Head Speed 2013 Playtest

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by samoah24, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. newyorkstadium

    newyorkstadium Semi-Pro

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    Predicted to be the coldest winter in 100 years mate. :( Can't see myself back on a court till February, at the earliest. I'm too much of a wimp in this cold weather.
     
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  2. rohit1986xyz

    rohit1986xyz New User

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    Sorry Head.. I am not sold on this one!

    My play level is between 4.0-4.5. My game is that of a counter puncher, baseliner. MY basic strategy is to get aces, and hit a lot of accurate fast winners (down-the-lines, overheads).

    I have put around 6 hours of tennis to the head 2013 graphene 16x19 heavier version prototype model. Frankly, I did not like it. I liked the older IG speed much more. This racket does not offer a lot of speed like the usual speed models and has even lesser control than the older IG speed. If you get the ball outside the sweetspot (which is of weird shape due to the changed shape of the racket), you will find substantial decrease in power. I was mis-hitting the balls frequently because they were not at the sweetspot. And whenever I got it in the sweetspot, it would sail outside the baseline because I was getting used to hitting with a lot of power in all my other shots. As a result, I was getting beaten in most points.

    I think for anyone testing this racket of thinking about this racket, make sure that you are well-settled in with the racket shape and its sweetspot. The maneuverability is higher than the older IG speed, which is welcome. Also, it is more stable than the IG speed, which was also good.

    One more shot from this racket that I had trouble with was the direct ball punch. What I mean is that when an opponent hits a ball that is sailing and you move forward to hit it before it bounces to hit the winner. I had trouble in hitting that shot because it was going into the nets very often. The oval shape of the racket head really created problems for me in my game.

    One aspect that I liked about the racket was the serves. This racket serves, by far, the best I have seen with any 2013 model (Blade, APD, head G) or 2012 model (APD, Pro Staff, 6.1. series, Radical, Speed). The amount of spin I was getting and the ability to place the ball on serves was just insane. Having said that, the balls did not have the amount of pace that I usually get. So, its a trade-off but accuracy over speed, I would take accuracy any given day!
     
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  3. rohit1986xyz

    rohit1986xyz New User

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    One correction In 2013 models, I have only tested Blade 98 18x20, Blade 93, and Head Graphene G. I haven't tested the 2013 babolat APD.
     
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  4. AbsoluTennis

    AbsoluTennis New User

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    I tested the new Speed G 16/19 (300 gr) quite a lot the last 2 weeks.
    I m currently playing the 2012 Radical Pro (630) and i actually had only 2 problems with the new Speed:
    the different grip shape (not the traditional Head Grip-rather like Wilson)
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    the lack of mass (compared to the Radical Pro).

    I was pretty happy about all other aspects of the Speed:
    more spin
    better acceleration
    better handling
    better serve...

    the Head guy told me to put 3 gr of lead on 12 and in the buttcap and it should work better...but i didnt try yet

    bye
     
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  5. frunk

    frunk Semi-Pro

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    Just got a speed MP demo.
     
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  6. frunk

    frunk Semi-Pro

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    Update: hated it.
     
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  7. mrmo1115

    mrmo1115 Hall of Fame

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    You got the 18/20 315g?
     
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  8. mrc

    mrc Rookie

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    I hit the Graphene Speed Pro today. Strung with 4G Mains Poly at 50lbs and Nat Gut at 55 Crosses. Just not my thing, too stiff, thick, light, and hollow feeling.If you want to break 200MPH on your forehand..great stick. Reminds me a bit of Head Radical IG Pro which I hit for a few minutes.
     
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  9. hyperion99

    hyperion99 Semi-Pro

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    The Graphene speed pro 18/20 has shared holes.
    No skips
     
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