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Comments: This racquet offers plenty of power and precision. It is great for both one or two handed backhand
players. In my opinion, the frame is a bit stiff and causes some tenderness to the arm, but I enjoy hitting with it.
Comments: I am coming back to tennis in my early 40s after a 13 year absence and after trying the previous IG
Speed MP315 and Extreme Pro, I have settled on the Graphene Speed Pro. Great control, decent power (particularly off centre) and
no significant weakness. It just seems to do everything well to very well. Feels a bit hollow at times but I am used to that now.
Have settled on Sonic Pro Edge at 54lbs, which allows me to generate plenty of spin if needed.
Comments: I tried this racquet and found it to be so stiff. It totally killed my arm and after every time I played my
elbow was sore.
Comments: I play with the previous version of this racquet, the IG Speed 315, upped it to 355g with lead in the
hoop to keep the balance. I tried the Speed Pro without increased weight, and it felt very flimsy, so I matched the weight to 355g.
Even played with the same string, M2 Plus at 52lbs. After trying both in the same sessions, I believe we are not talking about a
racquet upgrade, but a completely different stick altogether. The Speed Pro is stiffer and faster through the air. There is less
plow-through than the IG Speed, but is definitely more powerful. You feel the stiffness reverberate through your arm. I cant agree
with the TW review and the feedback. They are altogether very different racquets. I will keep testing because I haven't made up my
mind yet on which stick to go with. Best regards.
Comments: This may well be the best balanced racquet I have ever played with. By balanced I mean over all
performance balance, it has enough weight in the head for good plow through on ground strokes but is balanced enough head
light to still be quick at net. It is stiff enough to give good power on well struck shots but has enough flex to allow for great touch
and feel. This really is a players racquet, if you have the skill this racquet will let you do whatever you want with the ball, but you
need to have the strokes. Unlike some I did not find the racquet lacking in spin potential you just need the racquet head speed to
Comments: It was a close call between the new Wilson Blade 98 and this. I love how this new Speed Pro feels
especially at the baseline. It gives so much stability and precision on each shot and slicing with it is just amazing. The racquet also
gives more punch at the net on overheads and serving with it was solid too. This is indeed an all rounded racquet and I'm really
impressed with the stability of it. I was a huge Wilson Blade fan but there is no doubt that this Speed Pro will be my new weapon of
choice.Good job Head.
Comments: I never thought I would say this, but it seems as if this racquet is the best racquet I have hit with since
the original Dunlop Max 200G of McEnroe and Graff eras. There is nothing common between the two, except the ballance, but for
some reason, I love them the same. I have played with many racquets throughout the years, but was never able to find a proper
substitute for the old Max 200G. I had lost hope that I will ever find one a long time ago, but this stick seems to be proving me
wrong every day! The power is great (that's really an understatement) on all shots for me and the control and precision are
astonishingly good for a 100 sq inch racquet (the Max 200G is 82 sq inch). I mean, there isn't a shot I struggle with at all. And I
haven't even tested different tensions and strings yet. I have the feeling that when I do that, this racquet will be my new all-time
Comments: I switched over from a Babolat Aero Pro to this racquet. It has the more spin than any racquet I have
ever used. I think it is crazy that people say that it doesn't have power, because if you need to hit a ball hard all you have to do is
take a full swing and it will be very powerful. Coming from someone that has used an Aero Pro for 4 years, this racquet is
amazing. Keep it up Head.
Comments: Best racquet ever made, special thanks to the Head team. No wonder Djokovic is so good! Perfect
specs. Perfect colors. Only thing missing is a case. Don't get fooled by the "G" of graphene, as it could also stand for gem!
Comments: I am a teaching pro and work with lots of top ranked juniors in SoCal, I have tried this racquet now for a
month and it is great! If you know how to hit correctly this frame can do everything you want. It's a new generation of frames that
has the perfect blend of everything - you can't go wrong here.
Comments: I play with this racquet with 10g of lead around the loop and 10g of silicone in the handle, 12.3oz total
with overgrip, with a rubber band and string with a 17g poly. It is very polarized and it swings super swiftly with a smooth load up
and stable, consistent response. The tight string pattern keeps the power/launch angle from high racquet head speeds in check,
making this racket a true jack of all trades. You can loop or drive, all with a good sense of depth control. Keep in mind, this is a
modern playing and feeling racquet, so don't expect silky-smooth response of something like prestige classic.
Comments: Demoed this racquet for a week -- wonderful racquet. It does everything really well, it's stable,
maneuverable and power is there if you have the proper technique. I was coming from the Yonex RDiS 100 Mid which is a 93
square inch head and a 16x20 string pattern, the transition was very easy. I noticed less spin, but more penetration with the
Graphene Pro compared to the Yonex. I would give it a 9/10, only because I am used to the 16x19 and 16x20 open patterns and
prefer the spin. Can't go wrong with this racquet.
Comments: I have been using this racquet now for a month and it is a real players frame. It does what it's suppose
to do and it does it well. One of the best new frames I have tried. Just find the right string combo and you are set
Comments: I played with the previous version of this racquet and it was the best stick I've ever hit with so I wasn't
sure how Head could make the next version even better. When I first heard about this racquet, I had my doubts, but needless to
say I demoed it for about a week (putting a good 12 hours of hitting time with it) and it was amazing. This racquet has the same
control oriented response as the old one but with a lot more plow through and stability. The feel on touch shots is absolutely
incredible and the extra power is a nice addition. Serves are more powerful and have much more spin. The extra weight is
appreciated and it is still head light so you can get plenty of swing speed. And the crisp sound of this racquet is just icing on the
cake! )The one knock I have on this racquet is subjective, as I am not a fan of the leather grip that comes with this racquet. I
prefer Head's hydrosorb tour grip.) I have been playing with this for 3 weeks now and it has become my new all time favorite
Comments: I have been playing with this racquet for 4 weeks now. I demo'ed the racquet for 2 weeks then
purchased it. I was playing with the Wilson 90 BLX and before that the HEAD Youtek Radical MP. I do 4.0 tennis drills twice a
week at my local tennis club and play in a 4.5 league on the weekends. Since I bought this racquet I've yet to lose a match.
During drills all the guys have told me that I'm hitting the ball very heavy. The Wilson was better at net IMO but I'm a baseliner at
heart and I like that I don't get pushed around by a better players pace like I was with my Radical MP. I love Federer and his gear
but this is the stick for me. Give this racquet a demo if you have proper technique on your strokes.
Comments: I played with this racquet for a month now, and before that I was using the older version of the same
model. Compared to the previous model, it is definitely an update. Topspin, backspin, volleys, and control are very good with this
stick, and are better than last year's model. Power is a subjective thing, and is different from one player to another. Also this
racquet is listed as a low powered stick, so don't expect it to hit like a Pure Drive, because it won't. Assuming that you have good
technique, full swings, and can reproduce it on every shot, and on the run, then you will have all the power you need. Best advice
is to demo it for a good while before you end up with another stick that stays in the bag.
Comments: First, I would say it's awesome! I've been a huge fan of the HEAD Prestige Youtek Speed MP since the
first Youtek version came out and then the IG MP, but when I decided to try the new Graphene SPEED PRO, I can say it's a totally
different racquet and I decided I have to make a switch to the Speed. Power is there when you need it and most especially the
precision, control and feel. I don't understand why others say the racquet doesn't have power? I agree you have to have good
technique to enjoy this awesome racquet. Keep it up HEAD.
Comments: Just bought this racquet last week. Suffice to say it is already stolen by my wife. Lack of power? Are
people kidding me? This is a ridiculously powerful racquet. This isn't your grandpa's racquet. If you have full swings, this is
superbly powerful. Zero adaptation time was required. I could use it with ease right away. Comparing to many many many
racquets, this is an extremely solid racquet. The frame feels very strong. Stable like a rock. Great crisp ball feel at contact and
feedback. Great feel at the net. Zero negative vibration. Wicked spins and superb control. I find this a lot more solid than my
current racquet of choice, the ProStaff 90 BLX. This is definitely a good update to the previous Head Speed Pro and Djokovic's
18x20 Speed as well. Will it improve your game? Yes if you have the technique. Otherwise, probably not. If you want power,
maybe try the lighter version?
Comments: Based on the specs published by TW, I thought that this racquet should play a lot better than last year's
model, but I was wrong. Power was lacking from this frame, as I really had to work so hard and use every ounce of technique to
generate pace. I then added weight to the hoop, but still suffered. Spin was not a problem, slice backhands and volleys were really
nice and had good control, but I still had to add a bit of punch even against big hitters at the net. 1st serve was lacking power,
2nd spin serve was ok. I am a strong 3.5 player with a fast strong forehand and a 2 handed backhand. I like to be aggressive from
the baseline and attack the net frequently whenever I get an opening. My current racquet is a BLX Blade 98 and was looking for a
flexier racquet for a bit more feel at the net.
Comments: Graphene is supposed to be the strongest stuff. And it sure is, but this racquet doesn't have the power
compared to previous versions. Very stable and maneurable but if you want more power, this racquet is not for you or for me
either. I played 3 weeks of demo and I'm returning this racquet due to lack of power.
Comments: As a user of more "classic" feeling frames like Head Prestige/Donnay X-Dual Gold, I felt this racquet to
be more of a modern frame. Fairly thick, stiff, very powerful, and hollow feeling.
Comments: I have just wrapped up a week-long TW demo of the Graphene Speed Pro. Compared to last year's
Speed Pro, the Graphene version is a great improvement. The highlights of this racquet are the consistent groundstrokes
attributed by the tight string pattern. I was able to serve well and consistent but the power on serves came short of other racquets
I've tried. Compared to last year's Speed the Graphene version is more maneuverable, but I did find myself struggling for quick
reaction counterpunches. For an 18x20 string pattern, I was impressed with the amount of spin I could apply. All in all, I don't
think this racquet is for me - the lack of power (especially on serves) was a deal breaker for me but I do recommend anyone
looking at 18x20 racquets to give it a try.
Comments: The Head Graphene Speed Pro racquet has some nice qualites to it, such as stabililty and control for
11.7 oz, but spin and power were lacking compared to the many other racquets I have tried. Serving was very nice with the
racquet given the plowthrough, but since more weight was applied to the head area, maneuvarability for quick volleys was a
challenge. Also, needed power when on the run was a bit hard to find. It may be ideal for a physically strong and or flat hitter but I
struggled with my game. I would recommend stringing at the bottom of the range for some pop. I'm a 4.5 player with a semi
western forehand and a two handed backhand.
Comments: It feels a lot like the old Flexpoint Radical Pro, which is a good thing. Great topspin, power and control.
Comments: This is the best Speed yet. First of all, I have a heavy western forehand with a two handed backhand
and a pretty strong serve . I normally play with the Roddick 2012, but recently switched to the last model of the Speed and just
got this. I put PHT at 52 lbs in the mains and Xcel at 55 in the crosses. After hitting with this racquet for about 3 hours, I can
definitely say that this is a huge improvement over the last version. Compared to the IG, this one is more maneuverable on
forehands but a little heavier (which I think is a good improvement, personally). Even with the 18x20 string pattern, I was
generating solid spin. The control was perfection. Pinpoint accuracy. It really stood out when playing aggressive. Backhands felt
the same as forehands. Smooth flowing swing feeling. Slices were nice, as they stayed low and penetrated nicely. I had the most
success with the racquet serving. Flat serves were amazing, as I had an extra 10 mph thanks to the racquet. They were kicking
up around shoulder/head height as well. Spin was a little harder due to the 18x20, but once you adjust it's very nice. Kicks were
great as well. With volleys and touch shots, the racquet is noticeably stiffer and has a wider beam as well. This paid off, and I
could really stab my volleys. It left a clean and crisp feeling as well for drop shots, so I loved the touch. Overall, this is a huge
improvement to the last one. It does not get pushed around at all at the baseline, and is definitely an aggressive player's racquet.
Mishits were stable, but they killed my arm (but this could have been the string). That's probably the only drawback I noticed. I
didn't do much returning, so I will review that later. Like another review said, I don't know if this is a honeymoon period, but this
racquet seems just about perfect. If you used the old Speed, this racquet is a must buy, or if you're looking for an aggressive
racquet with great control. I highly recommend this. Thank you Head.
Comments: Mine weighs in at 12.2 ounces strung with an over grip and dampener installed, and 5.5 points head
light. The first thing I noticed is the racquet swings pretty fast for a heavy stick. It's much faster than my plus which is kind of
sluggish. This thing feels more like an 11.3-11.5 racquet. Groundstrokes were amazing. The racquet has a little less power than
my Roddick, but not enough to make me want to change back to hit. This racquet feels extremely solid at contact and it has a
much larger sweetspot than the previous speeds (IG and Youtek). The string bed at 55 lbs still did not feel boardy. This sweetspot
rewards you striking the middle to lower portion of the racquet, but hits near the top are very solid and you still have ample power
on mishits. Serves are the same, with easy power with a good swing and form. Flat serves had a ton of pace and spin is easily
generated with the 18x20 pattern, which in the past has not always been the case. Returns are very stable and I did not feel any
twist when returning heavy balls. Players with one handed backhands will love this stick as it seems to swing effortless and the
weight of the stick is spot on. I was not able to do many volleys or touch shots, but will be able to report on that tomorrow. I
know it seems to good to be true, but for me it seems perfect. I am sure others will hate it, but I think most seeking a 12+ ounce
racquet with control and power will look no further. Maybe this is a honeymoon period, only the next week will tell for sure, but I
am very impressed with this thing so far.
Comments: I just bought this racquet and strung it at 54 lbs with synthetic gut. The racquet played really
comfortable with good control and pop on all strokes, especially the backhand slice which was exceptional. Directional control
was really impressive on serves and grounstrokes. One small downside for me was the balance, as it made it slightly awkward at
net but more
time on court should fix that. All in all, it's well worth a demo.
Comments: Great racquet. It's ideal for the aggressive player who really wants to add some extra punch to all his
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