Happy 30th Anniversary HEAD Prestige On Tour Since 1986

federer777

Rookie
Its now the 30th anniversary of the 1986 launch of the Original Prestige Pro in Europe and the TXP in the USA. The first player I remember using the Prestige Pro was Henri Leconte at the 1986 French. He had a great run. The only Professional I remember using the TXP paint job was Derrick Rostagno. Its amazing how popular the Prestige became, the most popular racquet on the ATP Tour in the 90's with players such as Rosset, Ivanisavic, Muster, The Sanchez Brothers, Wheaton, Boetsch, Philippoussis, Goellner, Stoltenberg, I could go on and on with all the players that have used the Prestige in the 90's. In the 2000's it had tremendous success in the hands of Marat Safin winning the 2000 U.S. Open and 2005 Australian Open with his Prestige Classic 600. Even today the original Prestige Mid is seeing success in the hands of today's players such as Tobias Kamke and Robin Haase.







Leconte's Semifinal run at the 1986 French Open with the Original Prestige Pro
http://plazbovo.free.fr/CHRONOPEN-french-open-1986.html

How many graphite racquets can say they have been in use continuously on the ATP since 1986.
can you find pics of Rostagno playing with TXP? thanks!
 
I really love Graphene Prestige, Graphene XT Prestige and Graphene Touch Prestige paint jobs – especially XT.

Not sure if anyone realized that prostock TGT291.2 (IG Prestige Mid) has a bit different paintjob from retail version.
The same goes for PT57A/TGT293. Both look a bit worse from retail paintjobs of Prestige MP/Mid - they miss these deep burgundy shiny part.

As far as I remember Graphene XT pointjob for prostock was also different. However as good as retail one (black parts vs grey ones).
 
Below some of my beloved Prestiges Mids and Radical Tour 630 waiting for new strings and the change of pallets.

Meanwhile can't wait for Graphene 360 Prestige MP with 70RA. The delusion of HEAD about what their customer want is unbelievable.
I bought Wilson Blade – the first one since nBlade which I may actually really like.

I do love Mids, but still I know that I'm not getting any younger and 97-98" racket with stability, power and modern feel – which is again nice flex and good feedback from the frame – would be nice addition to my lighter rackets of choice which are TGT260's and TGT291.2. Unfortunately both very stiff in retail form needs quite a lot of silicon and lead to be stable.

 

SumYungGai

Semi-Pro
Below some of my beloved Prestiges Mids and Radical Tour 630 waiting for new strings and the change of pallets.

Meanwhile can't wait for Graphene 360 Prestige MP with 70RA. The delusion of HEAD about what their customer want is unbelievable.
I bought Wilson Blade – the first one since nBlade which I may actually really like.

I do love Mids, but still I know that I'm not getting any younger and 97-98" racket with stability, power and modern feel – which is again nice flex and good feedback from the frame – would be nice addition to my lighter rackets of choice which are TGT260's and TGT291.2. Unfortunately both very stiff in retail form needs quite a lot of silicon and lead to be stable.

Whoa 70 RA? I hope the 360 prestige MP has a much bigger sweetspot than the current ones. I had the Prestige Graphine MP (red bumpered one) but had to drop them after that as the racquets felt completely dead.
 
Whoa 70 RA? I hope the 360 prestige MP has a much bigger sweetspot than the current ones. I had the Prestige Graphine MP (red bumpered one) but had to drop them after that as the racquets felt completely dead.
Of course I was joking – who will buy Prestige MP with so old-school stiffness? Modern frames are rather flexy – Clash, Blade, VCore HD, Phantom, etc.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Below some of my beloved Prestiges Mids and Radical Tour 630 waiting for new strings and the change of pallets.

Meanwhile can't wait for Graphene 360 Prestige MP with 70RA. The delusion of HEAD about what their customer want is unbelievable.
I bought Wilson Blade – the first one since nBlade which I may actually really like.

I do love Mids, but still I know that I'm not getting any younger and 97-98" racket with stability, power and modern feel – which is again nice flex and good feedback from the frame – would be nice addition to my lighter rackets of choice which are TGT260's and TGT291.2. Unfortunately both very stiff in retail form needs quite a lot of silicon and lead to be stable.

Beautiful Prestige 600 with the full green CAP system grommets!
 

HeadClassic

New User
I have some questions about the "Prestige Classic XL"

1. Did any of the XL version come with CAP grommets?
2. Did any of the XL version have "Made in Austria" printed on them, or are all of the XL printed Designed in Austria?

Thanks a bunch!
 
What was the Graphene MP (red bumper) stiffness? I played with those for a while but don't have them anymore.
It wasn't that stiff – it simply felt worse from IG or even YouTek/Microgel MP and sounded bad. The SW needed to be higher – as I remember it was way more powerful from IG.
Honestly as loyal HEAD fan I bought even Graphene Touch Prestige MP – I really like that dark red color of the hoop – played twice – the precision is still there, feels better from Graphene XT (worst ever Prestige MP with best ever paintjob) – but still it should be HEAD not ProStaff97.

I do hope they don't kill Prestige line and the competition will force them to make Prestige MP feel good again. However I don't think they will bring proper Prestige Mid again.
TGT312 feels so much different from older frames.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
I have some questions about the "Prestige Classic XL"

1. Did any of the XL version come with CAP grommets?
2. Did any of the XL version have "Made in Austria" printed on them, or are all of the XL printed Designed in Austria?

Thanks a bunch!
The Prestige Classic XL came with TK10 traditional bumper guard and grommet strip.
2. I don’t recall. It doesn’t matter as all were manufactured in Kennelbach, Austria
 

HeadClassic

New User
The Prestige Classic XL came with TK10 traditional bumper guard and grommet strip.
2. I don’t recall. It doesn’t matter as all were manufactured in Kennelbach, Austria
Fantastic. As far as I can tell from reading old forums, and looking at auction sites, no Prestige Classic XL has "Made in Austria" printed on it, despite the fact that they were manufactured in Austria. All XL versions read "Designed in Austria" Thanks VS.
 
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