Prestige 600 = Graphite Pro?

pshulam

Hall of Fame
".. this Prestige 600 is actually a Head Graphite Pro under a Prestige 600 silver/green paint job."

TW is selling a Prestige 600 at the vintage racquet section. The description says that the Prestige 600 is really a Graphite Pro. Is that correct? The mold is different, albeit the head size is the same.
 

accidental

Hall of Fame
Its a custom frame, completely different from standard Prestige 600's.

I think someone here said they were some of David Weaton's old pro stock frames
 

pshulam

Hall of Fame
Its a custom frame, completely different from standard Prestige 600's.

I think someone here said they were some of David Weaton's old pro stock frames
You might be right. The throat does look a lot shorter than the Prestige 600.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
".. this Prestige 600 is actually a Head Graphite Pro under a Prestige 600 silver/green paint job."

TW is selling a Prestige 600 at the vintage racquet section. The description says that the Prestige 600 is really a Graphite Pro. Is that correct? The mold is different, albeit the head size is the same.
Yes, it is a Graphite Pro with the paint job of the Prestige 600. I believe these were originally prepared for David Wheaton.
 

Colpo

Professional
Wheaton makes sense. He used the turquoise GP for years before getting funneled into the P600 cosmetic in 1992. I once owned a brown/red Euro PP600 that I was told had the same Wheaton pedigree, from that era.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Wheaton makes sense. He used the turquoise GP for years before getting funneled into the P600 cosmetic in 1992. I once owned a brown/red Euro PP600 that I was told had the same Wheaton pedigree, from that era.
After the Graphite Pro with the Prestige 600 cosmetics. Wheaton used his Graphite Pro with Graphite Tour 600 cosmetics. Finally he made the switch to the Pro Tour 630.............
 
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retrowagen

Hall of Fame
Wheaton makes sense. He used the turquoise GP for years before getting funneled into the P600 cosmetic in 1992. I once owned a brown/red Euro PP600 that I was told had the same Wheaton pedigree, from that era.
If one searches the Getty Images archives for David Wehaton, there is an excellent photo of him in 1992 with one of these paintjobbed Graphite Pros.
Head stopped making the Graphite Pro (for the consumer) in this mould in late 1988; 1989 hearalded in the new, thinbeamed Graphite Pro TF (with widebody-style Power Wedge tapered beam at the top of the head) as its (consumer) replacement.
 

blablavla

Hall of Fame
Yes, it is a Graphite Pro with the paint job of the Prestige 600. I believe these were originally prepared for David Wheaton.
@vsbabolat
1. do I understand correctly that if I have a chance to buy a used Head Graphite Pro 600, then I am buying a muche raved "holy grail" Head Prestige Pro?

2. was there a green edition of Prestige Pro for Muster?
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
@vsbabolat
1. do I understand correctly that if I have a chance to buy a used Head Graphite Pro 600, then I am buying a muche raved "holy grail" Head Prestige Pro?

2. was there a green edition of Prestige Pro for Muster?
1. The Graphite Pro 600 is a different racquet from the Prestige Pro 600. I think your confusion is that you didn’t understand that Head made the turquoise Graphite Pro for David Wheaton painted to look like the Prestige 600.

2. Yes, Muster used the grey/silver/green Prestige 600 from 1991-1993.
 

blablavla

Hall of Fame
1. The Graphite Pro 600 is a different racquet from the Prestige Pro 600. I think your confusion is that you didn’t understand that Head made the turquoise Graphite Pro for David Wheaton painted to look like the Prestige 600.

2. Yes, Muster used the grey/silver/green Prestige 600 from 1991-1993.
Thanks @vsbabolat

can I ask you another question on the Head rackets?
what is the relationship between the Bumblebee 630 and PT57?

I would assume same mold and different layup?
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
How does the Graphite Pro play compared to the Prestige Pro 600?

Which has more power? Stiffness? Spin?
Which version of Graphite Pro are you asking about: the 1986-1988 (box beam), the 1989 (thin constant beam), or the late 1989 (thin beam semi-widebody)?
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
The box beam frames (both the black 1986-1987 and turquoise 1987-1988 version) play softer or flexier than the Prestige. A warmer feel. Response off the strings is about the same; same pattern and head size. The Prestige might give the impression that it provides more free spin, but that’s probably only because it cuts through the air a little more efficiently than the Graphite Pro. However, I remember the Graphite Pro (in its stock form) feeling slightly more head light than the original Prestige Pro/TXP, so it could generate a little better head speed, and was more manoeuverable, though torsionally slightly less stable than the Prestige/TXP.

All of those are excellent racquets; better than most everything Head produced later.
 
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