about what's good and what's bad because everybody is entitled to their own opinion. So you don't like the Graphene frames... fine, but to say Head is disconnected from real players is just crazy talk.

The only Graphene model I have hit is the Prestige Pro, which happens to be my current frame... and it is fantastic. I have hit A TON of rackets from the APD to the 6.1 95 and everything in between, and the Graphene Prestige Pro is the most versatile frame I have ever played with. The specs (weight/balance/stiffness) are just perfect for the modern game. Of course others may not agree, but it checks every box for my game.
But it's not a Prestige… It plays more like what you'd expect from a Speed (I'm a long time Prestige Pro user up until the IG version).
 

DustinW

Professional
But it's not a Prestige… It plays more like what you'd expect from a Speed (I'm a long time Prestige Pro user up until the IG version).
Fair enough. I can't disagree with that. Maybe they should have called it something else. But to say the Graphene Prestige line is bad is just wrong.
 

db379

Hall of Fame
Finally someone who is not afraid to say what he thinks! The OP liked the new graphene prestige, so what? Everyone has different taste in racquets, and different games? The first time I played it, I just hated it. It just felt horrible, I wanted to put it down after 10 minutes. Then I changed a little the balance, and tried it again the next day and it felt so much better. After one hour of hitting, I couldn't put it down. The more I played it, the better it felt which is strange for me because I usually know very quickly if a racquet is for me or not, and I don't usually go from hating to loving a frame.

Anyway, this is a strange animal, but once you get in the groove with it, you're hooked! I liked it better than the IG, more feel, more spin, felt a little more flexy too. BTW, I played with several previous models, IG, MG, intellig, PT 630 and it's not a PT630, but it is one of my favorites, it's easier to play for the modern game and hits a nice heavy ball.
 

5point5

Professional
Finally someone who is not afraid to say what he thinks! The OP liked the new graphene prestige, so what? Everyone has different taste in racquets, and different games? The first time I played it, I just hated it. It just felt horrible, I wanted to put it down after 10 minutes. Then I changed a little the balance, and tried it again the next day and it felt so much better. After one hour of hitting, I couldn't put it down. The more I played it, the better it felt which is strange for me because I usually know very quickly if a racquet is for me or not, and I don't usually go from hating to loving a frame.

Anyway, this is a strange animal, but once you get in the groove with it, you're hooked! I liked it better than the IG, more feel, more spin, felt a little more flexy too. BTW, I played with several previous models, IG, MG, intellig, PT 630 and it's not a PT630, but it is one of my favorites, it's easier to play for the modern game and hits a nice heavy ball.
I felt the same way - racket only felt better each time I picked it up.
 

Kal-El 34

Hall of Fame
a few pro stock version of the prestige MP. had they sold this version it would be a monster

more of the moedern feel of the retail one, but not tinny at all and feels to be not as stiff... all around a great racket

 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
a few pro stock version of the prestige MP. had they sold this version it would be a monster

more of the moedern feel of the retail one, but not tinny at all and feels to be not as stiff... all around a great racket

Do you happen to know what the racquet code is, TGT293.2 or TGT293.3?
 

Kal-El 34

Hall of Fame
293.1 being a 16 x19 IG prestige? I am not sure. To be honest it felt more like a pt57a than anything else I've hit but not quite as soft. I guess I'm going to have to take the other one apart and find out haha
 
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