Well, I did It!

Did what?

Hit with the new Head Graphene Touch Speed racquets…all three (3) of them!  So, what did you think?

I think the marketing tagline, “Less shock…More Wow!” is true.  I think the “feel” of each of the models is now rivaling one of the all-time great “feeling” racquets!  (contact me if you want to know what racquet that is)

In addition to Graphene XT Head has added Kraibon material that effectively stops high-frequency vibration before it gets to your hand!  While these high-frequency vibrations don’t do any harm, they do contribute to the “hollow” feeling that some players object to.  This new composite is called Graphene Touch, and it is solid!

Graphene Touch Speed MP

Graphene Touch Speed MP

All of these models are 100 sq. in (645 sq. cm ).  The Pro and MP are both 22mm beam with the “S” having a reasonable 25mm beam.  The Pro, as you would expect, has an 18×20 string pattern, the MP has a 16×19 pattern as does the “S” model.

The “Pro” weighs in at 328g (11.57 oz), the “MP” at 315g (11.11 oz), and the “S” is a comfortable 298g (10.51 oz).  Both the “Pro” and “MP” have a stiffness index of 48, and the “S” is an easy 41 as tested on the FlexFour device.  The RDC stiffness numbers are “Pro” 64, “MP” 61, and the “S” 64.

I did not measure the grip pallets, but the “S” does feel slightly more “round” than the other two.  This shape, if confirmed, may appeal to more players than the “flatter” Head grip style.

Hitting with the “Pro” confirms that it is the “performance” model. However, it feels easy to use on all strokes especially the serve!  The “MP” is easier to use, overall, with a slightly more “supple” string bed that evens out my mis-hits.  The “S” is probably the most user-friendly of all the models but with enough “stick” to satisfy any player style.

Graphene Touch Speed Family

Graphene Touch Speed Family

The white and black graphic is more pleasing to me than the previous Speed graphics.  A little red adds a contemporary note.  Does anyone know what the splash of red on the shaft represents?  If you do and are the first to let me know, there is a special offer for you.

These models will be shipping the last week of September.

Posted on August 16, 2016, in Graphene, head, News!, Racquets, Racquets - New and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. .

  1. Mohammad Imran

    Which racquet does it rival as the best Racquet

    • The racquet “feel” I am referring to in the post is the Volkl V1 Classic.

      Thanks for the message!

      • Mohammad Imran

        In your opinion are these much better than speed mp xt

      • Mohammad, I can’t say they are “better” just different in the way they feel on impact. It just felt a little more “solid” than I remember the XT MP.

  2. I believe the red splash is a graphic that represents Djokovic’s favorite animal “The Falcon”

  3. I believe the red splash and graphic are a reference to Djokovic’s favorite animal “ICON” The Falcon

  4. Do you whether there will be a MPA version with ASP as well.

  5. Do you know whether there will be a MPA version with ASP as well.

    • Jochen, I don’t know, but my guess would be there will not be an ASP version. You are talking about the Speed model, correct?

  6. Yes I do and I was just wondering if HEAD will keep this option with the new Speed generation

    • Jochen, I think the ASP is a terrific option but more than 90% of my clients use the 16×19 pattern.

      I doubt the Speed will offer that option.

  7. not to seem greedy, but did I qualify for the special offer for some what knowing what the red represented?

    • Hi, Chris;

      I expected a local response where-in I would give them 15% off of a service we provide, however, since you are not in the neighborhood I will send you a set of new Laser Fibre Vorso. What string do you currently use?

  8. Thx for this great article!!
    really exited for new model.

    1 question…strung or unstrung weight ?(328g for Pro/315g for MP/298g for S)

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