Head Youtek IG Prestige Pro Review

Aretium

Hall of Fame
After the failed 200g test yesterday, (I took out some lead from the tip and put it into the handle and restrung it normally, still the same issues, groundies sailing long, angles hard to generate) I took my brothers IG PP and leaded it up to around 355 grams 10 pts HL with 8 grams at 10 and 2.

WOW, can't describe how good it was. The feel is not as good as the 200g or my standard ps90. So much forgiveness and comfort, the sweatspot is huge. Spin is great, but also flatter shots have fantastic control (something I have issues with, especially rackets over 95"). Doesn't FEEL as stable as the 200G, but not fluttering or issues with pace at net and the baseline. Serve was awesome, hit 6 aces in a row, something I have never done, and they where flat serves.

One place it helped me which I have issues with on my forehand side, is the cross court forehand which I struggle with, with my 90 (can't generate the angle for some reason, can hit it dtl well). Possibly the extra power and forgiveness.

Some issues with it, the second serves seemed a bit erratic, I don't hit many double faults with my 90 and it seems like the 90 generates more kick and pace. Possibly just an issue that needs adjusting to.

Another issue is the build of the racket. The grommets and head guard are s**t. Seriously, the plastic broke within a few days and I use tape to protect the head, cheap plastic. Also, the grip is annoying, I don't have big hands but L3 4 3/8 is usually fine. This racket's L3 is more like L3/L4. Either way, small issue.

It is my brother's racket, so I will have to remove the lead. The problem is, these rackets are very hard to find online and the graphene version is not as good, apparantly.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
Ah yeah the IG PP was great… Was my racquet of choice for a while.

Definitely replace the IG Grommets by the MG/FXP/YT Black Grommets. Look better and they are more durable.

I find the rectangular shape makes the grip feel smaller than it is.
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
Ah yeah the IG PP was great… Was my racquet of choice for a while.

Definitely replace the IG Grommets by the MG/FXP/YT Black Grommets. Look better and they are more durable.

I find the rectangular shape makes the grip feel smaller than it is.
So the ps95 is better?

Maybe I got an l4 by mistake?
 
I love all three of them(IG Pro,MP and Mid).I wish Head had build some kind of middle ground racquet with the power and spin possibilities of the Pro and the plush feeling of the mid combined with the easy playability of the MP.But there is no Swiss army knife.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
I have the IG MP and it's great. Yes, the translucent grommets are crap (get the old black ones). The IG models are just so stable compared to the YTs.

You can get the power and spin on the MP with lead. I think that the softer feel is a plus though not all will agree.
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
Not necessarily better, just better for me and my game at the time. I regret selling it now though :(

Not sure what you mean by the latter part?
L4 grip size.

I love all three of them(IG Pro,MP and Mid).I wish Head had build some kind of middle ground racquet with the power and spin possibilities of the Pro and the plush feeling of the mid combined with the easy playability of the MP.But there is no Swiss army knife.
Isn;t the pro plenty plush enough? Sure it isn't classic racket style plushness. I didn't use a vibration dampener either.
 
On the one hand it is extremely plush in comparison with the stiff and hollow infamous Graphene Prestige Pro,but on the other hand far away from the plush IG Mid feeling.As I mentioned before,the MP is somewhat in between.I score the most with the Pro for the first 30min.or so,but then the MP wins the race.Sadly,The Mid is to small for me in these days in the long run(same with the Classic Prestiges 600,which I used for nearly two decades)
 

TennisHound

Legend
I wonder if adding weight to the IGPP takes away a little of the harshness. After all the barage of junk racquets to come out since Jan '14, these racquets are a breath of fresh air.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
The YT MPs were very harsh and I added 10 Grams of lead at 3 and 9 to get rid of the harshness. I didn't have to add any lead to the IG MPs as the stability of the IGs was perfect for me. It depends on where the harshness is coming from and where you add lead.
 

TennisHound

Legend
The IGMP was very soft, but the IGPP was a little harsh, sort of like the IGPS. Either way, in today's junk racquets the IGPP is head and shoulders above current racquets. I'm certainly going to have to revisit it. :)
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
The IGMP was very soft, but the IGPP was a little harsh, sort of like the IGPS. Either way, in today's junk racquets the IGPP is head and shoulders above current racquets. I'm certainly going to have to revisit it. :)
I have played with it, in stock form and with weight.
I played a bit today when it was really wet and heavy, I don't get arm pain usually, but I played with my dunlop 200g and it was pretty harsh, due to the 18X20 pattern. NO problems with the PP. I do remember that in stock form I had to put a dampener on it, now there is no problem.
 
The IGMP was very soft, but the IGPP was a little harsh, sort of like the IGPS. Either way, in today's junk racquets the IGPP is head and shoulders above current racquets. I'm certainly going to have to revisit it. :)
I agree. The IGPP was harsh to me. The Microgel PP was plush and solid. That is my favorite PP of recent.
 

Minion

Hall of Fame
I have to say that the IGMP, with some lead tape at 9&3 feels amazing - it's a really special frame, definitely one of the best feeling racquets I've ever played with. But I prefer the IGPP. I like the higher launch angle on my shots, and a bit more action on my serves. My IGPP's are stock, strung 360g, but I will add a bit of lead tape to 9&3 - just to get the feel I want:)
 

coolschreiber

Hall of Fame
I'm not much into modifying frames but all the IG prestiges - mid, mp, pro - need a little lead, else I find them too headlight. I experimented with lead only at 3&9 and only at 12. I found the perfect balance for my game is if I just add minimal at 3 & 9 (4 gm total) and about 2 or 3 gm at 12. That still keeps them really whippy but with added stability. MP usually works best for me among all.
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
Seeing as I am pretty poor, and I can't find any of these prestiges second hand. I can get a good deal on a 6.1 95 16X18. How similar are these rackets. Any one played both?
 

TennisHound

Legend
Seeing as I am pretty poor, and I can't find any of these prestiges second hand. I can get a good deal on a 6.1 95 16X18. How similar are these rackets. Any one played both?
Not to drag up old posts, but the worse the new Prestiges get, the more the pre-2014 Prestiges shine.

The 16x18 six one 95 is a good comparison to the pre-2014 Prestige Pro, however the PP has quite a bit more control and felt more solid than the six one. I even preferred the IG and Youtek PMP with lead at 3&9 over the six one 95 18x20.
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
Not to drag up old posts, but the worse the new Prestiges get, the more the pre-2014 Prestiges shine.

The 16x18 six one 95 is a good comparison to the pre-2014 Prestige Pro, however the PP has quite a bit more control and felt more solid than the six one. I even preferred the IG and Youtek PMP with lead at 3&9 over the six one 95 18x20.
I got the 16X18 and I found it to be much more solid. In fact, the PP is quite flimsy. I had to add a lot of weight to it and gave it to my brother.
 

TennisHound

Legend
Youtek IG. I found it quite metallic and tinny.
Well, I did too actually. I'm not sure what happened to the IGPP, since the IGPMP was soft and muted. I preferred the Youtek PP and added lead at 3&9. The six one was solid and stable to me, but I preferred the weighted YTPP.
 
aha find this one. ig prestige series hands down still one of the best head series. I used ig prestige s for my entire high school varsity life. Weight them up to 11.6oz with 330 sw. I would like to use Pro but it was just too heavy for me. The only problem for prestige s was the shared holes, two of my prestige s ended up breaking throw the shared hole after three years...
 

Doubles

Legend
Easily my second favorite racquet behind my Blades. If I were a better player (and made better contacts consistently) I'd probably still favor the Prestige.
 

mavsman149

Hall of Fame
Never played with the IG one but the original YouTek Prestige Pro was my racket for 3-4 years and from my understanding they are almost the same. Probably my second favorite racket ever, I just think the TFight 315 LTD 16 Mains is just a better version of it. Admittedly I think a big reason why I prefer the Tecnifibre is the grip shape, which I should have tried changing on the Head before giving up on it.
 

edelp

Semi-Pro
I'm trying to replace my igPP grommet into a black grommet. Would Head Youtek Radical Pro grommet fit?
The youtek Radical pro is a 100 sq Head. Will not fit on the ig prestige pro. The ig radical pro might, but they are not black and not as long...
 

Imago

Hall of Fame
Never played with the IG one but the original YouTek Prestige Pro was my racket for 3-4 years and from my understanding they are almost the same. Probably my second favorite racket ever, I just think the TFight 315 LTD 16 Mains is just a better version of it. Admittedly I think a big reason why I prefer the Tecnifibre is the grip shape, which I should have tried changing on the Head before giving up on it.
Hm, everybody's changing their TF pallets and buttcaps for Head ones. Never tried IGPP but if it's half as good as IGMid, I'll buy one. And transparent grommets are so sexy, would never change them for black.
 
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