Expert Review: Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro 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 Graphene 360+ Speed Pro racquet is a great choice for experienced players looking for a modern take on the classic player’s racquet. It offers high levels of feel and control thanks to a dense string pattern, but with a lower strung weight and moderately thick beam for the speed and power that modern players look for.
About the gear
- Model: Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro
- Grip Size: 4 ⅜ / EU 3
- String and Tension: Volkl V-Star 16g 55lbs
- Head Size: 100 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. I really enjoy its forgiving sweetspot, pinpoint accuracy, and maneuverability. If I could change anything about it, it would be the stability when playing opponents with big first serves or deep, heavy ground strokes. I have been testing racquets all summer looking to see if there is another racquet that offers me a little extra stability but maintains the attributes I love about the Gravity MP.
Why I chose this gear
I have tested the latest two versions of the Speed MP from Head and found them to be solid racquets but they offer a bit less control than I like. Since the Speed Pro steps up the control and stability from the MP version, it was a good option to test. The Speed Pro is one of the most popular advanced player’s racquets on the market. It is endorsed by Novak Djokovic and is known for offering the great control and feel of classic player’s racquets, while also being easier to swing and more powerful.
In the end it was not a great fit for my game. The control and feel were nice, but I struggled to generate the spin I typically do both on serves and groundstrokes. I also like the greater maneuverability of the MP versions of the Speed and my current Gravity MP. The Speed Pro definitely had the stability I was looking for, but it came at the expense of some of my favorite aspects of the Gravity MP.
What I love about it
- Control: The dense 18x20 string pattern and soft 62 RA flex combine to offer a lot of control in the Graphene 360+ Speed Pro. I had no reason to worry when going for small targets on ground strokes or serves. While using the Speed Pro, I did hit a bit of a flatter ball than I am used to so I had to calibrate my strokes accordingly. Once I made the adjustment I enjoyed the accuracy of the racquet.
- Stability: The Speed Pro offers a big bump in stability from my Gravity MP with a swing weight that is 8R DC heavier and a static weight of .6oz heavier. This was especially noticeable against heavy first serves and when at the net.
- Volleys: The Speed Pro is one of the most confidence-inspiring racquets I’ve used at the net. Its stability and touch combine to make volleys easy for someone who doesn’t come to the net often. While I would like it to be a bit more maneuverable on reaction volleys, I didn’t have to hit nearly as many of those as usual because my first and second volleys were so effective.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Ground Strokes: I was hitting a much flatter ball with the Speed Pro compared to my Gravity MP. The 18x20 string pattern and more oval shape of the head of the Speed Pro made it more difficult to generate the spin that I like. I appreciated the ability to flatten out the ball when wanting to hit a winner, but in a normal rally I was not getting my usual spin to take the ball out of my opponent’s comfort zone.
- Maneuverability: At 329 RDC swingweight, the Speed Pro is a big step up from the 321 RDC that I currently play with. While the added stability was a plus, I struggled with the added swingweight on reaction volleys and when trying to be aggressive on the run.
- Serves: The Graphene 360+ Speed Pro had good pop on first serves and I could hit my targets well, but on second serves I struggled mightily. I wasn’t getting the racquet head speed I am used to and when combined with the tight string pattern, my kick serve, which is generally a weapon, was mediocre at best.
Favorite moment with this gear
The Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro was great at returning serve. The stability and control allowed me to be aggressive with my returns against even the biggest serves.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Graphene 360+ Speed Pro is competitively priced with similar racquets such as the Babolat Pure Strike 98 18x20, the Tecnifibre TF40 315, and the Wilson Blade 98 18x20. These all offer smaller 98in² head sizes so the Speed Pro is going to be slightly more forgiving.
The Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro is a great choice for high-level players looking for outstanding feel, pinpoint control, and solid stability. It favors players who hit a flatter ball and gives them good plow-through and controllable power. It’s a demanding racquet that rewards players with the technique and ability to play into the later rounds of many tournaments.