Monday, February 4, 2013

Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro Review

THE fact that Novak Djokovic uses this  frame (or at least endorses it) makes it seem pretty obvious that this is not really a stick for beginners. However, that may not necessarily be the case when it comes to the Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro as this new update from Head does not follow in the footsteps of  highly unforgiving advanced players sticks of the past.
        Compared to traditional pro players choices which weigh in excess of 12oz, this frame is by comparison relatively light at 11.7oz strung and is easily maneuverable thanks to its headlight balance. Its 22.5mm-22.5mm-21.5mm beam also makes it more forgiving and than an old-school 17mm or 18mm straight beam frame.
     This setup also makes the Graphene Speed Pro more cushioned and exudes a dampened feel more common to racquets these days.
     The Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro is a very control oriented racquet and will suit heavy hitters who are looking for ways to rein in all that pace and place the ball on a dime. Putting away volleys, especially when it comes to doubles, is a plus point for this stick thanks to its maneuverability at the net and the nice dampened feel it has.
      Players lacking power in their shot may need to look elsewhere as the lower mass of this stick will not make power for you. Long strokes with good follow through is essential for you to put the ball deep whether on serve or when hitting groundstrokes as you will need to generate a lot of pace to put some heat on your shots.
        A great modern take on a players racquet which will allow you to place the ball where you want it to, when you want it to.

Head Size: 100 sq. in.
Length: 27in
Strung Weight: 11.7oz (331.69gm)
Balance: 6 pts HL
Swingweight: 328
Stiffness: 68
Beam Width: 22.5mm-22.5mm-21.5mm
Grip Type: Hydrosorb Pro
String Pattern: 18 Mains-20 Crosses
String Tension: 48-57 lbs

Find the Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro for some of the lowest prices online here


TENNIS TIPS FOR BEGINNERS: How to win a match.

THREE Easy pointers to help you win: Assuming you are playing opponents of roughly the same or just slightly more advanced than yourself, these tips will let you get the best out of your game.

1 Make sure you get your second serve in

This may seem obvious, but a lot of players still new to the game still find it hard to get their second serve in for a number of reasons.

Some players still try to hit the second serve hard and due to their inexperience and limitations fail miserably.

Cut back on your power (read: swingspeed) and try to hit higher over the net to give you more clearance over the net.

This is not hard, however, will you will need to practice this in training.

If you find this too hard, a simple under-arm serve will suffice.

This type of service is similar to hitting a forehand, however, instead of waiting for the ball to bounce your left hand will feed the ball.

The under-arm serve, though often debated, is allowed in the sport and was once used by Michael Chang at the 1989 French Open.

The under-arm serve is also a great 'surprise weapon' for more advanced players which we will discuss later.

2 Hit the ball deep

Hitting deep is key if you are to win a tennis match regardless of whether you are a beginner or a touring pro.

Hitting deep means hitting the ball to make it land closer to the baseline of you opponent to make it hard for them to hit an offensive shot which will allow them to win the point.

A shot (a groundstroke generally) that lands within the service box is considered to be short and can be put away easily by an opponent.

How to hit the ball deep? - Hitting the ball deep is not as hard as it is sometimes made out to be.

Aim to have your shot clear the net by roughly 1 meter and your will be safe in terms of depth.

If you are already able to hit the ball with topspin you can hit even higher than 1 meter as the spin will keep your shot from going out.

3 Dont think about winning too much!

The mental aspect of the game is often overlooked when it comes to beginners.

Do not pressure yourself to win too much. This will cause you to lose focus on what you are doing and can even cause your body to stiffen and make your shots, which are usually good in training, fail miserably.

Instead, just take each point at a time, Remember the 1st and 2nd tips above and just enjoy yourself. Victory will come.