How can someone possibly with Prestige MP?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Nikae, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. Nikae

    Nikae Rookie

    Nov 18, 2009
    I am talking about new one, with swing weight only 310. Its hard to hit the ball hard when needed, or enough top spin. Before prestige I played with Blade 98 16/19.

    When I play vs someone who's same skill as I am, I have same results with both rackets, but when I play vs someone who hits harder, its almost impossible to play with prestige, I get pushed around and end up giving short balls with no pace...unlike with blade 98, I could hit harder with much much less effort...

    All of that just because of swing weight difference?

    As a side note, I played long enough with both rackets, and I am not late with my swing on any stroke no matter who I play.

    So the only solution is to add some lead tape to the prestige, making the swing weight higher? (I do not want to go back to blade 98 just yet)
  2. StringingIrvine

    StringingIrvine Semi-Pro

    Apr 23, 2009
    Irvine, Southern California
    Blade 16x19
    Balance: 1 pts HL
    Swingweight: 331
    Stiffness: 66

    IG Prestige MP
    Balance: 6 pts HL
    Swingweight: 310
    Stiffness: 62

    The racket is lower swing weight, softer, and has a denser string pattern. The prestige in all aspects is a lower powered racket compared to the blade, its not just the swingweight. Even if the prestige was equal in swingweight to the blade the stiffness and denser string pattern would still generate less pace.

    When someone hits a hard ball back are you taking a defensive swing or just blocking the ball back. Also what strings and tension are you using? If you were using 23.5kg in your blade i'd drop it down to like 20 kg and see how you like it. Also using a thinner guage string helps open the bed up a little bit.

    Since you were playing with the blade before with its almost even balance it'd be easy for you to add some lead toward the upper hoop and get a lot more power. I'd recommend:
    1g at 12 oclock
    1g at 3 oclock
    1g at 9 oclock
    and go from there.

    People use prestige for its feel and control. The prestige is a much more demanding racket compared to the open blade in general.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2013
  3. snr

    snr Rookie

    Aug 5, 2008
    Its funny because I had just posted a Prestige with lead question and I believe StringingIrvine (above) had also replied in my thread :p

    OP - I actually own both these racquets (except the YouTek and not the IG version) and I do know what you mean from a point.

    The stock Prestige just did not do it for me but I've built up the Youtek to the point where I actually wanted to tank some weight off (hence the thread yesterday).

    The Prestige is a more demanding stick, there is much less power even with the lead. However, for me anyway, I like the soft feel and I have more confidence in my ground strokes, I can take a bigger cut and know that it'll be in. Furthermore, I found on my defensive shots (stretch slice, last minute topspin lob etc.), I had better angles and depth while having decent safety.

    My Prestige's are leaded up to 340 SW with a lot of lead in the hoop and I wanted to move back down to Blade territory. The prestige's have that feel like the above poster mentioned and I think that's why a lot of people do like them.

    In the end though, I will admit, the Blade is an awesome stick. If you don't want to customize, IMO I would go with the Blade just because it'll do more. The prestige is indeed a more demanding racquet but with its swing weight its a little low powered sometimes in certain situations. I have the Blade in my bag now for when I'm just not feeling it (fit etc.). You have to have better preparation timing and all that for the Prestige but I think the results are a little better.

    I also think that your comparison is skewed not only because of the SW but because of the string pattern. Why not compare the 16x19 blade to the IG Prestige Pro thats also 16x19? The Blade 18x20 would be a better comparision to the MP.
  4. Nikae

    Nikae Rookie

    Nov 18, 2009
    Thanks for the replys guys, really good ones!

    I will try to experiment with lead, string type and tension.
    You played with prestige thats leaded up so it has 340 sw? Wow! I dont think I would be able to play with such a heavy/demanding racket.

    Can you post some videos of you playing? Here are some from my old thread
    Pro players play with heavy sticks, but they make it look so easy :)
  5. StringingIrvine

    StringingIrvine Semi-Pro

    Apr 23, 2009
    Irvine, Southern California
    In terms of ground strokes...

    If you are arming the ball the difference between an 11oz racket and a 12.5 oz racket will be very noticable.

    I think if you are using proper strokes with a good kinetic chain then using a heavier racket will be a easier. I'm not saying you won't be able to tell the difference but it will be that easier if you are involving your legs, core, and upper body correctly.
  6. Bdarb

    Bdarb Hall of Fame

    Jun 20, 2012
    New England
    Agreed. I thought a lighter racquet would be more manuverable, and to a point it is, but when you're using your whole body to drive through the ball a lighter racquet feels flimsy. I notice on a shot like the ohbh that a heavier racquet is nice because you can swing slower and smoother and the racquet does more of the work.
  7. tennis007

    tennis007 New User

    Jun 20, 2008

    This year I switched to Head YOUTEK IG Prestige Midplus and tried various string combinations. I feel that following combination produces excellent results to produce power and mantain great feel:
    Main string: Signum Pro Firestorm 17 (1.25)
    Cross string: Yonex Poly Tour Pro 120 17 Yellow
    Tension: 42 Lbs.

    Good luck.
  8. movdqa

    movdqa G.O.A.T.

    Sep 19, 2006
    I consider the Prestige to be a platform racquet. You get one and then add lead where you like it. I get plenty of power from my Prestiges (YT and IG) - more than I get from my Pure Drive Roddick, but it's definitely effort to swing the beast.
  9. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Power is always tied to the player.
    Some players hit hard with lighter, softer rackets.
    Most players will agree a heavier, stiffer racket has the potential to hit harder.
    For sure, not ONE racket is ideal for all players.
    Lots of good players hit harder with heavier, stiffer rackets, but prefer softer flex to preserve their body parts.

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