Switching racquets right before a Grand Slam might scare some players. But World No.1 Novak Djokovic is probably feeling good about his new Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro racquet that he debuted at this week’s Australian Open. Let’s find out more about this new racquet.
The biggest change in the Head Speed line is the introduction of Graphene ™, a material that was discovered in 2004 and has a breaking strength 200 times greater than steel. This allows the material to be used in equal areas throughout the racquet especially in the grip and head of the frame. The result gives the player more maneuverability and makes the racquet easier to swing, thus allowing for stronger shots.
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Head Size: 100 sq. in. / 645.16 sq. cm.
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight: 11.7oz / 331.69g
Balance: 6 pts HL
Beam Width: 22.5mm / 22.5mm / 21mm /
String Pattern: 18 x 20
Designed with an 18×20 string pattern, the racquet increases control on every shot while allowing for extra spin to be added when needed. This is the case on groundstrokes and serves, a bonus for those who like to hit kick serves with extra topspin and precision. Flat hitters will like the extra swing speed that they can generate with the light frame resulting in even more power added to their shots.
The Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro is best suited for aggressive, advanced players who are capable of generating their own power and spin. The 18×20 string pattern will provide maximum control but will not add extra spin if that’s what you are looking for. At 11.07 ounces/331.69 grams strung weight, this racquet is light enough to suit a variety of players, but some might want to add some extra lead tape if they are looking to add a bit more pop of their shots. The 100 square inch head will provide extra reach and a larger sweet spot for those who need it.
Though it’s probably best suited for advanced players, the added maneuverability of this racquet makes it one even intermediate players should test out. There is also a new Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed MP frame that is slightly lighter and offers a 16×19 string pattern for those seeking to add more spin on their shots.
Overall, the Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro is sure to be a welcome upgrade to an already popular racquet. And if Novak Djokovic does win his third consecutive Australian Open title with it, it would be a surprise to hear him thank his new racquet during his acceptance speech as champion.