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Used by some of the top players in racquetball, the Head Graphene Extreme certainly looks extreme on the court. Find out in this review if this strong and powerful racquet is right for you and your playing style.
|Head Extreme 155 Racquet
|Overall: Deadly accuracy, incredible power, and a perfect balance make this a great racquet.
Head Graphene Extreme Specifications
Let’s start by going over the technical specs of this racquetball racquet. We’ll go over each specification and what they mean.
Weight: 155g unstrung
Racquet Length: 22 inches
Balance Point: 6 points Head Heavy
Strung Surface: 107 sq in
Head Graphene Radical 155 vs 165 vs 175
The Graphene Extreme series comes in 3 different weights similar to the Head Radical series of racquetball racquets. The lightest weighs in at 155 grams with the Extreme 165 and Extreme 175, filling out the rest of the series.
If you prefer a lightweight racquetball racquet, you should be leaning towards the Extreme 155 or Extreme 165. Both of these racquets are highly maneuverable and feel quick in users hands. For the slightly more advanced players, consider the Extreme 175.
This is the most powerful racquetball racquet of the series so if you know how to handle the weight, you’ll be devastating on the court. This is the preferred racquet by Markie Rojas, who is the US Open Doubles Racquetball champion.
Playing with the Head Graphene XT Radical Racquetball Racquet
This racquet is vastly different to anything else that I’ve reviewed before. It is a delta-head shape, meaning that it is extremely triangular. It is extremely powerful when the ball connects with the sweet spot. But the sweet spot is so small, that any little bit of error means that the ball isn’t going where you want it to go. That said, it is a racquet that is used at very high levels of tournament play because it rewards accuracy and consistency.
This racquet is carbon fiber and is much stronger than a teardrop shape racquet due to the properties of a triangular shape. This racquet can take a beating and keep going through the rest of a match or tourney.
Because of the delta shape, the sweetspot is much smaller than on a teardrop shaped racquet. This means that when swinging this racquet, your swing has to be absolutely perfect to get a good shot. But, when your shot is perfect, this racquet will absolutely nail the ball and put it away neatly.
Head Graphene XT Extreme Racquetball Design
Created in 2016, the Graphene Extreme racquetball racquet is a relatively new design from Head designed to handle competition at the highest level. The shape is the new delta-head shape from Head and it has been used by many of the top IRT and USAR Professionals.
I haven’t really seen this racquet too much in the tournaments that I attend but that could be a symptom of it being relatively new and most other people shying away from the price tag. While pricey, the Graphene Extreme racquetball racquet is well worth it for people who can fully use it’s capabilities.
Who Should Play With the Head Graphene Radical Racquetball Racquet?
I recommend this racquet to an intermediate or advanced player. As long as you prefer lighter racquets. This racquet is still more fragile that a composite material racquet would be but that is just how carbon fiber is as a material.
If you feel like your 170g or 175g racquet is a touch too heavy or you are just looking for a little bit of extra speed and maneuverability. This is the racquet you should be using. Having such a light racquet be balanced provides incredible amounts of control over the ball, it’s almost surreal.
If you are a beginner, I would recommend starting with an older racquet of the same shape, the Head Liquid Metal series is a good place to look. The Head Liquid metal racquetball racquets are older designs but still the same shape and very durable. Some Gearbox racquets also follow the same shape and weight patterns so keep an eye out for a racquet from one of their older series as well.