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So far, 5 stars!,
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This review is from: Head YouTek IG Instinct MP Tennis Racket (Misc.)
I thought I'd split down this review to help other players, as I spent ages reviewing and considering which racquet to buy next. It's not easy! There's so many out there that apparently offer different things, but at my level (decent club/competition player) I went for what I though would help my game, and I'm glad I did!
SELLER: Very good seller, good communication, fast delivery, well packaged. Very pleased. Also, the best price I found by far when I compared prices!!
RACQUET: Not sure if it's just this racquet, but removing the plastic from the handle was not easy! Annoyingly, no matter how carefully I removed the cellophane, it peeled some of the grip off with it. This wasn't a problem for me, as I get an L3 grip but have to add a decent over-grip anyway, but annoying if this is the grip you want and it's tatty and peeled on a new racquet! A fault in manufacturing with Head I think. It's a really nice-looking racquet, although I added a black over-grip as I didn't like it with the white.
PLAY: I've only played with this racquet 3 times so far, but when I showed my coach it he said it was a really nice racquet and it would suit my style. It's about 50g heavier than my last racquet (Head Tsi), and has a much smaller head. This means you have less room for error, as I've been finding out! When you do get it right, it comes of the racquet fantastic! It says it adds spin, and as I get used to it I can see it will. I'm a very flat, aggressive player, and when I've get it in the 'sweet-spot' the ball skims low over the net with a lot of pace and becomes quite hard for your opponent to pick that kind of ball up. I'm also a decent server, and probably serve more like a bloke than a lady! Again, my serve has dropped off at the minute as I get used to it, but when I get the serve right, the weight of this racquet means it adds a lot of umph to the serve rather that it being you adding the weight, as what happened with the Tsi, and the head flows through the ball. At the minute, I keep going through the love/hate with it. Volleys and drop shots aren't going to plan like they used to, but I think it's the weight and smaller head size and it's something that I'll get right again. I'm catching the frame and mis-hitting quite a bit, too. If you like a lighter, more manoeuvrable racquet, I'm not sure this would suit you. I'm in my thirties and not a gentle player! The weight also helps the head drop before you strike the ball, which is probably how it generates the better spin?
Hope this helps! It's scary getting a new racquet, but I'm glad I got this one. I'll update once I'm use to it more.