Good good description of people who can't seem to get away from Prestige.I don't personally know anyone below 5.0 that uses a Prestige.
Most of the people that I know hit with a Pure Drive Tours. Some play with stiff Dunlop Biomemetic frames. The folks that I personally see that play the best gravitate towards players frames, whether flexible or stiff. The RF97 is in there too. That's stiff and heavy and I've heard that it's not an easy frame to use.
One of the other reasons for using the older Prestiges is if you have or have had arm problems. Many TTW players that have had arm problems wander into the huge Redondo thread. I did when I had arm problems with the KPS88 and it's great for your arm but it has no power stock. It's great if you have really flat strokes and can play a precision game but most people like lots of power. So that huge thread became a discussion about how to get more power out of it. I think that the vast majority have moved on from the Redondo as more and more people adopt the modern game. I probably would have done well had I added lead to it and counter-weighted it but I wasn't really all that good at it. The old Prestiges were quite similar to the Redondo MP - very flexible frames.
Let's look at some excerpts from the description from Tennis Warehouse:
With its dense 18x20 string pattern and thin 21mm beam, this version of the Prestige Midplus retains that familiar blend of control and feel that has attracted generations of experienced players.
... but this racquet's essence is all about control.
The firm and low powered response should keep your biggest, most powerful strokes inside the lines.
Although this is no spin demon, topspin players should find it fast enough to whip up sufficient ball rotation.
At net, clean contact is required, and it delivers a surgical response.
Finally, this racquet's low powered precision should allow aggressive servers to work every nook & cranny of the box.
Although there is still more work to be done, this stick should work very well for experienced players looking for maximum control.
The vast majority of people that I play with or know play tennis want more power with less effort. I want that as well - I want to be able to hit winners, hit with lots of topspin, dictate points, be able to hit back high backhands with pace and spin, etc. Describing a racquet in a way that doesn't give you power and spin probably isn't good for sales, particularly for younger players.
I did have wrist problem. and I use full gut bed. extra protection occasionally with wrist band playing tennis (although my original wrist injury wasn't from tennis).
and i'm hooked on that control superbness.
But 10+ years ago. Prestige was lower middle tier in terms of stiffness (and also for power/ease of playing, with the MidPlus version).
Now it is like at the bottom of groups in terms of stiffness, power and ease of playing...
and surface/string/balls changed. everybody drives up top spins from baseline, even in doubles...