Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro Specs
Head Size: 100 in² / 645 cm²
Length: 27in / 68,5cm
Strung Weight: 332g / 11,7oz
Unstrung Weight: 315g/11,1oz
Balance: 32,39cm / 6 pts HL
String Pattern: 18 Mains / 20 Crosses
2019 has been an exciting year for new rackets with Wilson Clash, an update to my beloved Babolat Pure Strikes, updated Wilson Blades and much more. Not to be outdone by everyone else, Head has released a brand new line of rackets and we got our hands on the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro to give it a thorough workout.
The Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro combines comfort and flexibility through modern technology, mixing classic control with the feel of a Pro racket. It’s similar to the best Head Speed rackets just with extra comfort and feel thrown in for good measure.
I’ve used Head rackets for the majority of my tennis career, but in recent years I haven’t liked the direction their rackets have been going as much. The Head Speed rackets before the Graphene updates were incredible rackets, but I think they’ve made the Speed rackets gradually blander and less exciting.
They brought the weight down significantly, and the swingweight came down with it which to me, completely changed the racket. The weight went down, the swingweight went down and the control and feel of the racket weren’t there in the same way that they used to be.
Looking at the stats, the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro looks like it could be the answer to my complaints though! It weighs 315g unstrung, which is only slightly heavier than the Head Graphene 360 Speed Pro, but more importantly, the swingweight is a juicy 332 vs the Speed Pro’s 318. The great thing is, the Gravity Pro achieves this without making the frame stiffer which means high comfort levels.
In theory, the Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro is absolutely what I look for. The 315g weight is a perfect balance between having enough mass without being too heavy. I’m an 18 x 20 string pattern aficionado, and I love rackets with a hefty swingweight. Tick, tick, and tick for the Gravity Pro!
To get this stick performing how I wanted it we strung it up with Luxilon LXN Smart String at 50lbs. This should offer a nice balance between control, spin, and power and complement the Gravity Pro nicely.
I have to say, when this racket first came out I thought it was really ugly, but it has grown on me. Anyway, it’s the performance that matter so we gave the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro a solid week of playtests to see exactly what we’re getting.
Groundstrokes – 9.5/10
I’m beginning to sound a bit like a cracked record giving all these new rackets great reviews but there’s no denying this racket is brilliant from the back of the court. The Gravity Pro combines feel, comfort, and stability like few rackets can and this resulted in me feeling like I could do whatever I wanted with the ball.
When you want to inject pace into the ball this racket has plenty of pop for an 18 x 20 string pattern but at the same time, it’s got top-level control and feel when you need to take pace off the ball. This makes it extremely easy to switch from defense to attack without having to favor one over the other.
I was particularly enjoying hitting backhands with the Gravity Pro because of the extra bit of pop. The racket is maneuverable enough that you can get your wrists through the ball quickly and the racket seems to take care of the rest. The head of the racket is more rounded at the top which encourages spin and makes it easier to get topspin than most 18 x 20 string pattern rackets.
Normally when I get on well with a racket on the backhand side I find it doesn’t suit me so well on the forehand side but that’s not what happened with the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro. All I really want on the forehand side is control and stability with a little bit of maneuverability and once again, the Gravity Pro ticks all of those boxes. This allowed me to swing through with confidence that the racket would tame the power I created and bring the ball back into court.
This racket combines so many positive characteristics and doesn’t offer up many negatives. In general, tennis rackets are something you need to compromise over. You can go for performance at the cost of comfort, you can go for comfort at the cost of performance, and you can try and balance comfort and performance and loose feel. With these modern rackets there are fewer and fewer things we need to compromise on though and the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro is up there at the top of the list.
The Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro was exactly what I wanted from the back of the court, earning it a 9.5 out of 10.
Volleys – 8.5/10
The feel of this racket really starts to show when you’re at the net. I’m a big fan of the drop volley and I was able to bring it out the bag quite a few times with the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro.
That’s because the characteristics of this stick suit volleying so well. Stability and feel are absolutely key when you’re volleying and a bit of comfort never hurts! The Gravity Pro allows you to play against big hitters and use their power against them by controlling the volleys and taking time away from them.
The one slight negative I found with this racket at the net was that it’s not the most maneuverable. There are certain rackets that feel effortless to move into position but that’s not necessarily the case with the Head. Still, I wouldn’t say it’s cumbersome and as long as you’re comfortable at the net you will be able to get a lot of performance out of this racket.
I don’t tend to spend much time at the net in singles, only really coming in behind my best attacking shots, but when I did end up at the net to put away the easy volleys I felt like the Gravity Pro had a lot more to give.
It was when we played some doubles with the Gravity Pro that this became clear and it really showed that it can do a bit of everything at the net. I felt extremely comfortable with this racket in my hand and was aggressively attacking the net to good effect.
We ended up giving the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro an 8.5 out of 10 for volleys, an excellent score.
Serve – 8.5/10
The one aspect I particularly enjoyed with the Gravity Pro on serve was the good access to spin. I love to hit the leftie serve out wide to the ad court but there are plenty of rackets where I struggle to get the kind of spin I want. With the Gravity Pro I found the balance was just right though, there was enough to get the ball moving off the court but not so much that I lost control of the ball.
Spin is vitally important for me when it comes to the second serve because it helps give the margin for error that you need and stops your opponent from attacking you. I found I used this to good effect with the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro and barely missed any second serve.
As I’d come to expect from this racket, the great performance was matched by an extremely comfortable feel which helped take some of the hassle out of serving. You get a nice cushioned feel on contact with the ball that is much more involved than the muted feel you get with many modern rackets.
The Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro ticked all the boxes once more when it came to the serve. It balances power, spin, and control well and gives good feedback on contact. It’s not the easiest racket to swing fast with, but it’s not cumbersome and more advanced players should have no problems in this area.
We gave the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro an 8.5 out of 10 on serve.
Overall – 9/10
This is a brilliant addition to the Head lineup and one that I think was much needed. The Gravity Pro offers something quite different from the other rackets Head have and it’s clear to me that they have taken a step forward in terms of technology with these sticks.
Having recently tested the new Wilson Blades, I was always going to be comparing the two rackets in my mind. I loved the 18 x 20 Blade, but I must say, if I was in the market for a new racket, I’d probably be going with the Gravity Pro.
The weight and balance are exactly what I look for and its got oodles of performance with plenty of comfort thrown in.
A lot of players have been critical of some of the modern rackets because, in a bid to be more comfortable, they have cut down on the feel they offer. However, with the Gravity Pro you don’t have to make that compromise of feel for comfort, you can get them both in one package.
With this being the Pro version of the Gravity, it is much better suited to more advanced players with well-developed strokes, but I’m now extremely excited to try out some of the other Gravity rackets. This technology works really well in an advanced racket like the Gravity Pro but I also think it can make a massive difference in beginner and intermediate rackets so look out for our review of the Head Gravity MP and MP Lite in the near future.
Overall, I couldn’t fault the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro. It worked well for me on every shot and performed as well in singles as it did in doubles. For this, it earns itself a 9 out of 10.
Are you excited to try out the new Head Gravity rackets? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Review by: Will