Head Graphene Touch Prestige

SinjinCooper

Hall of Fame
The way you wrote your post it came across to me that you referred to your racquet as a 1987 model Prestige Pro. It was very hard to follow what you wrote and wanted to make sure people understand that the first Prestige Pro came out in 1986 and not 1987 that has been erroneously reported by other people.
Phew. We dodged a real bullet there.
 

Frans Bleker

Professional
So today my Prestige Tour demo came in. It looked pretty fresh, and it was brand new. It was strung with a regular poly I would say at a moderate tension.

I just hit it for about an hour, also took some other frames out of my bag because I was pretty curious how it compared to them.

When I started hitting it I noticed it packed tons of power and the sweetspot was pretty big. In the department of weight and distribution it is an amazing frame. I think in has everything a modern player wants, light enough to customize, good basic swing weight, it's stable, nice power but still good control etc.

At the same time I noticed something else, especially when I moved to the baseline. This thing has a bad feel, maby horrible, the feel reminded me a lot of the XT Graphene Radical MP and Pro. I grabbed the Graphene Prestige MP after, and compared to the Touch Tour the Gr Prestige MP has a 10 times better feel. Later I grabbed my old Youtek Prestige MP and it was again 10 times better than the Graphene.

So basically, if it had the feel of youtek or IG's it would be a good contender for being the best frames on the market right now. Right now it is solid if you can live with or like the feel which should remind you alot of the Graphene XT Radicals.

I will play it some more later.
 
So today my Prestige Tour demo came in. It looked pretty fresh, and it was brand new. It was strung with a regular poly I would say at a moderate tension.

I just hit it for about an hour, also took some other frames out of my bag because I was pretty curious how it compared to them.

When I started hitting it I noticed it packed tons of power and the sweetspot was pretty big. In the department of weight and distribution it is an amazing frame. I think in has everything a modern player wants, light enough to customize, good basic swing weight, it's stable, nice power but still good control etc.

At the same time I noticed something else, especially when I moved to the baseline. This thing has a bad feel, maby horrible, the feel reminded me a lot of the XT Graphene Radical MP and Pro. I grabbed the Graphene Prestige MP after, and compared to the Touch Tour the Gr Prestige MP has a 10 times better feel. Later I grabbed my old Youtek Prestige MP and it was again 10 times better than the Graphene.

So basically, if it had the feel of youtek or IG's it would be a good contender for being the best frames on the market right now. Right now it is solid if you can live with or like the feel which should remind you alot of the Graphene XT Radicals.

I will play it some more later.
Had a chance to try out the Tour today - I do not have a history of having tried all the prior generations - so i cannot compare - but I would say I was not immediately turned off by this racquet. Does not sound like a ringing endorsement, but i'm willing to give it a few more tries. Couple of things - definitely feels stiffer than it's RA would suggest, but i did not find it overly harsh. Sweetspot was decent, and for some reason I really like this on my serve. While my serves may not have visually looked any faster, they felt a little faster and i felt my kick serves had more spin to them. this could perhaps be attributed to the fact i am used to a slightly heaver static weight racquet so it was a little easier to accelerate. btw, this was strung with a fully bed of poly.
 

sma1001

Hall of Fame
Demo of Tour arrived here today. I'll be interested to see how it plays. Moreover, how it feels outside of sweetspot. Previous G versions of Head have been truly awful there, but hopefully Touch makes the difference.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
i like the MP pretty well but the muted feeling is a little off-putting. the other frames in the series are not interesting to me.
 
Demo of Tour arrived here today. I'll be interested to see how it plays. Moreover, how it feels outside of sweetspot. Previous G versions of Head have been truly awful there, but hopefully Touch makes the difference.
had another go with the Tour. This time i added a little weight to the hoop (4g total at 3/9) and counterbalanced with tungsten in the handle. while there is no reference model in the prior Graphene XT models - i can say relative to the GXT MP the sweetspot feels a little bigger and the muted feel makes off center hits a little more comfortable than the GXT MP. With that said, this is a low powered frame. (but in all fairness, i was not coming into this thinking i would be getting any free power). other than that, my prior observations remained true, liked this on volleys and serves. I would say if you enjoyed the prior GXT generation, this would be worth trying if you were looking for a little more comfort and foregivness with a larger head.
 

TennisHound

Legend
Full poly is definitely too harsh for the Tour, unless it’s strung around 45lbs. It would benefit from dampening in the handle and anywhere you could think of. It kind of reminds me of a Steam 96 made of glass.
 

sma1001

Hall of Fame
i can say relative to the GXT MP the sweetspot feels a little bigger and the muted feel makes off center hits a little more comfortable than the GXT MP. With that said, this is a low powered frame.
After a first hit i'd echo these comments. The Tour does play like a "larger" Prestige MP. So the sweetspot is a little larger and there is more forgiveness, but the "prestige-ness" is there in terms of predictability and control. it is also more muted - and feels more substantial - which is welcome. For me the balance is a little off - adding a leather grip might resolve that. But overall first impressions are that this is a promising racquet that could suit devotees of the MP who are (dare i say it) perhaps "moving on in years" and would appreciate just a little help.
 
So today my Prestige Tour demo came in. It looked pretty fresh, and it was brand new. It was strung with a regular poly I would say at a moderate tension.

I just hit it for about an hour, also took some other frames out of my bag because I was pretty curious how it compared to them.

When I started hitting it I noticed it packed tons of power and the sweetspot was pretty big. In the department of weight and distribution it is an amazing frame. I think in has everything a modern player wants, light enough to customize, good basic swing weight, it's stable, nice power but still good control etc.

At the same time I noticed something else, especially when I moved to the baseline. This thing has a bad feel, maby horrible, the feel reminded me a lot of the XT Graphene Radical MP and Pro. I grabbed the Graphene Prestige MP after, and compared to the Touch Tour the Gr Prestige MP has a 10 times better feel. Later I grabbed my old Youtek Prestige MP and it was again 10 times better than the Graphene.

So basically, if it had the feel of youtek or IG's it would be a good contender for being the best frames on the market right now. Right now it is solid if you can live with or like the feel which should remind you alot of the Graphene XT Radicals.

I will play it some more later.
Resurrecting an old thread... Curious about the Prestige Graphene Touch Pro version... Just bouncing the ball it feels more muted than the Tour, but that’s just bouncing a ball. Good frame for 4.5 level play?
 
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