I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Head Graphene Touch Speed Pro 310g 18 x 20, as both my brother William and I, showcased the old Speed Pro 335g for the duration of our high school and college careers.
Both of us immediately fell in love with it, with William going as far as saying he’d never buy another racket because “they’ll never make a better one.”
Although I thought that may be a little extreme, I couldn’t help agreeing with him. It’s a fantastic all-round racket; everything was an 8 out of 10.
Much like the pro who used it, Djokovic, there wasn’t one thing which stood out as a 10 but the cumulative skills it possessed came together to form an almost unstoppable force.
There was only one thing wrong with it!
After six years of using the racket, I could hardly grip my racket as a result of the agonising golfer’s elbow it helped develop.
William didn’t fare much better; it was often a tossup as to what would come hurtling across the court for you to return, the ball, the racket, or a spindly arm ripped out of its socket because of the weight of the racket!
The Youtek Speed Pro was almost an end of an era. Since then, racket manufacturers have tried hard to bring down the total weight of the racket yet keep the swing weight similar.
At first, I didn’t like the change and the early Head Graphene Touch Speed Pro range evoked a full revolt against Head before deciding on my current racket of choice, the Babolat Pure Aero Tour.
Naturally I was excited to see if the extra couple of years of technology had made any difference to what I thought was a step backwards from the Head Youtek Speed Pro.
How does the Graphene Touch Speed Pro Feel?
If there’s one gripe I have with my Babolat Pure Aero, it’s that it feels too light. I often find that a heavy feeling racket settles my nerves in tense situations, especially when serving.
I don’t play as much as I used to, but currently with the Babolat racket, I often double fault under pressure.
I realise this won’t make sense to everyone as the Babolat Pure Aero Tour is heavier at 315g!
However, the weight is distributed around the rackets in different ways in both rackets, giving the Pure Aero Tour an overall lighter feel.
With the Babolat frame, the lack of control I personally get from it often makes it difficult when serving in a tight moment of the match. I didn’t feel this with the Head Speed Pro.
The Head Speed Pro has a huge amount of control. It’s evenly weighted and the dense string pattern gives you a good amount of feedback during your shots.
Instantly, I felt like I couldn’t miss! I’m the sort of guy who likes to hit the ball hard and this racket is perfect if you want to try and do that yet still make it in the court!
In all honesty, the Head Graphene Touch Speed Pro is a much better racket for me to use than my current Pure Aero Tour. The Pure Aero Tour has too much potential power which can often be hard to wield.
This makes it a lot of fun to play with, actually, exceptionally fun to play with! But in an intense, competitive environment when you’re not training daily, the Pure Aero can often be too much of an animal to tame.
The best way I could describe the difference in how the two feel is that the Babolat frame is like your Lamborghini; it’s flashy, it’s aggressive and it goes fast – very fast!
You could “floor it” and have the best day of your life, but you could also end up in a ditch somewhere.
If you’re an incredible driver, the Pure Aero Tour could take your game to another level, but if you’re not, you could be spraying balls all over the place.
The Head Graphene Touch Speed Pro on the other hand is like a suave business car. The power is most certainly there for you to harness if you can generate a good amount of racket head speed.
But more importantly, the control is there in abundance. Just like in your Audi sports car, you have plenty of modes to choose from, a snow mode, a neutral mode, and a sport mode.
Depending on what kind of battle you’re in, this racket will give you the tools you need.
Groundstrokes – 9.5/10
Groundstrokes come easily with this racket. If you have a large swing or great racket head speed then you’ll love it.
It allows you to give the shot everything in terms of swing without you hitting the back fence.
I also found it very easy to generate top spin. I have a neutral semi-western grip on my forehand and can often find it difficult to generate spin.
Hitting forehands off a good incoming slice is often the most difficult thing for me to crack during the course of a rally.
But with the Head Speed Pro, this almost came naturally; it’s easy to get under and over the ball to generate spin but at the same time does not jeopardise your ability to flatten your groundstrokes when trying to make a winner.
The Head Speed Pro is most certainly geared towards a baseline player. If your solid off both flanks, then this racket will only make you even more solid.
On the forehand, the racket allows you to swing through fully without holding anything back.
Even with a huge swing, this racket still has the control to enable you to put the ball in the court.
It’s easy to generate spin on both the backhand and forehand, whether you’re hitting a normal rally ball or a heavy top spin ball to try and push your opponent back behind the baseline.
At the same time, it’s pretty easy to hit flatter through the ball as well.
Some players with full western grips may find this a little trickier, however anyone with a non-extreme grip should find it very easy to hit a flat ball.
The racket doesn’t disappoint on the backhand side either, the dense string pattern gives you a good feel of where you’re hitting the ball and the margin for error is good on the strings.
So, as long as you’re finding the relative centre of the string bed (and not the frame!), you should get your ball back over and in.
The only downside to groundstrokes on this racket is that over the course of a three set rally, I can imagine some players might get quite tired.
The racket has a lot of control and the power is okay but importantly it requires a lot of racket head speed.
Generating a lot of racket head speed on every shot is tiring. To execute this effectively, your feet must be in the right position and you must swing through thoroughly on every ball.
If you’re going to get this racket, make sure you get the cardio and strength training in beforehand!
Overall the Head Graphene Touch Speed Pro gets a 9.5 for groundstrokes.
It has everything you need for a solid back of the court game.
The power is available if you can generate good racket head speed and there’s an abundance of control.
When William and I played the down the line cross court drill, I felt as though I could’ve gone all day without missing.
Changing sides on every shot without feeling you’re going to miss is a huge advantage and is one of the reasons I think this is a brilliant racket!
Serve – 8/10
Serving with the Graphene Touch Speed Pro was comfortable. I was able to generate a good amount of power but had plenty of control to get them in.
This is something I’ve been struggling with a lot lately and have in recent times lost a lot of confidence on my serve.
However, with the Graphene Touch Speed Pro, I felt confident I would make at least 8 out of 10 serves without spinning them in at 40mph each.
I never felt that I was popping them down at 125 mph+ with this racket, but that’s not always what you need.
I’m a player with good groundstrokes who can generate a lot of power at any moment of either side.
I’m only 5’11 so I’m never going to be smacking my serve down at 135 mph every time… As a result, selecting a racket I can feel confident serving with is probably a good way for me to go.
However, even if I was a 6 feet 6-inch giant, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this racket, either.
Picking a racket is not an easy task. You must weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of the racket and weigh them against your weapons and weaknesses as a player.
To pick the right racket for you, you first have to have a very good understanding of who you are as a tennis player.
What I look for in a racket on a serve is the ability to generate a good amount of power but not lose the ability to hit kick or to slice out wide.
My serve in most cases focuses on moving my opponent in preparation for my groundstrokes and not necessarily gaining a lot of free points directly from a serve.
With this in mind, the Head Graphene Touch Speed Pro is brilliant.
If you like to hit your serve as fast as you can, don’t get this racket. If you’re more of a groundstroke player and want a versatile racket for serve and volleys as well, you couldn’t do much better than picking up one of these babies!
I give this an 8 out of 10 for serving.
Volleys – 7/10
I’m the first to confess, I’m not the greatest volley in the world! This is something that has probably only been worsened since I bought my Pure Aero.
I often have too big of a swing and lack the feel especially on the first volley to make it effective and consistent.
The Head Graphene Touch Speed Pro was a pretty good racket for volleying. It wasn’t amazing like the Wilson Blade 98 I recently reviewed, but it was good enough for what I need.
I don’t often approach the net and even when I play doubles, I often play from the back of the court, so all I need is something with a good amount of feel to make sure I can put the ball away when I need to.
The Head Graphene Touch Speed Pro has plenty of control which doesn’t let you down when you’re at the net. My only criticism of it at the net is that I wish the sweet spot was a little sweeter.
When I tried the Wilson Blade 98, volleying was like magic. Trying the Head Speed Pro straight after meant I was left a little underwhelmed.
Having said this, you can’t compare apples to orange. The Wilson Blade 98 is geared towards a great serve and great feel on the volley.
If the Speed Pro was made for this, it would undoubtedly lose its remarkable versatility on the groundstrokes and as an all-round game racket.
I would give the Head Speed Pro a 7 out of 10 for volleying.
Slice – 7.5/10
Something that impressed me with this racket was my ability to hit slice with it. Much like my volleys, this is an aspect of the game I’d rather forget.
Thankfully my ability to get spin by rolling my left wrist on a backhand is very good, so I don’t have to hit too many slice backhands in a match.
In fact, pretty much the only time I’ll consider hitting a slice is when I’m messing around on a practice court or don’t have anything left in the tank.
The Graphene Touch Speed Pro felt quite nice on the backhand slice. I had a lot of control over how much slice I wanted to generate, however I did struggle getting the depth.
Overall, I would give the Head Graphene Touch Speed Pro a 7.5 out of 10 for slicing.
Conclusion – 9/10
The Head Graphene Touch Speed Pro is an unreal racket! So much so, that it has made me regret getting the Pure Aero.
When choosing my racket last year, I was taken by the flashiness of the Babolat frame and after playing competitively over the summer have since realised it is very difficult to tame whilst playing little tennis in the off season.
The Head Graphene Touch Speed Pro on the other hand was steady. It allowed you to do everything you’d need to do in a full three set match consistently.
I felt confident on my serve, my volleys, my slice and felt like Djokovic himself on my groundstrokes!
Generating spin comes easily on the forehand and backhand sides. The serve has good power and great control.
The racket gives you good feedback on volleys and the racket is well weighted for touch shots and to make pressure shots in tense moments.
Overall I would give this racket a 9/10 for my game! I absolutely loved it and you might well find me wielding the racket this time next year!
If you’re a confident baseliner with a decent all round game, get this racket!
If you’re a big server and like to come to the net, maybe look elsewhere.
Review by: Lawrence