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Mens Rackets

HEAD Prestige MP L 2021
Black/Red

£138.00
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HEAD Prestige MP L 2021

Play with precision and control using the HEAD Prestige MP L 2021 tennis racket in Black/Red, featuring new Auxetic technology for improved feel on ball impact.
HEAD’s latest update to the Prestige series sees the much-loved control racket adopt their new flagship technology, Auxetic, to give more accurate sensory feedback every time you hit the ball. Applied in the yoke, Auxetic refers to the way the carbon fibre is constructed – the fibres are arranged in such a way that they contract on ball impact, giving a more solid, stable feel. Performance-wise, the new Prestige provides the classic hitting experience that players have been enjoying since the 80s. That means precision rather than power, so you can go for your shots and be confident they’ll drop inside the line. The Graphene inserts from previous generations are retained too, ensuring efficient energy transfer from racket to ball. The Prestige MP L (formerly known as the S) also boasts a distinctive see-through carbon element and translucent heritage-inspired paintwork, upping the style factor on what’s already one of the game’s best-looking frames. It’s a lighter version of the standard MP with a more open 16x19 string pattern, making it easy to generate spin while maintaining a fair amount of built-in power – ideal for players just starting out with the Prestige range.

HEAD

A brand with a reputation for innovation, HEAD trace their tennis origins back to the late 60s and the creation of the first aluminium-based tennis racket, the brainchild of company founder Howard Head.

Head, a former aeronautics engineer, began a racket revolution with his idea for light yet strong frames. Attracted by the durability of a metal racket, American icon Arthur Ashe stepped in to give a player’s point of view, assisting with development of the original aluminium frame in 1969. A few years later, a HEAD racket was in the hands of a champion, with Ashe famously wielding his signature Competition to win Wimbledon in ’75.

Since then, HEAD have continued to push the boundaries of racket design, utilising all kinds of space-age materials in the quest for ultimate performance. They’ve had many more champion players using their frames, too, from Agassi and Muster in the 90s to Murray, Djokovic, Sharapova and Stephens in the 21st century.

Their modern range has options for every type of play. There’s the ever-popular Prestige, providing absolute precision since 1987, the versatile Radical with its vibrant paintjobs, and the super-fast Speed, which remains Novak’s racket of choice. More recent additions include the aggressive Gravity, endorsed by Sascha Zverev, the spin-focused Extreme, recommended by Matteo Berrettini, and the explosive Boom, a power-focused frame endorsed by US prodigy Coco Gauff. Whichever you choose, you’ll perform at your best with a HEAD racket.

HEAD Prestige

The HEAD Prestige tennis racket is a legendary choice for players who value precision, control, and a classic feel. With its iconic design and meticulous craftsmanship, the Prestige is synonymous with quality and performance. The racket's dense string pattern and smaller head size provide exceptional control and precision on every shot. The graphite composition of the frame delivers a unique blend of power and stability, allowing players to dictate the pace of the game. Whether you're an advanced player or a professional, the HEAD Prestige tennis racket is a symbol of excellence and a reliable weapon for executing precise shots with finesse and confidence.

Control Racket

Control rackets usually have closed string patterns – essentially, more strings per area – to increase ball contact and give you more control over your shots. They tend to have thinner beams to allow more flex and often utilise material technologies to make you feel more connected to the ball.

Precision Racket

Precision rackets are usually tightly strung with thinner beams for improved feel, allowing you to manipulate the ball more precisely. Typically designed with smaller headsizes, they’re often preferred by more experienced players who favour accuracy over easy power or spin and rely on pure technique to make sure shots hit their mark.

Features


• Weight (Unstrung): 300g / 10.6oz
• Balance (Unstrung): 315mm / 1 HL
• Headsize: 640 sq cm / 99 sq in
• Beam: 21.5mm constant
• Length: 685mm / 27in
• String Pattern: 16/19
• CPI: 500
• Grip Size: 1-5
• Grip: HydroSorb Pro – Black
• Pre-Strung: Lynx, 1.25mm – Anthracite
• Box Beam
• Full Cap
• Elongated Shaft
• Auxetic
• Graphene Inside

Additional Information

  • Quick Ref: 255755
  • Man. Ref: 236131
Choosing the Right Grip Size for your Tennis Racket

One often overlooked, but crucial, aspect when selecting a tennis racket is the grip size. The grip size is the measurement around the handle's circumference, and choosing the right one can significantly impact your comfort, control, and potential to prevent injury. This article will guide you through the process of selecting the right tennis racket grip size.

Importance of Choosing the Right Grip Size

A correctly sized tennis grip ensures you have optimal control over your racket and helps prevent injuries. Too small a grip may cause your hand to shift during play, reducing accuracy and increasing the risk of developing tennis elbow due to overuse of the forearm muscles. Conversely, a grip that's too large can make the racket hard to turn and manipulate, and it could also lead to hand, wrist, or shoulder injuries due to overgripping.

Measuring Your Grip Size

There are two common methods to measure your grip size:

  1. The Ruler Method: Open your dominant hand and extend your fingers. Align a ruler with the bottom lateral crease of your palm, measuring to the tip of your ring finger. The measurement in inches correlates with your grip size.

  2. The Finder Test: Hold the racket with a standard Eastern forehand grip, where the base knuckle of your index finger is on bevel #3. You should be able to fit the index finger of your other hand in the space between your ring finger and the palm that's gripping the racket. If there's not enough room for your finger, the grip is too small. If there's too much space, the grip is too large.

Grip Sizes: U.S. vs. European

In the U.S., grip sizes range from 4 inches to 4 ¾ inches, increasing in increments of 1/8 inch. European grip sizes use a different naming system, L0 to L5, each correlating to their U.S. counterparts as follows:

European Grip Size US Grip Size
L0 or G0 4 Inches
L1 or G1 4 1/8 inches
L2 or G2 4 1/4 inches
L3 or G3 4 3/8 inches
L4 or G4 4 1/2 inches
L5 or G5 4 5/8 inches

Choosing the Right Grip Size

When choosing the right grip size, consider the following points:

  • Go for the smaller size if you're in between: It's easier to increase the size of a grip than decrease it. You can always add an overgrip (which usually adds about 1/16 inch) to a smaller handle to increase its size, but shaving down a larger handle is not recommended as it can compromise the racket's structural integrity.

  • Consider your style of play: Players who rely on spin might prefer a smaller grip size, which allows for more wrist action. In contrast, players seeking control may benefit from a larger grip size.

  • Test it out: If possible, try before you buy. Visit a local sports store, hold the racket, and mimic your swing to see how it feels. Remember that comfort is key - if it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.

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