Expert Review: Head Graphene 360+ Speed MP Racquet · Unstrung

This review is my honest opinion of the racquet, which I purchased with my own money in June of 2021.

The Head speed MP racquet laying on a tennis court.

All photos courtesy of Brando Maki

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About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the racquet, which I purchased with my own money in June of 2021.

My take

The Head Graphene 360+ Speed MP is a great racquet for intermediate to advanced players who play a modern, fast, powerful game but are looking for a bit more feel than typical modern player’s category racquets. It offers easy access to spin along with plenty of touch and control to complement the smooth power it generates.

A tennis racquet laying on a court.

About the gear

  • Model: 2021 Head Graphene 360+ Speed MP
  • Grip Size: 4 ⅜ / EU 3
  • String and Tension: Head Lynx Tour 17g 52lbs
  • Head size: 100
  • Racquet Length: 27
  • Any Customizations: 1 Yonex Super Grap Overgrip, Head logo dampener

About me

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 185 lbs
  • Previous Racquet Played With: Head Graphene Touch Radical MP
  • Experience: 28 years
  • NTRP/UTA Rating: 5.0

Test conditions

  • When I bought these: June 2021
  • Days tested: 20 days
  • Court Surfaces: Hard
  • Match Play/Practice Session/Both: Both
  • Where I’ve used it: Kingsford, MI

How it performs

Control
4/5
Feel
4/5
Maneuverability
3/5
Power
3/5
Stability
4/5
Versatility
4/5

What I was looking for

My old Graphene Touch Radical MP lost some of its pop after a few years of use. I was looking for something with more of a connected feel and control while maintaining the maneuverability of the Radical.

A tennis racquet.

Why I chose this gear

My wife and I were both in the market for new racquets. After attending a Head demo day, we both were undecided between the Speed MP and Gravity MP frames, so we purchased one of each to play with throughout the summer. I am a bit pickier than she is and ended up choosing the Gravity MP but put the Speed MP through 30-40 hours of play before making my final decision.

I decided between the Speed MP and three others: Head Graphene 360+ Gravity MP, Dunlop CX200 98, and Yonex Ezone 100. I found the Yonex to be too stiff for my liking so that was quickly eliminated from contention. The Dunlop played really well and was a good compromise between the Gravity MP and the Speed MP but my wife and I both have a long history with Head racquets and that loyalty won out in the end.

A tennis racquet.

What I love about it

  • Control: The open 16x19 string pattern, moderate swing weight, and 100 square inch head offer easy access to spin for control.
  • Feel: A straight and moderately thin 23mm beam cross section offers just enough flex to give a comfortable feel to the Speed MP, especially compared to a stiffer modern player’s racquet like the Yonex Ezone 100. Combined with the Graphene 360+ technology, this helps the Speed MP to offer good feedback on impact for extra touch on slices, drop shots, and at the net. It all depends on whether the racquet is right for the player.
  • Stability: The moderately high, for a modern player’s racquet, 328RDC swingweight gives it more stability against heavy balls and on return of serve than the Gravity MP or Graphene Touch Radical MP I previously used.
  • Versatility: The Speed MP is a versatile racquet that does well in all areas of the court but it particularly excels on powerful groundstrokes and first serves.
  • Features: The Speed MP uses a more square grip shape than Head’s traditional rectangular grip shape found on the Radical and Prestige racquet lines. This grip shape makes it easier to use a semi-western forehand grip and generate topspin.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Power: The Speed MP doesn’t have the pure plow-through power of a heavier racquet like the Speed Pro or a stiffer racquet like the Yonex Ezone 100.
  • Maneuverability: I found it wasn’t quite as maneuverable at the net as my previous Graphene Touch Radical MP or the Gravity MP.
Side of a tennis racquet.

Favorite moment with this gear

The Head Graphene 360+ Speed MP really helped my first serve be more consistent than with my previous racquet. I felt like it had more accuracy and allowed me to hit a heavier ball that was more difficult to return at the same pace.

Value for the money vs. other options

The Head Graphene 360+ Speed MP is right in line for price with other similar style racquets such as the Dunlop CX 200 98, Wilson Blade 98 16x19, and Yonex Vcore Pro 100 and offers good value for the money.

Final verdict

The Head Graphene 360+ Speed MP is a perfect racquet for the modern game. It offers an enticing combination of controllable power and great feel that allows it to shine from the baseline.

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Grew up in a tennis shop. Played competitively through college. Taught tennis for 6 years. Lover of the game and the gear. Married to the best tennis player I know, with three girls who hopefully get some of her talent.

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