HEAD Youtek IG Extreme Pro 2.0 Tennis Racquet Review
The heaviest racquet in the Extreme line, this budget friendly predecessor to the Youtek Graphene Extreme Pro features Innegra Technology. This helps the frame to reduce vibrations by up to 17% on ball impact for improved control. The racquet also features S-tech Grommets which allow for greater string movement that results in a larger sweet spot.
This racquet felt very solid from the baseline, and I was able to crush the ball with tons of pace and spin. The Extreme pro had a surprisingly smooth and comfortable feel, though the power seemed a bit dampened at time. I was able to place my aggressive shots well from the baseline, and felt confident stepping in and hitting winners on balls that sat up. My one knock on the Extreme Pro is its maneuverability. The racquet did not feel as head light as the specs say, and I had a difficult time getting a racquet on defensive shots I normally reach. When I had time to set up and take a full swing at the ball, the racquet felt amazing.
This frame performed very similarly at the net compared to the baseline. On balls that sat up, I had confidence placing my volleys with good pace. The racquet had nice feel and was the most stable of all the Extreme racquets. Again, my only complaint was the maneuverability. I did not feel very quick at the net and felt myself contacting the ball a little late.
The Extreme Pro felt very solid on serves. I could drive through the ball easily, and could produce pace with relative ease. I had no issues getting great spin on the ball, and found it easy to place my kick and slice serves.
This racquet was great from the baseline, providing a solid feel along with the power and spin. If you do not mind a heavier racquet and enjoy rallying from the baseline, you definitely should demo the Extreme Pro. The slight lack of maneuverability was my main concern, but a player used to a heavier frame might have no problem at all. The racquet performed well at the net, but really seems to be geared towards an aggressive baseline player.
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.