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Published on April 29th, 2015 | by Greg


Head’s Graphene XT Speed Pro: Tennis, Djokovic Style

It’s time for Spring on the court, which means checking over your gear and figuring out if it’s also time to upgrade to a new racquet. Whatever your preference or home turf- indoors or outdoors, cement or, well, actual turf- the most important part of your tennis game will be the instrument in your hands. Today’s pick isn’t for beginners, but if it’s good enough to be endorsed by Novak Djokovic, it’s good enough for us!

The Head Graphene XT Speed Pro is one of the smoothest, serve-friendly, power-ready racquets that we’ve seen. At 315 grams, it’s just slightly heavier than most, and the 100-inch head size is fairly standard and plenty large enough to offer flexible return space. If you’re a baseline player, you’ll get the returns you need and if you’re looking for speed, then you’re in luck as well. For those focused on spin, there are better options out there, and Head offers a huge variety. We’ve checked out many others too, including the pricey-but-cool Babolat connected system.

The core of this aptly-named, next-generation racquet is a new technology called graphene XT, an updated structure to what they call the world’s strongest and lightest material. We put the claims of “10% extra energy transfer and 20% lighter weight compared to racquets with the same swing strength” to the test recently, and we immediately noticed the tight 18×20 default string pattern. It made for a reliable, consistent play style on volleys, stable and responsive, allowing you to accelerate and pace up as quickly as needed. We did find that it to be pretty stiff, firm and almost old-school, with a lot of pop.

The XT Speed Pro looks sharp in black and white with some yellow accents, and performs great whether you’re chipping, slicing, or driving the ball around. And it’s reasonably priced for a pro-level racquet recommended by one of the best tennis players in the world, available now in stores and online for around $200.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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