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HEAD Gravity Racquet Review: First Impressions

by Tennisnerd
HEAD Gravity Racquet Review

The new HEAD Gravity racquet line has finally been revealed and I have been fortunate to play-test three different models in the line-up. The Gravity MP, Tour, and Pro versions. I will write a more detailed review soon, but here is my HEAD Gravity Racquet Review: First Impressions.

The HEAD Gravity line has been hyped up quite a bit with marketing lingo such as “New force, New game”, “The Force is Coming”, “Massive Sweet Spot Dominates the Game” and so on. That is all marketing of course, but what is really behind their new racquet line? After doing this HEAD Gravity racquet review I can sincerely say that I am impressed by the performance. I came in a bit skeptical, but in the end, this is exactly what I wanted to see from HEAD, a players racquet that is not just a remake of older Prestiges but also takes into account the demand for a bigger sweet spot and more top-spin.

I tested the HEAD Gravity MP racquet in its prototype paint job here. I liked that one a lot, but 295 grams unstrung, even with a close to even balance, is usually not my cup of tea. That is why I was happy to see the specs of the HEAD Gravity Pro and the HEAD Gravity Tour. The naming of racquets is never easy and it is hard to explain what makes a “Pro” racquet and what makes a “Tour” racquet but in lack of better words, it has just become standard in the racquet industry. Let’s look at the specs and tech of these different racquets.

HEAD Gravity Racquet Review – Specs and tech

The HEAD Gravity racquets come with a new technology, something HEAD calls Graphene 360 +. Not sure what the plus stands for, but since these racquets feel less hollow and more comfortable than the Graphene 360, I think it might be some kind of foam filling or other dampening material inside the frame. If so, I am happy about that. I have really enjoyed the Graphene 360 racquets and played some of my best tennis with them, but sometimes I have been nostalgic about the feel of my older HEAD racquets. This is not the case with HEAD Gravity.

Let’s look at the specs of the different models:

HEAD Gravity Pro

Head size: 100 sq inches
Length: 27 inches (standard)
Weight: 315 grams unstrung
Balance: 31,5 cm unstrung
Beam width: 20 mm
String pattern: 18×20

HEAD Gravity Tour

Head size: 100 sq inches
Length: 27 inches (standard)
Weight: 305 grams unstrung
Balance: 32 cm unstrung
Beam width: 22 mm
String pattern: 18×20

HEAD Gravity MP

Head size: 100 sq inches
Length: 27 inches (standard)
Weight: 295 grams unstrung
Balance: 33 cm
Beam width: 22 mm
String pattern: 16×20

There are more racquets in the line such as the S, MP Lite, but these are the ones I have tested.

HEAD Gravity Racquet Review – How do they play?

HEAD Gravity Racquet Review

The HEAD Gravity brags about a “massive sweet spot” and this comes from the more rounded head shape which reminds me of the HEAD IG Extreme Pro 2.0 or something like a Prince Phantom racquet. I was never visually happy to play with a more rounded racquet, but this one does not bother me as much (it is a bit less extreme in shape). Also, like the Isometric head shape of Yonex racquets, this actually seems to work to enlarge the sweet spot. I just want to point out here that the actual “sweet spot”, meaning the optimal position in the racquet head to hit the ball, does not variate much from different racquets, but the “sweet area” where you have more margin for error on off-center hits varies quite a bit. But since the whole industry talks about the “sweet spot”, I will stick to that phrase.

HEAD Gravity Racquet Review

I liked the HEAD Gravity MP when I tested that one, but the extra weight and slightly tighter pattern of the Gravity Tour and the Gravity Pro just seems to work better for my game. I tested two racquets strung with HEAD Hawk Touch and the Gravity Pro still had the factory string (which is rarely recommended), but I wanted to keep it there as an experiment. Despite having a fresh poly in the Tour and a factory string in the Pro, I gravitated (see what I did there?) towards the Pro. The heft, the control, it was all right at home for me. I really felt like I could pick this racquet up and play a tournament straight away. I could not really find a shot where I did not like the HEAD Gravity. It is great on serves, slice, offered decent topspin despite the tight pattern, has a comfortable feel, works well even when you flat out the ball. Yeah, it was just an altogether nice experience to play with. My hitting partner, a better player than me, who tried the Tour and the Pro said the same thing. He really enjoyed these racquets. He preferred the Tour while I edged towards the Pro.

HEAD Gravity Racquet Review – Comparing performance

People have been asking me to bring back scores to the review and I will make an effort to do that. Please bear in mind that I need a bit more time to make a complete review, but I am already quite confident about these racquets after playing with them for about a month. Before we get into scores I want to compare the different models.

HEAD Gravity Pro – the heaviest racquet in the series. More control, higher swing weight, more plow-through, thinner beam, a bit tougher to swing unless you are an advanced player. Nice, soft feel on impact while still retaining good power. Not a Pure Drive by any means, but a more forgiving player racquet. Does not require any customization in my opinion. My favorite of the bunch and a contestant for next racquet of choice for me. Score: 90/100 for me

HEAD Gravity Tour – plays quite close to the Pro but with a bit less weight in the handle and a thicker beam for slightly more power. Easier to transition to for someone coming from a Wilson Blade or Tecnifibre Tfight XTC 305. Lower static weight, but more weight in the head to compensate. Therefore it plays more stable than its weight. I prefer the heft of the Gravity Pro, but these play very closely. Score: 85/100

HEAD Gravity MP – a more open pattern and even lower weight so easy to swing. Easy racquet to play with for intermediate players. Gives you good top-spin, comfort, and decent power. Does not have the stability or the precision of the Tour and the Pro, but still a fine racquet for advanced players with just a bit of customization. More spin-friendly than the Tour and the Pro and a good choice for a wide group of players. Score. 80/100

HEAD Gravity Racquet Review – Summary

HEAD Gravity Racquet Review

The new HEAD Gravity racquets should be a success for the company and for the players using these racquets. Many tennis nerds have been waiting for a softer advanced player racquet from HEAD and here it is. I was really impressed with all three of the racquets but felt most closely connected to the Gravity Pro. I just loved that it already comes with a 330 swing weight out of the box and is ready for tournament play without any customization. The Tour and MP are fine racquets too, but the Pro is my choice of the bunch.

Last, (but not least for some), I want to say that I really like the idea with the neon colors and the green paint on one side and the red on the other. I have heard different opinions here and design is highly personal, but for me it is fresh and a bit different.

Great job from HEAD. A player frame that slots nicely in between the Radical and the Prestige lines and my favorite new HEAD racquet.

HEAD Gravity Racquet Review – Video review

Have you tried the HEAD Gravity racquets? Are you excited too? Let me know in the comments below.

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59 comments

Bobby O July 2, 2019 - 4:39 pm

Great review and nice to see Head finally moving in this direction again. I am very close to purchasing the Dunlop CX 200 Tour 18×20, but am intrigued by the Gravity Pro as a lover of old Head frames. Since you are familiar with both frames, I was wondering how they compared and which one you favor. Thanks.

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Tennisnerd July 2, 2019 - 5:07 pm

Thanks! They actually play quite close in feel, but the Gravity has a larger head size and is, therefore, easier to use. If you want a bit more margin for error and improved spin, go for the Gravity Pro. If you want a racquet that is faster through the air, go for the Dunlop CX 200 Tour! Hope this helps.

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Leon July 2, 2019 - 6:31 pm

Thank you for this nice review! I’m wondering how does the Gravity Pro compares to the Prince Textreme 100 Tour? Because after your review of the Prince i’m close to buying one, but this Head sound also very interessting. curently i’m playing Head Graphene 360 Pro, but i’m a bit struggeling with the stability..

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Tennisnerd July 3, 2019 - 12:00 pm

The Gravity Pro gives you a bit better control and a higher swing weight so more stability. The Prince is a bit easier to use and can generate more spin from the open pattern. I am not sure which one I like more at the moment. The Gravity Pro seems to suit me better. The stability of the Gravity Pro is very good.

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Franci July 2, 2019 - 7:23 pm

How does the pro compare with the graphene 360 speed pro

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Tennisnerd July 3, 2019 - 11:59 am

The Gravity Pro is more comfortable than the Speed Pro and gives you better control. The Speed Pro is easier to swing and a bit more powerful in my opinion.

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Krishna Raman July 2, 2019 - 7:33 pm

How does this compare with Head graphene 360 speed pro? Is the speed pro more comfortable in terms of swing weight, spin , power etc?

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Tennisnerd July 3, 2019 - 11:59 am

The Gravity Pro is more comfortable than the Speed Pro and gives you better control. The Speed Pro is easier to swing and a bit more powerful in my opinion.

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Martin July 2, 2019 - 9:21 pm

How does the Gravity pro compare to the Wilson Clash line?

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Tennisnerd July 3, 2019 - 11:58 am

The Gravity Pro is more of a control-oriented player stick, while the Clash gives you easier access to power and spin at the cost of some control and feel.

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Simon July 2, 2019 - 9:58 pm

Not for me, I’m more a fan of more oval shaped head racquets which I find better for control, but I can imagine the gravity line is good for heavy spin grinding from the baseline.

The Gravity Pro seems an almost carbon copy of the Head IG Speed MP 18×20 specwise. Sure it’s not a rebrand of an existing mold? That’s a great racquet that I used for a few years.

Head paint jobs are either brilliant or awful. Radical graphene touch was appalling, but the new 360 line is great (particularly the 360 Speed)

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Tennisnerd July 3, 2019 - 11:57 am

The IG Speed MP has a slightly different head shape and a thicker beam. So not a rebrand. New 360 line looks great, I agree.

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Ohmie July 2, 2019 - 11:17 pm

Hi,

How does the Gravity Pro compare to the Prince Phantom Pro 90p?

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Tennisnerd July 3, 2019 - 11:55 am

Hi,
The Prince is faster through the air and a bit more precise, but the Pro offers more margin for error and better stability and power. My choice would be the Gravity Pro.

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Guilherme July 2, 2019 - 11:27 pm

I have both the IG Speed 18×20 and the Gravity Pro – same mold, different materials, worse quality grommets

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Germán Eduardo García Doego July 2, 2019 - 11:46 pm

Hello!!! Could you uncover the mystery ??? Could you see if they are filled with foam ???

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Tennisnerd July 3, 2019 - 11:51 am

Hi, I will try to find out! But I won’t use a saw! 😀

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Peter July 3, 2019 - 4:52 am

How do they compare to Yonex Ezone 98?

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Tennisnerd July 3, 2019 - 12:03 pm

The Ezone 98 is more powerful and spin-friendly, while the Gravity racquets are more controlled and comfortable. The Gravity Tour could be an interesting test if you are coming from the Ezone 98. It depends on what you are looking for.

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Jack July 3, 2019 - 6:38 am

Hi Tennisnerd, how would you compare this to the DR98? Also what was the Prince racket you liked that you mention in this review? Thanks

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Tennisnerd July 3, 2019 - 12:02 pm

Hi Jack,
The Prince racquet I am enjoying is the Prince Textreme Tour 100 that I recently reviewed. Not sure which one I like best at the moment.

The Gravity and the Yonex DR line offers quite a different feel. The closest to the DR 98 would probably be the Gravity MP. The DR 98 is a bit crisper and slightly more powerful, while the Gravity line, in general, is more controlled. It depends on what you are looking for in your game.

Regards / Jonas

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Sugawara July 3, 2019 - 9:52 am

Hi?
Does it have flexibility, like Wilson Crush 100, where the shaft bends?

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Tennisnerd July 3, 2019 - 11:51 am

Hi, the Clash is more flexible and more noticeably so too.

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Manuel July 3, 2019 - 10:59 am

Head Gravity, Prince Tour, Wilson Clash… Haaaaaa!

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Germán Eduardo García Doego July 3, 2019 - 3:21 pm

Hello good day!!! It is not necessary to use a saw to check if they are full of foam, just remove the lid of the butcap you can check if they are filled or not !!!

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Tennisrally July 3, 2019 - 6:46 pm

I would like to try it out myself! Sounds great!

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Joakim July 4, 2019 - 9:30 am

Interesting new line from Head indeed. Jonas – on the Tour and MP versions what is your estimate of their respective swing weights, and what about launch angle?

Does this line feel weight polarized like the Radicals? I love the Radical line but would not mind trading a bit of power for more control and feel.

I believe the Gravity Pro version has a beefy swing weight but perhaps a bit too much for my taste, the Tour might be a bit easier to generate racket head speed with but will it pack a punch without lead?

The 18×20 pattern on the Tour was a bit disappointing – was hoping for 16×20 or 18×19 but perhaps it is a fairly open 18×20 with a not too low launch angle?

Thanks!

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Ron July 4, 2019 - 4:14 pm

Thanks for the review, will definitely try these out as have been using the Angel K7 red since January, great racquet, good power to reach baseline but need more stability feel, and control on the volley which my old radical intelligence 18×20 provided, so was considering moving to the Angel K7 Lime, but will now consider this new gravity tour, pro racquet as an alternative.

Any thoughts on how these compare to the K7 lime?

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Andrés July 5, 2019 - 11:54 pm

Hi! Great review!

Difference between Head Prestige Pro and this Gravity Pro?

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Tennisnerd August 6, 2019 - 3:15 pm

Hi Andrés,
Thanks! The Gravity Pro gives you a bigger sweet spot a bit more spin and still a very good feel.

Cheers / Jonas

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Aris July 6, 2019 - 9:45 pm

Hi .To your opinion which one between Pro and Tour is suitable to switch from Head Prestige flexpoint mp ? thanks

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Tennisnerd August 6, 2019 - 3:15 pm

Hi,
I think the Tour would be the most similar.

Regards / J

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Sugawara July 7, 2019 - 12:08 pm

Hi!

Which do you prefer: Wilson Ultra Tour 18 x 20 or HEAD Gravity Pro?

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Jaime July 12, 2019 - 2:18 am

Hi Jonas,

Any thoughts you might share comparing the – Gravity Pro vs the new Pure Strike 98 18×20? Spec-wise they seem similar and they are both on my short list).

Thanks very much,
Jaime

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John July 14, 2019 - 12:48 pm

Hi Tennis Nerd, is this the best 18×20 on the market in your opinion? Would like to try an 18×20 and this looks good!

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Tennisnerd July 17, 2019 - 10:30 am

Hi John,
Wow, there are many good 18×20 patterns out there, the Srixon Dunlop CX 200 Tour, the Prince Phantom 100P 18×20 and the Gravity Pro or Tour. But my fave is currently the Tour! Cheers / J

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Germán Eduardo García Doego July 18, 2019 - 6:55 pm

Hello good day!!! It is not necessary to use a saw to check if they are full of foam, just remove the lid of the butcap you can check if they are filled or not !!! Alguna novedad???

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Tennisnerd July 20, 2019 - 10:30 pm

Hi German,
Yes, I know. I just forgot 🙂 Will check tomorrow! But my guess is that they are not foam-filled, but use something called spiraltek fibers. Regards / J

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Tennisnerd August 6, 2019 - 3:19 pm

Hola German,
Sorry for the delay, they are not filled with foam.

Regards / Jonas

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Kurt July 21, 2019 - 7:37 pm

Gravity pro seems very interesting that I am mainly playing with a K7 Lime, many specs are the same other than the headsize and the beam width at the throat..it seems to be a more forgiving and probably less control oriented than the K7 Lime? maybe less aggresive version of the K7 Lime? thx

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Ethan July 21, 2019 - 11:30 pm

I’m currently demoing the Gravity Pro. From the baseline it’s great with stability. Serving, it’s less powerful than the Pure Strike 18×20, more powerful than Wilson Ultra Tour. Those other models have better serving accuracy. It might need a heavy replacement grip to make it more head light. The Gravity is more forgiving, even with TourBite string.

I also want to know if Jonus is making the switch from K7 Lime. Lots of good 18×20 options, so I want to make the choice that’ll help my game.

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Cristiano July 24, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Hi. Can you compare Head Speed 360 pro and Gravity 360+ pro? Which is the better? I have Speed 360 pro it’s a good racquet, but I think gravity pro whith more swing weight and thinner bean can be help a aggressive player, isn’t it? Thank You.

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Tennisnerd July 30, 2019 - 10:38 am

Hi Cristiano,
For aggressive players, the Gravity will give you a bit more precision and feel. It will be more difficult to swing fast though. But you will be able to take balls better on the rise and block back defensive shots. Both are good, the Speed is a bit faster and more powerful.

Regards / Jonas

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Ed July 26, 2019 - 5:22 pm

Hi Jonas
How do these Head gravity’s compare with arm friendly racquets?

thanks

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Tennisnerd July 30, 2019 - 10:33 am

Hi Ed,
The Gravity line is really arm-friendly so I wouldn’t worry about that.

Regards / J

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Tennisnerd August 6, 2019 - 3:18 pm

Hi Ed,
They are very arm-friendly racquets. Regards / J

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Paul August 3, 2019 - 7:11 pm

Hi Jonas,

I’ve been playing with a Volkl V1 Pro for the past few years and I love the way it connects with the ball . ButI think I want to try something different for a change. My frame is 10.8 ounces unstrung and I like that weight. I tried the Gravity MP and liked it but it might be too light. My shop didn’t order a demo of the Pro so I’m worried it might be a little too heavy? I wish we had the Tour in the US. but I understand it’s not available.

In any event, how do you think the Gravity Pro compares with the V1 Pro? Thanks!

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Tennisnerd August 6, 2019 - 3:18 pm

Hi Paul,
The Volkl V1 Pro is a good racquet, based on what you write, I think the Tour would be a good option, but as you write it is not easily available.

My feeling is that the Pro will be a bit too heavy for you to enjoy so I would recommend checking out the Prince Textreme Tour 310. This racquet has a lower swing weight but still great feel and spin.

Good luck / Jonas

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Drew August 6, 2019 - 1:44 pm

Having a hard time deciding between the Gravity Tour and Pro.. Demoed at first loved the Tour but wanted to make sure i demo both for a good decision but it made it harder. I do feel the Pro for some reason is pretty hefty and I’m normally coming from hefty sticks. The short demo felt the RHS speed suffer, but unsure if it’s because I need to get used to it.. on the flip side, in a tournament if you’re tired that’ll get even harder!

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Tennisnerd August 6, 2019 - 3:13 pm

I understand the situation, it is the same for me. I get better plow-through and feel with the Pro, but the Tour is easier to use. In the end, from reading your comment, I would go with the Tour.

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Smitch August 15, 2019 - 12:03 am

Great review as ever! Thanks for your previous answers to posters regarding the clash. You were a fan previously of the Angell K7 Red – how does it compare to the Gravity Tour (&MP)? If possible also how does the new v7 blade 16×19 compare also. These all all on my shortlist but the only one I can’t demo is the Angell.

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Jaime September 5, 2019 - 7:18 pm

Hi Jonas,

Just wondering if you’re planning on following-up your First Impressions review on the Gravity line.

Thanks!

–Jaime

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Tennisnerd September 6, 2019 - 10:49 am

Hi Jaime,
In the end, that kind of became the review. I am still playing with though and should perhaps create a finalized review post.

Thanks for mentioning it. Cheers / J

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Teoman Cem Kadioglu September 8, 2019 - 11:19 pm

Hi Jonas,
I am considering to change to Gravity Tour from Angell V3 TC100.
After demo Gravity tour seems to have a lower launch angle due to 18×20 but somehow considerably more power. And the Gravity feels so good at impact :))
Am I right that it has higher power level even though its denser string pattern?
Regards,
Teoman

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Martin September 20, 2019 - 6:07 am

Hi tennisnerd,
after your review i had to test the gravity line.

I really liked the pro version, because it was so stable i felt that i cant fail. It worked best on my backhand.

The biggest Problem for me was that after 1 hour match time i get a really tired arm and the quality of my game decreased.

So after the review i also gave the tour a try and what should i say: Im in love!!!

The bigger sweetspot(i came from the prestige pro) really help me with my game and the feel is so nice and i have no Problems to swing the stick the hole match.

SO thanks for this review and for your work with the channel and this site. go on!!!

Is there any string for the gravity i really have to test what would you recommend.

regards
Martin

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Tennisnerd September 22, 2019 - 3:34 pm

Hi Martin,
Happy to hear you have found your stick!

I like HEAD Hawk Touch or Lynx Anthracite in the Gravity. Solinco Tour Bite Soft could also be good…

Regards / Jonas

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Bob September 27, 2019 - 11:38 pm

What’s the grip shape?? Tk82? Tk82s?

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Tennisnerd September 28, 2019 - 8:31 am

TK82S – seems like all new HEAD racquets are going this way.

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james October 9, 2019 - 8:20 pm

Hi, loved this review and many of your others too. Im a regular, recreational player, Im almost 60 and ive been playing since i was 15. Ive had many Head racquets in the past. Im still currently playing with a Head iPrestige Mid 600. It has a spec very similar to the Gravity Tour/Pro and the Graphene 360 speed pro. Specs on mine are
Head Size 93 – this will be a big change for me going forward as Ive never played with a bigger head than this,
Strungweight 12.1 oz
Length 27 ins
Balance 5 points Head Light
Swingweight 320
Stiffness 60
Beamwidth 19mm

I prefer to play from the baseline but happy to volley too. I like to hit ground strokes hard and flat but I also play with a lot of spin. I like the feel of my current racquet and can maneouvre it around fine. I need to provide the power with this racquet, im fine with this but it would be nice to have a little more power without losing the control. Ive used Head Intellitour Strings at 55lb on each restring as thats what it came with originally. My question is is the difference in swingweight between my racquet and the Gravit Pro significant? The Tour is lighter but seems to have a stiffer frame, would I lose feel with the tour? I am torm between the 2 Gravity Racquets ( Pro and Tour) and the Graphene 360 Speed Pro. There are no Racquet Shops close to me so I will need to order online. Laslt would the Pro Hurricane TOur strings suit any of these racquets given my playing syle, in your opinio? THanks and I look forward to future videos, I wish we had your weather in the UK! Thanks, James.

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