HEAD Youtek IG Extreme S 2.0 Tennis Racquet Review
The lightest racquet in the Extreme IG line, the HEAD Youtek IG Extreme S 2.0 features Innegra and S-Tech Grommet technology. Innegra technology helps keep you at the top of your game, but HEAD's S-Tech Grommets allow for greater string movement, resulting in a larger sweet spot for an increase in comfort. Not only is it the lightest racquet in the line, but it has the largest headsize at 107 square inches, which provides better access to spin and power.
I was definitely impressed with the spin and power produced by such a light frame. That said, this racquet may not be ideal for someone with a big and fast swing, as I had difficulty controlling my groundstokes. On the plus side, I was able to hit fairly heavy balls with the Extreme S. My favorite part was the soft feel of the racquet. Those that prefer a dampened feel, or those with tennis elbow, should definitely give this racquet a try, though the large head size combined with the light weight had the potential to create an unstable feel on off center shots.
The maneuverability at the net was great for a 107s square inch racquet. I felt quick, and could stick volleys well with the added power. Again, the one downfall was that when you missed the sweet spot, the instability of the racquet was very noticeable, and I found the racquet twisted in my hand.
I really enjoyed serving with the Extreme S. I was able to hit with plenty of pace and spin. I am used to smaller, heavier racquets, but was pleasantly surprised with how the Extreme S felt on all types of serves. The lightweight racquet was incredibly quick, and I felt I got a lot of snap on my serve.
It was clear from the start that this was not the racquet for me thanks to the weight and balance. However, this racquet had a lot to offer. The highlights were its maneuverability, power (for a lightweight frame) and its soft feel. If you are someone who enjoys a light racquet, is looking for added power and enjoys a somewhat dampened feel, then you definitely need to demo the Extreme S. I would recommend this to someone with a shorter swing or someone with tennis elbow.
About the Reviewer:Jake Ledger is currently a student in the Professional Tennis Management Program at Ferris State University in Michigan. He is also a certified Instructor through the PTR for 10 & Under and Adults.