i.Prestige MP x IG Prestige MP

zalive

Hall of Fame
Not sure, I'm kind of making fun of all the experts out there that are so quick to point out that the I.prestige mp is the PT57 (E, I think), cause I know they're lurking out there waiting to pounce, lol. Even if you find one, it's still gonna be an old racquet. I preferred the IG above all of the prestiges.
I was replying a lot yesterday but seems I was sleeping as.well so I failed to really read this :) haha...
 

zalive

Hall of Fame
I've never really noticed any difference between lead at 10+2 and 3+9, but that's because I add very little to keep the SW low. I prefer higher static weight and lower SW.

I know adding weight at the handle will increase static weight without increasing SW much, but it doesn't seem to help with plowing through very hard hit balls.

My PK 5G has a round hoop. Which location will increase plow through while staying close to my preferences? I don't have stability issues as I rarely miss the sweet spot.
In your case, lead at 12 o'clock will do the trick, but you need to counterbalance it with twice as much at the top of the handle. It's because 12 o'clock lead changes hiw racquet swings much, so yop of the hande is the spot to compensate both swing and balance.
 

rafa_prestige89

Professional
So I've made my mind and bought the IG Prestiges MP...any advices on how to customize them for a tall and aggressive player with an one handed backhand? (I always used the MID Prestiges so far).
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
IG is good but I.Prestige is pro stock. The IG, microgel, Youtek, liquidmetal, will NEVER be ******pprrrooo sstttoooocccckkk*******. Oooooo aaaaaaaahhhhh
You can get the IG, Microgel and YT in Pro Stock. The IG Prestige MP Pro Stock is tgt293.2 and it's what I have been using for the past six years. I have Pro Stock YT Prestige MPs as well - tgk238.4s.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
So I've made my mind and bought the IG Prestiges MP...any advices on how to customize them for a tall and aggressive player with an one handed backhand? (I always used the MID Prestiges so far).
I like lead from 10 to 2 and in the handle for a polarized setup. Mine came with 15 grams of lead tape from 10 to 2 and it was under the bumper so difficult to change. I just got used to it over time.
 

zapvor

G.O.A.T.
In tennis, anything is possible!!! Dare to dream!! (I actually picked up a NOS IG Prestige and NOS 25th Anniversary Prestige), (the awesome looking black one!) It just took the right amount of patience to find them at reasonable prices and in the condition I wanted (brand new)

Good luck!!! You will find the right frame for your game!!!
i love the 25th anniversary one
 

zalive

Hall of Fame
So I've made my mind and bought the IG Prestiges MP...any advices on how to customize them for a tall and aggressive player with an one handed backhand? (I always used the MID Prestiges so far).
Did you measure actual specs? Hitting partner bought two and specs of both went to the lighter side, one was 5 grams lighter, the other around 10 grams lighter...both had different balance as well showing different mass distribution on both the hoop and the handle. So no generic advices, it really depends on what you get.
 

TennisHound

Legend
I actually got an i.prestige mp just to see what all the fuss is about. The decals are pretty gone, but its in good shape. Mine is 27.5" long. I wonder if they come that way? So i'll be giving it a whirl against my IGPMP.
 

rafa_prestige89

Professional
Did you measure actual specs? Hitting partner bought two and specs of both went to the lighter side, one was 5 grams lighter, the other around 10 grams lighter...both had different balance as well showing different mass distribution on both the hoop and the handle. So no generic advices, it really depends on what you get.
Didn't measure the specs yet, I'm gonna take them to the store that has the RDC machine to match them before customizing to my needs, but first I'm gonna put the silicone in the handle, since I loved it in my other racquet, I'm just not sure if I put more silicone than on my Prestige Mid...
 

BorgCash

Legend
I have two i.prestige MP little different in paint. I think first came a little softer paint than little harder. Also soft paint was Made in Austria, the second one was nameless, think made in Czech Republic.
 

rafa_prestige89

Professional
I actually got an i.prestige mp just to see what all the fuss is about. The decals are pretty gone, but its in good shape. Mine is 27.5" long. I wonder if they come that way? So i'll be giving it a whirl against my IGPMP.
Make sure to share your thoughts here after you compare the two racquets!
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
I have two i.prestige MP little different in paint. I think first came a little softer paint than little harder. Also soft paint was Made in Austria, the second one was nameless, think made in Czech Republic.
Both were made in Austria
The soft paint is rubber paint that will peel oFf and the silver print will fade if you use them with any kind of frequency.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
I actually got an i.prestige mp just to see what all the fuss is about. The decals are pretty gone, but its in good shape. Mine is 27.5" long. I wonder if they come that way? So i'll be giving it a whirl against my IGPMP.
They made an i.Prestige MP XL. Sounds like you have an early one with the rubber paint.
 

BorgCash

Legend
Both were made in Austria
The soft paint is rubber paint that will peel oFf and the silver print will fade if you use them with any kind of frequency.
So, the first non-Austrian was next generation, Liquidmetall. I have this one and it is a sticker Made in Czech Republic on the butt cap.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
So, the first non-Austrian was next generation, Liquidmetall. I have this one and it is a sticker Made in Czech Republic on the butt cap.
All LiquidMetal Prestige were manufactured in Austria. At the end of the production run they finished in Czech Republic. Flexpoint forward is China
 

TennisHound

Legend
Well I've been using the i.prestige mp (XL) constantly since I got it (used about 2 weeks ago). I've got the IGPMP as well, but I'm leaning toward the i.pmp.

The IG is good and only gets better with weight, in fact is a real pleasure to hit, the more weight you add (I didn't add any to the handle). It is so different than a lot of racquets - PA, XTPMP, GPMP, Speeds, PD, Blades, in the sense that it becomes more stable, plush, powerful with more weight. Consequently, the others become more powerful, but erratic cannons. The IG becomes better than an RF97 with the right amount of weight (I ended up with a total of four 4" lead strips, 2 on each side from about 1-3 (and 11-9).

The i.prestige doesn't even feel like a prestige. It feels more like a stiff radical, and the extra long version has a nice flex to it. I never liked XLs (other than the Gamma 137) but this one is light and flickable enough to move around easily. It has good power stock, certainly more than the IGPMP. The paint is horrible (nothing a black sharpee can't fix lol) and it doesn't necessarily feel good when you hit it, but it is easy everywhere on the court and I can generate all kinds of pace with it - very controlled power. Serves are a little harder, but I think it will be fine to adjust. Volleys are a lot better than the IG. Returns and ohbhs are easier to control and get back with the i.prestige.

Overall the i.prestige takes this one for me. Its easier and fun to play with. Its so weird playing with a racquet that's this old.
 
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cryan87

Rookie
The i.prestige MP xl, sigh....I miss that thing. That was my first "real" racquet after the Ti.S5 (remember those things?), and I still wonder how I'd play if I found one in decent shape. Basically learned real strokes on that stick.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Well I've been using the i.prestige mp (XL) constantly since I got it (used about 2 weeks ago). I've got the IGPMP as well, but I'm leaning toward the i.pmp.

The IG is good and only gets better with weight, in fact is a real pleasure to hit, the more weight you add (I didn't add any to the handle). It is so different than a lot of racquets - PA, XTPMP, GPMP, Speeds, PD, Bladesin the sense that it becomes more stable, plush, powerful with more weight. Consequently, the other become more powerful, but erratic cannons. The IG becomes better than an RF97 with the right amount of weight (I ended up with lead 4" strips on both sides from about 1-3 (and 11-9).

The i.prestige doesn't even feel like a prestige. It feels more like a stiff radical, and the extra long version has a nice flex to it. I never liked XLs (other than the Gamma 137) but this one is light and flickable enough to move around easily. It has good power stock, certainly more than the IGPMP. The paint is horrible (nothing a black sharpee can't fix lol) and it doesn't necessarily feel good when you hit it, but it is easy everywhere on the court and I can generate all kinds of pace with it - very controlled power. Serves are a little harder, but I think it will be fine to adjust. Volleys are a lot better than the IG. Returns and ohbhs are easier to control and get back with the i.prestige.

Overall the i.prestige takes this one for me. Its easier and fun to play with. Its so weird playing with a racquet that's this old.
Don't worry you have an early i.Prestige MP XL with the rubber paint. That only last the first year of 2001. 2002 and 2003 production had a hard matte black that's very good and durable.
By the way it's still more flexible and plusher than a Graphene Prestige.
 

TennisHound

Legend
It's funny, I just played a doubles match and was completely "off" on everything- mishits deluxe, could not hit a solid return, missed a whole lot of volleys, lobs, missed all the overheads (3). I hate getting used to a new racquet. It'll take a little more time to adjust to the extra length. Serves worked good though.
 

Lavs

Hall of Fame
i believe LM is the last generation before china crap
I would not say that LM Radical or LM Instinct that were manufactured in China are crap. They are decent rackets. They are a little stiffer than austrian made LMs though. But that was I actually need. Austrian LM Rads are too plush for me. And Head PT280 is way too plush for my liking. I like crisp rackets.
Ie. iPrestige Mid > PC600 - just saying...
 
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Imago

Hall of Fame
I have two i.prestige MP little different in paint. I think first came a little softer paint than little harder. Also soft paint was Made in Austria, the second one was nameless, think made in Czech Republic.
I see three different PJs - glossy, matte, and one with thinner font. Are these differences pointing to any other origin or specs information?

 

zalive

Hall of Fame
OK, thanks. I am supposed to choose one. Which one? :)
If you have a chance to feel them with your hands, choose one you like the best when you swing it ;)
If not, I've no idea, except I'd go for the lightest one among them. Unless their condition is drastically different, I love spared ones.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
I see three different PJs - glossy, matte, and one with thinner font. Are these differences pointing to any other origin or specs information?

The one on the left looks to be the nasty rubber paint which was early production. The one in the middle is at the end of production in 2003 and the one all the way to the right is middle production from 2002. All racquets were made in Austria and I have found in my experience play the same
 

SaaKha

Semi-Pro
How is the plow through on the prestige mp, on the newer model or either of the previous models? (I'm a 6.1 95 user)
 

2nd Serve Ace

Hall of Fame
How is the plow through on the prestige mp, on the newer model or either of the previous models? (I'm a 6.1 95 user)
If it's close to the right spec: about 342 strung and 6 pts HL, the I.prestige is smooth, solid, stable with lots of spin.
Just strung up my old one today, in fact [emoji2].

The later versions range from crappy to so-so, with IG being the best of a weak group. (Chinese layups are done in a cheaper, worse way)

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dreamneedle

New User
I've played with both rubber paint and glossy i.Prestige and they were excellent.
IGs aren't worth it, unless you get them really really cheap.
 
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