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The World Headquarters of Racquet Quest was pleased to have Erika and Federic from Head visit recently. Erika is with Head in Phoenix and Frederic is from the Headquarters in Kennelbach, Austria.
Team Head player, Jack Anthrop was on hand to provide a players perspective.
The purpose of the visit was to discuss a “grassroots” program that can effectively address, and contribute to the growth of tennis worldwide.
I was commenting on racquets and string selections, of course, when it dawned on me that Head has done an extraordinary job in designing racquets that have vast player appeal! A prime example is the Adaptive Series, introduced about a year ago, consisting of a “Speed” and “Instinct” model.
This series can go from a lightweight standard length racquet to a more substantial, longer racquet in a few minutes! Plus this series can be either a 16 x 19 or a 16x 16 string pattern!
This concept is valid, and one that allows players to maximise the performance of the racquet. And the implementation is easy. Some changes can be made at courtside!
So, while I believe more can be done to get players into the correct racquet, the Head Adaptive Series is very close to being perfect!
Head continues to upgrade the Extreme Series racquets and that is a good thing, I believe!
The latest version has a slightly different head shape that is not quite as “round” as previous versions. The frame geometry is more contemporary with angles instead of smoothness. The string pattern, while still 16 x 19 has a little more open and the graphics are HUGE!
This version comes in two (2) models; the MP and Lite. The MP weighs in at 316 grams (11.15 oz), and the Lite comes in at an easy to use 279 grams (9.84 oz). Obviously, the Lite has some customization capabilities.
The MP is slightly stiffer at 61 than the Lite at 56. Not a big difference but it will be noticeable. The swing weight of the MP is a robust 331 while the Lite is easy to swing at 298.
Both models are 100 square inch head size and look exactly the same. These racquets are a perfect fit for good players wanting to become more aggressive. The “open” pattern will bring the ball down into the court (if you are swinging/hitting correctly) making it easy to go for shots that might otherwise go long.
To go with the new versions, there are two bags and a backpack.
Hit with the new Head Graphene Touch Speed racquets…all three (3) of them! So, what did you think?
I think the marketing tagline, “Less shock…More Wow!” is true. I think the “feel” of each of the models is now rivaling one of the all-time great “feeling” racquets! (contact me if you want to know what racquet that is)
In addition to Graphene XT Head has added Kraibon material that effectively stops high-frequency vibration before it gets to your hand! While these high-frequency vibrations don’t do any harm, they do contribute to the “hollow” feeling that some players object to. This new composite is called Graphene Touch, and it is solid!
All of these models are 100 sq. in (645 sq. cm ). The Pro and MP are both 22mm beam with the “S” having a reasonable 25mm beam. The Pro, as you would expect, has an 18×20 string pattern, the MP has a 16×19 pattern as does the “S” model.
The “Pro” weighs in at 328g (11.57 oz), the “MP” at 315g (11.11 oz), and the “S” is a comfortable 298g (10.51 oz). Both the “Pro” and “MP” have a stiffness index of 48, and the “S” is an easy 41 as tested on the FlexFour device. The RDC stiffness numbers are “Pro” 64, “MP” 61, and the “S” 64.
I did not measure the grip pallets, but the “S” does feel slightly more “round” than the other two. This shape, if confirmed, may appeal to more players than the “flatter” Head grip style.
Hitting with the “Pro” confirms that it is the “performance” model. However, it feels easy to use on all strokes especially the serve! The “MP” is easier to use, overall, with a slightly more “supple” string bed that evens out my mis-hits. The “S” is probably the most user-friendly of all the models but with enough “stick” to satisfy any player style.
The white and black graphic is more pleasing to me than the previous Speed graphics. A little red adds a contemporary note. Does anyone know what the splash of red on the shaft represents? If you do and are the first to let me know, there is a special offer for you.
These models will be shipping the last week of September.