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So, what’s in a name? In the case of the name “Pro” it is weight! Right out of the box this racquet is ready to go with a wonderful weight and swing weight that you will see in the specifications.
The Prestige Pro is the “different” Prestige in the series with a more sculpted geometry. This is most noticeable in the shaft right above the grip with tapers and contours all the way to the throat. The head geometry is more elliptical in cross section than the flat section used in other Prestige racquets.
As you look at other Prestige racquets the difference in the cross section is noticable. The Tour for example has a “flat” beam cross section and the shaft right above the grip is also a “flat” cross section with little very little “sculpting
The Prestige Pro is a racquet anyone can use with a nice 16 x 19 string pattern and reasonable stiffness.
This is a legitimate 95 square inch racquet with a 16 x 19 string pattern that suits most players. The full Prestige “cap system” adds a nice measure of stability along with swing weight that gets this racquet into the “power and control” category.
|Racquet Model||Head Graphene 360+ Prestige Pro|
|Reference Tension||55 lbs - 24.9 kg|
|String||Victrex PEEK fiber Experimental 7718|
|Machine Used||True Tension Professional|
|Racquet Flex, RDC||62 - After stringing|
|Racquet Flex, FlexFour||44|
|Head Area, cm2||611.0|
|Head Area, Sq. Inch||94.7|
|Beam Width, mm, Shaft, Center, Tip||22, 22, 22|
|In Plane Stiffness, Pounds/In||329.7 Lbs/In.|
|In Plane Stiffness, Kg/cm||149.5 Kg/cm|
|Number of Main Strings||16|
|Number of Cross Strings||19|
|Main String Grid||7.06|
|Cross String Grid||9.12
|Density (% of head filled with string)||.699|
|Average Cross String Space||.494|
|Average Main String Space||.441|
|Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT||35|
|Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in||195.7|
|First Moment, Nm||.852|
|Swing Weight, Kg/cm2||333|
|Swing Weight, Ounces||11.75|
|Swing Weight Calculated||361.4|
|Head Points||4.88 (negative = head heavy)|
|Head Weight, %||47.7%|
|Center of Percussion||21.0|
|Dwell Time, ms, No Swing||8.82|
|Efective Stiffness - lbs||28.3|
|K, Lb/In (SBS) RDC||166.7|
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
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!
Congratulations to Jack Anthrop for winning the Boy’s 16 Singles at the Eddie Herr International Tournament!
Those who know Jack know that he has made steady progress on his quest to become a really great player!
However, here are some things you may not know:
Racquet: Head Graphene Touch Prestige Mid (93) 16×19 string pattern.
String: Pre-production Zyex monofilament, 16L gauge. Prior to this was Ashaway MonoGut ZX. Jack has been using Zyex (PEEK) material for well over six (6) years!
Tension: 56 (25.4kg)
In addition to Jack’s tennis skills he is also highly proficient at cutting and removing string from racquets!