Head YOUTEK IG Prestige Mid Racquets Customer feedback
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Comments: If you play all-court tennis and hit a one handed backhand, this is the racquet for you. I've tried many
other racquets (mostly 98's or lighter) and every time my backhand slice started to float more, challenging volleys felt unstable
and attacking shots lost some precision. To get the most out of this racquet your tension should be in the mid 40's and put
something softer in the mains and a textured poly in the crosses.
Comments: It took a while to get used to the square handle and extra heft of the Prestige Mid. However, now that I
have, the racquet is smooth as silk. There is so much control, stability, and plow through with the Prestige Mid. I would definitely
recommend this racquet for serve and volleyers, doubles specialists, and all court singles players. You will spray a few balls
given the small sweet spot, but when your strokes are grooved this racquet will allow you to put the ball anywhere on the court. I
also find that the extra heft enhances my defensive abilities because big hitters can't push me around.
Comments: I am a top DIII college player (5.0 - 5.5). This is hands down the smoothest racquet I've ever played
with. I've never felt such precision or control from any other stick I've used. When you're fully relaxed and are swinging out
comfortably, there's this beautiful, buttery response, and you feel every hair on the ball when you make contact. When you make
good contact with volleys the ball goes exactly where you want it to go. Serves are pinpoint, however getting pop on second
serves requires some unconditional strength. However, if your strokes are not technically sound, i.e too much wrist, arm use, you
muscle the ball at times, this racquet can take away as much as it gives, and you'll have a much deader response. You have to put
in work with solid preparation, footwork, and movement so that your strokes can be as sound as possible, but when you do, you
will be rewarded greatly. This is a man's racquet, only suited for those who can handle it.
Comments: This is the best racquet I've played with so far. If the Six.One Tour came in an 18x20 pattern, I'd
stay with Wilson, but until then this is the one. All my strokes feel silky smooth when strung with Kirschbaum Pro II 17L. This is a
totally different, much better performer than the previous Youtek model. If you play with the midplus Prestige, you may enjoy a
demo of this smaller head size.
Comments: I have been playing with Wilson Tour 90 in all the shapes and models and
found the recent ones simply vibrating and unstable. Then I switched to this. I found this racquet very undefined in terms of all
areas of the game. Serving, forehands, and volleys seemed very indifferent.
The balance is very neutral. I have got some elbow problems
starting with this racquet.
I am looking at the Prestige Pro which is a bit heavier than this.
Fabulous finish and quality on the Head products. I wish certain other
manufacturers would do the same.
Maybe it's just not my racquet.
Comments: This is the most comfortable racquet that I have ever used other than my circa 1987 Pro Kennex Silver
Ace. I have previously used a number of player's frames: Dunlop AG 4D 200 Tour, Dunlop AG 4D 200, Babolat Pure Storm GT Plus,
Prince Ignite 95, Head Microgel Prestige Pro, Wilson KBlade 98, and Prince Tour Diablo MP. The only frame that hits a comparable
ball is the 200 Tour. Well-struck balls just penetrate through the court-- often to the point that opponents have outrighted
missed the ball. Serves are heavy and skidding. Volleys are crisp. Poorly struck balls are just that-- weak, poorly struck balls. This
is not a ridiculously demanding frame to use, but it does require aggessive footwork, good preparation, and a willingness to use
your entire body to hit into a shot with a long, smooth stroke. This frame will not tolerate "arming" the ball and "wristy" topspin.
The feel when you do it right is aptly described as "buttery" as you can absolutely feel the ball pancake on the strings, dwell, and
the mass of the racquet plow through the ball. In addition, mishits are not jarring; they are just dead feeling. It's a tough choice
between the AG 4D200, the AG 4D200 Tour, and the Prestige Mid. I can win slightly easier with the 4D200. I can hit absolutely
huge with the 4D 200 Tour, but it's just a little too heavy to swing after the first set. It's the control and feel of the Prestige that
ends up winning in the end. I may not be winning any more than before, but I am smiling a lot more when I'm on the court and
don't have any aches afterward. That's enough for me.
Comments: I am 40 and never had tennis elbow. If I hear one more person tell me that I have mechanics problems I
will scream. I was a Div 1 college player, a league player, and a coach with PTR Certification. I think I would be able to correct any
bad mechanics. When my tennis elbow started was about 1 week after I started playing with the Head Prestige Mid. First, I bought
4 of these and NOT ONE is the same balance or weight. They are very different. Come on Head!?!?! Where's the quality checks?
The racquet is hollow feeling and lacks the plough through and feel and FLEX (yes Head, more flexible is better not stiffer!) of the
Head Prestige Classic or Tour Classic. Those were racquets Head should just go back to producing and leave it alone!
Comments: It's definitely less powerful than my Babolat Pure Drive GT, but it's not extremely low either. It is a very
stable racquet, and you get a decent amount of topspin despite it's closed string pattern. It does offer above average control and
stellar stability on all shots. It is a bit heavy however, which has caused me some wrist problems.
Comments: It's the best racquet for me. Love the feel from this racquet. Solid and stable!
Comments: I transitioned into this racquet from the youtek prestige mid. I loved this racquet from the get-go. It
provides a livelier feel than the prestige, and while still stable has a hollowed out feeling to it. More maneuverable than the last, I
have put lead tape at 9 and 3.
Comments: I swear I hit the back fence no matter how much topspin I put
on it. The power is a lot higher than the specifications said. I prefer the Speed or the Radical.
Comments: It is an excellent racquet,I have changed to HEAD leather grip that adds 10g plus a thin over grip (
dunlop gecko = + 3.5 g.better than Wilsons OG)and with a light dampener +1.5g . The feeling is A + , the weight goes total to
359 g., balance at 31.5 cm, great swing and it has the power (super) and total control in perfect balance. One of the best racquets
in the market for heavy hitting, great aerodynamics, the racquet moves very fast, not like the super thin DONNAYS, but it moves
very nice. You can go for the ball very confidently. When serving it goes fast, very fast balls, and flows easily. A must to try.
Comments: I've been a longtime fan of the Prestige Mid lines, and own/played with Tour
300, iPrestige, Liquidmetal, Flexpoint, Microgel, and Youtek. The last three generations
have been rather disappointing, and for the past 4-5 years or so, I'd been playing with the
LM. When I read the TW review for the IG Prestige line, I called the HEAD representative I
work with right away and had him ship 4 of these puppies. I strung them up at 50, 53, 57,
and 60 with Solinco Tour Bite 16L noting the lowered suggested string tension on the
throat. 53 is my favorite of the 4. I wouldn't suggest stringing higher than 58 with this
stick, as it can feel very stiff, especially with a full bed of poly. Upon testing, the racquet felt very nice, especially on backhand
slices. "Buttery" is really the best way to describe the feeling. I put in leather grips, and weighed the racquets at 365g.
Pretty heavy, but the racquet swings very quickly and feels much lighter. The plow through
can be felt on flat serves and forehands, as well as volleys and returns. I am extremely
pleased with the new IG Prestige Mid! One complaint though: the clear CAP grommet is rather soft and brittle and in 2 of the 4
racquets, the grommet cracked with normal play (hitting low shots that require the racquet
to brush the court a bit) before my first string job broke. I ordered the black
microgel/youtek grommet and replace it with them. In my opinion, this looks better, too.
Comments: This is the closest thing I've found to a Head Graphite Pro from the 80s. If you want that 80s feel, take
a serious look at this. Great job Head!
Comments: I'm still not good enough to use the mid yet. Was having a lot of trouble getting depth and finding the
sweetspot. Control was epic though, never really hit long and I was hitting all sorts of angles. I could blast my first serves with this
one, but I couldn't get pace on my spin serves. Up at net this racket plays stellar, I could really punch those volleys deep. The
response of this racket was crisp, without an overly stiff feel, unlike the YT version. Really liked the weight and feel of it, but I
need a bigger head with a more open pattern for my game right now.
Comments: I demoed the entire line (except the new addition of the
prestige s) and this is by far my fave out of the previous. The Pro was
WAY TOO Heavy for my liking but the midplus was nice. But coming from a
k-blade tour with a full bed of Luxilon big bang at 57 I was inclined to
switch to this one. And just out of curiosity to all those who have also
switched to this, what is a good recommendation for strings and
tensions (it says on this site that the recommended tension is 48-57
which is a little lower than the recommended tension of my kblade tours
which are 50-60).
Comments: This frame has very similar stats to the Wilson K Blade Tour ( 93) but seems to be more accurate and
has slightly more power. Swings much lighter than it's 12.3 ounces strung. I think Head has a sure winner with this racket.
Comments: I just switched to this frame from the Pro Staff 6.0 85 and could not be
happier. I loved the Pro Staff for the feel, but the 85 sq. in. frame was a bit too challenging when I wasn't playing my best, and the
Prestige Mid is the answer. The ball pocketing off the stringbed is incredible, and the level of control from all areas of the court is
amazing, and at 6'4", 220 lbs, I need all the control I can get. I find myself being the most impressed with the volleys this stick can
produce: pace, placement, and endless control are the result. Highly recommended for bug hitters who need to reign in the power.
Comments: One Word "EPIC." Smooth and pinpoint precision. Previously
played with Volkl Power Bridge 10 mid and Prince Original Graphite mid. Both were great racquets, but the Prestige mid is EPIC.
Comments: This is the first Prestige Mid I have been able to hit with. Exceptional in dampening and just silky
smooth all the way around. I'm an all-court aggressive player. The racquet really shines at net. Groundstrokes are precision
guided with this stick. I do need to really stay on top of my forehand racquet speed and finish to generate the kind of top-spin I
would normally hit with the Presitge Pro. Service returns are solid. Probably the only negative I have with this racquet is that I don't
get as much pop on my serve as the Prestige Pro. Weight, swing weight, balance, and beam all combine for fast swing speed and
stability. At 12.5 oz. (strung), it feels like it's less than 12.0 oz. First used HEAD FXP Power 16g at 53#. A little stiff for me and I
didn't get the bite that I wanted. I switched to HEAD FXP Tour 16g at 50#, and got the bite, power, control, and comfort I wanted.
This stick is amazing!
Comments: Tried this racquet before it came out and I like this more than the mp version. It feels like the original
prestiges' but nothing really special. Great for my backhand and the past mid models have done before, but like I said about the
mp, not much of a change.
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