Head Size: 104 in² / 671 cm²
Length: 27in / 68,5cm
Strung Weight: 301g / 10,6oz
Unstrung Weight: 285g/10,1oz
Balance: 33,48cm / 3 pts HL
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 20 Crosses
Head has successfully impressed us with its introduction of the Gravity line of rackets. So far, we’ve managed to get our hands on the Gravity Pro, Gravity Tour, and Gravity MP, and couldn’t find a bad word to say about any of them.
The Graphene 360+ Gravity S offers quite a different setup from those rackets though, with a 104sq inch head that’s geared toward serious comfort and easy playability. This gives the Gravity S a slightly different look to the Radical S and Speed S, both of which are rackets we enjoyed.
The large head face and enlarged sweet spot of this stick make this racket very accessible for beginner and intermediate players, we just it maintained some of the control of the heavier Gravity rackets.
For this playtest, we strung the Gravity S with Luxilon Element at 50lbs. This is one of our favorite strings, which gives players a little bit of everything, so we were excited to see what we could do with the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity S.
Groundstrokes – 7.5/10
If you’re looking for a racket that’s easy to play with from the back of the court then this is the one for you. The Head Gravity S swings with ease and offers plenty of power and spin, all combined with excellent comfort. It’s not an overly powerful racket, but yet, I felt like I had to put minimal effort into my shots to get what I wanted.
The way the head is designed gives you a huge sweet spot and helps give you confidence to swing through the ball. This certainly makes the Gravity S the easiest racket to play with in the Gravity range from the ones we’ve tried so far, but there are drawbacks.
The sweet spot might be huge, but the racket doesn’t give you the kind of precision and stability you get from the other Gravity rackets. There’s always a tradeoff with rackets, and this is the one with the Gravity S. You gain a lot of easy playability, comfort, and easy spin, but you do give up some control for this luxury.
I enjoyed playing from the back of the court with this stick because it made my life exceptionally easy, but I would say I slightly preferred the Head Graphene 360 Speed S for the extra bit of control it offered.
Everyone is looking for something slightly different though, so if your key ingredients are comfort and easy playability, then the Head Gravity S is well worth looking at. I think this racket would really work for intermediate players looking to expand their game and older players who have played at a more advanced level but are looking for something with greater comfort that stills maintain decent performance.
Overall, this was a pretty good area for the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity S and we gave it a 7.5 out of 10 for groundstrokes.
Volleys – 7/10
I think the best way I can describe the Gravity S at the net is that I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it.
On the plus side, you’ve got that great sweet spot which gives you a good chance of hitting the ball out the middle and getting good feel on the shot. On the negative side, there isn’t the stability to deal with things when the power levels get ramped up.
When you’re playing the easier volleys, this racket does well, injecting power into the ball and allowing you to pop the ball back to the other side. However, when you’re forced to play the more difficult volleys from around your feet, the racket just gets pushed around a little bit which makes it difficult to keep control of the ball.
I felt quite a few of my volleys ping long on me which is always a problem with the lighter rackets. The thing is though, this racket is aimed at more intermediate players, and it does what intermediate players need it to do at the net. You’re not going to have Fernando Gonzalez (the ultimate tennis legend?) forehands coming at you to deal with, so you don’t need to worry so much about the stability.
My mixed feelings on the Gravity S’ volleying prowess are reflected in the 7 out of 10. It’s a good score for lighter racket though and I can’t complain too much.
Serve – 7/10
If I thought the Gravity S was effortless to play with on the groundstrokes then it took things to the next level on the serve. All you need to do is get this racket moving in the right direction and it will reward you with spin, power, and a crisp contact.
The difficulty is, I’m someone who wants to feel responsible for everything that goes on in the stroke and the Gravity S was just too easy to play with. Basically, I wanted more control, and that was my overwhelming takeaway from this racket. Ultimately, that’s why I would take the Speed S over this stick.
There will be people with very different opinions to myself though and again, I think if you’re someone who seeks comfort, and easy playability as your primary characteristics, then this is a great racket to go with.
We gave the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity S a 7 out of 10 for the serve.
Return – 6.5/10
The return is one area where I really crave stability in order to be able to block the ball back deep. When you play with a racket that’s low on stability, you just feel like you get pushed around a bit on the return and that’s what I felt with the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity S.
Once again though, this is relative to the kind of tennis you’re playing. I was trying to face Larry hitting down 120mph lazers, so I was probably always going to find things a little bit difficult with a lightweight racket.
I did think I would get a bit more from this stick on the second serve though, were I failed to capitalize on the slightly slower serve.
All in all, I would say this was the weakest part of the playtest, but it wasn’t an alarming performance. Yes I struggled, but at an intermediate level, I think the Gravity S will do fine on the returns. We gave it a 6.5 out of 10.
Overall – 7/10
How you perceive this racket is really going to come down to what you’re looking for in a racket. If you want a more performance-oriented racket, there are better ones in the Head armory, but if you want easy playability, the Gravity S is right up there.
On a personal note, I would choose the Head Graphene 360 Speed S as having a slightly better balance between performance and comfort, but that shouldn’t put people off this racket. The technology in this stick is brilliant, and it does make playing tennis that little bit easier.
When you’re learning the game, you want to make your life easy and the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity S certainly does that.
Overall, we gave the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity S a very respectable score of 7 out of 10.
What are your thoughts on the Head Gravity rackets? More importantly, did Fernando Gonzalez have the best forehand you’ve ever seen?
Review by: Will