Tennis Warehouse: Head Graphene 360 Speed (Pro, MP, S) Playtest

TW Staff

Administrator
Attention Talk Tennis Members:

We have a very limited number of Head Graphene 360 Speed Pro, MP and S racquets for a playtest. Grip size 4 ⅜. This playtest is for US Talk Tennis Members only.

IMPORTANT: These racquets are shipping unstrung with a set of Head Lynx 17 (green or yellow) and Head Velocity MLT 17 (black). It is the responsibility of the playtester to have their racquet strung.

BONUS: As a thank you and extra incentive for reviewing the racquet, Head will be offering a new Djokovic Monstercombi 12 pack for the three reviews that are the most helpful and detailed. Reviews can include videos, pictures and detailed comments. Winners will be announced after all the reviews are turned in and will be notified via email.

Application period is now closed. Playtesters will be notified via email in 2-3 days.


We select playtesters based on a number of factors, including past performance on playtests, message board participation, message board history, etc.

Your reviews are due on August 31, 2018.


If you do not post a review/post late, or if your review is clearly lacking effort, you will be excluded from future playtests.

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TW Staff

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styksnstryngs

Professional
This is exciting. I'm writing up my yonex poly tour strike review and it'll be up soon, hopefully I get to do the same with the mp.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
Have enjoyed Speed Pro from the first Graphene, XT to the Touch version. To me, the Touch Speed Pro was one of the best racket made recently by Head. It had everything from decent feel, control, maneuverability and power. Some may not have liked the extreme dense pattern, but the pattern gave me a huge confidence to go after the shots without having fear of over hitting. It will be interesting to see how it’s changed.
 

TennisHound

Legend
Have enjoyed Speed Pro from the first Graphene, XT to the Touch version. To me, the Touch Speed Pro was one of the best racket made recently by Head. It had everything from decent feel, control, maneuverability and power. Some may not have liked the extreme dense pattern, but the pattern gave me a huge confidence to go after the shots without having fear of over hitting. It will be interesting to see how it’s changed.
X2 on that
 

Santi

New User
I love Head racquets! I’ve been using the HEAD Radical S for a few years and absolutely love it!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

loosegroove

Hall of Fame
Have enjoyed Speed Pro from the first Graphene, XT to the Touch version. To me, the Touch Speed Pro was one of the best racket made recently by Head. It had everything from decent feel, control, maneuverability and power. Some may not have liked the extreme dense pattern, but the pattern gave me a huge confidence to go after the shots without having fear of over hitting. It will be interesting to see how it’s changed.

You liked the XT? I thought it was the lame duck of the bunch. The original and the Touch were really nice though. I think the Touch with a more open pattern would have been sweet personally.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
You liked the XT? I thought it was the lame duck of the bunch. The original and the Touch were really nice though. I think the Touch with a more open pattern would have been sweet personally.

I liked the XT over the first Graphene because it was easier to play for me. The first one was nice, but I think Head didn’t know whether they wanted a bigger headed Prestige or comtrol oroented tweener. The XT was definitely more tweener like, but to me, it was easier to swing and hit with. The Touch was the best, though, and I actually loved the super dense pattern. For some weird reason, creating spin with Speed Pro’s dense pattern worked well for me.
 
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styksnstryngs

Professional
You liked the XT? I thought it was the lame duck of the bunch. The original and the Touch were really nice though. I think the Touch with a more open pattern would have been sweet personally.
I liked the original, but I liked the og radical even better, which is why I sold mine to a friend who literally wore through it. He's on the touch now, which is actually really popular from what I can see.
 

loosegroove

Hall of Fame
Touch was the best, though, and I actually loved the super dense pattern.

I liked the original, but I liked the og radical even better, which is why I sold mine to a friend who literally wore through it. He's on the touch now, which is actually really popular from what I can see.

Yeah, the Touch was my favorite. Original was solid, stable, and hit a big ball due to the heavier static/swingweight and higher stiffness. It was just a little too much racket for me though. But while the original played firm and solid, the XT felt stiff and hollow. I was amazed how much I didn't like it. And the Touch brought the specs all within my range, with slightly lower swingweight and static weight, and a flexier layup. Still felt really solid though with great control. And I didn't think the "Touch" made it too muted or vague, actually really liked how it felt. Hopefully the latest isn't a step back towards the XT.
 

Phantasm

Semi-Pro
I actually like the XT over the Touch. Used the Pro for both. Touch Pro was softer but felt overly muted even though its RA was not that particularly low.

I can agree that the XT felt stiffer but it hit a very mean ball hitting with it and against it.

G360 looks to be pretty dynamic changes though. Changes in beam width, string spacing w/ wider cross spacing. The MP actually has 8 throat mains now looks to be a bit tighter in the middle while opening the rest of the frame. The Pro also spaced out the 8 throat mains more as well so it's more open than previous iterations.

Always been a Speed Pro guy when it comes to the Speed line but I'm probably looking forward to trying the MP more this time around.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
agree. i find it difficult to go back and forth between the MP and the Pro though. the Pro has a much more predictable response, the MP makes crazy amounts of spin.

I find them to be not similar at all and did not like the MP because it wasn’t as stable or solid. Their string patterns are polar opposite of each other, too. If the players can get by the dense pattern, the Pro is a solid all-arounder. I think the MP is more designed for the players with heavy topspin baseline grinding game.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
I find them to be not similar at all and did not like the MP because it wasn’t as stable or solid. Their string patterns are polar opposite of each other, too. If the players can get by the dense pattern, the Pro is a solid all-arounder. I think the MP is more designed for the players with heavy topspin baseline grinding game.
having hit with the pro for an extended period of time, i have a lot of trouble controlling the MP. my only beef with the pro is that i hit more short balls ... like jo11y says, too many groundstrokes land in the service box. its just a leeeeeeeetle bit underpowered for my swing speed. but hey, maybe the 360 boosts the pop a little.
 

styksnstryngs

Professional
having hit with the pro for an extended period of time, i have a lot of trouble controlling the MP. my only beef with the pro is that i hit more short balls ... like jo11y says, too many groundstrokes land in the service box. its just a leeeeeeeetle bit underpowered for my swing speed. but hey, maybe the 360 boosts the pop a little.
They said the pattern opened up a bit, so this could be true, hopefully it is.
 

haqq777

Legend
Can someone please post the specs of Speed Pro, Speed MP and Speed S so it clears up the confusion a bit?

I know the Prestige line inside out but I have never used the Speed line and I very recently found out that unlike the Prestige MP (which is 18x20) the Speed MP is a 16x19. And the Speed Pro is 18x20 (unlike the Prestige Pro which is a 16x19). Why would they do that! o_O:eek:

Anyway, help a brother out. Please post specs of all three Speed 'trims' and a few words about how each plays, if possible, so us noobs for the Speed line can get an idea. Which one is more of a player's stick and which one plays more like a tweener?

Have been gravitating towards denser patterns lately even though I played with 16×19 for over a decade (college, H.S). I think I will demo this either way just for kicks.

Cheers!
 

haqq777

Legend
Can someone please post the specs of Speed Pro, Speed MP and Speed S so it clears up the confusion a bit?

I know the Prestige line inside out but I have never used the Speed line and I very recently found out that unlike the Prestige MP (which is 18x20) the Speed MP is a 16x19. And the Speed Pro is 18x20 (unlike the Prestige Pro which is a 16x19). Why would they do that! o_O:eek:

Anyway, help a brother out. Please post specs of all three Speed 'trims' and a few words about how each plays, if possible, so us noobs for the Speed line can get an idea. Which one is more of a player's stick and which one plays more like a tweener?

Have been gravitating towards denser patterns lately even though I played with 16×19 for over a decade (college, H.S). I think I will demo this either way just for kicks.

Cheers!
Nevermind. I quit being lazy and read up on all three Touch Speeds. Have a fair idea now :)
 

styksnstryngs

Professional
Can someone please post the specs of Speed Pro, Speed MP and Speed S so it clears up the confusion a bit?

I know the Prestige line inside out but I have never used the Speed line and I very recently found out that unlike the Prestige MP (which is 18x20) the Speed MP is a 16x19. And the Speed Pro is 18x20 (unlike the Prestige Pro which is a 16x19). Why would they do that! o_O:eek:

Anyway, help a brother out. Please post specs of all three Speed 'trims' and a few words about how each plays, if possible, so us noobs for the Speed line can get an idea. Which one is more of a player's stick and which one plays more like a tweener?

Have been gravitating towards denser patterns lately even though I played with 16×19 for over a decade (college, H.S). I think I will demo this either way just for kicks.

Cheers!
The prestige line is the odd one out, actually. Most of the head lines have a more tweener oriented mp and a player oriented pro. The prestige also has (had) a really nice S line with some weight, while the other S lines are light and stiff and very open.
 

haqq777

Legend
The prestige line is the odd one out, actually. Most of the head lines have a more tweener oriented mp and a player oriented pro. The prestige also has (had) a really nice S line with some weight, while the other S lines are light and stiff and very open.
Yeah, makes sense. I remember Radicals used to have MP with 18x20 right uptil Microgels but switched to 16x19 for Graphene. Older Extreme Microgel MP was just called Microgel Extreme and was always 16x19 as far as I remember (and with a much rounder head shape than current one). The Microgel Extreme Pro was same 16x19 but heavier. Never hit with Speed or Instinct so can't speak for those. Multiple lines and trims within each lines makes for such a hodgepodge though. It would make life so much easier if there was a method to this madness.
 

Phantasm

Semi-Pro
having hit with the pro for an extended period of time, i have a lot of trouble controlling the MP. my only beef with the pro is that i hit more short balls ... like jo11y says, too many groundstrokes land in the service box. its just a leeeeeeeetle bit underpowered for my swing speed. but hey, maybe the 360 boosts the pop a little.

thats what my thoughts were with the pro as well. I don't hit as hard as jo11y. The MP is tighter in the sweetspot with 8 throat mains now, so I'm hoping that MP dials that in then more forgiving outside it with the wider spacing.
 
Signed up for the Speed Pro, which I'm guessing will be the most popular stick. I've never tried any of these rackets out so hoping for some good luck! Strung specs look similar to the EZONE DR 98 so looks like it would be a good stick for me
 

Faris

Professional
Yeah, makes sense. I remember Radicals used to have MP with 18x20 right uptil Microgels but switched to 16x19 for Graphene. Older Extreme Microgel MP was just called Microgel Extreme and was always 16x19 as far as I remember (and with a much rounder head shape than current one). The Microgel Extreme Pro was same 16x19 but heavier. Never hit with Speed or Instinct so can't speak for those. Multiple lines and trims within each lines makes for such a hodgepodge though. It would make life so much easier if there was a method to this madness.
oh yeah..they are hard to keep track of for sure...but then again making is easier for consumers would be the smart choice, why would they do that? :p
 

djNEiGht

Legend
Thank you to Head and to Tennis Warehouse. Good luck to all the applicants.

I have a few Prestige (intelligence & YT) models as well as a couple Radicals (intelligence & bumblebee). I have yet to hit with a Speed. From the quick read through...the Speed might fit between the Prestige and Radical line. Either way, great looking racquet as well as how the 18x20 is a bit more open spaced. Saves on the control but adds a bit of power and spin from the Prestige 18x20
 

bertrevert

Legend
Ok gonna watch this from Oz as I have the MP here on order...

Really want to know how it serves (comparatively)...

I wonder if a few could add what surface they played on?
 
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Phantasm

Semi-Pro
@TW Staff If I sent in my original email requesting the MP for the playtest, can I make a request to switch my preference to the Speed Pro?

If possible, how should I go about it? Thanks!

if not, then I'll stick with my original choice
 
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jonestim

Hall of Fame
everyone is going for the Pro. oopss:eek:
pro looks like a great spec. On paper it looks a lot like the Tour 100P, which is a great stick off the shelf. One nice thing about the Speed is it comes with the Zepp compatible butt cap. I have had a few sensors in the past, but they always messed with the weight/ balance. Head seems to be doing it right.
 

djNEiGht

Legend
pro looks like a great spec. On paper it looks a lot like the Tour 100P, which is a great stick off the shelf. One nice thing about the Speed is it comes with the Zepp compatible butt cap. I have had a few sensors in the past, but they always messed with the weight/ balance. Head seems to be doing it right.

It seems to fit my pref specs as well. When I'm in a groove, strong, and playing regularly...I like a 12.3-12.6 oz strung. But when I'm trying to find myself and get my footwork/timing back together...I like a 11.5-12 oz strung racquet.
 

woodje12

Rookie
pro looks like a great spec. On paper it looks a lot like the Tour 100P, which is a great stick off the shelf. One nice thing about the Speed is it comes with the Zepp compatible butt cap. I have had a few sensors in the past, but they always messed with the weight/ balance. Head seems to be doing it right.
Yep my thoughts exactly. I put in for the Pro since I'm currently playing with a 100P.

I also have a Sony Tennis Sensor that I use occasionally in the 100P and frankly haven't noticed a major difference when I have it in...
 

topspn

Legend
Watched the video reviews of the Speed Pro and the feedback looks promising. Hopefully the playtesters will have the same experience with this new model.
Yeah, the remarks and impressions were pretty interesting. Pretty curious to try the Pro and add a bit of weight to it. Maybe give it a bit more authority on serve since judging by remarks, serve is not big.
 
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