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Head Prestige Pro 2021

This years Head Prestige Pro is last years Prestige MP.  This name change was made to synchronize all the 18×20 string patterns as the “Pro” model…I think!

So, what’s in a name?  A thin beam, heavy (sort of), 18×20 pattern, players racquet, that’s what!  The Prestige Pro also includes the new Auxetic material and construction for a refined feel.

For some reason Head Prestige racquets have been called “stiff” by some and this is certainly not the case and never has been.   This racquet is not stiff! As with any racquet the string selection can have a huge effect on “stiffness” so take a look at the effective stiffness!

I believe this is going to be a “control freaks” racquet!  This racquet could also be a baseliners dream come true.  The weight will drive through the ball and the swing weight will allow for some last nano-second stroke adjustments.

Take at look at the data below then go to the Prestige 2021 Comparative Data post to see all the models in one place.

A baseliners dream!
ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelHead Prestige Pro 2021
Reference Tension52 lbs - 23.6 kg
String
Head Reflex MLT 17
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC53.0
ASPS, FlexFour62.5
Racquet Flex, RDC58 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour36.0
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness326.1 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams342
Weight, Ounces12.06

Balance, mm318
Balance, Inch12.52
Length, Cm68.6
Length, Inch27.008
Head Width9.48
Head Length13.06
Head Area, cm2627.4
Head Area, Sq. Inch97.2
Number of Main Strings18
Number of Cross Strings20
Ratio Cross/Mains.653
Main String Grid7.56
Cross String Grid10.24
Density (% of head filled with string).791
Average Cross String Space.513
Average Main String Space.417
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in195.76
First Moment, Nm.832
Polar Moment333
Torsional Stability15
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2318
Swing Weight, Ounces11.22
Swing Weight Calculated345.8
Power, RDC45
Control, RDC56
Manueverability, RDC75
Power, Calculated 1811.5
Head Points7.87
Head Weight, %46.4%
Center of Percussion20.7
Dwell Time, ms8.74
Efective Stiffness - lbs27.7
K, Lb/In169.87
Recoil Weight157.84
Twist Weight230.87
End Weight 143.2
Tip Weight 198.9
9 O'Clock102.8
3 O'Clock100.3
Butt Cap140.3

Head Prestige 2021 Series Comparative Data

Jumping back and forth between reviews and data is not fun nor is it efficient so we have been posting comparative data. Now all the important stuff is in one place.

All of the data is based on a “play ready” racquet.  That means an overgrip and vibration damper, and unless otherwise noted…string!

As you are looking at the data try to determine which numbers mean the most to you and how you could use them.  For example, the Pro has an overall weight of 342 with a swing weight 318.  How does that compare to the MP?

Keep in mind that weight and swing weight can increased but not easily decreased.  No, making the racquet more “head light” statically does not reduce the swing weight as recorded on testing devices that grab the racquet 10cm from the end!  That is why static balance (CG) should not be used as a performance metric.

Click here to see the data!

 

 

Head Prestige MP 2021 Series

OK, here comes another racquet review!

You know our reviews are “numbers” based, not hitter based because we just like numbers!  Hitters are Important but to get the most meaningful data from a racquet requires numbers.  These numbers can then be applied to the feedback of the hitter.

The new Head Prestige MP 2021 is a 99 square inch head with the 18×19 string pattern so common in player style racquets.  This combination may “scare off” some users but that would be a mistake in our opinion.

As you would expect this racquet is a thin box beam box design which creates an in plane stiffness of 384.6 pounds, which can be used to create a very friendly string bed stiffness.  Take a look at the “effective stiffness” and you will see what we mean!

In addition to the nice in plane stiffness this racquet uses Head’s new Auxetic construction in the throat which is designed for comfort and control from each hit by allowing the throat to “expand and contract” a little.

The bright red color of last years Prestige series has been replaced with a “matt” graphite transitioning into the classic Prestige maroon around the head of the racquet making this a classic in its own right!

 

 

The Prestige series just keeps getting better!

 

You can demo this racquet now!

ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelHead Prestige MP 2021
Reference Tension55 lbs - 24.9 kg
String
Victrex 7718 (PEEK)
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC54
ASPS, FlexFour66.0
Racquet Flex, RDC63 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour41.0
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness384.6 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams332
Weight, Ounces11.71

Balance, mm327
Balance, Inch12.87
Length, Cm68.6
Length, Inch27.008
Head Width9.551
Head Length13.13
Head Area, cm2635.4
Head Area, Sq. Inch98.5
Number of Main Strings18
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.689
Main String Grid8.00
Cross String Grid10.10
Density (% of head filled with string).727
Average Cross String Space.529
Average Main String Space.396
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in195.7
First Moment, Nm.837
Polar Moment343
Torsional Stability17
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2326
Swing Weight, Ounces11.50
Swing Weight Calculated355.0
Power, RDC49
Control, RDC52
Manueverability, RDC69
Power, Calculated 2042.9
Head Points5.04
Head Weight, %47.7%
Center of Percussion21.016
Dwell Time, ms8.66
Efective Stiffness - lbs29.1
K, Lb/In173.08
Recoil Weight157.3
Twist Weight227.24
End Weight 133.1
Tip Weight 200.8
9 O'Clock101.3
3 O'Clock98.9
Butt Cap131.3

 

And the winner is…Head FXP 17

 

Head FXP is a string that seems to be largely overlooked and I am surprised after seeing the results of the installation and testing!

String NameCategoryGaugeUltimate Tensile Strength/LbsKnot Strength/LbsCountry of Origin
Head FXPMultifilament - Nylon17165.993.4Japan

Both the tensile strength and knot strength are exceptional and the graph shows that this string is very “elastic” which is a good thing for tennis racquet string but sometimes just not considered.

Head FXP 17

The area under the solid red lines is considered a stress-strain curve and indicates the “elasticity” of string by how close the lines fit from 0 to 50 three (3) times.  A perfectly elastic material would be one line even though it went through three (3) cycles.  What you see here is quite good and one of the reasons it is the winner!

And the winner is…overview

Racquet Quest is going to add a “winner” of the week to our website as a way to develop a fun way to look at string!

Each week we will select a string that has exhibited outstanding properties from one of five (5) major categories:

    • Synthetic Gut
    • Mulit-filamanet
           Nylon
           PEEK
    • Natural gut
    • PEEK Monofilament
    • Polyester Monofilament

The winning string must have been installed in the most recent week either in a client or demo racquet.

We will include as much information as possible including graphs and the country of origin.

We will try to post “And the Winner is…” on Friday so take look!