But first, a little about the Head Gravity MP; it features the new Graphene 360+ technology, a combination of Graphene 360’s energy transfer and innovative spiralfibers for an enhanced flex and clean impact feel.
I really like the new cosmetic of the Head Gravity line of tennis racquets; on one side it has Teal piping. The other side of the racquet, has Coral piping. The rest is black. It really looks neat the way it’s been designed.
Head Gravity MP Playtest
When I got out on the tennis court to actually hit with it, I was anxious to get through my warmup. I did notice, during my warmup, that the Head Gravity MP felt heavy-ish to me. I felt the weight distribution was a bit too even balanced. Other than that, the racquet felt great.
As I got more warmed up, I got more comfortable with the Head Gravity MP. The racquet felt pretty good when I was hitting full power. It didn’t feel quite as boardy as some previous Graphene models from Head.
The power levels on this frame were above average; I was able to really take a big swing and get a lot of zip on the tennis ball. The suggested larger sweet spot probably had something to do with that. I definitely hit my fair share of off-centered shots but the ball somehow managed to find it’s way into the tennis court. However, the Head Gravity MP didn’t have quite the same power levels of that like some racquets in “stiffer” category.
Unfortunately, I struggled with the spin production. While I was able to get spin, I wasn’t quite able to generate enough to have the ball drop deep at the baseline. Nor was I able to get the ball to kick up as much as I would have liked. This is due in part by the 16×20 string pattern.
I could feel the strings biting into the ball but the ball didn’t have the same affect that other frames offered. It wasn’t terrible, I just didn’t get enough RPMs to the point that I felt that I could rely on the spin to keep the ball in play. Even with a thin poly tennis string, I could not generate a lot of spin. Some yes, but not like some of the other racquets I have reviewed.
Even though Head Gravity MP left something to be desired in the spin department, I was impressed with the ability to move the ball around the court. The racquet gave me an ample amount of control off the ground. I was able to, easily, move my hitting partner from corner to corner, forward and backward, all with a bit of foot work and the Head Gravity MP in my hands.
As I played on, I had zero arm tenderness. The racquet is definitely comfortable, even with a poly string. The stiffness (RA) rating is 62, which is lower end the stiffness spectrum. While the frame played a bit stiffer, it definitely did not feel like it was stiff.
Stringing Gravity MidPlus
Stringing up the Head Gravity MP was a breeze; I opted for an “Around The World” (ATW) method. There are no shared holes and the mains end at the throat (ideal for ATW). There are clear markings where to tie off your mains and crosses.
For this racquet, I used Yonex Poly Tour Pro 1.25 at 48lbs. This was the right tension, for me, for this racquet. I could have maybe dropped the tension a couple of pounds but I don’t think I would have had the same control as I experienced. Had I gone a bit higher, I don’t know that I would have gotten the depth for my shots nor the comfort.
Overall Review of Gravity MP
This is a great offering from Head. The comfortable frame paired with the large sweet spot really makes this tennis racquet a must try for any tennis player. It may be a bit on the weighty side for a junior player but definitely worth a shot.
Perhaps with the right string, I could compensate the lack of spin that I experienced. Putting in a shaped string that is thin could probably give me some additional spin.
Players seeking comfort and control should really consider the Head Gravity MP, it’s got plenty of both.
Head Gravity MP Specs (strung)
Head Size: 100 in² / 645.16 cm²
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight: 11oz / 312g
Balance: 13.18in / 33.48cm / 3 pts HL
Beam Width: 22mm / 22mm / 22mm
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 20 Crosses
String Tension: 48-57 pounds
You can pick up a Head Gravity MP from Tennis Warehouse, or Tennis Warehouse Europe, by following this link