Head IG Prestige Mid vs Volkl PB10 Mid vs Prince Phantom Pro 93p

Anyone here have played extensively with all three? I have developed an exclusive preference for very flexible HL racquets that swing fast through the air and is good for serving. Trying to get rid of some frames from my current collection to make room for another set of midsize racquets. To me, the above three are at the top of my considerations and would appreciate any feedback from experienced users.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

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Anyone here have played extensively with all three? I have developed an exclusive preference for very flexible HL racquets that swing fast through the air and is good for serving. Trying to get rid of some frames from my current collection to make room for another set of midsize racquets. To me, the above three are at the top of my considerations and would appreciate any feedback from experienced users.
I have all three. I have not played them back-to-back and with the same string set-up and tension. However, it is something I am planning on doing sometime soon. From memory though, the PB10 Mid and the Phantom Pro 93P 18x20 play more like a 95sq in racquet, while the IG Mid will feel smaller (as it is). I can play with all of them, but the concentration will need to be even sharper with the IG Mid.

The other thing that is different is the balance of the racquet (from memory)... the IG Mid being the least HL... although the IG Mids I had a hit with were already leaded-up, and the one I have now is a Pro Stock with Lead under the grommets and Silicone in the handle (it will be an absolute beast of a racquet - I have not had a chance to hit with it due to a double hernia repair). I'm not sure my experience of this racquet would be useful as I never played it stock... all examples I used were already modified in a way that was difficult to alter. Having said that I found the racquet very comfortable, very precise, maneuverable, and great with direction control.

I had to add weight in the head of my PB10 Mid so I could feel the head of the racquet better in space (if that makes sense). I was playing it with other 95-98sq in racquets side-by-side and finding that I swung for everything really early as the racquet comes through the ball so quickly. It is something that would not be a problem if I used the PB10 Mid as my sole racquet as I would adjust. The racquet is very comfortable and plush, it is great on return-of-serve, serving, and groundstrokes, and has a fair amount of power for a Midsize racquet.

The Phantom Pro 93P 18x20 I was able to hit all my shots with from the get-go and I was happy with the balance, however, I felt the racquet could be enhanced with respect to stability and power by the addition of a small amount of weight in the head (which I then counter-balanced with weight at 7" above the butt cap - in order to keep the original balance). I also strung it with Hyper-G 18 gauge (1.15mm) @ 48M/45C, which was either too firm and needed some loosening (as it got better after a time), or was not the right string for me with this racquet. I shall try some softer strings in the future at a slightly lower tension (maybe 45M/42C). The racquet feels firmer than the RA indicates, IMO, but is still comfortable. I love the racquet overall and I will definitely be keeping it.

I'm looking forward to playing them side-by-side (together with my TXP Pro, i.Prestige Mid, and Prestige Tour 600).

Hope this helped. :)
 

jayserinos99

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I have all three. I have not played them back-to-back and with the same string set-up and tension. However, it is something I am planning on doing sometime soon. From memory though, the PB10 Mid and the Phantom Pro 93P 18x20 play more like a 95sq in racquet, while the IG Mid will feel smaller (as it is). I can play with all of them, but the concentration will need to be even sharper with the IG Mid.

The other thing that is different is the balance of the racquet (from memory)... the IG Mid being the least HL... although the IG Mids I had a hit with were already leaded-up, and the one I have now is a Pro Stock with Lead under the grommets and Silicone in the handle (it will be an absolute beast of a racquet - I have not had a chance to hit with it due to a double hernia repair). I'm not sure my experience of this racquet would be useful as I never played it stock... all examples I used were already modified in a way that was difficult to alter. Having said that I found the racquet very comfortable, very precise, maneuverable, and great with direction control.

I had to add weight in the head of my PB10 Mid so I could feel the head of the racquet better in space (if that makes sense). I was playing it with other 95-98sq in racquets side-by-side and finding that I swung for everything really early as the racquet comes through the ball so quickly. It is something that would not be a problem if I used the PB10 Mid as my sole racquet as I would adjust. The racquet is very comfortable and plush, it is great on return-of-serve, serving, and groundstrokes, and has a fair amount of power for a Midsize racquet.

The Phantom Pro 93P 18x20 I was able to hit all my shots with from the get-go and I was happy with the balance, however, I felt the racquet could be enhanced with respect to stability and power by the addition of a small amount of weight in the head (which I then counter-balanced with weight at 7" above the butt cap - in order to keep the original balance). I also strung it with Hyper-G 18 gauge (1.15mm) @ 48M/45C, which was either too firm and needed some loosening (as it got better after a time), or was not the right string for me with this racquet. I shall try some softer strings in the future at a slightly lower tension (maybe 45M/42C). The racquet feels firmer than the RA indicates, IMO, but is still comfortable. I love the racquet overall and I will definitely be keeping it.

I'm looking forward to playing them side-by-side (together with my TXP Pro, i.Prestige Mid, and Prestige Tour 600).

Hope this helped. :)
I agree a bit. The PB10mid and 93P really play like faster swinging 95s and Prestige Mids (up until the IG) always felt like a true midsize frame (e.g. PS85, Vacuum Pro, Tour 90). I think the PB10mid and 93P felt like they had a slightly wider window for whipping spin whereas the Prestige mid, you felt like you had to really hit through the ball. All 3 are good in their own way and can't go wrong with any. I still own my PB10mids (all black) and Prestige mids (first gen Pros and Trek font PC600s) and they'll be in my collection for a long time.
 

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I agree a bit. The PB10mid and 93P really play like faster swinging 95s and Prestige Mids (up until the IG) always felt like a true midsize frame (e.g. PS85, Vacuum Pro, Tour 90). I think the PB10mid and 93P felt like they had a slightly wider window for whipping spin whereas the Prestige mid, you felt like you had to really hit through the ball. All 3 are good in their own way and can't go wrong with any. I still own my PB10mids (all black) and Prestige mids (first gen Pros and Trek font PC600s) and they'll be in my collection for a long time.
You said you agree with what I said a bit... what do you disagree with? It seems like everything you said we both agreed on... I too have my Head Mids in my collection and my PB10 Mid... and I am keeping both.

Just curious... We certainly don't need to completely agree.
 
I have all three. I have not played them back-to-back and with the same string set-up and tension. However, it is something I am planning on doing sometime soon. From memory though, the PB10 Mid and the Phantom Pro 93P 18x20 play more like a 95sq in racquet, while the IG Mid will feel smaller (as it is). I can play with all of them, but the concentration will need to be even sharper with the IG Mid.

The other thing that is different is the balance of the racquet (from memory)... the IG Mid being the least HL... although the IG Mids I had a hit with were already leaded-up, and the one I have now is a Pro Stock with Lead under the grommets and Silicone in the handle (it will be an absolute beast of a racquet - I have not had a chance to hit with it due to a double hernia repair). I'm not sure my experience of this racquet would be useful as I never played it stock... all examples I used were already modified in a way that was difficult to alter. Having said that I found the racquet very comfortable, very precise, maneuverable, and great with direction control.

I had to add weight in the head of my PB10 Mid so I could feel the head of the racquet better in space (if that makes sense). I was playing it with other 95-98sq in racquets side-by-side and finding that I swung for everything really early as the racquet comes through the ball so quickly. It is something that would not be a problem if I used the PB10 Mid as my sole racquet as I would adjust. The racquet is very comfortable and plush, it is great on return-of-serve, serving, and groundstrokes, and has a fair amount of power for a Midsize racquet.

The Phantom Pro 93P 18x20 I was able to hit all my shots with from the get-go and I was happy with the balance, however, I felt the racquet could be enhanced with respect to stability and power by the addition of a small amount of weight in the head (which I then counter-balanced with weight at 7" above the butt cap - in order to keep the original balance). I also strung it with Hyper-G 18 gauge (1.15mm) @ 48M/45C, which was either too firm and needed some loosening (as it got better after a time), or was not the right string for me with this racquet. I shall try some softer strings in the future at a slightly lower tension (maybe 45M/42C). The racquet feels firmer than the RA indicates, IMO, but is still comfortable. I love the racquet overall and I will definitely be keeping it.

I'm looking forward to playing them side-by-side (together with my TXP Pro, i.Prestige Mid, and Prestige Tour 600).

Hope this helped. :)
Wow, thanks for the detailed comparisons! I think I’m leaning towards the IG Mid. Given Head’s current direction with the Prestige line, I no longer think there will be any more Prestige models in the future that will play similar to the classic feel of well, the classics.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

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Wow, thanks for the detailed comparisons! I think I’m leaning towards the IG Mid. Given Head’s current direction with the Prestige line, I no longer think there will be any more Prestige models in the future that will play similar to the classic feel of well, the classics.
Many of those old-school Head racquets play awesome and are some of my all-time favorites (PT630, Rad Tour 630, i.Prestige, PC600, Prestige Pro (600), TXP Pro).

I even loved playing with the Head Graphite Pro Midplus, which was a model that pre-dated the Prestige Pro. It was still a Mid 89.5 sq.in. racquet but had a more elongated head. It was awesome, the feel was great, and it hit a very heavy ball. However, it was very heavy (mine was 375g with just an overgrip) and it swung through very quickly on serve. So much so that I felt like my arm was going to get pulled out of its socket on swinging slide serves, which it hit very well and it was therefore hard not to keep hitting them. I sold it because my collection was too large, but I now regret it.
 
Many of those old-school Head racquets play awesome and are some of my all-time favorites (PT630, Rad Tour 630, i.Prestige, PC600, Prestige Pro (600), TXP Pro).

I even loved playing with the Head Graphite Pro Midplus, which was a model that pre-dated the Prestige Pro. It was still a Mid 89.5 sq.in. racquet but had a more elongated head. It was awesome, the feel was great, and it hit a very heavy ball. However, it was very heavy (mine was 375g with just an overgrip) and it swung through very quickly on serve. So much so that I felt like my arm was going to get pulled out of its socket on swinging slide serves, which it hit very well and it was therefore hard not to keep hitting them. I sold it because my collection was too large, but I now regret it.
Every once in a while I watch this video circa 2009 featuring Safin practicing. It always convinces me that I can keep playing with a 90-93 sq. in. racquet even when mostly everyone else is using 97 or 98.
 

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Anyone here have played extensively with all three? I have developed an exclusive preference for very flexible HL racquets that swing fast through the air and is good for serving. Trying to get rid of some frames from my current collection to make room for another set of midsize racquets. To me, the above three are at the top of my considerations and would appreciate any feedback from experienced users.
I own the igyt prestige mid and the 93p. They are nice to look at. The ig prestige has a more attractive paint job.

I use the ultra tour and blade. The modded ultra tour and 2015 blade 18/20 are more forgiving sticks to play with.
 
I own the igyt prestige mid and the 93p. They are nice to look at. The ig prestige has a more attractive paint job.

I use the ultra tour and blade. The modded ultra tour and 2015 blade 18/20 are more forgiving sticks to play with.
Cosmetics of the 93p is actually one of my favorite, if not my favorite, of any racquet. I like minimalist paint jobs.
 

basil J

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I haven't tried the Head or the Prince yet, But I have had 3 on court sessions with my new PB 10 mid and I am absolutely loving it. Amazing controllable on demand power, when I go for big shots, yet a very capable frame for all court or baseline tennis. Very easy on the arm as an added bonus. This frame whips through the ball unlike any other frame I have used and I am going to try to keep playing it in stock form as the weight, balance and feel is perfect. Plays more like a 95"frame.
 
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