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New Head MXG 7

Head is introducing two (2) new racquets to the MXG Series, and this is an excellent thing in my opinion!  It is not that we need a bunch of new racquets, but this signals a commitment to the MXG concept.

In case you don’t know, the MXG Series racquets incorporate a “string suspension system” (my words) into the throat of the racquet.  The most notable of this system is the bright silver paint. However, the most important functions are the increase in main string length across the entire throat area and torsional stability that contributes to control of this 115 square inch racquet.  We now have ten (10) main strings that are the same length in the throat.  These 15.0 inch long main strings do contribute to “power”.

The Head MXG 7 has a slightly “fanned” pattern for the 16 x 18 string format and a built-in vibration damper in the throat.  The MXG 7 will accept the Head Tennis Sensor.

The Head MXG 7 is a 115 +/- square inch head with a variable beam (28, 29, 26mm) that puts it in the “game improvement” category.  You will see all the specifications below.  If you are considering a new racquet and prefer power,”. this is a “must see.”  Head has always done a good job in the game improvement category, and this adds a new dimension to the series.

Head MXG 7

The MXG 7 demo is here so call to reserve your spot!

The MXG 7 is available for pre-order and will be available May 11.

ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelHead MXG 7
Reference Tension57
String
Head Velocity MLT 17
Machine UsedTrue Tension Pro
Static
APPS, RDC43.0
ASPS, FlexFour55.0
Racquet Flex, RDC67
Racquet Flex, FlexFour50
Weight, Grams282
Weight, Ounces9.95
Balance, mm370.0
Balance, Inch14.57
Length, Cm69.7
Length, Inch27.44
Head Width10.13
Head Length14.75
Head Area, cm2756.7
Head Area, Sq. Inch118.8
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings18
Ratio Cross/Mains.610
Main String Grid8.56
Cross String Grid11.31
Density (% of head filled with string).793
Average Cross String Space.622
Average Main String Space.519
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT32
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in178.98
First Moment, Nm.830
Polar Moment340.0
Torsional Stability18 (the difference between polar moment and swing weight. Higher is better)
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2322
Swing Weight, Ounces11.36
Swing Weight Calculated386.1
Power, RDC59
Control, RDC42
Manueverability, RDC72
Power, Calculated 2631.7 (compare to 1996.9 for the MXG 1)
Head Points-6.77 (negative = head heavy. See % below)
Head Weight, %53.1%
Center of Percussion20.6
Dwell Time, ms9.70
Effective Stiffness26.2
K, Lb/In137.82
Recoil Weight118.85
Twist Weight215.2

New Head MXG 1

Head is introducing two (2) new racquets to the MXG Series, and this is an excellent thing in my opinion!  It is not that we need a bunch of new racquets, but this signals a commitment to the MXG concept.

In case you don’t know, the MXG Series racquets incorporate a “string suspension system” (my words) into the throat of the racquet.  The most notable of this system is the bright silver paint. However, the most important function(s) is the increase in main string length across the entire throat area and torsional stiffness for control.  We now have ten (10) main strings that are the same length in the throat, and this does contribute to “power.”

The Head MXG 1 is a 98 square inch head with a thin beam (22mm) that puts it in the “player” category, but it may need additional weight for big hitters.  You will see all the specifications below.  If you are a player and have shied away from the MXG for head size reasons, this is for you!

Head MXG 1

The MXG 1 demo is available now.  Call to reserve it!

The new MXG 1 is available for pre-order and will available May 11, 2018.

ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelHead MXG 1
Reference Tension53
String
Head Velocity MLT 17
Machine UsedTrue Tension Pro
Static
APPS, RDC50.0
ASPS, FlexFour59.0
Racquet Flex, RDC65
Racquet Flex, FlexFour48
Weight, Grams312
Weight, Ounces11.01
Balance, mm319.0
Balance, Inch12.56
Length, Cm68.5
Length, Inch26.986
Head Width9.51
Head Length13.50
Head Area, cm2649.9
Head Area, Sq. Inch100.7
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.593
Main String Grid7.20
Cross String Grid9.37
Density (% of head filled with string).658
Average Cross String Space.490
Average Main String Space.445
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT34
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in190.16
First Moment, Nm.762
Polar Moment320.0
Torsional Stability15 (the difference between polar moment and swing weight. Higher is better)
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2305
Swing Weight, Ounces10.76
Swing Weight Calculated317.5
Power, RDC51
Control, RDC51
Manueverability, RDC83
Power, Calculated 1996.9
Head Points7.40
Head Weight, %46.6%
Center of Percussion21.5
Dwell Time, ms9.00
Effective Stiffness28.3
K, Lb/In160.26
Recoil Weight157.54
Twist Weight211.48

Head Visit

The World Headquarters of Racquet Quest was pleased to have Erika and Federic from Head visit recently. Erika is with Head in Phoenix and Frederic is from the Headquarters in Kennelbach, Austria.

Team Head player, Jack Anthrop was on hand to provide a players perspective.

Jack Anthrop

“Champion”

The purpose of the visit was to discuss a “grassroots” program that can effectively address, and contribute to the growth of tennis worldwide.

I was commenting on racquets and string selections, of course, when it dawned on me that Head has done an extraordinary job in designing racquets that have vast player appeal! A prime example is the Adaptive Series, introduced about a year ago, consisting of a “Speed” and  “Instinct” model.

Head Adaptive Length Extenders

This series can go from a lightweight standard length racquet to a more substantial, longer racquet in a few minutes! Plus this series can be either a 16 x 19 or a 16x 16 string pattern!

This concept is valid, and one that allows players to maximise the performance of the racquet. And the implementation is easy. Some changes can be made at courtside!

So, while I believe more can be done to get players into the correct racquet, the Head Adaptive Series is very close to being perfect!

Head Extreme…Yes!

Head continues to upgrade the Extreme Series racquets and that is a good thing, I believe!

The latest version has a slightly different head shape that is not quite as “round” as previous versions.  The frame geometry is more contemporary with angles instead of smoothness.  The string pattern, while still 16 x 19 has a little more open and the graphics are HUGE!

Head Graphene Touch Extreme MP

This version comes in two (2) models;  the MP and Lite.  The MP weighs in at 316 grams (11.15 oz), and the Lite comes in at an easy to use 279 grams (9.84 oz).  Obviously, the Lite has some customization capabilities.

The MP is slightly stiffer at 61 than the Lite at 56.  Not a big difference but it will be noticeable.  The swing weight of the MP is a robust 331 while the Lite is easy to swing at 298.

Both models are 100 square inch head size and look exactly the same.  These racquets are a perfect fit for good players wanting to become more aggressive.  The “open” pattern will bring the ball down into the court (if you are swinging/hitting correctly) making it easy to go for shots that might otherwise go long.

To go with the new versions, there are two bags and a backpack.

Extreme BackPack and SuperCombi 9

 

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Head Extreme MonstrCombi 12 Racquet Bag

 

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.

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