Differences between Head Graphene Speed MP and Speed S

eazyswing

New User
Hello everyone,

I have one question and I was wondering if anyone could help me. I´m thinking about to get new racket soon. My current racket is Wilson BLX Pro Open 2012, and i´m not quite sure that this is best racket for my play style.

Unfortunately I live in a place where I can`t demo rackets. My friend bought himself sometime ago Head Youtek IG Speed Elite. I tested it and it felt very nice and was very easy to play, maybe little more weight would have been nice. So I have been looking same kinds of rackets and new graphene speed line seems to be close match. Speed S is actually almost same specs than elite (according to HEAD homepage. Strangely different specs in tennis warehouse), but Speed MP is little more heavier.

So can you tell me if there are much difference in these two racket (besides the weight), like how dramatic is balance difference or weight distribution? Sorry for long story, hope you understand what I mean.

Links for rackets:

Speed Elite: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Head_YOUTEK_IG_Speed_Elite/descpageRCHEAD-HSE.html

Speed S: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Head_YOUTEK_Graphene_Speed_S/descpageRCHEAD-HGSS.html

Speed MP: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Head_YOUTEK_Graphene_Speed_MP/descpageRCHEAD-HGSMP.html
 

etd

Rookie
The Graphene Speed MP and Graphene Speed S have polarized weight distribution. It is particularly noticeable in the lighter Graphene Speed S.

So if you like the more traditional weight distribution of the IG Speed Elite, I would suggest getting this racquet. You will save some money this way too.
 

eazyswing

New User
Sorry, misunderstood your post at first time. So you are actually suggesting speed elite, not speed s. But how come they (Speed s and elite) have so different kind of weight distribution, if their specs are all the same. Is it because graphene technology?
 

etd

Rookie
Yes, according to Head, Graphene in the shaft of the racquet allows Head to shift more weight to the very tips of the racquet, both at the top and the bottom.

I really liked the Youtek IG Speed Elite demo I tried. At the same time, I really disliked the Graphene Speed S as I could not get used to the weight distribution.

Please note that I am an all court player who likes to come to the net. These new polarized weight distribution racquets seemed to be favored by baseliners.
 

eazyswing

New User
Interesting thoughts! So you think that Elite was little bit more head heavy than Speed S, and that is why you liked it more am I right? I consider my self as a baseliner who likes to come to the net from time to time, so this is tricky one.

Could you, or someone else, recommend something similar in terms of playability and overall feel compared to head speed elite, mainly from head, wilson or babolat? It is getting hard to find elites anymore here in nordics.
 

etd

Rookie
The Graphene Speed S felt more head heavy than the IG Speed Elite. As a result, the Graphene Speed S felt less manuverable to me.

I don't like the feel of polarized racquets in general. Do not buy a polarized racquet without trying it first, especially if you like racquets with traditional weight distribution.
 
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eazyswing

New User
Thank you etd for your feedback! If anyone else can recommend some easy-to-play traditional type racket, Im all ears.
 
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