Youtek Speed Pro (Pros and Cons, please)

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
Hi guys. I have not been using a modern racquets in a while. My main stick is and will be the original PS85 St Vincent. I do however like the feel of my modern frames especially the K90.

I tried Youtek Speed Pro a few years ago when it first came out and really liked it. What was the general consensus among playing public re: this frame, pros and cons please? Is IG any better and why?
 

Devilito

Hall of Fame
All they talk about is PJs and prices. How typical. I need to know if people like the racquet for its playability, balance, feel, ect. I did when I tried it and now getting it again dirt cheap. Any more fans of short-lived Speed Pro out there?
plenty of posts in that thread that specifically refer to playability. You must have chosen to skip those and unnecessarily started a new thread.
 

Spin-A-Lot

Rookie
You have to be in really good shape with arms/elbows of steel to play with the Speed Pro. It's really as stiff as everyone says it is. Mighty heavy too (for me at least) at 12.3 oz with a weird balance (all of the weight seem to be concentrated in the handle).

You need to have a long full swing to get anything out of it. Anything less and the ball just limps over the net, or worse.

I had great success serving with it but I can only last one set :(. It did give me awesome spin on my slice serves before I tire out though.

All in all a very demanding racquet that caters to certain types of players. Definitely not me, as I just sold mine.
 

counterpuncher

Hall of Fame
I have one in my bag and play with it from time to time. The weight, balance, sweetspot and stiffness issues for me with this stick were certainly helped by replacing the leather grip with a standard one and using a softer string. In this guise it plays similarly to my TF 320 VO2.
 

TheOC

New User
All they talk about is PJs and prices. How typical. I need to know if people like the racquet for its playability, balance, feel, ect. I did when I tried it and now getting it again dirt cheap. Any more fans of short-lived Speed Pro out there?
Speed Pro is a solid stick, and definitely a good compromise between a classic players stick and the tweeners. A 98" headsize plus a 19 mm beam. I tried it when I decided I was going to make a switch from the Radical, and it was definitely in the few that I was considering... However, I got pulled in by the classic feel of the 6.1 Tour. Reminded me of days of old, with the 85 and other classic box beam mid sized frames from back in the day. The only problem I've had with the Speed racquets is the head shape. It's actually a smart design, as it gives more space on the vertical plane of your strokes and around the sweet spot, allowing you to produce more topspin without as much risk of framing. So the frame has more of a 100" like hitting surface, but is in reality and actually feels more like a 98". However, I'm just so used to a classic oval shape that it just seemed weird to me, mostly when I was looking at it lol

There is an IG Speed Pro, but it's not being sold in the US as far as I know. It is currently being sold on TW-Europe tho. http://www.tenniswarehouse-europe.com/descpageRCHEADH-YTIGSP.html
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
Speed Pro is a solid stick, and definitely a good compromise between a classic players stick and the tweeners. A 98" headsize plus a 19 mm beam. I tried it when I decided I was going to make a switch from the Radical, and it was definitely in the few that I was considering... However, I got pulled in by the classic feel of the 6.1 Tour. Reminded me of days of old, with the 85 and other classic box beam mid sized frames from back in the day. The only problem I've had with the Speed racquets is the head shape. It's actually a smart design, as it gives more space on the vertical plane of your strokes and around the sweet spot, allowing you to produce more topspin without as much risk of framing. So the frame has more of a 100" like hitting surface, but is in reality and actually feels more like a 98". However, I'm just so used to a classic oval shape that it just seemed weird to me, mostly when I was looking at it lol

There is an IG Speed Pro, but it's not being sold in the US as far as I know. It is currently being sold on TW-Europe tho. http://www.tenniswarehouse-europe.com/descpageRCHEADH-YTIGSP.html
What really attracted me to Speed Pro is it's resemblance to the classics that i'm used to, its thin beam, stiffness and weight. The hitting surface is actually 95 sq inch b/c Head measures it differently from the other and it's been discussed here many times.

I laugh when people complain about the static- and swingweight. Most of my racquets are over 13 oz and the best ones are over 14oz. Anything lighter destrys my game. I'm actually planning to put some lead on it 9 and 3 o'clock .

Anybody care to comment on a string and tension they use? I'm going to string my Lux M2 at about 60lb for start.
 
The speed pro is the Best racket i've picked up so far. It suits me perfectly. i had to increase the weight to what i,m used to but even in stock it played well for me. the stiffness is not an issue & it swings much lighter than its specs. the "throat-heavy" balance is easily fixed with lead tape at the handle. the racket has crushing plow-through and is wall on volleys. my SP is weighed at over 16oz. It still swings like the name suggests... fast. I LOVE THIS RACKET.
I'm planning on buying a couple more.:cool:
 

Hankenstein

Hall of Fame
The speed pro is the Best racket i've picked up so far. It suits me perfectly. i had to increase the weight to what i,m used to but even in stock it played well for me. the stiffness is not an issue & it swings much lighter than its specs. the "throat-heavy" balance is easily fixed with lead tape at the handle. the racket has crushing plow-through and is wall on volleys. my SP is weighed at over 16oz. It still swings like the name suggests... fast. I LOVE THIS RACKET.
I'm planning on buying a couple more.:cool:
I have used this frame for about 2 weeks now and it´s a really really good frame! For my game it´s a perfect fit! Only downside is that it eat strings like crazy. A normal 1,25 mm co-poly lasts about 60-90 minutes in this frame, and im using a fairly soft tension at 50 lbs.

I have bought six frames now so i´m alright when i play tournaments.

This frame is so solid, amazing spin, good control, good power, maybe not the best feel in the ocean of frames, but overall a fantastic frame! This must be the most underrated frame ever.

Not for beginners or "weak" players though!
 
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