Racket of the “PRO Excellence” range of the prestigious HEAD brand, in its version GRAPHENE TOUCH ALPHA Pro. The weapon chosen and conceived in conjunction with the world’s top WPT player Sanyo Gutiérrez . Composed of a carbon and Graphene structure and a core of FOAM ULTRA SOFT. It has an oversize diamond shape. It has a smooth surface with a partially matt and glossy finish.
When you take it for the first time, you get the feeling of a very well-finished racket. The swing is directed towards the head. By placing the overgrips, you will be able to slightly optimise the swing towards the handle. If you cannot put more than 1 overgrip the option is also for placing tungsten tapes under the Overgrip (s) to lower the paddle balance. On the contrary if you want to add more power, place the ribbons on the top of the racket below or above the protector. This is a pretty viable option for when you like a lot of all the other features of a racket, less its swing.
In play is a racket with a medium-hard touch. Presents a very acceptable sweet spot for your format. In terms of power, nothing to say, fantastic. There’s a short exit.
In the net:
In the net trays and volleys come out accurate and with enough power. Very good sensations in the network, especially in the smash and tray.
Back of the court:
Back of the court’s control is also acceptable despite its format. The single weight manufactured from 375gr and the high swing makes it a little less manageable than normal. The blows come out accurate and with good placement. Because of its short output, it becomes a technical racket and that requires a correct and well finished technique for lobs and general strokes do not come out short.
The weight tested was the 375gr which is the single weight manufactured.
The surface is rough with matt finish.
In sound terms is a racket that has a medium-high loudness and with a medium timbre.
The safety cord is adjustable. In my opinion my favorite model, simple and effective.
In terms of durability, it seems to be a solid racket, very well built and robust. The FOAM core worries me something because it tends to not last long.
- Good power/control ratio
- Adjustable cord System
- Little manageable
In conclusion, this is a well-designed racket, with the input of one of the best players of today and done to his measure. Accounts with enough HEAD technology like variable dimension drilling which contributes to its sweet spot above the normal for this format. It is a racket that mainly serves left players, but can also serve aggressive right players that prefer rackets a little more potent and with little output. It is anyway a pretty technical racket and recommended only for high level players in my opinion.
It counts with a stroke of medium-hard hardness and a short output. It’s a racket with a good commitment between power and control. The storke is dry and allows good accuracy. In the defensive phase you lack output and a bit of handling, but for experienced players wont be a problem. In the net you can get enough power without much effort. Volleys and trays come out accurate. A correct technique is necessary to achieve the desired depth due to the low output. You can pretty easily, draw by 3, 4 and bring the ball back.
The visual part is in my opinion very good with the logo of the HEAD in different colors on each face. I felt some vibration in the arm despite its gum FOAM which is known to be quite soft for those suffering from injuries.I think carbon and graphene give you an extra stiffness and it makes you feel.
A technical and technologically advanced racket from f HEAD.