Head Prestige Pro - quick question IG and Youtek versions

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  1. Dgdavid

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    Hi all,

    I just noticed on TW that the Youtek Prestige Pro is listed as 11g lighter than the IG Prestige Pro (335g vs 346g) but both have the same SW and balance. Would that indicate the Youtek version is more accessible for than the IG? I noticed Sean Hemmer's comments about not switching from Youtek to the IG version due to the heavier feel. Any comments?

    Many thanks

    David
     
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  2. JackB1

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    The IG version does feel a tad heavier, but I wouldn't say that makes the YT version "more accessible". If you can play with one, you can play with the other. The difference is pretty negligible IMO.
     
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  3. The Wreck

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    Weight made very little difference to me. The IG was the superior racket, in my opinion. Just felt better overall.
     
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  4. Dgdavid

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    thanks both. food for thought. I was often late swinging under pressure with the IG Prestige Pro (more so than when playing with the MP or 95D). I think it is right on the edge of my playable range.
     
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  5. chinese_tennis_guy

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    i'm also interested in the pro 2012 IG version versus the 2011 non-IG version regarding the 0.4 ounce difference. can you feel that difference? is the non-IG version more maneuverable especially defensively versus big hitters? Is the non-IG version more shoulder friendly on serves? I'm considering getting the pro but a little worried about the weight so considering trying the 2011 non-IG. My prostaff and POGs are more headlight than the pros even though they are 12+ ounce sticks and may swing easier... especially the POG, and the IG MP (black LTD one of course).... and seeing what happens.

    4.5 topspin player coming from PS6.095, head pro tour 630, back to PS, now POG mid which I love but worry about the headsize versus bigger hitters/defensively.....

    THANKS for any advice and experience.
    james dot ys dot yang at gmail dot com
     
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  6. Graphiteking

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    I've played with both the IG and non IG sticks an I personally can't tell the difference. I played with the juice right before my switch and my control is a lot better with the head stick. My advice would be for you to demo them before spending any $. Me personally, it's the right racquet for my game.
     
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  7. nyc

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    I had the YT Pro demo and it was definitely a bit of a log for me - didn't measure the weight - but liked it well enough to go for it.

    I ended up ordering two at the lighter end of what TW had in stock, and they come in at 318g unstrung, so about 344g strung and they're a dream to play with.

    Playing Head's quationable QC in my favor, I guess....
     
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  8. mozzer

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    Just picked up 2 YT prestige pro's, one came in at 337g strung, the other 342g, definitely some nice mass behind them! will post some feedbackl when this snow goes!
     
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  9. epiczeko

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    Exactly. I couldn't tell much of a difference either. But you need to choose which ever racquet suits you better. Hence, demoing it before making a purchase!
     
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  10. BMWprestigem3

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    I played with both versions. Ended up getting the IG. But the difference between the two is very minimum.
     
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  11. Sander001

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    That's pretty close. I hope this means that Head's quality control is finally shaping up.
     
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  12. DeShaun

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    It's been so long since I swung a Youtek PP; however, a couple of years ago I owned one. Anyways, I've been playing with a Youtek mid for the past nine months now, so this may skew what I'm about to say.

    Just a couple days ago I swung my buddies IG PP--that the was first and only time that I've ever swung an IG PP. My first impressions were that it felt noticeably lighter than my YT PP, and possibly more forgiving.The IG seemed to have much more free pop than I remember the YT having...the IG actually felt on impact like a Head Instinct, an interesting blend of soft-and-snappy. I liked the flex of the IG more than the YT.
     
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  13. radicalpro

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    I found the IG version to have a better feel, and maybe a little more pop.
     
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  14. kaiser

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    If the IG PP is a bit lighter but with the same balance and SW, wouldn't that mean it is therefore slightly more polarized with all the dynamic consequences of that?
     
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  15. mozzer

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    Been using them for around a month now, and I must say, They are the best racket I have used.
    In standard form, plow through is big, feels so solid! Lovely around the net and on service too. Spin is amazing.
    Strung with tour bite 1.20 at 55.5/55.7
     
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  16. Doubles

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    I have both a YouTek and IG Prestige Pro, and both have the same listed unstrung weight.
     
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  17. LordRaceR

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    sorry to bring this topic up, but need some help and clarification regarding Prestige`s Pro, Youtek and IG versions.
    Just a little bit of background… I have been using original ProStaff Tour90 (bought 5 in 2004.) and now have only 1 left, so since last year I am searching for replacement. Tried newer versions, blx white one is the last, didn’t tested last ProStaff one (Wilson shop here doesn’t have them as a demos). Other problem is my preferred grip size, which is L2, because no one has those kind of rackets in that grip size. I’ve been using my ProStaff Tour90s with L3 grip size, with original leather grip removed and just one thicker over grip (or two thin ones) and with 10g of lead in 12 o`clock position (358g total). So, decided to go with Head rackets, because with pallet system I can have L2 grip size and put leather grip on it and have preferred size, even can get some used ones, great. Just need to select with model I like the most. Went go Head shop and of course, they have limited demo options. Tested IG Prestige Mid first, really nice stick, little bit flexier they I liked but I could play nice with it. Only thing against is head size, because I was thinking to get to tad bigger, when I must change rackets I can go with bit more head size. Next week went back to the shop to change test rackets and say to the guy “what more you got”. He gave me choice between Youtek Prestige Pro and IG Prestige MP, so no MP Youtek or IG Pro versions available as a demo, just these two sticks. Got the Youtek Prestige Pro and really liked the racket. I was surprised by stability and power (still with control), but more with solid feel (not hollow), even with lower weight of the racket. Its L3 handle, so my standard method of removing the grip (it was synthetic, some dork before me removed leather  ) put two thin over grips on it and some lead at 12` and got 340g. The only problem after two weeks of testing is that I got a little bit of pain in my elbow, and I was surprised by that, not heaving arm problems for 10 years. So I got the IG Prestige MP to see is it a bit softer on the arm, like people on forum say that IG is little softer then Youtek. I know that MP and Pro are different racket but thought it is the same IG generation and some impression I can get from it. But, IG Prestige MP was really bad experience; I couldn’t believe how much I hate this frame. It is such hollow (pipe like) feeling, not solid, it was crap. Now, I was left in dilemma, is the IG Prestige Pro same or it is different, or is the relation between Youtek Prestige MP and Pro the same on IG series, so I will really appreciate some clarification on that and difference between Youtek and IG. If the feel is the similar on Youtek and IG Prestige Pro, but IG is bit softer on the arm, then I will go with IG Prestige Pro. If not, then I will go with Youtek Prestige Pro and tried to soften it up with strings. All demo rackets where string with Head Hawk (Head demo string), with IG Prestige Mid and MP strung at 22kg and Youtek Prestige Pro strung and 24kg.
     
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