Racquet Review: Head Graphene XT Speed Rev Pro

by: Jon Levey | November 19, 2014

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Price: $200
Head Size: 100 sq. in.
Length: 27.4 in.
Weight: 10 oz.
Balance: Even
Swingweight: 331
RA Rating: 60
Beam Width: 22 mm / 22.5 mm / 24 mm
String Pattern: 16x16
NTRP: 3.5-5.0

The Rev Pro is a rather unique model in Head racquet lines. Generally possessing a light static weight, the balance of the frame creates a higher swingweight that makes the racquet feel much more substantial than most frames carrying a similar amount of mass. And in the case of the Graphene XT Speed Rev Pro, the addition of nearly ½ inch in extended length raised the swingweight—we measured it ourselves at a robust 331—to a level that is more often associated with frames that hover around the 12 oz. mark. So it combines the quickness of a light frame with the punch of a heavier model.

The latest Rev Pro is also equipped with Head’s new Adaptive String Pattern. The racquet comes with two sets of grommets: A 16x16 pattern for players looking for enhanced spin and easier depth; and a 16x19 pattern for better precision and more traditional feedback. I’ve transitioned between the two set-ups and it’s a rather simple procedure. It’s another in the growing—and exciting—trend of offering players customizable features in their frames. 

And here to offer a quick take on how the frame plays is Kevin Brandt, Director of Tennis at the Star Island Resort in Kissimmee, Fla.

Kevin Brandt: Typically I won't spend too much time hitting with a 10 oz. racquet because it's just too light for my game. I'll generally hit around with it, get a feel for how it plays and move on to something more in my spec range. But the Head Graphene XT Speed Rev Pro proved to be an exception.

That’s because the first thing you notice is how it plays heavier than it weighs. Head's Graphene XT technology allows this frame to have the stability of a heavier frame without the added weight. I was surprised how well I could drive through the ball and not feel like I was losing control of the racquet. That stability and solid feel carried over to volleys and serves as well.

Besides the surprising backbone, the frame also has Head's new Adaptive String Pattern. Players have the choice of switching the manufacturer-installed 16 cross string grommets for ones with a tighter 19-string pattern. I would recommend the wider pattern since most players using it will be better off with the added spin, but there's no downside to having the option. 

Overall, the Rev Pro is what I would call a lightweight player's frame. Given the balance, head size and extended length I wouldn’t suggest it for a novice. But it’s a good choice for someone with established strokes who needs or prefers a light frame. I could see it working well for a smaller 3.5+ level adult or a good junior player (maybe a 10-12 year-old) that competes with a full-length racquet, but hasn't developed the strength to play with a heavier frame yet. So all those young, aspiring Novak fans can wield the same racquet as the world No. 1, but at a much more manageable weight.

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