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Comments: I wrote the review on 2/14 and want to amend what I wrote. I have now been playing with the MP
Graphene for over a year and a half. In that time, I went back to the IG version for about 10 minutes. I thought the buttery feeling
had left the Graphene version but I now realize that buttery feeling was really a dead feeling. The Graphene has so much more pop
than the IG without sacrificing any control. It will take some getting used to but the Graphene is worth the money. I haven't seen
any loss in plow through, control, or spin.
From: Don, 5/15
Comments: I've been around competitive tennis as a player and coach for just over 20 years. I've always been fond
of Head and Fischer classic racquets. I've been on the hunt for a classic feeling yet modern racquet that could give a little more
punch to my game yet retain the solid feel and control I've been used to get. I read the Talk Tennis forum comments on this
Graphene Prestige MP stick as well as reviews and consequently avoided it for over a year. But I still ended up trying it and oh my,
this is it! With the right strings, it can add MPHs to your game all the while securing the control hard hitters need. Same control,
accuracy as the classics but a 'pow' off the stringbed that I've rarely experienced. I bought a couple of them, one being heavier
than the advertised specs. The heavier one is 345 grams strung and is the most solid, confidence-building stick I've ever played
with, and I've played with all of the Head classics. Please don't disregard this frame. And Head, please keep this traditional mould
From: SlickTennis, 4/15
Comments: I bought the Head Prestige MP two months ago. I had been playing with Head Speed MP, and I had
been struggling with the lack of control on my forehand. As soon as I used the Prestige I realized that I was hitting the ball in the
court again! However, this racquet gives you exactly what you put in. Despite the 18x20 pattern, the access to spin is great,
however the only area I still need to get used to it is the serve. You cannot hit flat serves and at the same time the kick serve is
not that accessible. I guess that is just adjustment. The return of serve as well needs required adjustment as you can't just close
your eyes and hit the ball. However, this is a fantastic racquet that I would recommend to any advanced player looking for control.
From: Bernard, 2/15
Comments: As a mid/high level high school tennis player, I'm used to ripping the ball with spin but recently broke
my backup racquet. I mainly use a Dunlop AEROGEL 4D 300 Tour using 17g Solinco Barbed Wire at 60lbs. After getting the
Prestige as a demo, I instantly bought it a week later after seeing how much control I was getting in every shot compared to the
Dunlop. I also recently just switched my main racquet for the Prestige MP and now string it using 17g Solinco Tour Bite at 60lbs.
I've gotta say, it took a bit of practice to adjust to this racquet but I've gotta say it changed my game big time.
From: Eric, 10/14
Comments: After an elbow problem I decided to find a new racquet suitable for me. All my research pointed
towards heavy+buttery+head light racquets and after almost a year of trials I ended up buying two Prestige MP IG. I've been
hitting pain free with it for about two years now and although it demands a lot physically and technically, I haven't found a better
racquet for me so far. I demoed the Graphene model last week and I agree with some of the comments here. I would say the new
Prestige Graphene MP is better but there are no so big differences with the previous model in feelings. It may have easier access to
power and depth from the baseline, but it is still a demanding racquet. For me it has the same plow through but may be a bit less
buttery feel. I didn't feel any pain in my elbow and I'm quite sensitive to it. I really liked it a lot so I would definitively recommend
it. Good job guys in TW Europe!
From: Alvaro, 9/14
Comments: I bought this and had two other Prestige MP IG models that I kept switching back to. I felt bad that I
paid so much money for the Graphene so I kept using it every other hitting session. I wrote the review on 2/14 and at that time I
preferred the buttery feeling of the IG model. After about a month of hitting with the new Graphene racquet I have totally changed
my mind. The new Prestige Graphene is better. I have restrung it about 4 times and for some reason the vibration has totally
disappeared. Maybe the racquet has now broken in? Or perhaps I have found the sweetspot finally. Either way I feel the new stick
has easier access to power, spin, and still has the same plowthrough. I broke strings a few weeks ago and had to pull out the IG
model. It felt dead, hard to generate power, and felt like I was having to work overtime to generate the pace that the Graphene
has. I thought it may have been the strings so I pulled out the other IG I still had with the fresh string job and still the same dead
feeling. I was critical of the Graphene Prestige at first but now I am sold. I even sold my two IG racquets and bought a new
Graphene. I hit with the new racquet expecting to feel the vibration again like I did with the first Graphene I bought and as hard as
I tried I could not find it vibrating. This leads me to believe the sweetspot is slightly different than the IG and now that I am used
to it the racquet felt great right out of the box. My advice, give it time and I think you will enjoy the new Prestige line too.
From: Don, 8/14
Comments: I have been using this racquet for the past 6 months, I've come to both, love and hate the racquet. As a
mid-level high school player, I'm not particularly good nor bad at tennis, but I usually hit the sweetspot when hitting. Downsides:
a small sweetspot (as everybody has said; I've become so used to not hitting the sweetspot, that when I do, I end up hitting long),
tennis elbow (I've never had this issue before, but now, whenever I serve or don't hit the middle of the racquet, my elbow flares).
Upsides: excellent control (I was able to place my shots pretty much anywhere on the court), easy volleys, and solid stability
From: Nick, 6/14
Comments: I have played with the previous version of this racquet for several years and I agree with the other other
comments -- this racquet feels totally different. I liked the extra depth I got on the ball, more power, but ultimately gave up
trying to get comfortable with this frame. I had it strung with Babolat RPM blast 18, 53 lbs. I'm a 4.5 player.
From: Royce, 4/14
Comments: I am a 4.5 player and try to play multiple times per week. I play with a two-handed backhand and have
played with the Prestige MP Youtek and IG version and this Graphene version is different. I agree with those who say it has a more
modern feel. I believe the sweet spot is still in the same place but felt different even though I used the same string and the same
tension (MSV Focus Hex at 46lbs) as my IG racquets. I hit with it for only one hour and came to this conclusion: the Graphene
version seems to have more power, swings a bit faster, but has lost that buttery feel with the older versions. I noticed no
noticeable gains in spin, plow through, pace, etc. Head did a great job with the paint and look of the racquet and I do not think it
is better or worse than previous versions, just different. It lost the buttery feel, gained a more modern feel at the same time
gaining a bit of power while sacrificing the same amount of plow through. If you are not a classic Prestige player you might like
this but the more traditionalist might find it a bit harder to put down the classic Prestige.
From: Don, 2/14
Comments: I demoed the Graphene Prestige MP today on an indoor carpet court. Hitting balls for one hour. Since
Summer 2009, I have been playing with all of the previous Prestige models (Microgel, Youtek, IG). For string, I usually use the
Tecnifibre x-One Biphase. I am a lefthanded baseliner with a one handed backhand and flat strokes. The feeling is totally different
from all the other previous Prestiges -- head heavier! But I found a lot of stability on my groundstrokes. Access to spin is pretty
much the same than before. The racquet is awesome on blocked balls! Easy power! If you are not that much of a "prestige
traditionalist" give it a try. I did, I liked it a lot. It's going to be my next Prestige!
From: Till, 1/14
Comments: I have tried just about every racquet in this weight range including ones used by the pros. Of all the
iterations of Head (PT280/630, Intlligence, Flexpoint, Liquid Metal, Microgel, Youtek, Youtek IG) this one is different. With a Wilson
leather grip and a Tourna overgrip and a rubber band as a dampener strung with ALU Power, it weighs 12.2oz with a 315mm
ballance but the swing weight is high do to the graphene giving the throat enough stiffness to be able to distribute the weight in
the head and handle where you want it. The feel is true with the right amount of stiffness 64 RA. I've always used Tecnifibre x-One
Biphase in the Prestige's so that will be next, but I will compare Head IntelliTour because that is what Gilles Simon uses in this
racquet. If you have a one handed backhand and you find the weight and swing weight a little to high, try on move you hand up a
litte bit on the racquet, that will lower the swing weight.
From: Michael, 1/14
Comments: This new model is slightly head heavier than the IG Prestige MP. Therefore, the swing weight is a little
higher, more stable, more power, and it is muting. The paint job is really awesome plus the red cap grommets. Mine was strung
RPM Blast 17g at 54 lbs and the racquet hit very good with great power and precision. It has great plow through. If you have the IG
Prestige MP, you can add some lead tape at 10 and 2 and then it will hit just like this new version of Graphene Prestige MP.
on both are the same.
From: Anon, 1/14