The Head Graphene XT Speed S replaces the Graphene Speed S. Like it's predecessor, this update offers the benefits of the standard midplus version but in a slightly faster and more maneuverable package. The result is a racket that should allow a wide range of intermediates to create effective pace and spin. With the addition of a stronger and lighter form of graphene in the shaft (called Graphene XT), Head is able to reposition even more weight to the grip and tip. The result is a racket that offers smoother acceleration and easier access to power. With its near even balance, the Speed S has sufficient weight in the head to keep the racket stable and comfortable against all but the heaviest levels of pace. From the baseline this racket feels mobile and precise, with plenty of pop available to those who like to turn up the heat. At net the Speed S is fast enough for rapid exchanges but also quite stable for its weight class. Finally, aggressive serves should like how easily this stick whips through contact, a fact that should allow aggressive servers to dial up the pace and spin. With its fast feel, crisp response and controllable power, this version of the Speed S is a very solid option for intermediates who want solid performance from all areas of the court.