By Bill Gray and Bruce Levine on May 20, 2010
The main difference between the three versions of the YouTek Prestige is the string patterns. The Prestige Pro has an open 16-by-19 pattern for generating ample topspin, and both the Mid and MP (mid-plus) sport more closed 18-by-20 patterns for flat hitters and serve-and-volleyers. Each model requires that users generate most of the power, but they’ll be rewarded with pinpoint control. “The Mid is the stick I’d choose if I were 30 again and in great shape,” said TENNIS racquet adviser, Bruce Levine, who got his 5.0 NTRP rating wielding the classic Prestige Mid in the 1990s. The YouTek Prestige is equipped with d3o, a “smart” foam in the racquet that adapts to the velocity of your swing: It stiffens the frame on high-speed impacts to add pop, and flexes for precision on low-impact slice and drop shots. But the technology doesn’t compromise the feedback from the string bed that advanced players rely on. The YouTek Prestige Pro is used by Stanislas Wawrinka.
Bottom Line: Ideal for aggressive players, the Prestige showcases how innovative technology can enhance a classic frame.
The most aggressive Prestige comes with a leather grip and offers very superior handling. New smart d3o™ inside the classically designed Prestige frame pushes both power and control to the max.