April 14, 2009

PHOENIX, AZ — Never before has HEAD created a racquet technology that can actually adapt to each shot you hit. HEAD YOUTEK™ combines superior technologies to give you the individual benefits you need to match your playing style. Not only does YOUTEK™ meet your individual needs but it enhances your performance on the court and brings out the best in “you”.

In HEAD’s tour racquets, YOUTEK™ features d3o™ and HEAD Grommets with Teflon® friction reducing polymer which will be featured in the new HEAD Speed Series.

d3o™ is a “smart material” which dramatically changes its behavior under dynamic loading or impact. Located in the shaft of the racquet, d3o™ reacts to the needs of a player in nano seconds, providing a softer touch and better feel on slow speed impacts, like slices and drop shots, and increases stiffness necessary to create power on high speed impacts, such as a serves and passing shots.

YOUTEK™ also features HEAD Grommets with Teflon® friction reducing polymer, which allow minimal string friction for much less energy loss and much more power.

YOUTEK™ will be available in the following Tour Series racquets from HEAD:

Speed Pro: The weapon of choice for HEAD player Novak Djokovic is a heavier racquet with a very thin beam for exceptional touch and feel during play.

Speed MP 16/19 & 18/20: The new design is for heavy hitters with a long fast swing style and is available in two different string styles to accommodate a wide range of players.

Speed Elite: Designed with a slightly wider beam for more power, the Speed Elite is a Tour light version providing complete tour performance with greater maneuverability.

Speed Jr.: For the younger players looking to improve their game, the racquet comes with full YOUTEK™ features including d3o™.