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HEAD Graphene 360+ Gravity Tennis Racket Playtest


With the release of the new Head Gravity range, our pdhsports.com tennis experts and local club level playtesters were excited to be able to take the range on court in advance of the official launch.  

The HEAD Gravity line-up includes a total of six new full size rackets, namely: Pro, Tour, MP, MP Lite, S and Lite plus junior rackets, luggage and accessories. There should be a racket specification within the range which will suit every level of player. The new Graphene 360+ technology incorporates the latest version of Graphene throughout the whole of the racket and is designed with Spiralfibres that stretch and untwist on ball impact to provide better energy through the ball. These rackets have a rounder head shape to provide a bigger sweet spot for increased forgiveness and deeper string groove for a softer feel. The straplines around this new range include “massive sweetspot dominates the game” and “new force, new game.”

On court?

We took these rackets on court with some experienced players from Duffield Tennis Club to get their views on the rackets, and film their reactions. All players are currently using 300 gram rackets but were encouraged to try the whole range.


Positive comments from our testers were: 

“The 100sq inch head size had a nice big sweet spot. This made the rackets very forgiving and it was rare to hit too many really bad shots.  The rounder shape of the head was also good, especially for volleys where it was easy to get a nice pop off the volley, even when you had the ball hit at you very hard.”

“The beam was nice and thin. This may have meant a little loss of power but for anyone, like me [excellent club player], who plays with an extreme western grip, or even semi western grip, it makes the racket really manoeuvrable in your hands and allows you to play with a lot of racket head speed without shanking the ball or catching it fat off the frame on the ground shots.”

“The rackets look good.  Nice use of two tone colour with the black.”

“Great looking rackets and different weights to choose from is great so they could cater for juniors/seniors right up to more advanced players.”

“If you like playing doubles or play a lot at the net or you play with heaps of spin then these could be the rackets for you.”

“Even at the heaviest weight of 315g the rackets felt very light in your hands and very easy to manoeuvre, especially for serves or volleys.  You could see this being very desirable for doubles players, senior players, or juniors/club players who want a lighter racket that is going to give them a lot of feel on the shot.”

 

On the negative side

“The lighter versions were too light.  You had to go right up to the 300g plus weights to get any real power in the shots. If you were facing a heavy hitter it would be hard to get any cheap blocks back with these rackets without you having to put some serious lean on the shot.”

“The rackets did feel quite rough to start with and there was a bit of vibration up the arm, however this was sorted with a dampener.  After that they were fine without compromising any feel.”

“If you want to play a flat hitting power baseline game, you may feel a little short of some juice.”

 

In conclusion, the most positive feedback given was around the size of the sweet spot - all rackets have a 100 in² head size so HEAD and our testers definitely found the rounder head shape was very forgiving and perfect for volleying for players who like to dominate the net. The thin beam width (20mm on the Pro), made these rackets easily manoeuvrable even for players using a Semi Western grip.

The new rackets have a modern and minimalist look to them with a predominantly black cosmetic with a coloured trim on each side. HEAD appear to have targeted Millennials with their marketing on social media but the look was a definite hit with players of all ages at our local club.

The only real surprise was that because the balance of these rackets are so head light, our testers felt that they had to go up to the heavier Tour and Pro models to generate any real power from the baseline. However, they still felt that the lighter models would be suited to the improving junior and women who want to produce a faster swing speed.

There is a racket for every player in this Gravity range and we’re excited to offer the range on pre-order at pdhsports.com from 3 July 2019.



 

PRO

TOUR

MP

S

MP LITE

LITE

Weight

315g

305g

295g

285g

280g

270g

Balance

315mm

(1pt HL)

320mm

(1pt HL)

325mm

(0.7 HL)

325mm

(0.7 HL)

325mm

(0.7 HL)

335mm

(0.3 HL)

Beam Width

20mm

22mm

22mm

24mm

22mm

24mm

Stringing Pattern

18x20

18x20

16x20

16x20

16x20

16x20

Head Size

100 in²

100 in²

100 in²

104 in²

100 in²

104 in²

8 July 2019

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