Expert Review: Head Boom Pro 2022 Racquet · Unstrung
This review is my honest opinion of the racquet, which I tested for 5 days in August of 2022.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the racquet, which I tested for 5 days in August of 2022.
The Head Boom Pro 2022 racquet is a great choice for aggressive all-court players from intermediate to advanced level. It offers easy power, arm-friendly feel, and very good maneuverability while maintaining good stability. These combined attributes really shine when going from defense to offense in order to take over points.
About the gear
- Model: Head Boom Pro 2022
- Grip Size: 4 ⅜ / EU 3
- String and Tension: Volkl V-Square 16g 55lbs
- Head Size: 98 sq. in.
- Racquet Length: 27 in.
- Any Customizations: Gamma Overgrip
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 185 lbs
- Previous Racquet Played With: Head Graphene 360\+ Gravity MPAgAAADAAbdJYPsQUTku3bV1VBbinlg","text":"Head Graphene 360\+ Gravity MP"}@sellableLink@
- Experience: 28 years playing tennis
- NTRP/UTA Rating: 5.0
- When I tested this: August 2022
- Days tested: 5 days
- Court Surfaces: Hard
- Match Play/Practice Session/Both: Both
- Where I’ve used it: Kingsford, MI
How it performs
What I was looking for
I’ve been playing with the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity MP for a little more than a year now. It’s a racquet that has suited my game well with good control, a forgiving sweet spot, and easy access to spin. If anything, I feel like I could use a little more stability from the racquet so I am continually testing new racquets to see if they give me just that little bit extra while maintaining the attributes of the Gravity that I love.
Why I chose this gear
The Boom line is the newest racquet silo from Head and is meant to be powerful yet arm-friendly and easy to use. The Boom Pro is the heaviest model in the Boom lineup, but it is the lightest and most maneuverable Pro model of any of the Head silos. This made it intriguing as it shouldn’t be quite as demanding as racquets such as the Head Speed Pro 2022 or Head Radical Pro which are heavier both in static weight and swingweight. The Boom Pro is very similar to the Head Graphene 360\+ Extreme TourAAADAAWfFmoEkcQ_WyCd2hptbS4w","text":"Head Graphene 360\+ Extreme Tour"}@sellableLink@ that I tested earlier in the summer but with a little more added stability. In the end, I am still going to stick with my Gravity MP as it offers me better feel on impact and is just slightly faster to swing even though it doesn’t have the stability that the Boom Pro offers.
What I love about it
- Power: The Boom lineup from Head is the most powerful of their racquet silos and the Boom Pro adds some mass-based pop to an already powerful frame. This power is especially noticeable on ground strokes where the ball really jumps off the string. The smaller 98in² head size of the Boom Pro combines with the open 16x19 string pattern to help harness that power so it doesn’t ever verge on being unusable.
- Maneuverability: In Head’s racquet nomenclature, the Pro models are the heaviest and most stable model in each silo. They are targeted at advanced players who regularly play in tournaments. This means that for many people, these racquets can be unwieldy. This is definitely not the case with the Boom Pro. It has a moderately heavy 11.6 oz strung weight, and is balanced to be fairly head light leaving a swingweight of 325 RDC. This makes it very maneuverable for a Pro model and only slightly heavier to swing than lighter the Radical MP. This maneuverability shines when on the run or under pressure, and allowed me to take aggressive strokes to get back on level terms with my opponent or even go on offense from a defensive position. This racquet would be great for counter-punching-type players who absorb heavy shots from their opponents and look for openings to turn it around and be aggressive to finish the point.
- Ground Strokes: The Boom Pro is a joy to hit off the ground. The comfortable arm-friendly feel, controllable power, and easy spin generation makes it easy to swing out and be aggressive with both forehands and backhands. The open string pattern and good mass really helped make slice backhands an effective shot as well.
- Volleys: I do not frequently make my way to the net while playing singles, but with the Boom Pro I was confident in my racquet any time I did. The stability and maneuverability combined to make it so I didn’t have to think very hard about what I wanted to do with most volleys. I could hit them deep with ease, react to balls hit at me, and use the touch to hit drop volleys even if my technique got sloppy.
- Stability: The one downside to my current Head Graphene 360+ Gravity MP is that it can get pushed around against some of my bigger hitting opponents. I am always looking for just a little more stability when testing new racquets and the Boom Pro has what I want. The extra 15 grams compared to the Gravity MP makes it much more stable on returns of serve, volleys, and when stretched out wide.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Control: While the Boom Pro does well to control its powerful nature, it does suffer sometimes from control issues when going for smaller targets. I found that I was missing just wide on some down-the-line shots, or missing my spots on serve that I normally find with the Gravity MP. I think this is because the 16x19 string pattern is just a bit less controlled than the 16x20 on the Gravity MP, and that the plush feel of the racquet can make it feel a bit disconnected from the ball on impact.
- Feel: The Boom models were the first racquets from Head to utilize Auxetic technology in the throat of the racquets. This technology is meant to provide more feedback from the ball on impact. With the Boom MP and Speed MP 2022 I found the feel to be outstanding, but with the Boom Pro I noticed a much more disconnected feel. It was harder to know what the ball was doing on the strings and as a result I felt my control suffered. This could also be a factor of string as the Volkl V-Square string is a stiffer polyester string than my usual setup.
- Serves: The Boom Pro had great power on groundstrokes, but that power seemed to disappear on serve. I was able to hit second serves effectively with nice topspin and slice, but with my first serve I had to rely on placement rather than power which was a bit of a disappointment. Overall it was solid on serve, but left me wanting for more pop.
Favorite moment with this gear
The Head Boom Pro really shined when going from defense to offense. With solid maneuverability, good stability, and controllable power I was able to be aggressive when seemingly behind in the point and turn things around. I could hit a deep, heavy ball to regain a neutral footing and then be aggressive with one or two follow up shots for a putaway. This was very confidence-inspiring.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Head Boom Pro is priced competitively with similar racquets such as the Wilson Clash 100 Pro v2, Yonex Ezone 98 Tour, and Tecnifibre T-Fight 315 RS.
The Head Boom Pro is a top choice for intermediate to advanced players looking for an arm-friendly and stable racquet that offers the power and spin needed for the modern game. It shines in the hands of an aggressive player who looks for openings to attack while maintaining good maneuverability for a racquet of its weight. The comfortable feel is a nice addition compared to many of its stiffer peers.