Edition “GRAPHENE 360 ALPHA MOTION”, of the prestigious brand of padel and tennis HEAD. Composed of a 360+ graphene structure, carbon fiber face and a Power Foam gum core (high density polyethylene). It has a tear shape. It has a smooth surface, with glossy finish at the top and matte at the bottom of the racket.
When you pick it up for the first time, you get the feel of a well-built racket, with superior finishes and modern design. The swing is centered, and we have the feeling of a light 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 game it is a racket with a medium touch, tending to hard. Graphene and carbon provide above-average stiffness and hardness, and the foam core counters this and allows the tact not to be too harsh. It features a sweet spot still reduced and centered tending to the top, normal for these tear formats.
In terms of power, it does quite well, without surprising. There’s an average output. It is a racket that becomes quite comfortable at the touch level, by the use of the foam core, and the centered swing also allows not to exert on too much arm. The SMART BRIDGE system embedded in the heart of the racket allows you to greatly reduce the vibration transmitted to the arm.
IN THE NET:
In the net trays and volleys come out accurately and well deep, the maneuverability is quite acceptable, not like a round racket, but it’s not bad, for a racket with this power compromise. In smash you will have no major problems, when you hit the sweet spot. You’ll be able to draw by 3, 4 and bring the ball back relatively easily, with a refined technique.
BACK OF THE COURT:
Control from the back of the court is quite reasonable, you may feel that you sometimes lack a little sweet spot, but with a correct technique and given acceptable handling it is possible to defend well and consistently. The average output is q.b and helps with complicated balls. Lobs come out under control, in general.
The weight tested was 365gr, the only one produced for this model.
The surface is smooth with gloss finish at the top and matte at the bottom of the racket.
In sound terms it is a racket that has a medium-low sound and with a medium timbre.
The safety cord is adjustable and simple, ideal in our opinion.
In terms of durability, it seems to be a solid racket. Well cared for, it can last a long time with good performance.
- Well achieved visual
- Good control/power ratio
- Adjustable Safety Cord
- Sweet spot something reduced
In conclusion, this is a quality and conceived racket (second suggests the official Head website) for the women’s circuit, however we think it clearly serves both sexes. It is still a technical racket, despite the hybrid shape, being more suitable for a medium-high level. It serves players from both sides in our opinion.
It has a medium hardness stroke, tending slightly to hard. The sweet spot is reduced and centered, tending to the top. In the defensive phase the average output, is enough and will help in some more complicated situations. Reasonable handling also helps you react properly.
In the net you will feel balance between power and control. It does not impress when smashing, however, volleys and trays come out quite with enough fluidity and accuracy, usually. You can, naturally, draw for 3, 4 and bring the ball back, .
The visual part is really well achieved, with a modern and attractive design.
The tact can be quite comfortable and i didn’t feel much vibration in my arm. The centered swing is not optimal, but reduces the effort on the arm, when comparing with a diamond racket.
A balanced and attractive racket on the part of head.