Head's Speed Pro racquets resist easy classification. With their dense 18x20 string pattern they have the control of a traditional player's racquet, but since they weigh less than 12 ounces they're weighted for the explosive mechanics of the modern power game. The Graphene Touch Speed Pro has been updated with Graphene Touch, which combines Head's polarized weight system with a softer polymer in the racquet's layup. The result, according to Head, is a racquet that blends extra vibration dampening and shock absorption with the easy power of Head's Graphene technology. Although our playtesters didn't find the easy power, they were in full throated agreement over this racquet's dampened (and very muted) feel. Put simply, this is a comfortable racquet. The biggest upside can be summed up in three words: control, control, control. This racquet practically begged our inner big hitters to swing more aggressively. The most notable downside, voiced by three of our playtesters, was the overly dampened feel and muted response. Although this bodes well for comfort seekers, players who prefer the crisp, lively and connected feel of Head's Extreme series might have to sit this one out. Ultimately, if you are looking for a maneuverable control racquet that will keep your biggest swings inside the court, you'll find a solid partner in Head's Graphene Touch Speed Pro.
This one goes for the wow-factor. Recommended by Novak Djokovic, the Speed Pro combines many detailed design elements inspired by Novak's favorite animal, the Falcon and state-of-the-art technologies into a speedy package. The new Graphene Touch technology provides an incredible touch, solid dampened feel and great sound while the 18/20 string pattern gives optimum control to the advanced tournament player. The racquet also features several falcon-inspired design elements such as an iconic feather plumage stealth pattern and a falcon head integrated into the SPEED logo. If you need the perfect combination of control and speed with a head-turning design, this detail-loving racquet should be your very first choice. Just ask Novak.