Head YOUTEK IG Instinct S

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Stringing information for Head YOUTEK IG Instinct S Racquet: Tension range 48 to 57 pounds, optimum 52 pounds.

The Youtek IG Instinct S blends power with control and comfort with feel. From all areas of the court the racquet offers easy access to power thanks to the generous sweetspot from its 102 square inch headsize. From the baseline the feel at contact is surprisingly solid -- much more so than its sub-10 ounce weight would suggest. Our TW testers found great access to spin thanks to the light and maneuverable feel. The open 16x19 string pattern also provides lots of bite, making this one especially useful on spin and angle shots. At net the racquet provides ample power to help the player punch volleys away. Again, comfort is impressive but not at the sacrifice of feel. Our testers enjoyed good consistency on targeting and enough control for touch volleys. On serves and returns, the light and fast feel of the racquet lends itself to aggressive swings. The result is lots of pace and great access to spin. All in all this impressive offering is well worth a demo for intermediate players seeking a blend of power and comfort from a light and mobile racquet.

*Does not come with racquet cover.

Strung Specifications

Head Size:
102 sq. in. / 658.06 sq. cm.
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight: 9.9oz / 280.66g
Balance: 1 pts HH
Swingweight: 288
Stiffness: 69
Beam Width: 23mm / 26mm / 22mm /
Composition: d3o / Innegra / Graphite
Power Level: Medium
Stroke Style: Medium
Swing Speed: Medium
Racquet Colors:
Blue / Grey
Grip Type: Hydrosorb Tour
String Pattern:
16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: None
Two Pieces
Shared Holes: 7T, 8T, 7H, 8H
String Tension: 48-57 pounds

d3o belongs to the "smart materials" category, which is a futuristic material with abnormal behavior characteristics. More specifically, d3o belongs to a subcategory of "dilatant foams", which dramatically change their behavior under dynamic loading or impact. Integrated in the lay-up and positioned in the shaft of the racquet, d3o offers new possibilities for tennis players.
The d3o technology is able to sense the needs of the players during different strokes (it's able to adapt to you). On high-speed impacts (aggressive shots), the smart molecules lock together within nanoseconds and dramatically increase the stiffness of the whole racquet frame to provide maximum power. On slow-speed impacts (slice or drop shots), the d3o molecules absorb the impact to provide a softer touch for better feel. What does this mean to a tennis player? Passing shots are even harder and drop shots more precise, rewarding your spontaneity and supporting your courageous decisions.

Innegra is the world's lightest high performance fiber. Its extreme toughness together with Head's advanced carbon composite technology leads to an ultra tough hybrid composite. This Head Innegra hybrid-composite structure is integrated into the racquet for shock absorption and improved stability. As a result vibrations are reduced by up to 17% on ball impact for improved control and precision -- protecting the player from the forces of a ball impact. On top of this, Head's new hybrid-composite structure with the ultra tough Innegra fiber considerably extends the performance of a Head racquet. With Innegra, racquets remain in perfect condition without losing any performance properties.

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