Thanks! That was a great review, I much appreciated it! Although it kind of disappointed me as I expected the SP to be more forgiving and powerful than what you're saying.I've been testing the SP 360+ for a couple weeks now. Mainly play with the Gravity Pro and EZ98 and previously tried the Speed Pro 360. The original Speed Pro 360 was too light and the swing weight was way too low... felt like a toy. Yes you could swing it fast, but I felt like I had to swing for the fences to get any pace on the ball and the serve was pretty anemic. I've always felt the Gravity Pro hit with more power and spin than the Speed Pro series which was curious to me since Head rates Speed Pro as more powerful.
I've finally started unlocking the power of the Speed Pro 360+ this week... even on serve. The Gravity Pro and EZ98 are easier to play with and access power and spin... but the Speed Pro 360+ definitely has more power. Sweetspot isn't as big and is a little lower in the hoop so it took a bit for me to adjust to that. Also, you really have to have excellent technique to access the heavy spin the Speed Pro 360+ can generate... I have to exaggerate my swing a bit and really go low to high. Because of the 18x20 pattern you can really swing out... while going really low to high... without fear of the ball launching. With the right contact it can produce an exceptionally heavy ball. Also, on serve I'm hitting some of the best second serves... heavy with pace. You have to take a cut at the ball, but when you get it right it's nasty.
Bottom line to me the Speed Pro 360+ is much improved over the 360 version due to the slight increase in static weight and much needed swing weight. Spiral fibers have also improved the feel and kept it more comfortable. I'm hitting with HyperG 17ga at 45lbs stock racquet with overripe and dampener. My frame was right on spec. It's not as forgiving as the Gravity Pro or EZone 98, but forgiving enough. It's a players frame and really rewards correct technique and solid ball striking... surprising that a 100sq in frame can demand this much precision. Reminds a little of the Agassi Bumble Bee Head Radical 107... somewhat forgiving, but definitely requiring technical precision that reaps huge rewards. This might be the slightly lighter weight Gravity Pro I've been looking for now that I'm getting the power and spin that I look for. The fact that it's really helping me improve my stroke is nice as I feel I've been getting lazy with racquets that are too forgiving.
This Speed Pro line has always intrigued me, but I've never had much of a good experience. I like the Speed Pro 360 initially, but not the lack of power and plow. I could play great with it at times, but just had to swing out of my mind because any power had to come from swing speed. The 360+ fixes that issue and I can generate power as needed as well as spin... you just have to be pretty deliberate about your stroke and contact.
The two frames I've enjoyed the most are the Yonex 95D and the Blade 2015 18x20, but they became too demanding and I've been wanting more free power and forgiveness. The SV 98 and Vcore 98 helped me with that, although they don't feel as nice, and are perhaps too powerful. I was hoping the SPs would be the middle ground. The pure strike tour interested me a lot as well. Let's wait and see.