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The Head Prestige Mid is, in my view, the quintessential Prestige! This Prestige is the tennis racquet you would buy even if you don’t play tennis! It would sit right next to your Porsche 550 that you don’t drive much, but both make you feel really good!
The latest edition of the Prestige Mid is the Graphene 360+ Prestige Mid, and it carries on the iconic tradition of all previous models and looks better doing it, in my opinion.
In left image, you can see the overall color scheme of all of the new Prestige series, but you can’t see the detail of the “cap system” that is different than the other three (3) Prestige models.
The lower image shows the transition location. But why?
I think it is just a matter of weight. The cap system on the Mid stops halfway down the head instead of all around as on other models.
This slight reduction in weight allows for more customization options and this is a very customizable racquet.
So, if you are interested in an “iconic” racquet to place next to your 550, this is the one!
What could be better than arriving at the courts in your 550 and pull out your Prestige Mid racquet!
Game, Set, Match!
|Racquet Model||Head Graphene 360+ Prestige Mid|
|Reference Tension||55 lbs - 24.9 kg|
|String||Victrex PEEK fiber Experimental 7718|
|Machine Used||True Tension Professional|
|Racquet Flex, RDC||63 - After stringing|
|Racquet Flex, FlexFour||36|
|Head Area, cm2||593.4|
|Head Area, Sq. Inch||92.0|
|Beam Width, mm, Shaft, Center, Tip||20, 20, 20|
|In Plane Stiffness, Pounds/In||428.6 Lbs/In.|
|In Plane Stiffness, Kg/cm||194.4 Kg/cm|
|Number of Main Strings||16|
|Number of Cross Strings||19|
|Main String Grid||6.87|
|Cross String Grid||8.88
|Density (% of head filled with string)||.663|
|Average Cross String Space||.467|
|Average Main String Space||.429|
|Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT||37|
|Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in||206.9|
|First Moment, Nm||.834|
|Swing Weight, Kg/cm2||326|
|Swing Weight, Ounces||11.50|
|Swing Weight Calculated||345.7|
|Head Points||8.03 (negative = head heavy)|
|Head Weight, %||46.3%|
|Center of Percussion||21.1|
|Dwell Time, ms, No Swing||8.43|
|Efective Stiffness - lbs||29.9|
|K, Lb/In (SBS) RDC||182.69|
When we do the testing and “number taking” for our demo racquets, we try to think as the consumer may think and include comments that may help the consumer make the best decision.
We do not want to make these posts so dull that you go to sleep, but data is essential, so we are going to include it…so stay awake!
Data is particularly relevant to the Prestige Series from Head.
This review is for the Prestige Tour, and it points to the differences between Prestige racquets that may go unnoticed or misunderstood.
The Prestige Tour is a 99 (645 cm²)square inch racquet with an 18 x 19 string pattern. If you have read the post on the Prestige MP, you may wonder, what’s the difference?
You may notice that the Prestige Tour has one (1) fewer cross string. Not a big deal. You may see that the Prestige Tour has one (1) square inch larger head size. Also, not a big deal. What you may not notice is the Prestige Tour has an in-plane stiffness of 400, and the Prestige MP has an in-plane stiffness of 359. That is a big deal! Even with a bigger head and fewer strings, the Prestige Tour has a higher string bed stiffness than the Prestige MP. The higher the in-plane stiffness, the less the racquet will “bend” during impact.
The Prestige Tour is more stiff overall (62 v 58) than the Prestige MP, and the 21.5mm beam contributes to that stiffness.
So, take a look at the numbers for this racquet to see if you can find other exciting differences!
Racquet Model Head Graphene 360+ Prestige Tour
Reference Tension 55 lbs - 24.9 kg
Victrex PEEK fiber Experimental 7718
Machine Used True Tension Professional
ASPS, RDC 55
ASPS, FlexFour 71
Racquet Flex, RDC 62 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour 49
Weight, Grams 325
Weight, Ounces 11.46
Balance, mm 327
Balance, Inch 12.87
Length, Cm 68.6
Length, Inch 27.008
Head Width 9.56
Head Length 13.12
Head Area, cm2 635.3
Head Area, Sq. Inch 98.5
Beam Width, mm, Shaft, Center, Tip 21.5, 21.5, 21.5
In Plane Stiffness, Pounds/In 400.0 Lbs/In.
In Plane Stiffness, Kg/cm 181.4 Kg/cm
Number of Main Strings 18
Number of Cross Strings 19
Ratio Cross/Mains .690
Main String Grid 7.81
Cross String Grid 10.00
Density (% of head filled with string) .724
Average Cross String Space .526
Average Main String Space .396
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT 35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in 195.7
First Moment, Nm .819
Polar Moment 334
Torsional Stability 18
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2 316
Swing Weight, Ounces 11.15
Swing Weight Calculated 347.5
Power, RDC 46
Control, RDC 55
Manueverability, RDC 76
Power, Calculated 1929.2
Head Points 4.88 (negative = head heavy)
Head Weight, % 47.7%
Center of Percussion 20.8
Dwell Time, ms, No Swing 8.58
Efective Stiffness - lbs 29.1
K, Lb/In (SBS) RDC 176.3
Recoil Weight 150.9
Twist Weight 222.7
End Weight 131.7
Tip Weight 195.3
9 O'Clock 100.7
3 O'Clock 101.4
Butt Cap 124.0
When you think of Head tennis racquets you likely think of the “Prestige” series, which for over thirty (30) years has been the “performance” racquet!
Because the Prestige series has been considered an all out players racquet the perception that it is stiff has been perpetuated over the years! This is not accurate, of course! The data above shows the unstrung numbers of each of the Prestige 360+ racquets. You will notice the flex is quite suitable for most players!
There is a Prestige for every player style and this new Prestige line has style that truly sets it apart. Sure there are other red racquets but the Prestige does red better than most other frames, in my opinion.
More data will be added as the demo racquets are strung and ready to go but in the meantime the above data will give you a really good idea of which Prestige 360+ will suit you. To arrive at an approximate strung weight just add 16 grams to the “overall weight”, and for swing weight add 30 grams to the “swing weight”.
2019 came and went in a blur! In a few days it will 2020 and with it will come some exciting new tennis stuff, for sure!
I am not so good at predicting things but I do it anyway! Here are a few predictions I will make for 2020:
- Tennis racquets will become more expensive, but only slightly.
- On-line sales of tennis racquets will increase. See this previous post.
- Customer satisfaction with on-line sales will decrease.
- Small specialty tennis shops will be the source of information, then #2, and then #3.
- Players will stick with a racquet longer, making customizations as needed.
- String and stringing will become a more important component of a racquet purchase. See below!
- Tennis related injuries will continue to be a problem for the sport going forward.
Thank you for thinking about the “long term” for all tennis players!
There are no bad strings just bad applications!
The right equipment is crucial to the long term enjoyment, and winning, of tennis!
The local representatives I deal with are committed to our “well being” even though some may feel like they are facing “extinction”!
An excellent example of what we are talking about just walked in! Two (2) new racquets so poorly strung it is shocking!
The customer is having serious arm issues with an excellent racquet, with a terrible string setup! But the string setup is probably considered by many to be the ultimate combination, that is RPM Blast in the main and VS Touch in the cross! That combination is coming out in a few minutes! No more polyester!
The quality of the stringing is what is so wrong! Had you or I received this racquet, we would have returned it at once! Why? Because it exemplifies the attitude of so many stringers that is “who cares”!
Happy New Year!
While we are not supposed to publish any specifications or images, we can certainly let you know that some new things are coming from Head.
Frequently we are asked, “when is a new Prestige coming”? Now we can answer that by telling you it will be in January 2020. Of course, you will be able to try them before then, but January is the ship date.
We have seen and worked on the racquets, and I can tell you the graphics package is incredible, in my opinion!
In addition to the new Prestige in January, a new Speed is coming in March 2020.
We will post more information as we can so stay tuned!