Published on May 19th, 2014 | by Greg0
Head YouTek Graphene Prestige S: 305 Grams Of Speed
Spring is tennis time here in New York City, a chance to get out and hit the courts. And any tennis fan knows that racquet technology is always improving, with new materials and new designs that can really make a difference in your game. We’ve seen plenty of different options over the years that fit lots of play styles, and can work well in many different situations.
Today’s tennis tool of choice is the Head YouTek Graphene Prestige S. Built from graphene, a material first discovered only in 2004, it consists of a single two-dimensional layer of carbon atoms and the company claims that it “has a breaking strength 200 times greater than steel”- one of the world’s strongest and lightest material and it’s led to some changes in weight distribution that make for a faster, higher-acceleration play style.
It’s one of the easiest racquets to swing that we’ve ever held, flying through the air freely. The changes, though, lead to some poor aim and missed shots at first, and you’ll need some time to tweak your grip and rotation and find the sweet spot before your volleys land well. The Graphene Prestige S felt super-responsive, easily translating our intentions to the ball, and offering plenty of opportunity for spin. It makes for a very aggressive game, able to adapt well to multiple playstyles, handy especially up front and center. You might miss the mass, though, and we felt our serves slow down and lack the oomph that a heavier racquet might offer and occasionally we’d have an issue returning heavy shots, hitting them slightly awkwardly.
If you like punchier play and want precision, then this is an excellent choice- an amazingly maneuverable racquet. It’s the easiest way to chip, handles like a dream at the center, but has a bit of learning curve due to an unusual sweet spot and slightly unforgiving nature. We’ve seen a lot of tennis gear over the years, but this is our first from Head, and if the YouTek Graphene Prestige S is an indicator, we can’t wait to try more. Available online and in stores for around $195.