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Improver racket review: HEAD YouTek Graphene Instinct REV


Originally published on: 07/08/13 00:00

After bringing you the latest range of rackets directed at advanced and intermediate players in our last two issues, now it’s the turn of those who haven’t quite shed the tennis L-plates to sit up and take note.

After testing nine improver frames at Dukes Meadows indoor courts in West London, here's what we thought of the HEAD YouTek Graphene Instinct REV.

RRP: £114.99
Length: 27 inches
DA (stiffness): 60 points
Head size: 100 sq. in
String pattern: 16 x 19
Unstrung weight: 245g
Beam: 21-35mm

What the experts say
This racket has the lowest frame flex of all the rackets tested and that helps enhance the ball feel and provide comfort. A super light frame that is perfect for juniors or seniors having coaching to improve their technique. The ‘Graphene’ material used enhances the stability in the frame.

What the testers say
The testers thoroughly enjoyed hitting with the Instinct REV and it scored the highest for feel and touch out of all the rackets. "This was great for both groundstrokes and volleys," said Jo. "I even managed a few drop shots." Bobby thought that although power was slightly lacking the HEAD racket allowed him to play more consistently from the back of the court.

What the manufacturer says
Lightweight Graphene engineering revs power up to the max coupled with outstanding manoeuvrability. This ideal combination meets the needs of both the ambitious young rebel and the intermediate player.


Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.