Head adds a softer, more flexible feel to the Head Speed Pro, a racquet that provides intermediate and advanced players with truly incredible control. This particular iteration has been updated with Graphene Touch technology, which combines Head's polarized weight system with a soft and flexible material called Kraibon (which is used in the racquet's layup to improve touch and feel). As a result, this is the most comfortable and arm-friendly version of the Speed Pro to date.
Like its predecessor (the Graphene XT model), this stick comes with a dense 18x20 string pattern, making it perfect for intermediate and advanced players who want to keep more balls in play. It also accelerates surprisingly fast thanks to a whippy headlight balance and a relatively low swingweight (322 RDC).
On ground strokes this racquet rewards full cuts with the kind of predictability and control that breeds confidence. With its 11.6 ounce strung weight players who swing this one fast will have just enough mass to drive the ball powerfully through the court. Our playtesters were impressed with how much spin they were able to get from this racquets' dense string pattern. At net the Speed Pro delivers great control, and it never feels sluggish or moves slowly to the ball. The combination of maneuverability and control also helps on service returns where this racquet moves into position quickly and supplies remarkable accuracy on full swings. Finally, aggressive servers who like to hit flat heaters should love this racquet.
All in all, Head has produced another solid update to one of their great performance racquets. This is a must demo for those who want a speedy control racquet that keeps powerful strokes on target. (Psst: If you're looking for an ultra smooth low-vibration feel, you won't need much convincing.)
|Head Size||100 sq. in. / 645.16 sq. cm.|
|Length||27in / 68.58cm|
|Strung Weight||11.6oz / 328.85g|
|Balance||12.7in / 32.26cm / 6 pts HL|
|Beam Width||22mm / 22mm / 22mm /|
|Grip Type||Hydrosorb Pro|
|String Pattern||18 Mains / 20 Crosses|
|Mains skip: NONE|
|String Tension||48-57 pounds|