*****The Official Head Prestige Mid Users Club*****

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by ryushen21, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. Say Chi Sin Lo

    Say Chi Sin Lo G.O.A.T.

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    Is it me? Or does it look kind of warped? All Prestige Mids have a "soft" upper loop and is vulnerable to collapsing.
     
  2. sansaephanh

    sansaephanh Professional

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    Man I love the youtek prestige mid... the feel is absolutely amazing... I'm trying to weight it up similar to my exo3 prince rebels (green 2009[?])... The rebels are the perfect specs with an imperfect feel. It just goes through the ball so well.
     
  3. Rorsach

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    I noticed that, yeah. I've found only a couple of others ones like that.

    Apparently these were done by a Belgian customising company for a Dutch player.
     
  4. vsbabolat

    vsbabolat G.O.A.T.

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    Its nothing special. Its retail.
     
  5. vsbabolat

    vsbabolat G.O.A.T.

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    I'm resurrecting the Prestige Mid users club all are welcomed.
    Here's a cool video with Henri Leconte. He says in the video that the Prestige Pro was made for him.
     
  6. vsbabolat

    vsbabolat G.O.A.T.

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    The last Prestige Mid

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  7. coolschreiber

    coolschreiber Professional

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    Mine looks just as beautiful with black microgel grommets :). what a gorgeous little thing. I wish they could really issue it in the microgel colors. Head Penn official please help! :)
     
  8. vsbabolat

    vsbabolat G.O.A.T.

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    Here's a prestige classic player!
     
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  9. Cerps

    Cerps Semi-Pro

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    Why didn't they just release this to the public :(
     
  10. jayserinos99

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    Any way to get those red CAPs?
     
  11. vsbabolat

    vsbabolat G.O.A.T.

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    No, there isn't. I wish Head had taken the 237.3 or 237.4 put Graphene cosmetics on the racquet and sold it.
     
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  12. mhkeuns

    mhkeuns Professional

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    I have played with the IGPM and loved its feel. Then, I acquired a great conditioned Prestige 600 with neon green lettering, and it made the IGPM feel like a tin can... I couldn't believe how solid it was, even comparing it to the IGPMP or even the GPMP. I think the posters who have repeatedly expressed to Head to bring back the classic Prestige have a strong point. The new aren't necessarily better. Even if they are over 20 years old, the feel is unmatched. Just like the Pro Staff St. Vincent, I fell in love with the stick and realize that there are good reasons for the following that those two frames have.
     
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  13. HRC-E.B.

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    There are a couple LM Prestige mids for sale on the sales section. Closest I've found to the original, yet.
     
  14. vsbabolat

    vsbabolat G.O.A.T.

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    There is nothing on the market that is close to the feel of Classic Prestige.
     
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  15. HRC-E.B.

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    Of course there isn't! However, depending on how you play (what is your level and your playing style) and who you play against (their level, style of hitting, the pace and spin you have to face), it may become rather hard to play with true "old school" racquets like the PS85, Prestige Classic, etc.

    Personally, I have never found anything that has the feel of the Prestige Classic. While I can understand why the classic Wilsons have an appeal for some players, I've always thought that they felt too "dead" or dampened compared to the flexy crispness of the Prestige Classic. I've said that the LM Prestige Mid felt "closest" to the Classic because while still way different (stiffer, more muted), it's still about as close as you can get, given the similarities in head shape, weight distribution, beam shape, flex, etc.

    Also personally, while I live the feel of these Golden Oldies, the fact is that they are suited to a type of game I can't really play anymore. To really enjoy these racquets, you can't really use them with modern poly strings (which require low tension). You need gut or multi with fairly high tension, which I find isn't suited to the modern game, or even to properly play against the modern gamers, with spinnier and higher-bouncing balls. In a time where I was fast and strong enough to be able to consistently hit flatter and harder, against similar players, nothing could touch the Classic. Today, given the sheer amount of pace I have to defend against even when playing fairly "ordinary" players, my "old" game doesn't work and the Classic (or other comparable racquets) are simply no longer the best suited tools, even though they still provide the best "feel".

    I guess times have simply moved on. If tennis were like wine tasting, I'd have nothing but PT10s and PT57As, in each case strung in the high 50s or low 60s with natural gut. Nothing comes close. But to enjoy the game (which entails making shots, reducing errors and winning points), I have to play with stiffer, bigger racquets with low-tension modern strings. Doesn't feel quite as nice, but I play "better" that way, as are most people.

    Sometimes it's more about the game we play than the tools we used. (I say this with a knot in my throat, as in every occupation I have and every hobby I practice, I value (and enjoy!) using the best quality tools I can afford.)
     
  16. vsbabolat

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    The Prestige Classic and Pro Tour 630 are perfectly suited to the modern game and take poly strings very well. They take poly strings better than other racquets because they absorb shock and vibration far better than today's racquets. The guy in the photo of post #208 is using a full bed of poly. Guga was the first to win with full poly in his Pro Tour 630 and continued to win and be number 1 with a full bed of poly. Murray is winning today with a hybrid of gut and poly. The notion that you can't use poly in these racquets is nonsense. The great thing about the Classic Prestige and the Pro Tour 630 is that they are not string sensitive racquets. They absorb shock and vibration so well that even the stiffest poly is not an unpleasant experience. Saying that, my preference in these racquets are gut hybrid or full gut because it just amplifies the fantastic feel of these racquets.
     
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  17. mhkeuns

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    I use low tension (*48lbs) full poly on all of the mids I have been playing with: Pro Staff Midsize, Ultra 2, Prestige and even the RQ-180. Especially with soft poly, I prefer the feel of full poly than full multi or synthetic gut. I used to hate full poly on the new frames because I just couldn't feel anything with them. The flexible feel of the older frames and the crisp feel of poly really do go well together, imo.

    I understand that often times the mid users can get pushed back against heavy hitting topspin baseliners. What got me interested in pulling out the mids again was seeing a teaching pro using the Pro Staff 90 playing against a high level junior who was using the APD. What I saw was that the teaching pro was slowing the game down with his slices but was hitting big forehands when he got the balls he could attack. I think most people get sucked into battles of who can hit the hardest, instead of making the opponent play the game they don't like to play.
    Before, I was blasting away from the baseline using the Pure Strike Tour. Got sucked into who can hit the hardest and found a stick that worked. For sure, I need to set up my point with the Prestige (*or any other mids for that matter), but it's made playing tennis even more fun. I never really liked to use the slice backhand, but slicing with the mids is so much fun... I kind of don't get why it is so effective, but it works!
     
  18. vsbabolat

    vsbabolat G.O.A.T.

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    At 30 years old the HEAD Prestige Mid soldiers on the ATP Tour what other racquet can say that!
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    Photo by @Tangi
     
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