I loved this racket! It was so perfect. I would say this helped with power and control. Wouldn't recommend it for beginners. It made me feel so comfortable playing. Loved it!
Compared to the XT Speed, the S plays much better. The open string pattern gives you better spin and control...and easier on the arm.
I am a 4.0-4.5 all around player, serve big and mixed, stay on baseline if I can, move up when opportunity is there. Also play doubles so get to serve/volley plenty. Played with Head Radical OS frames since mid 90's. Last switch was in 2004 from Ti (10.4 oz, 295 swing weight, 55 stiff) to Liquid Metal (11.2 oz, 330 swing weight, 65 stiff). As I am aging (55 now) felt I'd lost ability to snap through groundies, and some volley agility was missing. Decided to try new racket tech, went looking for something a little lighter, and a little lower swing weight, and a little stiffer. Not leaving Head, though am pretty sure could have found something with Babolat. Did normal racket search for lower weight, sw, and about the same stiffness. Found a few, but no true OS (radical is 107). This graphene xt speed s comes in at 100. Also 10.7 oz, 66 stiff, and 318 sw. So overall in direction I wanted to go. Strung it up with Prince syngut duraflex 17 at 55#. Note to old guys, better grommet design and hole layout makes these a breeze to string. Double width for shared holes! What a time to be alive. Made no other adjustments - straight factory. Took it out for a singles match (evenly matched) with no prior practice or drill, and proceeded to hit shots I'd not been able to access in 10 yrs, mostly sharp cross court forehands and hard cut slice serves. Stunned by difference an ounce and a little sw and modern tech made. Really impressive. Lost a little stability on backhand, but improvements from head speed and agility more than made up for that. Time will tell if wear and tear on arm or shoulder are an issue, but it really felt comfortable on this first outing. Strongly recommend. Will be picking up a backup upon first sale.
I am completely happy with performance of Head Speed S racquets !
I got this racquet as an upgrade from the Head Radical Team MP and instantly fell in love with it during the demo. I'm not an expert tennis player by any measure, but to me it stood head and shoulders above the competition in feel, control, and depth. Transition from a 280g racquet to a 285g one was seamless. The Speed S gave me a lot of penetration on my deep shots without losing control. I was able to push back my opponents and they had less time to react to my shots. I was also able to give it more spin when I needed to and only had a short transition period where some shots went a little long. It is very responsive at the net and feels good on serves. This is an excellent racquet for those looking to add a little bit more pace to their game without sacrificing control. The graphene construction feels great and it's a joy to hit with it. Definitely recommended, but mind the strings.
I went to this after a few months with the Graphene Speed MP. That racket has great plow through on ground strokes, but it began to take a toll on my arm. The S model is lighter than the MP and gives a good balance of power, feel, and spin production. My arm is happier, and so am I. All tennis rackets are compromises, and I like the way this one works.
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