HEAD Extreme S 2.0 Racquet Review

written by Jason

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 I took the HEAD IG Extreme S 2.0 out along with its predecessor, the HEAD IG Extreme OS. Overall findings included a much better overall feel, improved stability at the point of contact and an overall better experience from all aspects of the court.

HEAD IG Extreme S 2.0

HEAD IG Extreme S 2.0

Racquet – HEAD IG Extreme S 2.0

Head Size – 107 sq. in.

Unstrung Weight – 9.9 ounces (280 grams)

Balance – 4 points Head Light

 

SERVE

The over-sized head really helps find the sweet-spot on all aspects of the serve. All serves are easily accessed due to the very open design of the middle of the stringbed. Kick and slice serves particularly jumped more than I was used to from an oversized frame. Feel was solid and very comfortable at the point of contact on flat serves.  This was the main difference on serves when compared to the racquet’s predecessor, the HEAD YouTek IG Extreme Oversize. The older version felt tinny and unstable compared to the vastly superior new model.

Extreme S 2.0 rating out of 100 – 79
Previous model score – 75

 

VOLLEY

The big factor for me in playtesting an oversized frame is the lack of stability that I am not used to normally playing with a smaller, heavier mid-plus sized racquet face.  This racquet was a completely different story. Time and time again the volleys felt clean and crisp. I didn’t find any trouble with the drop and touch volleys either. Volleys in general felt much more stable than the previous model from HEAD.

Extreme S 2.0 Rating out of 100 – 78
Previous model score – 75

 

GROUNDSTROKES

Forehands – Similar to findings in other categories, the forehands average forehands I was hitting compared to the previous racquet had much more feel and stability at the point of contact. Unlike many other oversized racquets, I felt that the transition from average rally-ball to a flattened out shot aimed at going for winners was very easy with the Extreme S 2.0. On my forehand in particular I have been pleased at how the Extreme Oversize family has never felt clunky in comparison to bigger oversized frames. As a result both the new and previous versions were easy to whip through the contact zone, plow through the ball and extend the shot to the finish. The Extreme S 2.0 really showed it’s superiority when hitting shots out of position or shots on the run. Control was much easier to maintain due to the extra stability of the racquet.

Backhands – I prefer the two-handed backhand but I do hit and can hit a very good one-handed backhand as well. The Extreme S 2.0 gave me a lot of feel and a very good sense of extra power that I’m not normally used to but was still very easy to maintain control. From all areas of the court particularly on the backhand side, the Extreme S 2.0 dwarfed the previous model from Head in terms of vastly improved feel and excellent stability on all backhand shots.

Extreme S 2.0 rating out of 100 – 80
Previous model score – 75

 

SLICE (Underspin Backhand)

Slice much moreso than any other category is the hardest to improve on an oversize racquet due to the fact that the larger the headsize, the more control is lost. The Slice backhand or “the underspin backhand” as I like to call it, will be more easily controlled based on the amount of control from the racquet. With the Extreme S 2.0 made me blink twice on this shot. I had very easy depth with the racquet and was able to generate significant amounts of underspin giving me easy control on lower percentage underspin backhands. For me, the inside-out underspin backhand (the hardest one, in my opinion) is where the Extreme S 2.0 really separated itself from its predecessor. The improved feel and stability made it easy to gain extra directional control as the inside-out underspin backhand requires one to take the ball later than cross-court or down the line. Overall I could knife the ball very deep and benefit from the extra power but not did not find the Extreme S 2.0 to lack control.

Extreme S 2.0 rating out of 100 – 80
Previous model score – 76

 

TOPSPIN

Topspin is always more easily accessed in oversize racquets due to their stereotypical open string patterns giving them a very soft feel and excellent dwell time on the stringbed. I found the Extreme S 2.0 to have an exceptionally open pattern for a 107 head size. The more open the pattern, the easier it is to generate topspin. My personal finding was that both racquets were very easily accessible for hitting topspin. The added feel and improved stability made the Extreme S 2.0 a little bit more spin friendly. The more stable a racquet is, the easier it is for it to be whipped through the point of contact. The faster the swing and the less the racquet is taken off of trajectory on the path of the stroke, the more topspin one is able to generate.

Extreme S 2.0 Rating out of 100 – 81
Previous model score – 80

FEEL

The HEAD IG Extreme OS not only felt different just holding it in one’s hand, it did not feel any softer in any aspect of the game in comparison to the brand new HEAD IG Extreme S 2.0. Each and every category boasted improved stability, solidity and more feel and touch than the previous model from Head. Overall the racquet was an excellent im79provement and a very good step in the right direction from HEAD.

Extreme S 2.0 Rating out of 100 – 77
Previous model score – 72

FINAL SCORES:

Serve – 79

Volley – 78

Groundstrokes – 80

Slice (underspin backhand) – 80

Topspin – 81

Feel – 77

OVERALL SCORE – 79

 

 

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