Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro Specs
Head Size: 100 in² / 645 cm²
Length: 27in / 68,5cm
Strung Weight: 329g / 11,6oz
Unstrung Weight: 310g/10,9oz
Balance: 32,49cm / 6 pts HL
String Pattern: 18 Mains / 20 Crosses
We’ve been big fans of the Head Speed Pro rackets for a long time now at TheTennisBros.com. These sticks might have changed quite a lot from the YOUTEK days to the current Graphene rackets, but they still have a lot to offer and we were in no doubt the Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro would be the same.
Personally, I was much more of a fan of these rackets back in the YOUTEK days, where they just seemed to have a little more emphasis on control. However, Larry is still using the Graphene 360 Speed Pro and was extremely excited to see how the latest updated would turn out.
The new racket weighs in at 310g unstrung, the same as the last version, but there’s a significant increase in swingweight from 318 to 329. This is a move that really excited me, as the extra stability should give this racket that extra control and feel we’re used to with the Speed Pro rackets.
Asides from the swingweight, this racket features a slightly thicker beam than the previous version, and the Graphene 360+ update should make this stick even silkier on the touch shots.
We strung the Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro up with Head Sonic Pro at 50 lbs and set about putting it through its paces.
Groundstrokes – 9/10
I was calling for more swingweight with the last Speed Pro, and that’s exactly what Head has given us with the Graphene 360+ Speed Pro. This racket gets a little bit closer to the classic stability and control of older versions of the Speed Pro but still maintains that modern maneuverability and pop.
Simply put, we really liked this update and felt it put it on a par from the back of the court with some of our favorite rackets such as the Babolat Pure Strike and Wilson Blade 98. You’ve got everything you need to hit with really aggressive strokes with this stick, control, speed, and plenty of spin to get the ball moving.
I was able to use this to good effect, attacking with the forehand, but still feeling very comfortable off my weaker backhand side. There’s plenty of topspin to be had from this stick, but at the same time, it’s stable enough on the flat shots, and very precise when you do mix in the slice.
We’ve played with a lot of good new rackets so far this year, but I think this was my favorite one so far from the back of the court. It just had a bit more than the last few versions of the Speed Pro, and this is pleasing because it’s a great racket range.
The Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro is a big weapon from the back of the court and we gave it an excellent 9 out of 10.
Volleys – 8.5/10
People always talk about the Speed Pro as a groundstroker’s racket, but I always thought they were pretty good at the net. That hasn’t always been so much the case with the Graphene versions, but I think with this Graphene 360+ Speed Pro, this racket is back to something like its best.
The main thing is the stability and control – you feel like you’ve got the ability to combat anything that’s thrown at you and this is exactly what you need at the net. As soon as I had this stick in my hand I felt comfortable on the volleys, taking pickups off my feet, and making the difficult volleys look easy (in my mind at least).
This worked really nicely for doubles, where I had tons of confidence at the net and was able to be aggressive with my crosses and put aways. Playing with Larry, he needs a little help to get through his service games, so he was pretty thankful that I was playing with the Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro!
We were very impressed with the Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro at the net, giving it an 8.5 out of 10.
Serve – 8/10
As the name suggests, this stick is pretty speedy through the swing, and this helps you to keep up good racket head speed on the serve. When you get to your contact point, you benefit from good stability which helps turn your racket head speed into real power.
However, that power wasn’t without control, and we found ourselves hitting with a good first-serve percentage and plenty of confidence on the second serve. Again, I found this stick to be an improvement on the last couple of versions of the Speed Pro and felt like I was able to hit with complete confidence.
Whether I was going for big first serves or kicked second serves, there was more than enough power, control, and spin to be had from this racket, and there are lots of people who will enjoy it. While the serve was the lowest score we gave the Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro, we still couldn’t find anything wrong with it, as it gave us great balance leading to good performance.
We gave the Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro an 8 out of 10 for the serve.
Return – 9/10
Stability, and speed – exactly what you want when it comes to the return. This racket lets you take those short swings and guide the serve back into court, allowing you to build into the point.
I’m a big fan of stepping in on the second serve and taking time away from my opponent and I found this worked extremely well with the Speed Pro. I had so much control that I felt confident taking aggressive swings at the ball and being ambitious with my placements.
This allowed me to put my opponent under lots of pressure and really take control of the point. There are some rackets where there just isn’t that level of control and it makes it much harder to be aggressive on the return, but the Speed Pro gives you all the tools you need to attack the return like the Djok himself.
Another great effort from the Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro and we gave it a 9 out of 10 for the return.
Conclusion – 9/10
Overall, we really enjoyed this updated version of the Head Speed Pro and found it made a good improvement on recent editions. The biggest change was in the swingweight, which gave this racket a bit more stability, adding control and feel to a racket that was already nice and maneuverable.
This stick excels from the back of the court, but it’s also got lots of potential at the net in the hands of a good volleyer. There weren’t many areas where we felt the Speed Pro was weak, which leads us to believe it would suit a wide variety of players in the intermediate and advanced categories.
On a personal note, I still slightly preferred the old YOUTEK version of this racket, but the new Head Graphene 360+ gets back to the roots of the Speed Pro with great speed, control, and precision.
Review by: Will