Head Gravity Tennis Racquets Full Review: Powerful, Flexible and Spin-Friendly
THE GOOD | Gravity tennis racquets come with a big sweet spot, spin, stability and a solid feel. The teardrop-shaped head moves the sweet spot slightly away from the tennis player for even more power potential. The Gravity's flexibility helps make every shot arm-friendly, even on bigger hits with harder strings. Graphene 360+ brings the benefits of dampening and flexibility to a modern player's frame.
THE BAD | The teardrop-shaped head may take some time to get used to (2 of 3 playtesters noted this). The sweet spot being slightly further from the player ensures the racquet's owner needs to adjust, something tennis players are notoriously unwilling to do.
THE BASE LINE | Head has created a racquet line capable of lasting the test of time thanks to the Gravity's slew of innovations. From the flexibility and solidity to the enhanced sweet spot, the Gravity might create a following with younger players (who tend to hit higher up on the frame) and anyone looking for a new style of weapon.
Overall Rating: 4.3/5 Stars
Note: Rating and review based on the Gravity MP and Gravity Pro models.
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A ROUND UP
Note: Our focus in this Gravity line review will be the Gravity Pro and the Gravity MP racquets. We won't be doing a post about the lighter models unless we receive enough inquiries.
The Gravity line gives you Head's old school feel in a modern player's-frame-style racquet. Spin, pop, comfort and feel are the Gravity's strong points. The teardrop-shaped head ensures an enlarged sweet spot which helps fight against mis-hits. The racquet's enlarged sweet spot also helps ensure the necessary pop you'll need with this thin-beamed stick (20 mm & 22 mm for the Pro & MP, respectively). The racquet comes with good spin and the racquets feel and comfort are great, even on more aggressive hits.
TECHNOLOGY & DESIGN REVIEW
Graphene 360+ is Head's latest rendition of their dampening/solidifying technology in conjunction with the all-new Spiralfibers technology. Graphene 360 helps ensure not only the solidity you want but helps keep things comfortable on serves and harder hits. Graphene has been added to the 12, 3 and 9 o'clock positions as well as the throat to help stave off unwanted vibrations on impact.
The Gravity comes with Head's brand new Spiralfiber technology. This technology incorporates innovative fibers that are woven in spirals at the base of the racquet's head for increased flexibility and feel.
Right off the bat we felt the different feel that the Gravity brings. Old school Head fans will love the feel of this teardrop shaped racquet. The teardrop, Graphene 360, spiral fibers and whatever else Head did, does give a feel more akin to Head's 90s and early 2000s frames. The racquet felt solid, crisp, comfortable and soft all over the court. On serves and on harder hits the racquet really felt great and no one had complaints about impact shock (even from our more sensitive players).
The enlarged sweet spot was easily noticeable and confirmed not to be just marketing hype. The teardrop moves the sweet spot slightly higher up on the head (1-2 inches), which will really be appreciated by those who automatically tend to hit higher. Those who hit the string bed in the center may need to spend some time adjusting, one of our testers had slight issues trying to adjust. However, the larger sweet spot did help keep mis-hits to more of a minimum.
The Gravity MP and Pro racquets have incorrect balance specs written on the racquets. You may find differing values on other sites and on Head's official site but the balance points are pretty easy for anyone to validate our values. This isn't the first time that Head's balance points are incorrectly stated on their frames.
Head Gravity: Key Specs
|Gravity Pro||Gravity MP|
|Headsize||100 sq. in.||100 sq. in.|
|Length||27 in.||27 in.|
|Unstrung Weight||11.1 oz / 310 g||10.4 oz / 295 g|
|Strung Weight||11.8 oz / 334g||11 oz / 319 g|
|Flex - Strung(RDC)||63||63|
|7 pts HL / 32.3 cm||2 pts HL / 33.5 cm|
|Strung Balance||5 pts HL / 32.7 cm||Even / 34.3 cm|
|Tension Range||48-57 lbs||48-57 lbs|
|Color||Black, Teal and Hot Salmon||Black, Teal and Hot Salmon|