Racquet Review: Head YouTek IG Extreme MP

by: Richard Pagliaro | June 01, 2011

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ExtremeMPCROP By Bruce Levine and Richard Pagliaro

Price: $190
Head Size: 100 square inches
Length: 27 inches
Weight: 10.6 oz. (unstrung), 11.2 oz. (strung)
Balance: 2 points headlight (strung)
Ideal Swing: Medium to long 
String Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses
Beam Width: 24 mm/26 mm/23 mm
NTRP: 4.0 and above

How It Tested: A lighter version of the YouTek IG Extreme Pro by 15 grams, the Extreme MP offers virtually all of the same characteristics of the heavier frame but feels more maneuverable at net and was more forgiving on off-center hits. You'll know if you hit the ball off-center, but this racquet won’t take a toll on your arm or compel you to reach for post-match Advil.

Likes: This stick presents terrific transitional possibilities for a talented junior seeking to move up to an adult frame. The Extreme MP can produce ample spin and performs solidly from all areas of the court. Aggressive baseliners and all-court players should embrace this frame like a long-lost friend.

Dislikes: Some testers experienced a hollow feeling on off-center hits, while others felt the frame wasn't authoritative on overheads. Head’s distinctive flatter grip presented an adjustment for some testers. 

Bottom Line: Aggressive baseliners who generate rapid racquet-head speed will enjoy ripping the ball, and all-court players should find this to be a stable and responsive racquet.

Additional Comments from Bruce Levine:

TENNIS racquet advisor Bruce Levine is a former touring pro who has coached on both the men’s and women’s tours. Bruce is the general manager of Courtside Racquet Club in Lebanon, N.J., has worked as a full-time teaching pro for 30 years and lectures nationally on racquets and equipment.

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