Tennis Racquet Review: Head Youtek IG Extreme Pro 2.0
February 20th, 2013
The Head Youtek IG Extreme Pro 2.0 is the heaviest racquet of the IG Extreme series weighing in at 11.8 ounces. When it was strung, it felt a little head heavy at first. This Head racquet is composed of d3o technology allowing the racquet to adapt to your strokes while the Innegra, the lightest high performance fiber, forces the racquet to absorb shock while creating more stability.
Once I started hitting from the baseline it was as if it did the work for me. Obviously the weight had something to do with it. My shots from the baseline were powerful and heavy. The slice and kick serves had a really nice, heavy spin to them. The only thing I was not sure about were the volleys and I had to make some adjustments because it was more head heavy. In general the Head Youtek IG Extreme Pro 2.0 is made for advanced players, specifically for baseliners that want to create opportunities using power and heavy spin.
Rating: Excellent 10 Moderate 5 Weak 0
Feel/Touch 8/10: Felt the Head Extreme 2.0 Pro is somewhat on the heavy side yet had an incredible touch.
Balance 7/10: Head heavy but flexible.
Maneuverability 6/10: Because of its heavy head balance, the maneuverability was moderate, but the more I played with it the better it got. If you try this Head racquet, you will need a short period to get used to it.
Power 9/10: Beautiful power. For all the ground strokes, if you have nice acceleration, it will give you the pop you need.
Spin 9/10: The topspin and slice had extra heaviness. The topspin had a higher kick than usual.
Strokes 7/10: With more practice I was able to adapt to the Youtek Extreme IG 2.0. It felt a little heavy at first but the more I played the better my strokes got. My strokes were precise and I was able to use short angle shots that are sometimes difficult to execute.
Serves 8/10: I was able to create a higher kick serve than usual and had a better use of my slice serve. You can use this racquet for flat serves as well but it can be hard on your arm.
Volleys 6/10: My volleys were moderate. It is not a racquet for serve and volley but rather for heavy hitters, baseliners and retrievers that make a living in the back of the court and waiting to crush the ball.