When did the Head Prestige lose its' heritage?

Xfimpg

Professional
Looking for enlightenment... When did the Head Prestige lose its' heritage? Which model Prestige was the last true "Prestige"? And what did Head do to mess it up?
 

snoflewis

Hall of Fame
all the bastardization of the graphene prestiges reminds me of 12 or so years ago when the flexpoint prestiges went stiffer and everyone was bashing on it for not being a prestige.
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
When Head began adding odd marketing-driven, questionable “technology” to its original, honest, solid, no-frills, uncompromised tennis instrument, it lost the tune. I would suggest this began with the iPrestige series (the last “consumer” model produced in Austria, if I recall correctly), and worsened with the subsequent Liquidmetal and Flexpoint and other gimmicky models.
 
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vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
When Head began adding odd marketing-driven, questionable “technology” to its original, honest, solid, no-frills, uncompromised tennis instrument, it lost the tune. I would suggest this began with the iPrestige series (the last “consumer” model produced in Austria, if I recall correctly), and worsened with the subsequent Liquidmetal and Flexpoint and other gimmicky models.
The LiquidMetal Prestige was the last consumer model produced in Austria.
 

cdik

New User
Looking for enlightenment... When did the Head Prestige lose its' heritage? Which model Prestige was the last true "Prestige"? And what did Head do to mess it up?

What do you mean with "pure Prestige"? For me it's Prestige Pro/Mid/600/Classic. So with iPrestige line it's no more "pure Prestige".
 
So where does the LM prestige mid lie in this discussion? I kinda like that frame.
LM Prestige Mid isn't bad at all – however I prefer IG Mid.

I really like Liquidmetal Radical MidPlus, so I assume I could like LM Prestige MidPlus too – but I never had a chance to play with it. Simply missed that one.

Can anyone compare it to PT630/Radical Tour/Microgel/YT/IG MidPlus retail stock?
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
I completely understand how the feel is completely lost on the newer Prestige Mid, Pro & MP. But if you can let the feel pass, they all play pretty awesome. For instance, the Graphene XT Prestige MP was one of the most predictable frame I’ve hit with. It offers zero free power, but its accuracy was so pin-point that it gave me the confidence to swing harder and go after the balls more. I love everything about the classic Prestige Pro/TXP Pro. I love everything, except the feel, about the newer Prestige frames.
 

BorgCash

Legend
I completely understand how the feel is completely lost on the newer Prestige Mid, Pro & MP. But if you can let the feel pass, they all play pretty awesome. For instance, the Graphene XT Prestige MP was one of the most predictable frame I’ve hit with. It offers zero free power, but its accuracy was so pin-point that it gave me the confidence to swing harder and go after the balls more. I love everything about the classic Prestige Pro/TXP Pro. I love everything, except the feel, about the newer Prestige frames.
But it was all about the feel, man.
 

stingstang

Semi-Pro
Whew....glad I grabbed and stashed these when TW was nearly giving them away a few years ago....
I wish I did this! I recently strung an old MG mid with a hybrid and was amazed how nice it played. Unlike my Wilson 90's (which can kill me defensively), I'm 100% competitive with it too, that suprised me. The MP would be a perfect main frame although I can't be bothered with the hassle of finding used ones on the auction site :(

I don't know what Head were smoking with the graphene's. Still a low power frame so not going to attract Bab players but lost the classic feel Prestige players loved. They have plenty of other frames in the range for those who want modern feel (speed, extreme, instinct etc).
 
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