Head Graphene 360+ Gravity MP Racket Review
The Head Graphene 360+ Gravity MP brings together the latest technology to offer intermediate to advanced players a maneuverable racket that offers good access to spin and excellent feel.
The last few months have been a tennis racket lover’s dream, with major new updates from all the major brands. With the Gravity rackets, Head hasn’t missed out on the party and we’ve been seriously impressed with the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro, and the Gravity Tour.
Weighing 295g unstrung, the Head Gravity MP is slightly more accessible for intermediate players than the other two rackets and brings some seriously impressive maneuverability and spin potential.
The Gravity rackets have a specially designed racket head that aims to give users a bigger sweet spot and this results in a racket that has excellent feel. The 16 x 20 string pattern is also very helpful when it comes to producing spin, allowing players to get some heavy spin on their shots.
The Graphene technology that Head has used in previous rackets has also had a facelift, allowing this stick to absorb shocks well and offer a wonderfully comfortable playing experience.
In recent times, comfort and feel were two things that seemed to have got left behind in racket companies’ constant quest for performance, but all of that has changed lately. The newest rackets are starting to combine great performance with much better feel and comfort, and the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity MP is another option in that category.
Having been extremely impressed with the Gravity Pro and the Gravity Tour, we were pretty excited to get our hands on the MP. I must admit that often I haven’t been big fans of Head’s MP rackets, so I was hoping that the Gravity MP would be the one that changed my mind.
We took this playtest with a full bed of Head Sonic Pro at 50lbs. Sonic Pro is a well balanced poly, so it should give the Gravity MP enough control without taking away from the MP’s great feel.
This balance worked out pretty well for us, but for more information on string setups, check out Tom’s Tennis String Tension Guide. Your racket is only as good as your string setup allows it to be so make sure you’re getting this aspect right.
Anyway, back to the racket! The Gravity MP had a lot to live up to if it was to reach the high standards of the Gravity Pro and Tour. Being an MP, we were looking for something slightly different from this racket though. An MP should be a little more forgiving than a Pro or Tour racket, so this would be a big test of the new technology’s ability to give players extra feel.
7.5out of 10
One area where I was extremely impressed with this racket was maneuverability. This stick only weighs 295g but it swings through the air as if it was even lighter. This meant that generating racket head speed was even easier than with the Gravity Pro and the Gravity Tour, something that makes this racket much more attractive for intermediate players.
Off both sides, I was able to get the racket moving really quickly through the air, allowing me to drive through the ball and be extremely aggressive. When I had time on the ball, everything worked out extremely well, and I benefited from good feel, lots of comfort, and easy access to topspin.
However, I did have some problems when I was playing on the back foot and the ball was coming at me with lots of power. I just felt that this racket lacked some stability on contact and as a result, it got pushed around a fair bit.
This meant that I lost some of the power I generated through my racket head speed, and at times, I didn’t have as much control as I would have liked. I found this particularly hurt me when I had to make passing shots from difficult positions as I struggled to get the power I needed.
I think this will affect some players more than others. If you’re someone for whom generating a little bit more racket head speed is very important then the maneuverability will trump the instability. However, if you’re already maximizing your swing speed then the instability could prove to be a problem.
On the positive side, this racket does what it promises to do in terms of comfort and feel. The combination of maneuverability and feel make this stick extremely easy to hit with and it could be a great option for players with joint problems.
This is an area where racket companies are generally starting to make some good progress and I think it will be highly beneficial for regular players. You don’t really realize how much pressure you’re putting on your joints until you switch to a racket that’s super easy to play with, and suddenly you think oh that’s weird, my wrist doesn’t hurt.
I know my complaints about the Gravity MP’s stability are pretty negative, but you can turn that into a positive and look at this racket as one you can easily customize. Personally, I’m not a fan of the 295g weight and I’d certainly want to get that up to 305g to give this racket a little bit more extra oomph.
We went with a 7.5 out of 10 on groundstrokes for the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity MP. It performed well in categories such as spin, comfort, and feel, but it was the stability that let it down.
7out of 10
I’ve started many volley reviews with these words – a lack of stability from the back of the court doesn’t bode well for when you turn up at the net. With the Gravity MP I think that is true if you play at a high level, but not so true for more intermediate players.
The main problem with a lack of stability is that when the ball is constantly coming at you with a lot of power on, the ball has a tendency to ping off your racket without you having much say about it. Ideally, you want the racket to absorb the power and help you control the ball.
The Gravity MP doesn’t do this that well when the ball is hit really hard at you, but all other areas of volleying it does very well in. The characteristics you want from your racket at the net are maneuverability, stability, and feel – the Gravity MP has two of those covered.
If you’re not playing at a level where the ball is constantly being pounded at you then this racket does what you need it to. It’s supremely easy to get into position and gives you good feel on the ball.
For me personally, I didn’t get on that well with the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity MP at the net, but that was almost exclusively down to the weight. I found a few too many balls pinging on me for my liking, but for the easier volleys, I didn’t have any problems.
We gave the Graphene 360+ Gravity MP a 7 out of 10 for volleys. It had a difficult standard to live up to, but really, this isn’t a bad score for a 290g racket.
7.5out of 10
I had a lot of fun serving with the Gravity MP. The big sweet spot and easy racket head speed allow you to really go after the ball and attack your serve. I used this to get good power on the first serve, but it also helped me out on the second serve.
This stick has reasonable control, but you’re able to generate really good spin which helps you to control the ball into court. It’s important to keep your racket head speed up on the second serve and the easy maneuverability of the Gravity helps you do to this, resulting in a good contact and plenty of spin.
All in all, I served pretty well with the Gravity MP and it was probably the area where I noticed the lack of stability least.
A solid serving performance earned the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity MP a 7.5 out of 10 for the serve.
7.5out of 10
Overall, the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity MP is a good racket. My big concern with it is that it lacks some stability and that was the root of many of my problems. However, I can’t fault this stick when it comes to comfort, feel, and spin potential. The new head shape works extremely well at giving you a nice, plush sweetspot, and a lot of players will really enjoy that.
Whether you ultimately get on with this racket will mostly depend on your game style and the level you play at. If you’re someone who craves stability, then you might have to do some customization before the Gravity MP suits you. If you look for comfort and feel from your racket though, this stick is certainly one to look at.
They say this racket is well suited to intermediate and advanced play, but I would probably say it leans slightly more towards intermediate and perhaps lower advanced level. The instability holds it back when the power levels increase and this would be a problem for more advanced players.
The Graphene 360+ Gravity MP was happiest when at the back of the court, where it’s maneuverability really encouraged me to get a lot of racket head speed. At net, it does a reasonable job, but again, the instability held it back a little bit.
On serve, the Gravity MP is reliable, and the racket head speed it helps produce will allow intermediate players to get a lot out of their swings.
While this wasn’t quite the racket for me, I do think the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity MP is a solid addition to Head’s lineup and we gave it a 7.5 out of 10.
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