HEAD Boom Official Thread

NickJ

Professional
I think this looks great and plan to get at least a couple, all the specs look really interesting and the design looks great with the black & teal/green.
Lets hear your thoughts, pre-release and after getting one (or more)!
 

fed1

Professional
I have been using the Pro version since mid September, so far it has been great, excellent feel and it has the right blend of power/control for me. I play doubles exclusively and this is a great serve and volley stick, stability at the net is topnotch. My current string setup is Lynx Tour 1.25 at 52lbs.
 

emaz8724

Rookie


Very similar throat area to the Vcore Pro 97. Notice the box beam lower part (4 sides) that tapers into a 5-sided, pyramidal cross section towards the upper part of the throat.

6 mains in the throat of the Boom vs 8 mains in the VCP definitely changes the control and power levels too
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
I have been using the Pro version since mid September, so far it has been great, excellent feel and it has the right blend of power/control for me. I play doubles exclusively and this is a great serve and volley stick, stability at the net is topnotch. My current string setup is Lynx Tour 1.25 at 52lbs.
Are there other 98s y'v played with that you might compare it to?

Did the Boom Pro seem to play head heavy at all? Head light?

And so did the isometrics = pyrotechnics?

Or not so much...
 

fed1

Professional
Are there other 98s y'v played with that you might compare it to?

Did the Boom Pro seem to play head heavy at all? Head light?

And so did the isometrics = pyrotechnics?

Or not so much...
There isn't a 98 that I would compare it to.
I would say more on the head light side.
The head shape worked out great for me as I tend to hit the ball up a bit higher on the sweetspot, which is very generous.
 

TennisHound

Legend
I have been using the Pro version since mid September, so far it has been great, excellent feel and it has the right blend of power/control for me. I play doubles exclusively and this is a great serve and volley stick, stability at the net is topnotch. My current string setup is Lynx Tour 1.25 at 52lbs.
What are your specs strung?
 

McGradey

Professional
Boom Pro is of interest to me—think it will be relatively headlight?
I'm not into the mint green though
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
@NickJ Looking at the pictures on page1 again, y'know it doesn't look very isometric...???

I note however @fed1 comment sweetspot up high feels generous... good sign
 
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bertrevert

Hall of Fame
There isn't a 98 that I would compare it to.
I would say more on the head light side.
The head shape worked out great for me as I tend to hit the ball up a bit higher on the sweetspot, which is very generous.
Yes +1 to hitting higher in the head. Currently Speed MP, that shape, and the earlier Radicals inverted teardrop shape seem to work out for me. Serve higher up too.

So how went the BPro on various serves for you?
 
I hit with it tonight for 30 minutes. feels good. definitely easy to play with. Good at everything. Strung swingweight for mine was 329 with 16G Head Hawk @ 51 lbs. It moved through the air faster than that. I've been playing with the new auxetic prestige pro and compared to that, it wasnt as solid. but higher launch angle obviously. with more of the muted, modern feel. Not much complaints. Might add a leather grip and try again to get the weight up just a smidge. felt like a mix between the extreme tour/gravity mp/radical pro.
 

TennisHound

Legend
Nice
Definitely up my street
I hit with it tonight for 30 minutes. feels good. definitely easy to play with. Good at everything. Strung swingweight for mine was 329 with 16G Head Hawk @ 51 lbs. It moved through the air faster than that. I've been playing with the new auxetic prestige pro and compared to that, it wasnt as solid. but higher launch angle obviously. with more of the muted, modern feel. Not much complaints. Might add a leather grip and try again to get the weight up just a smidge. felt like a mix between the extreme tour/gravity mp/radical pro.
Was it the Pro or the MP? Strung weight? Did you add weight?
 

tegg96

Semi-Pro
I hit with the Pro version. strung weight was probably around 330 g with an overgrip. did not add any weight. I'm going to continue to hit with it. Not completely ruling it out as my future stick.. but It's going to be hard to give up this auxetic prestige pro.
Then we can surmise the unstrung weight of the Boom Pro to be 305g. 305g racquet, 18g strings, 7g overgrip equals 330g total.
Did you measure the swing weight "329" on a machine? Seems a high number based on what I thought the target market to be. Would have predicted low 320s.
 

emaz8724

Rookie
Then we can surmise the unstrung weight of the Boom Pro to be 305g. 305g racquet, 18g strings, 7g overgrip equals 330g total.
Did you measure the swing weight "329" on a machine? Seems a high number based on what I thought the target market to be. Would have predicted low 320s.
Unstrung weight of the frame is 310 g. QC.
 

BumElbow

Semi-Pro
Head builds its version of an EZone. Will the Instinct stick around to continue battling with the Pure Drive? It seems that Head has every market niche covered but other than online retailers who can carry their entire line?
 
Then we can surmise the unstrung weight of the Boom Pro to be 305g. 305g racquet, 18g strings, 7g overgrip equals 330g total.
Did you measure the swing weight "329" on a machine? Seems a high number based on what I thought the target market to be. Would have predicted low 320s.
yes, 16 gauge head hawk adds quite a bit of swingweight. and maybe this one is a few points higher than intended due to QC.
 

Chezbeeno

Professional
Maybe I just haven't been looking thoroughly enough - I swear I saw somewhere that the Pro is a 98, but I haven't been able to confirm that. Anyone here?
 

DJTaurus

Hall of Fame
Maybe I just haven't been looking thoroughly enough - I swear I saw somewhere that the Pro is a 98, but I haven't been able to confirm that. Anyone here?
It was my topic 2-3 weeks before where i put photos from the official catalog and TW staff deleted it. Don’t know why…. The catalog is out to retailers. Nevertheless yes pro version is 98inch.
 

fed1

Professional
Yes +1 to hitting higher in the head. Currently Speed MP, that shape, and the earlier Radicals inverted teardrop shape seem to work out for me. Serve higher up too.

So how went the BPro on various serves for you?
Ahh the serve...My favorite part of this racquet!! This racquet out performs the 2021 Pure Drive in the serve department. I am 5'7 140lbs so I need a racquet that's going to provide a bit more help on serve and the Pro has definitely been an upgrade for me.
 

snoflewis

Hall of Fame
I hit with it tonight for 30 minutes. feels good. definitely easy to play with. Good at everything. Strung swingweight for mine was 329 with 16G Head Hawk @ 51 lbs. It moved through the air faster than that. I've been playing with the new auxetic prestige pro and compared to that, it wasnt as solid. but higher launch angle obviously. with more of the muted, modern feel. Not much complaints. Might add a leather grip and try again to get the weight up just a smidge. felt like a mix between the extreme tour/gravity mp/radical pro.
in regards to the muted, modern feel...is there a racket in the 360+ lineup with similar feel?
 

fed1

Professional
I am not a Big fan of Lynx touch however, when I tested the Boom Pro in KB back in September, it was strung with Lynx Touch and I loved it and how it fit the racket…
Interesting. I may need to give it a shot in one of mine. I went right to Lynx Tour and have been happy.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Interesting. I may need to give it a shot in one of mine. I went right to Lynx Tour and have been happy.
Ah wait, now...I am not sure if it is Lynx Touch or tour...duh. You can tell I am not familiar with that line of strings. It was yellowish/natural color though
 

Chezbeeno

Professional
Ah wait, now...I am not sure if it is Lynx Touch or tour...duh. You can tell I am not familiar with that line of strings. It was yellowish/natural color though
Lynx Tour comes in a champagne color, but I wouldn't necessarily describe it as a very natural color. Do you remember how stiff the string felt? Tour is pretty stiff, as much as I like it.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Lynx Tour comes in a champagne color, but I wouldn't necessarily describe it as a very natural color. Do you remember how stiff the string felt? Tour is pretty stiff, as much as I like it.
Champagne would be the right word. It was not too stiff since I play Gut in the mains and was able to use this for about 5 hours.
I am checking to verify which one exactly.
 

fed1

Professional
Ah wait, now...I am not sure if it is Lynx Touch or tour...duh. You can tell I am not familiar with that line of strings. It was yellowish/natural color though
The new Lynx Touch is grey. Lynx Tour is champagne. I know Lynx Touch was in the MP teasers.
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
I think this looks great and plan to get at least a couple, all the specs look really interesting and the design looks great with the black & teal/green.
Lets hear your thoughts, pre-release and after getting one (or more)!
Do you have the specs or a link to the specs?

Mainly interested in the RA, static weight and SW.
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
Very similar throat area to the Vcore Pro 97. Notice the box beam lower part (4 sides) that tapers into a 5-sided, pyramidal cross section towards the upper part of the throat.
Surely this shaping has big effect on feel, recoil, torsion, twist?

Contrast with the basic simplicity of a Pro Staff throat, or any classic racquet, and its clearly an area of racquet design they've found worth pursuing.

While we don't have the slow-motion footage nor stats modelling to quantify what it does nevertheless it'd have to be to control what happens in the area upon impact.

And think of any supermarket-cheap racquet and what tends to be the worst spots where weakness shows - the hoop sure, but mainly the throat and yoke turn to jelly.

It'd be to firm up feel, control deformation, aid spring-back return.

And also perhaps guard against inflammatory vibration by short circuiting the negatives when we frame a ball.

Maybe the throat's key to return energy?

Not the hoop: grommets and pws and power pads and rollers and flexpoints and...

And manufacturers got no idea what strings we're going to put in the thing.

What they can do is manage expectations by managing specs.

Playing with the throat like this has got to be significant. Whether it does much is up to us.
 
I think this looks great and plan to get at least a couple, all the specs look really interesting and the design looks great with the black & teal/green.
Lets hear your thoughts, pre-release and after getting one (or more)!
Great specs, great looks - what more could you want??!!

After you get them, please give a review - thanks!
 
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