The Head Gravity MP has a distinctive look. For one thing, the wider the shoulders give the head a reverse teardrop shape. This is intended to broaden the sweet spot in the upper part of the hoop where modern players tend to make contact, with the added benefit of potentially bolstering spin. Then there’s the flip design cosmetic—teal on one side, lava on the other—to strike a unique appearance. While both traits address current needs, what made the Gravity MP refreshing was that it still managed to feel relevant while delivering old-school playability. Sure, it generated respectable pop and spin, but it’s the command, feel and versatility that will keep you interested.
Undoubtedly the smooth handling and connected feel were two of the main reasons behind this conclusion. The thin-ish, constant beam moved effortlessly and produced a predictable response at contact. I always felt in complete control of the frame and capable of reproducing either meat-and-potatoes ground strokes or attempting more creative shots. Not a ton of free power at my disposal, but extra aggression could be achieved with ambitious targeting. The flex was just soft enough to be comfortable, but still retained enough backbone for respectable stability. I tested it with a full bed of Hawk Touch, but it struck me as the type of racquet that works with a variety of string setups.
The only limitation I encountered was it didn’t punch much above its weight. At 295-gram (10.4 oz.) unstrung, it is slightly lighter than competing 100 square-inch models. When I was playing against the wind it felt like I had to pure the ball to make any headway. Same thing when I encountered a heavy ball from an opponent; if I was just a bit late or off center, the racquet seemed to lose the battle at contact. Players at the higher skill levels may need to add some weight or see if they gel with the heavier Tour or Pro models.
The light weight and easy acceleration was certainly a bonus on serves. And I felt I needed it because it’s not the type of racquet that’s going to do a lot of the work for you. In fact, it could feel underpowered when not on point. But when I dialed it up and hit the ball clean there was plenty of pace and the opportunity to direct it effectively. That whip was also instrumental in giving kicks some extra hop. Again, if I didn’t hit it square it seemed the ball spun, floated and sat up rather than pushed my opponent back.
Net was probably my favorite place to be with the Gravity MP. The quick handling fostered the belief that I could get the racquet on any passing shot; it wasn’t true, but it was nice to feel that kind of confidence. The lack of heft did pop up here as well—it wasn’t super stable outside the sweet spot, nor did it crunch volleys. But I didn’t find it as detrimental as on groundstrokes. For one thing, the control to direct the ball to the desired location was spot-on. Plus, the feel and the frame’s ability to take pace off the ball were first-rate. No one has ever accused me of having cottony hands and I had no trouble consistently producing short angle and drop shots.
Overall, the racquet does a great job of marrying classic control and feel with modern flourishes. Its quickness delivers some punch and spin, but it’s better-suited for varied shot-making than baseline bashing. I could see it as a perfect match for rising juniors with all-court games looking to transition into their first 11-ounce racquet. Or skilled veteran control players who would like to shave some weight from old reliable. Anyone who values controllable, friendly frames will want to test the Gravity MP.