Head Gravity Lite Racket Review
One of Head’s most recent introductions to their historical racket line up is the Gravity model. It has been a hit, with many professional players using it thanks to its large sweet spot, power and flexible, plush feel. They are famed for their comfort and forgiveness, offering a silky smooth ride. The Gravity Lite is the most accessible model in the range, making it ideal for a beginner or a player looking to improve their technique with a comfortable racket that doesn’t compromise on feel.
7.5out of 10
Given that the Gravity range of rackets is predominantly aimed at players that favour comfort and that plush feel over power and spin, it is ideal for players that play with touch and feel.
The Lite is a great arm friendly racket that is easy to manoeuvre, making it ideal for beginners or players returning to the game from a long lay off.
The Gravity Lite is one of Head’s most striking rackets to look at. Whilst it is not as loud as the Extreme range with its bright yellow colour scheme, its alternate blue and yellow paint on each side of the racket definitely gives the racket a different look.
The fact that the Gravity Lite is so light and soft-feeling makes it one of the most approachable full length rackets out there today. Its 60 stiffness rating backs this up, giving it a butter smooth response on contact.
This, combined with Head’s signature Graphene 360+ technology makes this a great all rounder, as the Graphene dials out any excess vibrations that a more flexible racket would typically have.
It is not a mushy racket to play with, as you do get plenty of feedback from the racket, but it is well damped enough to offer a plush feel.
One of the main benefits that beginners will find with the Gravity Lite is the oversized racket head. The 104sq in frame offers a larger sweet spot than the MP version of the racket, making it a much more forgiving experience and definitely gives the Lite more margin for error.
Sometimes, oversized rackets can actually be a bit too powerful to the point that they become overwhelming and lose any feel or precision that the standard version of the racket originally had.
However, the Gravity Lite does not suffer from this as it still retains its outstanding feel and comfort whilst delivering a more user friendly experience.
One thing characteristic that really stands out on the Gravity Lite is how well it pockets the ball. This is a phrase we often use and it refers to the ball staying in the string bed for a little longer, helping you feel that ‘trampoline’ effect more.
This gives you a nice cushioned feel on contact, helping the racket to feel more comfortable and enhancing the sense of connection you have with the ball.
This Lite version of the Head Gravity is very easy to swing, thanks to its low swing weight. Whilst this is great for reacting quickly to fast oncoming balls or whipping up the back of low approach shots, it did limit the plough through of the racket slightly.
This did hinder the power I could generate from the back of the court on both the forehand and the backhand side. However, this is to be expected of a racket of this type, since it is aimed at beginners and improving players.
In a rallying situation it was very easy to hit with and you can definitely get away with having slow footwork or not recovering to the right position on the court when using this racket. However, at times it did lack a bit of pin point accuracy when I wanted to knife the ball and hit a sharp slice or a spinny drop shot.
These shots felt great off the racket when I dialled them in after a bit of time, but to begin with it was a bit of challenge to find my range with the larger head size.
That being said, the racket is very forgiving and I found that when I miss timed the ball it was still landing fairly deep in the court and it didn’t feel like a shank. Again, this makes it great for players that are still learning the ropes and need time to develop their technical fundamentals.
8out of 10
Hitting volleys with the Head Gravity Lite was a pleasurable experience.
The Graphene technology helped the racket feel more stable than it otherwise would on contact, which paired nicely with the light and whippy feel.
Of course, it is not as stable as a fully weighted up pro line of Head’s racket, so it does lack that ultimate control and precision as these tend to have a lot more static weight and smaller head sizes.
That being said, for an oversized racket that is aimed at beginners, it is definitely confidence inspiring.
This makes it the perfect fit for someone that is just starting to learn how to transition from the back of the court to the front, as you can use the larger sweet spot and added power that the thicker beam and larger head give you to swat the ball away with conviction. The low stiffness gives the Gravity Lite a characteristically plush feel, which adds to the ‘old school’ appeal.
8out of 10
The lightweight nature of the Gravity Lite is great for serving with, as you can serve consistently with power for hours!
You will struggle to get tired easily when using this racket, as its low swing weight, thick beam and larger head size give you plenty of easy power and forgiveness.
Some of the most control oriented rackets out there are great for hitting your spots with precision, but can wear your arm out due to their unforgiving feel and extra weight.
This is not something you have to worry about with the Gravity Lite, as it is incredibly easy to swing but still gives you a great connection with the ball.
The open string pattern and responsiveness of the racket made adding spin to my serves a breeze, whilst the large sweet spot helped with accessing power without much effort. It is not as powerful as Head’s Instinct or Boom rackets, but it is definitely a stick that gives you a lot of help when you need it.
7out of 10
Whilst the Gravity Lite is a great all rounder, I did find it a little lacking on returns compared to the other areas of my game.
It was not an unpleasant experience, but it did lack a little bit of stability at times when I was returning particularly fast or heavy serves.
This is of course down to its light weight and isn’t really something that can be helped, but given how well the Gravity Lite performed throughout the other areas of my game, I was expecting a similarly high level showing when returning.
The main issue was that at times, it felt like the lack of mass meant the ball was pushing the racket around a bit, whereas with a heavier racket you always feel like the racket can send the ball back with interest no matter how fast it is coming at you.
This wasn’t the end of the world though, as the manoeuvrability and whippiness of the Gravity Lite was a major benefit. It allowed me to create sharp angles on the court when I needed to and it was easy to attack slower second serves and chip back faster serves, albeit not with as much feel as I did in other areas of the court.
7.5out of 10
Overall, the Head Gravity Lite is a great all rounder that is well suited to beginners looking to improve their game with a comfortable and forgiving racket. This is the design brief of the Gravity Lite and it definitely fits the bill!
Whilst the racket is not perfect in all areas, perhaps lacking some stability and plough through at times, it is very easy to swing and is a great racket for players who are on a fast improvement curve.
The Graphene 360+ technology in the racket dials out unwanted vibrations, making this a very well damped racket.
If you are a player that is looking to get back into the game after a long time away from the courts, or you simply need a bit more of a comfortable feel to go along with your control focussed racket, then the Head Gravity Lite would suit you. The larger head size gives you a generous sweet spot, which again adds to the forgiveness of the racket.
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