Boom

If tennis is indeed in the midst of a resurgence in popularity, then what better time to release a racquet called Boom. After teasing its arrival by seeding a prototype earlier this year (dubbed “You Got This”), Head revealed the name and look of its brand-new franchise. The title is intended to leave little mystery to the racquet’s capabilities.

Head created Boom because it believed it was heavy with racquets on the control side of the spectrum, but not enough models in the easy power and user-friendliness space. They wanted to build something from scratch that would be unlike anything they currently offer, and would convert players from other brands rather than move them over from other Head racquet silos.

To do so, Head borrowed from its other lines, like the Extreme and Gravity, to create a kind of greatest hits frame that would appeal to a large segment of the tennis population. The hoop has a different shape from the other Heads and has a thick cross section to produce that extra power and easy playability. The shaft is elongated and boxy for an enhanced flex and feel not customarily associated with this type of racquet.

But the main innovation for Boom is Auxetic. Used in high-performance cycling, it’s a construction technique applied to the yoke of the frame to generate a more solid and crisp hitting response, regardless of impact location on the string bed. As with the past several generations, Graphene continues to be positioned at strategic locations throughout the frame to bolster its stability and power.

The Boom line will initially consist of four frames. The first to be released—the MP and Pro—will arrive in January 2022. The remaining two—the Team and Team L—are set to hit stores in May of next year. Head opted to have different head sizes, weights and beam widths for each of the frames, so they all have their own distinct playability.

Here is the range overview:

Head Boom
Model
Pro
MP
Team
Team L
Head Size
98 in²
100 in²
102 in²
107 in²
Weight
310g/10.9oz.
295g/10.4oz
275g/9.7oz.
260g/9.2oz
Balance
310mm/1.3in HL
315mm/1in HL
330mm/0.5in HL
340mmm/0.3in HL
Beam
22mm
24mm
25mm
26mm
Length
27"
27"
27"
27.4"
String Pattern
16/19 (dense)
16/19
16/19
16/19
Price
$259
$249
$229
$219

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To complement the Boom models, Head is also releasing a new string: Lynx Touch. As with the racquets, the transparent black string is intended for a wide target audience. It’s designed to combine the benefits of a monofilament/polyester and multifilament hybrid in one string. When compared to a firmer polyester—such as Lynx Tour—it provides deeper ball-pocketing, increased snapback and a softer response for players looking for more power and forgiveness. Lynx Touch ($12/set) will initially come in 16g and 17g varieties.

The Boom MP and Pro models are currently available for pre-order. Check back in the coming weeks for more detailed reviews.