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Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Tour

Head is adding another racquet to the very popular Gravity Series!  This racquet is the Gravity Tour and in a nutshell, is a lighter version of the Gravity Pro.  Both are 18 x 20 string patterns and, the Gravity Tour is a 22mm beam as opposed to a 20mm beam for the Gravity Pro.

Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Tour

You would think the 22mm beam would be stiffer (power?) than the Gravity Pro, but in this case the extra weight of the Gravity Pro makes it a little more power forward. Our tests show the RDC stiffnesses to be the same (60), and the FlexFour shows the Gravity Tour slightly stiffer in the shaft, 51 as opposed to 46 for the Gravity Pro.

From a numbers standpoint this racquet (14 grams lighter) will fit a player wanting a little more maneuverable racquet but not as powerful as the Gravity Pro. ← Click on this link to see the review.

This review is of a “play ready” racquet.  That is an over grip, and vibration damper.   These accoutrements do contribute to weight and swing weight to a minor degree.

ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelHead Graphene 360+ Gravity Tour
Reference Tension55 lbs - 24.9 kg
String
Pro Evaluation String 1.20mm
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC58
ASPS, FlexFour70
Racquet Flex, RDC59 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour51
Weight, Grams324
Weight, Ounces11.43

Balance, mm329
Balance, Inch12.87
Length, Cm68.6
Length, Inch27.008
Head Width9.92
Head Length12.86
Head Area, cm2646.6
Head Area, Sq. Inch100.2
Beam Width, mm, Shaft, Center, Tip22, 22, 22
In Plane Stiffness, Pounds/In319.1 Lbs/In.
In Plane Stiffness, Kg/cm144.7 Kg/cm
Number of Main Strings18
Number of Cross Strings20
Ratio Cross/Mains.694
Main String Grid7.87
Cross String Grid9.80
Density (% of head filled with string).763
Average Cross String Space.490
Average Main String Space.433
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT38
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in212.54
First Moment, Nm.797
Polar Moment329
Torsional Stability15
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2314
Swing Weight, Ounces11.08
Swing Weight Calculated337.9
Power, RDC40
Control, RDC62
Manueverability, RDC77
Power, Calculated 1856.8
Head Points4.88 (negative = head heavy)
Head Weight, %47.7%
Center of Percussion21.2
Dwell Time, ms, No Swing8.35
Efective Stiffness - lbs29.2
K, Lb/In (SBS) RDC185.9
Recoil Weight153.46
Twist Weight232.2
End Weight 125.9
Tip Weight 192.8
9 O'Clock98.4
3 O'Clock97.2
Butt Cap122.0

New Head Racquets on the Way!

While we are not supposed to publish any specifications or images, we can certainly let you know that some new things are coming from Head.

Frequently we are asked, “when is a new Prestige coming”? Now we can answer that by telling you it will be in January 2020. Of course, you will be able to try them before then, but January is the ship date.

We have seen and worked on the racquets, and I can tell you the graphics package is incredible, in my opinion!

In addition to the new Prestige in January, a new Speed is coming in March 2020.

We will post more information as we can so stay tuned!

Yonex VCore Pro 97 – 330

It should be no surprise that this model is the heaviest of the VCore Pro Series!  However, I can’t stress enough the need to demo this racquet and feel what the weight will do for your game!

Of course not everyone will want a racquet of this weight but just trying it will give you some idea of what weight can do for you.  Maybe not 330 (unstrung) but a little added weight nonetheless.

That makes the 310 (unstrung) version of this racquet a “standout”, and you can see the review here.

About this racquet, Yonex says “for intermediate to advanced players looking to play aggressively with control and feel”.

To achieve this combination Yonex has incorporated a “lock booster” grommet system that promotes string contact for effecient energy transfer”.

Namd™ graphite fibers are incorporated into the throat area allowing the racquet to flex even under the heaviest of hits!

To top it off Yonex has added a vibration damping mesh in the grip pallet area to filter out unwanted vibrations.

All said, this thin beam (20.0mm) racquet with a 16×19 string pattern is a players dream!  So, don’t dream about it…demo it and decide for yourself!

 

ManufacturerYonex
Racquet ModelYonex VCore Pro 97
Reference Tension55 lbs - 24.9 kg
String
Pro Evaluation String 1.20mm
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC53
ASPS, FlexFour66
Racquet Flex, RDC62 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour48
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness373.2 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams344
Weight, Ounces12.13

Balance, mm321
Balance, Inch12.64
Length, Cm68.6
Length, Inch27.008
Head Width9.56
Head Length12.62
Head Area, cm2611.3
Head Area, Sq. Inch97
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.638
Main String Grid7.00
Cross String Grid9.62
Density (% of head filled with string).709
Average Cross String Space.505
Average Main String Space.438
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT34
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in190.16
First Moment, Nm.847
Polar Moment342
Torsional Stability15
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2327
Swing Weight, Ounces11.53
Swing Weight Calculated354
Power, RDC49
Control, RDC51
Manueverability, RDC69
Power, Calculated 1940.1
Head Points6.93 (negative = head heavy)
Head Weight, %46.8%
Center of Percussion20.9
Dwell Time, ms8.74
Efective Stiffness - lbs28.6
K, Lb/In169.87
Recoil Weight161.48
Twist Weight235.86
End Weight 144.4
Tip Weight 201.5
9 O'Clock102.6
3 O'Clock104.8
Butt Cap138.0

 

 

Yonex VCore Pro 97 – 310

Yonex continues to introduce upgrades to the most popular racquets they have produced recently and these new VCore Pro series is a great example of positive changes.

This series continues to be made in Japan and it is obvious in the consistency of their racquets.  The deep Forrest Green and Gold graphics creates a “strong” looking racquet which will appeal to players.

This model is the 310 gram (10.9 oz) version (unstrung)which gains about a ½ ounce when strung and presents a very usable 315 kg/cm² swing weight.  Right out of the box this will suit a lot of players.  Of course a little customization can be done if required.

When looking at racquets it is clear that this Yonex Series all look alike!  A closer look at the head will give you the weight and head size.

The 16×19 string pattern in the Isometric Head Shape creates a large “comfort zone” area and long main strings near the edge of the racquet face which contributes to that “comfort”.

 

ManufacturerYonex
Racquet ModelYonex VCore Pro 97 2019
Reference Tension55 lbs - 24.9 kg
String
Pro Evaluation String 1.20mm
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC49
ASPS, FlexFour65
Racquet Flex, RDC61 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour46
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness368.1 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams324
Weight, Ounces11.43

Balance, mm323
Balance, Inch12.72
Length, Cm68.5
Length, Inch26.968
Head Width9.55
Head Length12.54
Head Area, cm2607
Head Area, Sq. Inch97
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.641
Main String Grid7.00
Cross String Grid9.75
Density (% of head filled with string).766
Average Cross String Space.542
Average Main String Space.438
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT33
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in184.57
First Moment, Nm.804
Polar Moment329
Torsional Stability14
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2315
Swing Weight, Ounces11.11
Swing Weight Calculated338
Power, RDC48
Control, RDC50
Manueverability, RDC77
Power, Calculated 1807.7
Head Points6.14 (negative = head heavy)
Head Weight, %47.2%
Center of Percussion21.1
Dwell Time, ms9.09
Efective Stiffness - lbs27.2
K, Lb/In157.05
Recoil Weight156.18
Twist Weight221.85
End Weight 133.7
Tip Weight 190.6
9 O'Clock97.6
3 O'Clock95.9
Butt Cap131.1

 

Tecnifibre T-Fight 315 XTC

Tecnifibre has been making racquets for some time and it has taken some time for the racquets to gain traction!   For years the racquets played off of the success of Tecnifibre strings!  “If the strings are that good the racquets must be good as well”…was the thinking, I believe.

The racquets are able to stand on thier own and the relationship with the Lacoste brand certainly has helped from a “brand” perspective.  Did Lacoste change the logo from the triangle to the stylized TF!  I wonder?

The racquet continues the red, white and blue (French colors and the home country of Tecnifibre) graphics package and they look good!  The white basic color makes the shaft look a little bulbous, in my opinion, but that has no bearing on performance!

The T-Fight XTC series offers racquet weights of 280, 295, 300, 305, and 315 grams so there is one for every level!

Even Danil Medvedev!  If you watched the US Open you saw, in my opinion, one of the best of the year!

Take a look at the specifications then come in and try this racquet!

ManufacturerTecnifibre
Racquet ModelTecnifibre T-Fight 315 XTC
Reference Tension53 lbs - 24.0 kg
String
Tecnifibre Duramix HD 16
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC51
ASPS, FlexFour64.5
Racquet Flex, RDC63 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour55
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness384.8 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams338
Weight, Ounces11.92

Balance, mm312
Balance, Inch12.28
Length, Cm68.85
Length, Inch27.106
Head Width9.63
Head Length12.93
Head Area, cm2631.1
Head Area, Sq. Inch97.8
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.627
Main String Grid7.62
Cross String Grid10.25
Density (% of head filled with string).798
Average Cross String Space.539
Average Main String Space.476
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in195.7
First Moment, Nm.802
Polar Moment333
Torsional Stability16
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2317
Swing Weight, Ounces11.18
Swing Weight Calculated329
Power, RDC50
Control, RDC50
Manueverability, RDC75
Power, Calculated 1973.2
Head Points10.16 (negative = head heavy)
Head Weight, %45.3%
Center of Percussion21.4
Dwell Time, ms8.91
Efective Stiffness - lbs28.2
K, Lb/In163.4
Recoil Weight167.4
Twist Weight235.1
End Weight 148.6
Tip Weight 192/0
9 O'Clock99.5
3 O'Clock97.2
Butt Cap143.5
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