Like it’s predecessor, this update offers the benefits of the standard midplus version but in a slightly faster and more maneuverable racquet. The result is a racquet that should allow a wide range of intermediates to create loads of pace and spin. With the addition of a stronger and lighter more modern 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 racquet that provides smoother acceleration and easier access to power. With its near even balance, the Speed S has adequate weight in the head to keep the racquet stable and comfortable against all but the heaviest levels of pace. From the baseline this racquet feels mobile and precise, with great pop available to those who like to turn up the heat. At net the Speed S is fast enough for rapid exchanges but also decently stable for its weight class. Finally, aggressive servers should like how easily this racquet whips through contact, a fact that should allow aggressive servers to dial up the pace and spin. With its speedy 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.