Racket of the “Pro EXCELLENCE” line, from HEAD, in its version 360 ALPHA Pro. It is the racket designed for the No.1 world # 1 Sanyo Gutierres for the 2019 season. Consisting of a carbon and graphene structure and a Foam and graphene gum core. It has a tear shape. It has a smooth surface with half matte finish at the bottom and gloss finish on the top of the racket.
By picking it up for the first time, you get the feeling of an imposing, dark and very well-finished racket. The balance is centered, slightly tending to the head, in line with its previous version. The first sensation in the hand is of a very manageable racket.
By placing the overgrips, you will be able to slightly optimise the swing towards the handle. If you fail to place more than 1 overgrip the option also falls for putting the included weights to lower the paddle balance. On the contrary if you still want to add more power, put the weights included at the top of the racket at the spot indicated on the protector. This is a very viable option for when you like a lot of all the other features of a paddle, less the swing.
In play is a racket with a hard touch tending slightly to medium. Graphene and carbon give you additional rigidity. The gum foam/graphene, makes the touch comfortable but does not cease to be hard. Presents a reduced sweet spot, slightly smaller than the previous model curiously. In terms of power, fantastic. Impresses in this chapter for a teardrop racket. There’s an average output. It is a surprisingly comfortable racket, I believe also by the SMART BRIDGE system embedded in the heart of the racket.
In the net:
In the net trays and volleys come out with a very good precision and depth. It has very acceptable handling for the format. In the smash will be no problem.
Back of the court:
Control from the back of the court is OK, but it is undoubtedly a very technical racket, given the reduced sweet spot. The average output will help you however in tighter situations and the handling will suffice to react quickly in the defensive phase. Deep lobs whenever you reach the sweet spot.
The tested weight was 375gr, the only one produced for this model.
The surface is smooth with half matte finish on the bottom and gloss finish on the top of the racket.
In sound terms is a racket that has a medium-low sonority and with a medium timbre.
The safety cord is adjustable which is always best in our opinion.
In terms of durability, it appears to be a solid racket. Well cared for, it can last a long time with good performance.
- Adjustable Safety Cord
- Sweet Spot Reduced
In conclusion, this is a racket designed to measure the great Sanyo Gutierrez. It is a technical racket for experienced players. In my opinion it is a racket that serves primarily a left-handed player, but as the Sanyo can prove, it also serves technically evolved players and something aggressive right.
It has a hard stroke. The sweet spot is reduced. In the defensive phase the average output and reasonable handling will help in the most complicated balls. The net will feel fantastic. Volleys and trays come out accurate and deep without difficulty. You can effortlessly, draw for three, four, and bring the ball back.
The visual part is very well achieved. A dark look in line with this year’s trend.
The hard touch is yet quite comfortable, did not feel practically vibration in the arm, but is not totally exempt.
A very well-achieved racket by HEAD.
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