Head Gravity

Kal-El 34

Hall of Fame
Swapped out the standard grip for a head finest calfskin. Man did that make a world of difference. Simply having the racket a touch quicker through the air and I felt like any weakness I felt this frame had (aside from the 100 sq in head) was gone

I’ve been tinkering with the pro for awhile now. Playing it with the lynx tour prototype and the leather grip and might be on to something here
 

2nd Serve Ace

Hall of Fame
Swapped out the standard grip for a head finest calfskin. Man did that make a world of difference. Simply having the racket a touch quicker through the air and I felt like any weakness I felt this frame had (aside from the 100 sq in head) was gone

I’ve been tinkering with the pro for awhile now. Playing it with the lynx tour prototype and the leather grip and might be on to something here
Well with frames that have a strong SW, making them HL is always going to be the ticket.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
Well with frames that have a strong SW, making them HL is always going to be the ticket.
a balance approach/compromise is also needed though
i just added lead and o-grip to mine to get it to 10pts HL,, but now the racquet weights 12.9oz

i wish it were lighter, and more headlight 11-12ptsHL,, but that would take the racquet over the 13oz range (maybe ill try this next time)
but my compromise was the total weight, vs the HL of the racquet
i find that the 100" racquets give me the most trouble on that one.. :)
but none the less, this is a good racquet to thinker with..
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
Swapped out the standard grip for a head finest calfskin. Man did that make a world of difference. Simply having the racket a touch quicker through the air and I felt like any weakness I felt this frame had (aside from the 100 sq in head) was gone

I’ve been tinkering with the pro for awhile now. Playing it with the lynx tour prototype and the leather grip and might be on to something here
what tension do you have this racquet at?
with the lynx tour prototype, did you like it??
i tried this racquet so far with h.lynx and with the lynx tour prototype: http://instagr.am/p/B4drg58gZss/
 

geubes

Rookie
Swapped out the standard grip for a head finest calfskin. Man did that make a world of difference. Simply having the racket a touch quicker through the air and I felt like any weakness I felt this frame had (aside from the 100 sq in head) was gone

I’ve been tinkering with the pro for awhile now. Playing it with the lynx tour prototype and the leather grip and might be on to something here
Do you know the overall weight strung and gripped?

I put a Head Leather Tour (the heavy one) grip + Wilson pro overgrip. Really brought the balance down and smoothed the racket out nicely. Currently 345g strung with a dampner
 

Kal-El 34

Hall of Fame
Do you know the overall weight strung and gripped?

I put a Head Leather Tour (the heavy one) grip + Wilson pro overgrip. Really brought the balance down and smoothed the racket out nicely. Currently 345g strung with a dampner
Not sure but that’s about the same. Finest calfskin and pro overgrip. I’ve done no other modifications
 

iceman_dl6

Semi-Pro
Do you know the overall weight strung and gripped?

I put a Head Leather Tour (the heavy one) grip + Wilson pro overgrip. Really brought the balance down and smoothed the racket out nicely. Currently 345g strung with a dampner
350g for my GPro with a regular Head Leather and 2 wilson overgrips! Plays awesome!! Not heavy at all and love the more headlight balance!!
 

blablavla

Hall of Fame
For me the gravity tour is perfect..
MP was a tad to light playing stock..
Pro was simply to heavy for me..
Both had great attributes..
Tour is a great comprise..
Trained with MP over the weekend. Changed the strings to the ones I normally use.
For starter, added an overgrip and 4 gr of lead, in a 10cm stripes, starting at close to 10/2 o'clock, and going all the way to 9/3 o'clock.
There was as well a dampener on the stringbed.

Volley.
Felt as easy as with the stock racket.

Baseline.
Felt a bit better as compared to the stock racket, still, at times had the feeling that the balls would push the racket, even when the ball machine was set to medium speed.

Service.
Felt similar to PA, which I still used in the past weeks.

Then next day, I added another 4 gr of lead, similar stripes, on top of the previous stripes.
Removed the dampener from stringbed.

Volley -> didn't try.

Baseline.
Either from adding more lead, or simply from more time with the frame, the improvement was significant.
Yet a mixed feeling.
On one side, I feel like if I would play a longer period with the frame, there is quite some potential to unlock.
On the other side, even with 8gr of lead, it still wasn't as stable as GTour in stock form.

Service.
Significantly worse than the previous time.
Not gonna blame this on the frame, might be just a "bad day".

So, in my case, given how I swing and play, I find GTour more appealing than MP.
The MP advantages for me are:
easier volley and easier access to depth.

The Tour advantages for me are:
Much more control over service, so it actually helped me to come close back to my normal service as opposed to the struggles with PA / Gravity MP
Stable frame from baseline, though it does require adjustment period in my case
Stable volley, though not as easy as with MP
 

CBinRVA

New User
Upcoming Holiday Question:

Does Head usually offer any discounts around the holidays? Tecnifibre just did a 25% sale. Was wondering if Head ever does this?
 

megamind

Hall of Fame
For those using the Gravity Tour, did you modify it? What did you change?

I'm considering adding more weight for additional stability, but haven't modded a racquette before
 

blablavla

Hall of Fame
For those using the Gravity Tour, did you modify it? What did you change?

I'm considering adding more weight for additional stability, but haven't modded a racquette before
I settled on Gravity Tour as so far the stock form seems to be good enough without mods.

Tried to add lead to the MP during testing, but it didn't help that much.
Though, something close to 8gr of lead + overgrip were supposed to bring the static weight close to the Tour.
 

nov

Rookie
Is there difference for example if you take Gravity Mp Lite and mod it to same spec as Gravity MP, will it play the same?
 

nov

Rookie
there is such probability.
but why try to mod MP Lite if you can purchase the MP?
Actually i bought Mp Lite because wanted lighter racquet with HL balance, if i mod MP to HL balance it will too heavy for me. But now i have 325 gram racquet with 4-5 HL, because need to put 8 grams on 3 9 to make it stable enough and counterweight in handle a lot. But as my fitness improved i find out i have no problem with heavier racquet.
 

geubes

Rookie
Odd question. Those that have brought more than one, did you notice any difference between the shades of paint? I have two, the colours definitely pop more on one of them Vs the other. Noticeable by eye. The bolder coloured one also weighs 1.5g more. They play the same.
 

PD1978

Rookie
Odd question. Those that have brought more than one, did you notice any difference between the shades of paint? I have two, the colours definitely pop more on one of them Vs the other. Noticeable by eye. The bolder coloured one also weighs 1.5g more. They play the same.
The graphics are a bit different between my Pro and Tour.
 

geubes

Rookie
Dropped the tension to 46/44 from 52/50 in the pro. I also removed the leather grip and replaced with a head hydrosorb. Removing about 8g from the handle. It Opened the sweet spot, added more accessible spin and volleys were deeper. Tbh I played better at this tension and lighter static weight, frame felt super nice and incredibly accurate. Will see how the racket continues to play as the strings get older and how quickly balls start to balloon off. Ice code 18g. I still have one strung at 52 so will back to back them next time out to see if it continues to be better.
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
Swore off any Head Radical ever again.
Demoed the Head Gravity MP... so good!

Am thinking the wider rounder head shape gives greater window for spin, plus an expanded upper hoop area - maybe that what they mean about the sweetspot. All specs aside, changed hoop shape alone is a pretty significant differentiation to make this a new racquet line...
 
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bertrevert

Hall of Fame
Gravity MP.

310 static weight, 323 swingweight

Several characteristics grabbed my interest/money: different head shape with expanded upper hoop area, low RA, low static weight / high swingweight.

First outing two hours hitting. Serve points at end. Hardcourt. Non-stop. Hot day.

So far, volleys have more thump. Groundies more control and depth. And more of the mistimed shots tend to work out for me. Just swing the racquet at it.

The higher swingweight has me concentrating more on prep, being less lazy.

However when I mistime, when late on the ball, or catch the frame on a volley, I feel that swingweight. The recoil is heavier.

Reckon arm/body has to adapt.

This racq feels like it's lowered the price of entry. Low static weight means I can prep quicker and carry longer. High swingweight means I win the collision with the ball.

So at the end of two hot hours we did serve points.

Was able to keep the racq moving through the serve motion thanks to the low static weight, and then trust the swingweight to deliver.

You see I usually I like light racquets. But they come with low swingweights. You have to swing hard all day and timing be good. At the end of a session I can still swing ok but that low swingweight means I start to muscle the ball and swing all out just to get some action on the ball. It's tiring.

I wanted an easier ride.

So far so good. Haven't tested it in comp yet.
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
I was testing out a few new frames from Wilson (Blade V7 98S and -6x19, Clash 98), as I wasn’t fully satisfied with either the new PS 100 nor the PO7, when I got the chance to test a playing partner’s Gravity Tour (he’d bought 3 of them, and was raving about them). Wow. After 2-3 shots I knew this frame was golden.

I haven’t tried any of the other Gravity rackets, but the Tour enamelled me so much, I’m putting all myn eggs in the Gravity Tour basket.

The Tour is everything I was hoping for, after demping and buying countless rackets:
The 100 sq in provides a generous sweet zone and stability, whilst the 18x20 reigns it in with control. The 22 mm flat’ish and constant beam feels like a 95 sq in scalpel (almost), has an old school smooth and plush feel, but manages to provide a modern pop on the ball. The last part I’m really confused on how they’ve managed. It’d the proverbial cake and eat it too :)

Now, I’ve tried all serious Clash rackets (100, 100 Tour, 98) and the new Blades, and whilst I agree they have a nice feel, there’s also something intangible about that feel that’s muted in a wrong way - for me. The Gravity Tour otoh is a happy marriage between new and old.

That being said, I know a former top national player that hated one of the Gravity (don’t know which) he was trying the other day. He used a LM (?) Prestige normally.
 

naturallight

Semi-Pro
How does the head shape on the Gravity compare to the head shape on the older school (rounder) Extremes? Pretty much the same?
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
The Gravity Tour otoh is a happy marriage between new and old [feel].
I don't know if my MP shares all those same feel-characteristics as the Tour, nevertheless "feel" seems to be a standout attribute of the Gravity line.

The MP is in-sync with current racquets which are softer... or just a stiff racq with better dampening!

For instance, I could not play with Wilson Revolve in a Graphene 360 Speed MP, too much vibration, sore elbow (outer, golfers).

Put the same Wilson Revolve string in Grav MP - all good.

I half wouldn't mind to comparing one of the recent-past comfortable racquets in a long time which was my old LM Radical (Austrian) with Grav MP. Think the Twaron is more loose and linear. Whereas the Grav might have less deflection, less oscillations, and a quicker return to form. It feels sharper quicker. Taken together - good feel.

I recall Luxilon in the twaron LM Rad was still boardy, bit of a pain. But I expect to play Lux in the Gravity no problem.

Another comparison, the Gravity just feels sharper than the vagueness of say a Clash 100. While the Clash has lovely give and comfort it nevertheless can feel a bit vague. It cups the ball but doesn't grab it.

Feel can be hard to pin down, and all the above is subjective, or could be altered with different strings perhaps, nevertheless but there is a lot more comfort/feel going on than there has been for a decade or so.

Think perhaps part of what you are enjoying is the teardrop shape and expanded sweetspot up top? The Gravity head shape is v enjoyable. V good at lifting up low ball bounce mid court. Or catching a kick serve at the top of the swing.
 

nov

Rookie
Does Gravity racquet line handle feel smaller?Now i have Mp Lite L3 with leather grip + 2 overgrip and grip size just a little bit small for me, but not much. Funny i used to play L3 grips all my life, but lately im feeling better with bigger grips even my hand is small. Im thinking about changing to Gravity Tour/Pro and go with L4 + Babolat skin Feel maybe and wonder if its not gonna be too big?I believe Wilson L3 feels much bigger than Gravity L3?
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
Most would say that Head handles feel smaller, and you should consider going up a size, because they are less square than the Wilson shape. Head are more rectangular, which makes them feel smaller, sit smaller in the palm as it lays flatter and the fingers fold tighter over the smaller side of a rectangle.

Of course the best thing is to try the grip in a shop if at all possible. Refer
 
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TennisHound

Legend
...You see I usually I like light racquets. But they come with low swingweights. You have to swing hard all day and timing be good. At the end of a session I can still swing ok but that low swingweight means I start to muscle the ball and swing all out...
Thats actually pretty good points.
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
How does the head shape on the Gravity compare to the head shape on the older school (rounder) Extremes? Pretty much the same?
Time ago demoed Extreme MP, round 2010?, think this one, .25 longer

and I remember a rounder hoop, rounder than the Grav, rounder like really soccer ball rounder! Real baseliner grinder racq for topspin groundies.

Gravity hoop shape engineered different to that in that it is less rounder, with more action going on up top, focussing in, not as round

Think it encourages different groundies to that rounder Bab/Extreme hoop. Seems to suit catching the ball up top and hitting flatter maybe? MP is very light btw but great swingweight.

(Btw I associate the Extreme with Ljubicic and that high loop ball with more windshield wipe in his FH.)
 

A_Instead

Hall of Fame
Gravity grips feel small to me.. I am a 4 1/4 user in most companies..but the gravity in 4 1/4 feels smaller than most...
 

megamind

Hall of Fame
My GRAVITY TOUR came strung with factory strings: someone knows which strings are they? THANX!
Guess but I’m probably wrong: Head Lynx or Head Hawk, try to find the name, should be printed onto a portion of the strings!

if you got it from tennis warehouse, I’d check in the tennis warehouse ama section
 

tribesmen

Professional
My GRAVITY TOUR came strung with factory strings: someone knows which strings are they? THANX!
What color is it? Brownish? Head is very active now with its Experimental Tour which will be called Lynx Tour. It is brownish and not a bad string at all. A good combo with Gravity Tour racket.
 
I can't find the print, but it's black and feels quite soft (ot it's the racquet?), so maybe it's Lynx? Didn'y buy from TW
Most pre strung Gravity Pros had Lynx Anthracite @ 50 lbs I think. Maybe @Howard H can tell?

I have actually never tried that combination myself, but since I have a set of Lynx here, I think I’m going to have a Gravity strung with it and see how it goes
 

gazz1

Semi-Pro
My GRAVITY TOUR came strung with factory strings: someone knows which strings are they? THANX!
I asked the same question on this forum a while back and those in the know told me lynx...they were correct.
I bought some and strung my Gravity Pro with it and really like the way it plays with this string.
That said, it's more important to get the tension right with a new racket. Otherwise even the best strings can feel pretty average.
 
First impressions after first play with gravity tour... 2 weeks ago I bought Yonex DR 100, so a lot of my impressions are in comparison to this racquet...Well, actually they complete eachother: while DR 100 gives you easy power but lacks feel, gravity tour gives no free power but has a lot of feel... I used GT in a competition thinking it will motivate me, but actually it's not the kind of racquet you can just hold in your hands and play, you need to really study it... Although, it has a great feeling, no harsh vibrations at all, even with a co-poly Lynx (I think that is the factory string)... My strokes are quite compact since I never really learned how to play tennis, but when I took really big swings I felt it can be even more powerful and much accurate than DR... What was strange is that I found it much more harder to volley than with DR - you gave to be in perfect position.. It reminds me of my old Prestige Tour 660, only with much better manuervity (330g vs 360g)... 2 handed backhand is almost impossible, while backhand slices cuts like a knife... I was surprised by the deep and low slice you can achieve with little effort, and it was easy for me to generate power on serve, much more than DR... I framed a lot, but when I returned I felt a good control, the ball dewelld well... The very weak point was at topspin, comparing to the ease of DR... When I switched between the racquets and played few points with DR (SWTICHING - always a bad mistake!) I suddenly I felt was in control of the ralley as my opponent got pushed to the fence by the high bouncing balls... Drop shots has great potential though I didn't have enough confidence to try... If I have to give marks... then:
Power - 6
Control - 9
Feel - 10
Volley - 7
Serve - 8
Slice - 9
Topspin - 6
Flat - 9
Comfort - 10
Returns - 8
 
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