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HEAD Graphene 360+ Prestige Tour Racket Review

Posted on March 24 2020

HEAD Graphene 360+ Prestige Tour Racket Review We Teamed up with our Partner TennisHead to review the new HEAD Graphene 360+ Prestige Tour! 

 

The Head Prestige range is Head’s iconic racket for advanced players looking to take advantage of it's legendary control and feel!

 

Head have developed their new Graphene 360+ technology to provide a bigger sweetspot, previously only found in their HEAD Gravity Range it is now available in the HEAD Prestige Range

 

The background of the HEAD Graphene 360+ Prestige Tour

THe HEAD Prestige has been used by countless Top professionally over the years, including Marat Safin, Gustavo Kuerten and Thomas Muster and is still used extensively in the modern day players such as Marin Cilic and Giles Simon

Head have modernised this racket while harking back to that amazing maroon red cosmetic that made it the legendary racket it is today!

 

The technology 

HEAD's new Graphene 360+ tecnology has now been introduced to the Head Prestige whereby the frame incorporates Graphene at all the major impact points including the shaft and the head. Graphene aids the “mass distribution” (hitting the ball) therefore allowing “greater manoeuvrability and more power”.

The introduction of the Graphene 360+ tecnology has introduced Spiralfiber technology into these new HEAD Prestige collection meaning there are “twisted fibers placed on the shoulder area of the racket which accompany the frame in it’s deformation and provide greater flex and a clean impact feeling”.

The Head Prestige Tour version of the range that we decided to test weighs 305grams and is lighter than its brothers the Prestige Pro and the Prestige MP and Prestige MID

 

Watch what happened when we Reviewed the Head Prestige Tour with our Partners TennisHead

 

 

The play test feedback

tennishead let loose one of our most experienced all-court testers for this session as we really wanted to put the Prestige through it’s paces with a player who’s game closely matched the specification provided by the manufacturer.

Liam hits a relatively flat ball and is very happy grinding it out from the baseline or looking to finish the point quickly in the forecourt, so he was very excited to try this new version of a classic racket.

Firstly, we asked Liam for a comparison to his current racket, a Yonex EZONE 98. “The specifications are very similar between this Prestige Tour and my own racket especially the weight. I felt the head was a little stiffer than what I normally use which made this racket feel more control orientated”.

When Liam started off hitting groundstrokes he immediately noticed the stiffness of the Prestige which he felt “enables him to put the ball where he wanted but sometimes if I hit the ball a bit late maybe the power wasn’t quite there”.

Moving to the net for volleys and touch shots he really enjoyed being able “to do whatever I wanted with the volleys in terms of drop shots, power volleys and really easy to get a load of backspin on it. Really enjoyed it”.

Liam then tried hitting smashes and serves with the Head Prestige Tour and felt that the 305g weight made it “really easy to serve and getting up to the ball was nice as I could put some pace on it, which is great”.

When we asked about the effect of the new spiralfiber technology on the racket Liam said, “In terms of flexibility, I’ve played with other rackets that have more flexibility but I think that’s to do with the fact that this is such a solid frame”.

 The specifications

Strung or Unstrung? Strung
Weight Unstrung (+/- 5g) 305g
Head Size in Square Inches 99
Beam Width 21.5mm
Balance (+/- 5mm) 320mm (Head Light)
String Pattern 18x19
Length 27 Sq. in
Composition Graphite, Graphene 360

 

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