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Comments: I bought the Youtek IG Prestige S blindly when I started playing tennis about a year ago. I had no game
to base my racquet choice on, and the least demanding racquet from the flagship line of a reputed brand for a low sale price
seemed to fit the bill. After playing with it for a year I must say this is a very solid choice for a 3.0-3.5 player like me. It provides
good power and spin on serves and ground strokes, and good stability at the net and on serve returns. Touch shots were average
at first, but the feel of the racquet became surprisingly better after putting on Wilson Pro over grips and I started producing what
my coach described as "ridiculous touch shots." It does have negatives -- harsh vibrations from off center hits especially from the
top of the string bed, only about average control, and relatively heavy swingweight for a racquet of its weight. It is string sensitive
-- synthetic gut at mid tension felt flat and unremarkable, and multifilament at mid tension generated too much power forcing me
to check my strokes. Poly mains at 50 lbs crossed with synthetic gut at 54 lbs played the best -- Luxilon ALU Power and Solinco
Outlast mains played too stiff and I felt them on my elbow, but Babolat Pro Hurricane, a softer poly, with Prince original synthetic
gut crosses was fantastic. I have tried many different racquets along the way ranging from Wilson players racquets, the popular
Babolats, to the arm friendly Volkls -- and none of them made me wanna switch. The only other racket I really liked is the Head
Microgel Radical MP for its superb control, amazing comfort, great maneuverability, and fantastic feel, but it's too demanding and
low powered for a player at my level.
Comments: Early comment -- still tinkering with the strings, but wanted to comment based on the one directly
below mine. Funny how one man's treasure is another's trash. I strung mine with Volkl Cyclone at 48 lbs and thought it was
absolutely horrible. I typically play with a Dunlop Aerogel 4D 200 with a hybrid string setup. I bought this because I wanted more
spin and a larger head size. The racquet feels really nice weight/balance wise, so I think I'll like it once I figure out the strings.
The Cyclone at 48 lbs had a ridiculous launch angle and offered little control, especially on volleys. I was able to load up on spin
though, especially on my one-handed backhand. I hit extremely loopy shots that were fun to strike, but I couldn't flatten it out
with any control.
Comments: Update from previous feedback -- still love this racquet. Been tinkering with string here and there and
have found that no matter what poly (full bed) I put in there if you get the tension anywhere higher than 52 lbs it becomes way too
muted and dead. The latest string I have is Volkl Cyclone at 48 lbs and it has been working great. I also beefed up the racquet
with some lead in the lower throat, and at 3, 12, 9. Since adding the weight and lowering the tension I have been serving a lot
better, much better pace, control, and spin on second serves. If you are looking for a great priced racquet with control, spin, and
possible power (when added weight and lower string tension) then this is the way to go. Can't beat the price!
Comments: I loved the feel and control of the Midplus and Pro. I'm happy this racquet (the prestige S) has the
plush feel of both these racquets and the spin of the Pro. I won't say it has more power than the Pro but the power is easier to
access and control. While it doesn't have all the plow thru of either the MP or Pro, it has enough. I usually play with racguets
weighing around 11.7 to 12.0 ounces -- while this is lighter at 11.4, it is slightly less head light still gives enough stability to feel
like you have a good racquet in your hands. It seems to have found the right combination of being a lighter racquet with a heavier
racquet feel, power without loss of control and very spin friendly. It is very maneuverable as well. It has improved my serves as it
is easier to get a little more pop, but still very controlable. My only concern is I have not played a heavy hitter on a fast court --
hopefully it will still feel as stable then.
Comments: This racquet is simply amazing. Fresh out of the box I could just jump right in with this racquet!
Besides the fact that it is atiny bit more stiffer than my older racquet (Wilson Bold BLX), but didn't start to notice its stiffness
difference after hitting with it once. It is easy to swing and perfect for my long pro like strokes! Serving with slice or power was
excellent in my opinion and I found that this racquet really helped improve my backhand shot. I strung this with a full bed of
Kirschbaum Pro Line X at 55 pounds, it was a beautiful combination with this spin friendly racquet and this racquet gave me a lot
of power, I had to hold back some and could hit clean winners from the baseline! Awesome! But I would not recommend this
string if you aren't willing to spend a bit of money. It wore out after about a week of play I think, but i cant really tell if its the
racquet that lost alot of tension or if the strings wore. It has a smaller sweet spot than other racquets which forces you to hit a bit
more precisely on the strings but it is more forgiving than other people say. Also, it is only a pain on the arm if you dont stretch
your arms befote using it. All in all, this racquet is a 7 out of 10 for me, but I question the string tension durability in this racquet.
I recommend it! Get yourself one.
Comments: I have been playing tennis for almost 25 years and have played with the original Head Prestige classic
and the midplus version of the classic. The Prestige S is a good frame that offers good spin, control and decent power for a mid
weight frame. Balls hit near the tip of frame are a little harsh feeling. I have noticed that over the last 10 years that the frames are
made with stiffer materials. This is a negative in my opinion. You get better feel with a more flexible frame. That being said, the
prestige s plays well with a soft string like head fxp tour. If you are going to use all poly, I would recommend stringing the racquet
in the high 40s to about 50 pounds. I strung mine at 55 pounds with Head FXP Tour which about right. I might go another pound
higher. Please note that I am a 4.5 player. Lastly, I would say the real strength of this racquet is on the serve as well as the
maneuverability. I will be back to buy a few more!
Comments: One of HEAD's best at $69! These Innegra sticks feel more plush than the newer Graphenes. Buy two,
put on a HEAD Leather grip and you will understand why it's called a Prestige. Great control, moderate power. No better bang for
your buck (and I paid more).
Comments: Looking for something lighter with more spin (without going as far as Wilson Spin Effect) after finding
my Extreme Pro 2.0 and Radical Pro from the same Youtek IG range, both swing too heavy for me. Spec-wise this falls right in the
middle of my current group of sticks at 305g (325g strung plus one overgrip). For your reference, my previous sticks are APD
300g, YTIGRP 310g, YTIGEP2 315g. This Prestige S grip size is a tad more square than the other two Heads and with the same
16x19 string pattern but only 3 grommets at the throat promises some excellent spin potential due to wider spacing at the center
of the stringbed (this by far has the widest among those mentioned). In play, the balance is very even. Control and maneuverability
are great at the net and very stable for volleys. The only thing I miss from my other heavier frame is the big flat heavy first serves
but this Prestige S kicks better and second serves are easier to manage. The reason for switching to sticks with more flex is
because my arm complains if I play regularly with stiff racquets. This doesn't feel as flexible as the legendary flexy YTIGRP in a
good way perhaps due to the even balance and lighter frame (maybe Radical Pro's more head heavy balance gives more flexy
feeling). One small downside is the FXP Tour 16 string that come strung with this racquet does not bring out the spin potential my
regular Tour Bite 17 hopefully would while feeling very low powered. Ordered a second one from TW strung with Volkl Cyclone 18
at 53 lbs and spin was much more accessible and reliable. A much livelier pop as well making this a more powerful combo but less
comfortable. Overall, very happy with it and is my current racquet of choice.
Comments: Beautiful. Perhaps the best racquet I've ever played with! Serves, topspin, backspin, forehands and
backhands are perfect and precise. Unfortunately it does vibrate a lot.
Comments: I now have purchased two of these racquets and love them. I was looking for something with more
control than my Babolat PD, so I tested 12+ racquets. At first I fell for some heavier racquets, with stiffer frames (Head Extreme
Pro, Wilson Six.One 95, Babolat Pure Stike Tour) because of the initial feel and pop they gave me. After playing a full match with a
12 oz frame I realized I needed a lighter racquet (but not as light as the PD was) with a more flexible frame for my game. Played a
full match with this and fell in love with the feel, precision, and needed pop when necessary. This frame strung at a low tension
with poly allows me to serve big still but keep my control on ground strokes when necessary. I added a leather grip, and two over
grips for even more feel, and cushion and there is not a better racquet if you are looking for some added control to your game in
a frame that is not quite a "light weight" frame and not quite as heavy as a "tour weight" frame -- Not to mention the price is
Comments: Coming from the MP, this racquet is surprisingly harsh. My arm felt the vibrations from it immediately. I
was using a hybrid of Lux ALU power 16ga at 50 lbs on the mains and Prince Synhetic on the crosses. I may try NXT or a softer
string all the way around, but it is not a pleasant hitting racquet. Ntrp 4.0
Comments: I purchased 2 Prestige S racquets and it is the best stick I have ever used. Being a 4.5 player using
Luxilon ALU Power and Babolat RPM Blast at 52 lbs and it has great feel. Lots of power and no strain on the arm. Great feel at the
net playing doubles and baseline to baseline gives you confidence to hit hard or have a soft touch no matter your style you will be
Comments: The TW playtesters all made good points about this racquet. I have two YouTek IG Prestige S racquets.
Two setups, happy with both. One is strung with HEAD Sonic Pro 17 at 53 lbs, HEAD leather grip (size 3) and Slazenger over grip.
Amazing Prestige control and spin. It's my doubles racquet. My other Prestige S (grip size 4) is strung with HEAD FXP tour 16 at
54 lbs for singles play as it gives me more power albeit less spin. I'm a 57 year old, 3.5-4.0 club player aspiring to be a Super
Senior 5.0 lol. (Hey, didn't Granville also like these?)
Comments: What a wonderful racquet. Light, yet stable. Easy on the arm. Can be an all time favorite with the right
Comments: I had bought 2 Prestige S racquets for my daughter and I liked it so much, I bought 2 more for myself.
I just had them restrung with my string and tension and it became a completely different racquet and just don't like it. The
racquets came strung with blackish strings when I bought them and I love them.
Comments: I have demoed about 20 different racquets from Tennis Warehouse in the past year and, up until
recently, found that the Youtek IG Radical Pro and Radical Midplus seemed to suit me the best. I did not demo this Youtek IG
Prestige S because of its lower TW rating and some of the Customer reviews/comments. Also, I had demoed the Prestige Pro and
Prestige Mid and found that they were a bit heavy and demanding for me. Then I saw the Prestige S on sale at TW and decided to
demo it. I was pleasantly surprised. Strung with Head FXP Tour Black string, this racquet played even better for me than the
Radical Pro which has similar specs, including 16/19 string pattern. It feels a bit more solid and a tad more power than the
Radical Pro. And I can hit a better backhand (one-handed) with it. My brother tried it, and it also played better than his racquet.
So we bought 2 from TW, one for him (strung with Head FXP Tour Black 16 at 52 lbs) and one for me (strung with Tecnifibre NR
G2, 17 gauge at 51 lbs). He has yet to play with his, but I've already played with my stick twice. It plays very nice and suits my
style well. As of 2/18/14, the price for this racquet has dropped some more to $89.95. It's definitely worth a demo if you are
seeking a stick similar to the Radical Pro.
Comments: I have been looking for a racquet for 2 years now, and have tested/bought more than 20 sticks. This
one definitely has the Prestige feeling into it, but without that 335 swingweight of the Pro version. It is a very, very good racquet,
and if you are looking for something on a tour level but don't have the hands of a pro to manage the weight, this is definitely one
of the best choices out there.
Comments: This might not be a Prestige but its a very nice racquet. It has a very nice blend of control and power
with great pace on serves and good location on groundstrokes. It reminds me of the liquidmetal instinct but with better control
and power. I would highly recommend it as a more forgiving player's frame.
Comments: I really like this version of the Prestige. I switched from the IG Youtek MP to this because the MP was
just too demanding for me after returning to tennis from a 16 year break. I also like the more open string pattern. I added 4
grams of lead at 9 and 3 and it increased the stability and control.
Comments: This doesn't feel like any Prestige I've ever hit with. I don't know why they call it a Prestige. I was not a
fan -- way too light and nothing about it made me want to lead it up and give it a good hit. From the first stroke, I just felt like
this is not a Head Prestige in my hand.
Comments: This is a great racquet for all court players. I was a Radical MP user, constantly looking for a similar
racquet with an open string pattern, until I found this one. The trick is, you need to cut off the full length grommet to the same as
a regular Radical grommet. This will light up the racquet head. I also changed the grip to leather, which added a little weight to
the handle. On stringing, I skipped the #2 and # 15 in mains, and skipped #2 and #18 on crosses. The skip makes those shared
holes only have one string.
Comments: I enjoy this stick. The only thing that seems to give me trouble is it often leaves the ball short.
Comments: Used a Volkl Tour 10 Mids for 10+ years, and the C10 Pro more recently, but only briefly. I wasn't
looking for a tweener with a bunch of free power, forgiveness, spin, etc, just a lighter player's racquet, as I'm now 48. I tried all of
the YTIG Prestiges (except the Mid), YTIG Radical MP and Pro, along with a couple of the Graphene Speeds and Instincts, and chose
the Prestige S. Very happy with my choice. I'm about 90% acclimated to it, finding plenty of pop, spin (or not, as needed), depth,
control, and comfort. Thanks for the indirect recommendation, Granville! Worth trying, despite all the naysayers. I'm a 4.5
traditional all-court player and strung it with Volkl Cyclone 17 in the mains at 53 lbs and Forten Sweet 17 in the crosses at 47 lbs.
Comments: I am 50 years old and thought this racquet was going to be too heavy for me. I was very nicely
surprised as it is very arm friendly. I could generate power with a lot of control. The only issue with the racquet was that it was
very sensitive to the strings I used. Have to try different strings to get the best feeling for the racquet. Overall, a must try and a
great addition from Head.
Comments: Really nice racquet in a less demanding weight and it does everything well! But the big issue is the
strings because in this racquet they loose tension really fast, like in less than two hours. Putting that aside, this is an awesome
racquet. It seems to have the same control as the Bio 300 Tour or PS LTD but is more maneuverable. The spin is awesome, power
is there if you need it - it does everything well. A must try!
Comments: I am a Prestige Pro user but like Andrew (who commented below), I was looking for a less challenging
frame due to advancing years. I have tried several frames and I'm not really sure why I left this one until last. Probably because I
didn't like the thought of a Prestige "Light" but in actuality this is exactly what I was looking for. It reminds me of the Prestige Pro
in many ways but is so much easier to swing. If I was playing mainly singles I would probably stick with the Pro - because you
have the time to shape up for bigger swings. Because I play mainly doubles these days, this lighter version is much better for
those quick fire exchanges and reaction volleys. I can still serve big enough and hit the groundies. I feel that the TW Review of
this frame is spot on.
Comments: After trying several racquets, I chose the Prestige S. Very good control, good groundstrokes, good
volleys, excellent topspin, great service and very maneuverable. Thanks Head!
Comments: I love this racquet, I have changed mine to leather grips and with two overgrips they sit at ~350 grams
with a balance of 31.5 cm strung, and they are easy to swing. I'm able to generate great spin and it's solid in all areas of the court.
It does seem string/tension sensitive, as the synthetic gut the racquets came pre-strung with made me think I had made the
wrong racquet choice. It felt harsh with a tiny sweet spot, but after trying different multis at different tensions I'm now playing
with Prince Premier Attack 16g at 52lbs and it's sensational, forgiving, and comfortable. Amazing racquet.
Comments: This racquet has exceptional control, and it is also very solid at the net. The Prestige S may feel
different from the other Prestiges (I would argue that it actually feels quite similar to the Prestige Pro), but it complements my
game wonderfully. It's great for doubles and singles.
Comments: Great racquet but not for a novice or if you do not follow stringing instructions. This stick does not play
well with stiff tight strings. Drop the tension and use 17g instead of 16g at least on the crosses. If you use poly on the mains
(RPM, Gosen Polylon, Gosen Polybreak, etc) go with 17g and no more than 52 lbs. Use a good multifilament on the crosses at no
more than 55 lbs. Then this racquet will play for you. Nice pop and spin, great on serve, very predictible on ground strokes and
volleys. Excellent stick.
Comments: This is a great racquet in the right hands and is not for everyone. I found
this to be a fantastic racquet and I can still hit 120 mph serves (checked). So the power comes if you have it. It also has
great touch if you have it. This is not a racquet that will give those things if you do not already have them within your
game. I love this racquet. Thanks head for a great product.
Comments: I'd been looking for a production frame to replace the discontinued Dunlop 300 AG 4D.
Tried several new frames (Dunlop, Wilson, Head, Prince) before settling on this one. Great balance and feel. This frame
is very sensitive to what string is in it. Tried several different multis (Tecnifibre NRG2, Tecnifibre X-One Biphase,
Wilson NXT Tour, etc.) and they were good but not great. Had been avoiding poly due to arm problems, but after a
couple months without pain I decided to try a hybrid and really lucked out. This frame with my current string set up
produces by far the best feeling racquet I've ever hit with in some 20 years. It's literally perfect. Control when I want it,
power when I want it -- and all points in between. And incredible feel for the ball. I am very, very glad I picked this
Comments: Well, I agree with many people reviewing this racket, i.e. it does not fit well within Prestige
line. While specs look great on paper, nothing worked well for me: not much spin, so-so power but not great control,
serves ok but without pace and ball weight, returns deep but again I was never quite sure whether they would land
when I intended. I play with Head Prestige Pro YT and I played with Prestige MP Microgel before and both rackets were
much better, although obviously harder to swing. I wanted to check out Prestige S because advancing years and
declining physical ability would benefit with something easier to play when not executing at 100% of my level.
But what is the point of lighter racket, which requires player to swing harder (so with greater error rate) to achieve the
pace on the ball I can easily get with "player" stick like Prestige Pro? Anyone looking for more manageable stick in Head
range should check out Speed line in both open and close string pattern. Usually TW descriptions of rackets fit well with
my experiences, but not this time. Maybe TW testers could tell us how they got all this great things they talked about in
the review :-)
Comments: I demoed this racquet from TW recently and was very disappointed. This may be labeled as a
Prestige but this racquet in no way shape or form deserves the Prestige namesake! On paper this sounds like an
awesome stick, nice open string pattern instead of the classic Prestige 18x20, middle of the road weight and beam
thickness, not horrifically stiff, etc. and seems to fall somewhere in the middle of the Radical and (normal) Prestige
frames. While this may look like a nice tweener or lighter players racquet spec wise I found it to feel very dead and
extremely sluggish to use, particularly for a one-handed backhand and on serve.
Comments: This racket seems to have nice specs spot on for a strong junior or an adult who wants a
weight. Power is very low, string pattern very wide so if you want to compensate the low power with a more flexible
string you will end up breaking the string every one or two hours, not an option. If you put in a more durable stiffer
racket has too little power for its relatively light weight. Very string sensitive does not leave much margin for a
successful set up.
The racket has always some rest vibration left and although the racket has a reasonable low stiffness it is quite arm
not solid at all, unlike the prestige pro which is rock solid. At the start it seems a nice racket but after playing for a
while it is
going to get to you in an (arm)unfriendly way. All in all unfortunately not a racket which is going to make many players
Comments: I have a BLX Tour (last model) and thought the S would be similar
since it's the same flex and close to same width. I found the Tour to be a better
racquet all around; it gave more depth, better volleys, & a faster serve. I really
didn't notice an advantage with the slightly larger head, extra weight and more
open string pattern on the S. The S demo was strung at 54 and didn't feel loose. I
like the old Prince 107 but the Tour is hard to beat in it's class.
Comments: I tried racket and was nice surprised: very good control, nice feeling at the net and on
serving. You can
simple play deep balls, very good at backhand slice and for for 305 grams it's very stable. So- nice racket to try it!
Comments: I had such high hopes for this racquet. Judging by the specs, I thought it was a perfect
me...unfortunately, I found it stiff and unforgiving. It actually created some discomfort and I am not prone to
I thought it might be the string until I saw it was strung with Gamma TNT Touch, one of my favorites, so I couldn't
discomfort on the string. For the brief time I hit with it I found it more beneficial at the baseline than at net, but overall,
not a suitable stick for me (Currently play with Dunlop 300 Biomimetic Tour).
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