microgel prestige mid serving

staTennis

New User
So I bought this racquet about 2.5 weeks ago after demoing it from TW. I loved the groundstrokes, and felt that the only thing that was lacking for me was the mythical first serve that the prestige line supposedly had. My last racquet was an open patterned FXP radical tour and I could really serve bombs with that so I figured I would get the prestige and work on the serve while I had it. The first 2 weeks were tough, slow flat serves, a bit less on my kicker, and I got this feeling that the sweetspot was playing a little low on the stringbed. I added some lead at 12 oclock, 2 5 inch strips 1/4inch wide, and i felt the groundstrokes had quite a bit more behind them and the sweetspot was a bit more desireable. I took it out for serves today, and still was a little frustrated, but then, I decided to change my tried and true service form and grip a little lower on the handle and added a little more pronation. WOW. I was hitting bombs, that started well long, but once i got them under control it was amazing. Prestige easily added a good 5-10 on top of my first serve which i figured i had peaked at about 110. My second serves also got a bit more consistent with the weight and a grip change, but not quite as kicky or quick as before. Still that first serve had me feeling like Goran at wimbledon out there. Also of note is a satisfying explosion sound on impact that the prestige rewards you with.
 

staTennis

New User
I think you misread,

Prestige easily added a good 5-10 mph on top of my first serve which i figured i had peaked at about 110 mph.

my arms are plenty strong enough, i needed to adjust my grip a little to get maximum return for my swing.
 

bcast66

Rookie
I think you misread,

Prestige easily added a good 5-10 mph on top of my first serve which i figured i had peaked at about 110 mph.

my arms are plenty strong enough, i needed to adjust my grip a little to get maximum return for my swing.
no i just didn't read the whole thing lol.
 

i8myshirt

Rookie
Then you shouldn't have commented?
Also, it's glad to hear you got your serve back. Did you try this "new form" for your old radical yet? It may just be a better motion for you so you should check if it's just the racket it fits with or your whole game.
 

bcast66

Rookie
Then you shouldn't have commented?
Also, it's glad to hear you got your serve back. Did you try this "new form" for your old radical yet? It may just be a better motion for you so you should check if it's just the racket it fits with or your whole game.
i had to comment he had 70 views and no one commented...
 

Mad iX

Semi-Pro
What string setup are you using?

I'm still experimenting with mine. Haven't been able to find the balance between flat serves and kickers yet.
 

Lendl

Semi-Pro
I had similar issues and added about 4.5 inches of lead at 3:00 and 9:00 and it plays much better now. Serves, ground strokes, volleys, everything.
 

staTennis

New User
Also, it's glad to hear you got your serve back. Did you try this "new form" for your old radical yet? It may just be a better motion for you so you should check if it's just the racket it fits with or your whole game.
I have not tried the new swing on the radical because I really want to get a great feel going on the prestige, but I am almost certain it will help my first serve with the Radical too. I can really feel alot more pronation now and I feel like I am hitting the ball at a higher point as well. Perhaps before I was arming the ball more than I needed to. Unfortunately I served again today and the second serve is not kicking like I am used to. It is coming out much more like a slice serve, good action, control and speed but much lower bounce. I suppose it doesn't matter as long as these second serves go in and people still have trouble with them.


What string setup are you using?

I'm still experimenting with mine. Haven't been able to find the balance between flat serves and kickers yet.
I typically use Lux BB original or Alu power crossed with prince SGD at about 54-56 pounds depending, but I decided that I wanted a bit softer feel on this frame and so I am using full Head FXP 16 at 62. I think I am going to try a cheaper poly hybrid like Ashaway Monogut and psgd to see how the poly feels in there at a low tension, probably 52-54 cause of the headsize for this frame. Thinking back I probably should have lowered my normal Syn gut tension when I strung this up with FXP too. With the FXP the flats are great, and as I've tried to explain, the kick serves are "different". The flat serve really feels like its being cupped and exploding off of the FXP while the spin serves almost feel as though the stringbed is too stiff and not cupping the ball.
 
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