Head Gravity Pro REVIEW
I tried this stick sooo many times. Always with intention to switch and I even got one at some point BUT...I had to say goodbye.
Zverev and Rublev are really enjoying this racquet and I really like their game. It's a perfect marketing for Gravity line. Who knows maybe even Grand Slam winner soon?
First I want to say that in theory I love the racquet. Forgiving, soft, very control oriented but also with nice spin potential. I used to play with IG Speed MP (18x20) which was supposed to be Zverev stick before Gravity. Speed was very unstable, it needed a lot of mass to play good and Head solved the problem with Gravity line.
BUT when I compare it to speed or prestige then I came up with the idea of performance per weight ratio (to be precise-how heavy the racquet feels) and there Gravity is loosing. And its loosing hard.
So Gravity is kinda on a heavier side of racquets. 315g/315 balance 330 +/- SW. At this specs it kinda feels heavy but with thinner beam its kinda also feels fast. You don't really feel the density and plow of the racquet. I think that more advanced players will try to add lead to this stick anyway in search of better penetration through the ball.
Yes its forgiving but if you hit outside the sweet spot then the power drops a lot so you still need to focus on hitting it clean. You are getting forgivenes but I wouldnt say its "forgiving performance". Blade in that respect is much better. Another reason to add more lead but wait...its already pretty heavy..
Thats how I came up with the ratio because it doesnt feel too solid and doesnt offer much plow yet its on a heavier side of racquets. Speed Pro is giving me much more in a lighter package. On top of that the feel of the speed pro is much better. Gravity is kinda spongy. You dont really feel the contact with the ball. (probably because there is not enough plow) but again - already too heavy to experiement.
I added 5 grams to the handle to make it more like 320g/310 balance but this didnt improve that much my issues.
I am not enjoying this stick on serves. Very demanding and I put the blame on the huge very rounded headsize.
But please dont get me wrong. It's amazing stick and in theory a perfect modern racquet.
I just think that you are not getting enough performance for the weight you have to handle. Speed Pro is much much much better in that regard. Gravity Pro almost feels like a prototype racquet before the official launch of the Speed Pro
The only thing I am not enjoying in Speed Pro is the thickness but other than that its a great stick and even some prestige MP users admit that they enjoyed testing it.
I suspect both Rublev and Zverev play with much heavier Gravity Pro to find the plow and feel of the racquet. At this point the stick is probably too heavy for most of us. But I think some tweaking with weight distribution might solve the issues. Maybe slightly stiffer layup to make the feel slightly more "solid". I think 320g/310 balance would be a better starting point for that frame.
I also think that the head shape is making it tricky for Head to mass produce Gravity Pro with the specs that this frame needs. Who knows... I already seen some stories with gravity pro QC issues.
I much prefer the oval shape of Speed pro. Its more forgiving than 98" frames but doesnt feel like 100". Yonex isometric technology is also offering more "forgiving performance"
Overall it was a very tempting stick but the issues I experienced were way to serious to make it my first choice. I give it a 6.9 rating
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