January 11th, 2013

HEAD launches new HEAD Instinct Tour Racquet Series at the Australian Open

Right in time for the first Grand Slam of the year, HEAD launches its brand-new YouTek™ Graphene Instinct tour racquet series, introducing a revolutionary technology to modern racquet construction: HEAD Graphene.

Graphene is a unique material consisting of a single two-dimensional layer of carbon atoms with exceptional properties. It’s extremely lightweight, but has a breaking strength 200 times greater than steel. The integration of Graphene in the racquet shaft allowed HEAD engineers to reduce weight in the middle part of the tennis racquet and shift it to functionally more relevant areas in the grip and the head instead. This unique construction with Graphene technology allows for the first time an optimal redistribution of weight in HEAD racquets: more weight in the grip makes the racquet more manoeuvrable and easier to swing; more weight in the racquet head enables even more powerful shots.

The new YouTek™ Graphene Instinct family includes the MP, S, REV and the PWR models, as well as the Instinct Junior racquet in order to provide tennis players of all levels even more "Effortless Power”. The Instinct REV introduces a completely new model to the HEAD racquet line-up – thanks to Graphene technology it provides intermediate players a very lightweight and easy to swing racquet with yet a high level of power.

HEAD is offering all tennis fans a special incentive to try out and test the new Graphene racquets: via the global ‘Test&Win’ online promotion players can leave their reviews and feedback on or for a chance to win a practice session with HEAD star players Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic.


Key features:
- Graphene is the world‘s strongest and lightest material

- In the construction of HEAD racquets, it enables a redistribution of weight from the racquet shaft to the grip and head.

- With this optimized redistribution of weight in the racquet, players generate more kinetic energy when they hit the ball. With less effort, more power is generated.

HEAD Graphene™ (HEAD_Graphene_Fact_Sheet_EN.pdf, 573.9 kb)