Head Youtek IG Prestige MP vs. G360+ Prestige MP/or/ Auxetic Prestige Pro

TSTAVRO

New User
I am a long time user of the Head Youtek IG Prestige MP. I am looking for something slightly more forgiving, however I have searched far and wide- nothing compares, and I am back to looking at a new prestige as it may be the most viable option. I am currently waiting for a demo, but would appreciate some input. As the 360+ Prestige MP/ auxetic prestige pro are 98's, I figure this may be a good transition from the old 95's version I have been playing with. If anyone has experience with the IG prestige mp/ 360+ mp and can give me an idea of what has changed as far as feel, and directional control etc. that would be much appreciated!

Thank you in advance!
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
Though I have not tried the new Prestige Pro, the G360+ Prestige MP is really a nice racket that offers nice feel and superb control. It does feel more forgiving compared to the 95“ Prestige MP’s of the past and does not lack in overall playability - meaning it has the familiar Prestige control. The feel isn’t as soft as the IG, but it feels nice, especially on hard flat shots.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
I am a long time user of the Head Youtek IG Prestige MP. I am looking for something slightly more forgiving, however I have searched far and wide- nothing compares, and I am back to looking at a new prestige as it may be the most viable option. I am currently waiting for a demo, but would appreciate some input. As the 360+ Prestige MP/ auxetic prestige pro are 98's, I figure this may be a good transition from the old 95's version I have been playing with. If anyone has experience with the IG prestige mp/ 360+ mp and can give me an idea of what has changed as far as feel, and directional control etc. that would be much appreciated!

Thank you in advance!
I would second everything @mhkeuns has said.

I would also add that the IG PMP is softer in a plushness kind of way (closer to the "Classic" Head racquets of old), whereas, the 360+ PMP is soft but slightly more direct/crisp when you hit the ball. What I mean by that is that you can still feel this wonderful soft flex but the ball doesn't feel like it is sinking as much into the strings, and at a point in the shot, feels like the racquet firms up a bit to shoot the ball out a fraction sooner than the IG PMP (we are talking fractions, but still noticeable to me). I enjoy both racquets, both will stay in my collection, and both are great iterations of the Prestige Line.

Both versions are very precise and enable a huge variety of shots and touch, but the 360+ PMP is more forgiving and feels that fraction better in my off-hand (being 20mm, and I also like the TK82S pallet Vs the TK82 - but that can be swapped). Esthetics is a personal thing... I happen to like both, but I don't think the new one looks bad either. The most important thing to me is how they play.

I have not tried the new Auxetic version... I will look to demo it at some point, but I'm not going to rush as I have acquired many new racquets that are fantastic and will be occupying my time for a while, and I have all the old-school Classics that are always an absolute joy to come back to.

Hope that helps.
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
I agree with the others.
That being said, If you want a similar experience to the IG PMP, the Pro Tour 2.0 is your ticket.
The bigger head size on the PMP+ (the new PPro+ is identical) does make a difference in feel, not in a bad way, just that it doesn't feel like the same racket; it feels like a bigger frame.
 
I am a long time user of the Head Youtek IG Prestige MP. I am looking for something slightly more forgiving, however I have searched far and wide- nothing compares, and I am back to looking at a new prestige as it may be the most viable option. I am currently waiting for a demo, but would appreciate some input. As the 360+ Prestige MP/ auxetic prestige pro are 98's, I figure this may be a good transition from the old 95's version I have been playing with. If anyone has experience with the IG prestige mp/ 360+ mp and can give me an idea of what has changed as far as feel, and directional control etc. that would be much appreciated!
Thank you in advance!
I must admit I am in love with TGT293.2 which is a prostock version of IG Prestige MP. So I came back to this frame after some long search for more forgiving racket.
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After IG Prestige MP I used Liquidmetal Radical MP, IG Radical MP and Pro (16x19 is for sure way easier to use) - and great prostock TGT291.2 – which is IG Prestige S mold dense 16x19. I would say that it was perfect frame inbetween old Prestiges and Radicals. I found it also slightly better from much praised TGT260.2 (Thomas Berdych racket of choice) and 260.3/5 (racket of choice for Diego Schwartzman or Taylor Fritz). The retail edition of 291.2 which are 95" Graphene/XT/Touch Prestige S and Pro (this one is still offered in G360+ and Auxetic line) - are fine rackets to use too – however much stiffer. But I simply like 291 mold.

I do not recommend any of Graphene Radical – but I do like the new G360+ Radical MP and Pro. This is finally something good and new. Good choice for racket easier than 95" Prestige MP.

However I really was disappointed by G360+ Prestige MP. It felt like a dead version of old Prestige Tour and needed extra lead to rise SW.

Head Pro Tour 2.0 is a good racket, but it is even harder to use from IG Prestige MP. Has more power, but feels way heavier. Some people recommend to use non-CAP grommet on it – but the problem is you can't find them easily.

Other than HEAD rackets I do like both Dunlop CX200 Tour's – 16x19 and 18x20. Prince Tour Textreme 95 and Yonex VCore Pro 97HD are also plush and good frames. Both more powerful than IG Prestige MP – Prince has more open drill pattern, Yonex has bigger head size.

If you would like to lower the static weight you keep in your hand – it is worth to try out new Blades v8 (v7 were very comfy, however missed stability and have to high SW for me) and Yonex VCore Pro 2021 (310g). Finally Yonex made them less stiff.
 
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Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
However I really was disappointed by G360+ Prestige MP. It felt like a dead version of old Prestige Tour and needed extra lead to rise SW.
Yonex VCore Pro 2021 (310g). Finally Yonex made them less stiff.
Interesting that you found the G360+ PMP dead, I found it very comfortable and slightly "crisper" or more "direct" feeling than the IG PMP. Maybe it was the tension you had it (G360+ PMP) strung at...? I string mine in the Mid/Low 40s (46M/43C - full poly; 46M/46C - Hybrid with poly in Mains; 46M/43 - Hybrid poly in crosses). I like all the other racquets you mentioned, so I was surprised we had a different experience with the G360+ PMP. Shows we are all individual and one size doesn't fit all.

I completely agree with you on the VCPs finally coming down in RA... a welcome change.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
I found the G360+ Prestige MP exceptional in control and strung it with 18G poly between 46 to 48lbs. It stood well against heavy hitters and had enough power to fire back. I didn't find it dead, but I could see it feeling that way if it was strung with 16G poly around 50lbs.
 
I mean the feel of G360+ Prestige MP wasn't bad, but I simply didn't like it. Felt like the worse version of the best Dunlop 200 series. Yep, probably if I would put a nice hybrid with lower tension it would feel better. Also, this racket really needs extra lead tape. For me - buying 320g unstrung frame - to add lead everywhere isn't a great option. I simply preferred retail IG Prestige MP (especially 25th Anniversary Edition) over the new one. I will wait for the version – Auxetic and will try it again.

By the way - any of you tried Head TGT345.1/2 - I guess it is a prostock of the new Prestige mold (or G360+ Prestige in general – not sure about that – maybe @dr325i will help with this one).
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
I mean the feel of G360+ Prestige MP wasn't bad, but I simply didn't like it. Felt like the worse version of the best Dunlop 200 series. Yep, probably if I would put a nice hybrid with lower tension it would feel better. Also, this racket really needs extra lead tape. For me - buying 320g unstrung frame - to add lead everywhere isn't a great option. I simply preferred retail IG Prestige MP (especially 25th Anniversary Edition) over the new one. I will wait for the version – Auxetic and will try it again.

By the way - any of you tried Head TGT345.1/2 - I guess it is a prostock of the new Prestige mold (or G360+ Prestige in general – not sure about that – maybe @dr325i will help with this one).
I’ve been playing with the TGt345.2 (360+ Prestige MP 16x19) and love it!
 

TSTAVRO

New User
Thank you everyone for the loads of info and good chats. I had a chance to hit with the G360+ PMP and I have to say it ended up being a bit of a let down after getting extensive match play in. Definitely does feel flexible, but does not 'solid up' the same way the IG PMP does. The 98 head did help somewhat, especially on the 2-handed BH, however it didn't really click for me with most other parts of my game. Biggest thing that I was surprised about was I felt like despite the 98 head, it had much less spin potential than the IG PMP. I tried it with a couple different string setups with shaped poly's @ 48 lbs (tour bite soft 16 and confidential 17), and different lead tape setups in the hoop. My go-to is usually a generous amount from 10-2 (don't always weigh it lol). I have never had a problem with spin potential in my IG PMP even strung at low 50's with alu power smooth 16g, however I couldn't find the spin to really bring my kick serves down and jump that I can with the IG. My kick serves are a strength in my game and I couldn't reason to pick up the g360+ when I feel as though it has maybe slightly less control, and give me less spin!.. What a strange combination of cons. Not a bad racquet, but not for me.

On that note, I am back to playing with my IG's for now. However, i'd still like to try some other options. Thoughts on a comparison between the IG PMP and the Dunlop CX Tour 18x20 (weighted-up and un-weighted). Let me know!

Thank you in advance.
 

TennisHound

Legend
Thank you everyone for the loads of info and good chats. I had a chance to hit with the G360+ PMP and I have to say it ended up being a bit of a let down after getting extensive match play in. Definitely does feel flexible, but does not 'solid up' the same way the IG PMP does. The 98 head did help somewhat, especially on the 2-handed BH, however it didn't really click for me with most other parts of my game. Biggest thing that I was surprised about was I felt like despite the 98 head, it had much less spin potential than the IG PMP. I tried it with a couple different string setups with shaped poly's @ 48 lbs (tour bite soft 16 and confidential 17), and different lead tape setups in the hoop. My go-to is usually a generous amount from 10-2 (don't always weigh it lol). I have never had a problem with spin potential in my IG PMP even strung at low 50's with alu power smooth 16g, however I couldn't find the spin to really bring my kick serves down and jump that I can with the IG. My kick serves are a strength in my game and I couldn't reason to pick up the g360+ when I feel as though it has maybe slightly less control, and give me less spin!.. What a strange combination of cons. Not a bad racquet, but not for me.

On that note, I am back to playing with my IG's for now. However, i'd still like to try some other options. Thoughts on a comparison between the IG PMP and the Dunlop CX Tour 18x20 (weighted-up and un-weighted). Let me know!

Thank you in advance.
An option may be the CX in 16x19 with a few 2.5 - 3” strips at 12.
 
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