Head Prestige equivalent

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by liquidmetal, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. liquidmetal

    liquidmetal New User

    Apr 28, 2009

    I'm having trouble with my arm (golfer's elbow) and my Prestige MicroGel 600 racquet is not very friendly with my arm. Unfortunately I need a racquet that is more arm friendly, but would like the feel and control of the prestige.

    Is there such a thing as a arm-friendly Prestige? Anyone who can recommend a racquet?
  2. maxpotapov

    maxpotapov Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2009
    What is your string setup?
  3. Say Chi Sin Lo

    Say Chi Sin Lo G.O.A.T.

    Aug 30, 2005
    There is such a thing as an arm-friendly Prestige, it's called the Prestige.

    Honestly, you won't find many more racquets that are as arm-friendly as a Prestige. If you have arm issues with a Prestige, it's not the racquet, it's you.

    When you're having injury issues with your arm (or any other body part), the wise thing to do is to stop, rest, and seek medical guidance instead of asking for a miracle equipment that'll allow you to keep playing through the injury. Because you won't find one.

    Sure, you can throw gut onto the racquet but it's not going to help once you're injured. Gut and other soft strings should be looked at as preventive measures, not cures.

    So rest and let the injury heal. Then work on your fitness and technique/stroke. Because claiming that the Prestige (or any other racquet really, but a Prestige?!) caused your injury is like saying: you forgot to play with a hat on, and now your ankles are hurting.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012
  4. roundiesee

    roundiesee Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    If you have the resources, I would suggest the Prestige Classic Mid, strung with gut, but these are very hard to come by and very expensive, :(
  5. joe sch

    joe sch Legend

    Feb 19, 2004
    Hotel CA
    I agree but suggest playing the softer strings, like gut, at a much lower tension. A PC600 with gut at 50 or less pds tension plays very nice on the arm and hits like butter. You can always play a wood racket till you arm recovers. I did this for 6 months and never had a problem again after going back to the PC600 and gut. Best wishes.
  6. 2ManyAces

    2ManyAces Rookie

    Jan 29, 2011
    half of the time pain is from technical flaws of your game. however, that doesn't mean that is always true.

    softer strings imo
  7. liquidmetal

    liquidmetal New User

    Apr 28, 2009
    Ok...let me just clearify one or two things:
    * inflamation came from very different activeties than tennis (mountain climbing with to much strain on little experienced mucles)
    * I have not changed technique since I played national junior events, and technique was never a problem

    String pattern: tension was 58-59 ibs. I think I need lower tension, and will try 53-54 lbs and a soft string. Any recomondations?

    Also looking for a good work-out routine to strengthen mucsles in the affected area. Any recomondations/experieces?
  8. gonzalocatalino

    gonzalocatalino Hall of Fame

    May 10, 2005
    Bs. As.
    I´ve played a few months last year with the microgel prestige mid. my frames were strung with a gut/poly hibrid at the low 50´s and they felt very comfortable for me. I only decided to move to the mp´s because of the weight (375grs was too much for me) and because i wasn't playing very good and often to wield that monsters...
  9. Racquet Daddy

    Racquet Daddy Rookie

    Mar 27, 2010
    I agree: drop tension with softer string. I don't string my Prestiges over 52. If you want a racquet that seems to magically cure tennis elbow, try the ProKennex Redondo Mid.
  10. Power Player

    Power Player Talk Tennis Guru

    Sep 2, 2008
    On my iPhone
    Prestige mid has a real tight pattern and that can aggravate things in some people.

    Try a 4g Dunlop 100. It is flexier, and open patterned.
  11. 4sound

    4sound Semi-Pro

    Oct 5, 2009
    Match Point
    I have the mid sized: Prestige 600 Classic, 600 Tour, 600 Green, i.Prestige.
    (I also have a few TGK237.2, 16x19 Prostock Mids, which I seem to keep going back to as my playing stick, but this is a totally different animal than the 18x20 Prestige Mids).

    I had the MicroGel, YouTek and latest YT IG but sold them.
    My least favorite was the YT (just felt anemic). IMO, for some reason the MG felt a bit stiffer and low powered compared to the others.
    Of the latest 3, the IG felt the best. Others have commented on how it feels close to the old 600 Classic. I know what they mean but TBH, theres nothing that feels like the soft buttery flex of the old 600 Classics.

    If I were you, I'd try the Prestige IG with a 17g multi string at 53LBS. You'll have to adjust your strokes with the lower string tension but once you do it will be much easier on your joints than the MG strung at 59lbs.

    I tried the Dunlop Mids (AG100) and they felt brittle stiff and hurt my wrist after a month or two of playing with them. I never had wrist issues before. I switched back and the pain went away.
  12. sunof tennis

    sunof tennis Professional

    Dec 21, 2010
    Since the Prestige is a low powered racquet you could likely get by with softer, more powerful strings. Multis or a gut/soft poly hybrid may be more comfortable
  13. cluckcluck

    cluckcluck Hall of Fame

    Apr 29, 2010
    Between the baseline and netcord.
    You could always try Donnay. Very arm friendly.
  14. DeShaun

    DeShaun Banned

    Aug 22, 2010
    My prestige mid was destroying my elbow until...it wasn't the frame after all, it was the strings! poly and youtek did not mix well for me. ouch!-hurts me just thinking about that nasty combo.
    so i restrung with soft tourney nylon--forten (at 56lbs) and added a 1/2 inch-wide strip of foot-long duct tape along the top of the hoop; installed a leather grip (for maximum elbow comfort, bevel sensitivity, and head-lightness) and, voila! after hitting with this setup (including two wilson pro overgrips) just one time on the court for an hour or so, it actually seemed to heal my elbow, which had been troubling me the past six months while i was playing exclusively with poly.

    these prestiges are so sweet when weighted up just a little bit- i had done something similar to my old prestige pro a couple of years ago; they are just so comfortable and assuring in so many ways when strung with softer strings, but so darn brutal and unpleasant when strung with polys IMO.
    good luck.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2012
  15. 3fees

    3fees Legend

    Jun 24, 2010
    What you need is:
    cold compress
    next heat wrap
    pronation-supination exercises
    next repeat a couple time a day till gone.


    As to string,,try nylon string its the softest next to natural gut,,lower string tensions-lower vibration to absorb-also try a gel grip.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2012
  16. Kal-El 34

    Kal-El 34 Hall of Fame

    Nov 13, 2008
    Donnay X-Dual Platinum... give it whirl

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