Here’s a new racket called the Head Graphene Cyano 115, new for this year from the Head lineup. Its listed weight is 115 grams, which is quite light, and its balance point is 365 mm, which should feel head-heavy.
Image via head.com
Buy (US): amazon.com
The racket is also listed on Amazon in the UK and Germany however the picture looks incorrect. (I believe that is a picture of the Cyano 145, also new for 2013). I am checking with the vendor whether they just have the wrong picture up.
What is Graphene, you might ask? According to Wikipedia,
Graphene is a flat monolayer of carbon atoms tightly packed into a two-dimensional (2D) honeycomb lattice, and is a basic building block for graphitic materials of all other dimensionalities. It can be wrapped up into 0D fullerenes, rolled into 1D nanotubes or stacked into 3D graphite.
NICE. But what does that do for you? According to Head,
Graphene™ technology allows for the first time an optimal redistribution of weight in HEAD racquets. Through the use of Graphene™ in the shaft, the weight in the middle part of the tennis racquet can be reduced. Instead, weight can be shifted from the racquet shaft to more functionally relevant areas in the tip and grip. This unique construction provides players with an unmatched maneuverability and an increased swingweight. In other words, a racquet with Graphene™ is easier to swing and enables even more powerful shots. And it will give opponents a really hard time.
Functionally relevant areas in the tip and grip? Sold.
Looks like Head has got this new racket, as well as the rest of their 2013 lineup, listed on their New Zealand Website. I bet these products will eventually make their way to all regions.
I first saw this in SquashSite’s picture of Jenny from the British Nationals. Thanks to Steve Ormandy and Bopper for the tips.
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