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Sensational feel is supplied by the new Auxetic 2.0 technology in a modern update of a HEAD classic. The PRESTIGE TOUR is engineered for the technical tour player who is looking for a racquet that enables them to play precisely how they wish. See-through carbon elements at the throat and tip are slightly different every time, giving your racquet its own unique identity. The fresh, premium and distinctive design also includes a special red flip lacquer in the central color block. Specifications  

Head Size (sq in):  95

Length (in):  27.0

String Pattern:  16x19

Unstrung balance: 315 mm

Unstrung weight (ounces):  11.1

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HEAD Gravity Tour Pickleball Paddle Review! (2023)

feel the force with the head gravity tourhead updates the gravity tour with a stunning flip design and loaded it with Technologies the pathfeatures an average weight of 8.1 ounces and is built with a polymer core and a graphite compositeblend hitting surface The Sweet Spot power core creates a massive forgiving Sweet Spot while thehybrid hitting surface with spin-on technology provides the best of all worlds for the ultimateblend in power Comfort Control and stability when I was looking at the head pickleball paddle lineupfor 2023 I actually gravitated towards the gravity tour for a couple reasons the first was I reallyliked the Cosmetic it's really stunning bronze color that made me kind of pick it up and lookat it and then I was a little skeptical of the head shape I am not typically used to this shapeand I when I hit it down to the court though I.

Was actually pleasantly surprised that I didn'thave any adjustment period I actually really nicely transitioned into this paddle and the firstthing that I noticed was The Sweet Spot I actually thought it was really big and forgiving and thatno matter where I hit it on the paddle I was getting a nice consistent response which actuallyhelped me play better well the first time I picked it up was right off the you using it and you wereplaying really well with it so I wanted to get it in my hand see if I could play well with it tooand I had a bit of an adjustment period it's a lot more powerful than the paddle I typically use andso I just when I was dinking I was overheating my dinks at first also I missed a few returns longwhen I was just trying to drive the ball deep and then get into the net so once I got the powerthing sorted out I played much better with it and.

I agree that sweet spot is really forgiving andit seemed like wherever I hit on the paddle I was getting a nice healthy shot off the paddle face Ialso noticed that power as well and I use that to my advantage but I also when I look at a paddleI always see what the texture of the surface is I like that grippy surface and that helps me getSpin and this one I'd say is medium I do feel a little bit of texture there and that helped mewith both my Top Spin and my underspin and to keep that power under control I found myself playingaround on my serve with some nice Spin and then even at the Baseline and my pony was up at netI was trying to drop it at their feet kind of getting them to pop it up so really impressedwith both the spin and power aspect yeah it was really forgiving for me to when I had to playreaction volleys I thought the paddle was pretty.

Maneuverable and also that powerful responsemeant I didn't have to get a ton behind the ball just to hit a nice volley and then when theball was jammed at my feet and I'm right on the Dank line I was able to dig it out nicely eitherplay a dink back or I had that mass I could use to push the ball deep if the opponent was in theback court there plenty of grip from the paddle surface I would agree there I've actually got thegravity tool light in my hand and I prefer this one a little less power because it's not quiteas much weight and then I can whip it through even faster and so I'm getting a lot of spin outof this paddle compared to the regular gravity tool yeah if I had to give one negative for thegravity tour it was that I wasn't the biggest fan of the feel now that's more of a personalpreference I just wasn't feeling as connected.

As I wanted to at times and the other thing was Ido have a two-handed backhand that I really love to use and this handle is was okay I didn't feellike I could get fully too hands on that handle really get that angle and I do know that there'sactually a long handle LH and a short handle sh for maybe a player like you that only uses theone hand with and doesn't change their grip so lots of options from the gravity Tour line yeahI just use one hand and I don't really change my grips a whole lot so super easy paddle for me tojump into as I said I prefer the light version a little bit more but it was a really fun playtest thanks for joining us today for this paddle review for more information on anything paddlerelated be sure to go to totalpicable.com Check out our review and grab a Head Gravity Tour Paddle at Total Pickleball!

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  • Large sweet spot
  • Great control
  • Comfortable
  • Weight at the head can slow you down

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How Does the Head Alpha Pro perform?

Sanyo's Head Graphene 360 Alpha Pro is one of the most popular rackets due to its versatility, control, and beautiful design . It has a medium balance and helps players with precision shots. This racket suits a majority of intermediate players' games , unless they are looking for something lightweight or very powerful. It's generous sweet spot will help you with off-center shots.

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Expert reviews of the head alpha pro.

Need to have a intermediate advanced level to enjoy the racket properly, can be technical. For example, I found it difficult to maintain deep lobs.

Easy to manage and it absorbs vibrations very well

Great level of control and sensitivity

Very wide sweet spot

Best for players of intermediate-advanced level looking for a comfortable, maneuverable medium touch racket with medium balance and a large sweet spot

High ball output delivers strong volleys, but can result in shooting balls at the glass if you’re not careful. Bandejas went out like missiles.

It has a very nice balance, less in the head than previous version, which helps with maneuverability. I liked it a lot in the serves, you can feel the maneuverability, the racket doesn’t feel like it stays behind you

Very large sweet spot, wherever you hit the ball, the rackets responds well

With its high weight (373g with overgrip) and its 27cm balance, this is not a maneuverable racket. Medium hard touch. It doesn’t have a high ball output, you need to use proper form to pass the ball.

Power comes out really well for me. Head says that it has low power, but it doesn’t have low power for me.

In bandejas and viboras, you feel the weight, the pull back feels a bit slow, but then the ball goes where you want it to go.

Best for an advanced player with excellent technique, it’s definitely not super powerful. The shape makes it more aggressive and technical, I think it could have been nice as a round-shaped racket with a lower balance. As it is, it has an excellent feeling, but it’s not very easy to use.

It’s powerful, but not super.

It’s not the most maneuverable - it has a high balance, weighs around 375g.

It’s strong in its touch. It plays like a glove. I recommend it to players who don’t have a strong arm so they use their handling to control the point (like Sanyo).

A multipurpose racket intended for a large number of players, especially those who like the control game or are transition players.

Without proper technique can go to the glass if the bandejas or viboras are very heavy since the rubber core makes a small rebound effect on the ball.

At the bottom of the court, we notice how big the sweet spot of the shovel is, greatly facilitating off-center blows and serving, its incredible ball output.

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Head Prestige Tour 2023 Demo Tennis Racquets

 Prestige Tour 2023 Demo Tennis Racquets

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The HEAD   Prestige Tour 2023 Demo Tennis Racquet updates Auxetic technology to 2.0. It features the smallest head size in the HEAD racquet lineup. This model has a  22-millimeter beam, 95 square-inch head, and 16x19 string pattern . This version adds an Auxetic cage down at the end of the grip for a better connection to the ball. An Auxetic reaction adapts its internal structure to offer superb feedback and an impressive feel at impact. The new technology is designed to inspire confidence by giving active, real-time feedback during play. HEAD`s Graphene Inside tech places the material in key locations of the frame for greater energy transfer and stability. The Tour`s stability and precise flex should be a perfect fit for advanced players who crave control. The head light balance makes the nearly 12-ounce strung weight easier to swing when on the move. The Tour model offers a little bump in stability when compared to the slimmer Pro version. For those who prefer a classic 95 square-inch head, The Prestige Tour is difficult to beat.

String Recommendation: HEAD Hawk Touch 17  at 50 pounds

-Auxetic 2.0 introduces the Auxetic cage at the end of the grip.

-The elongated shaft design features a classic flex that has been a hit on tour since 1987.

-Though the 95 head is smaller, the open string pattern and 22-millimeter beam give the Tour an impressive combo of spin and stability.

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La pala Head Graphene está diseñada para los jugadores de pádel de niveles intermedio, avanzado y profesional. Con esta pala se consigue mayor precisión al golpear la pelota y realizar efectos.

¿Por qué elegir la pala Head Graphene?

Esta pala Head cuenta con un núcleo de goma Power Foam que permite que la pelota viaje a mayor velocidad. Por su marco de grafeno, la pala es resistente y se pueden realizar golpes con efecto.

La pala de pádel también ofrece mejor control al momento de recibir la pelota. Tiene el peso adecuado para ser utilizada con facilidad. En la empuñadura se ha incorporado una cubierta de goma que mejora la capacidad de agarre.

¿Para quién es esta pala de pádel?

Esta pala está desarrollada para los jugadores que tienen un nivel de experiencia intermedio y avanzado . También podrán encontrarla muy práctica quienes ya son profesionales en el pádel .

Diseño y colores

Esta pala Head tiene forma de lágrima. El color de la pala es de una combinación de lima y negro con un diseño que atraviesa la pala en diagonal.

Características técnicas de la pala Head Graphene 360 Alpha Tour

  • Punto dulce optimizado . El área de impacto con la pelota está centrado.
  • Sistema de amortiguación . Gracias a esto, se reducen las vibraciones causadas al golpear la pelota.
  • El marco de la pala está diseñado con grafeno . Este material es resistente y ofrece estabilidad.
  • Núcleo creado con goma Power Foam . Ayuda a que la pelota tenga mayor velocidad con el impacto.
  • Distribución uniforme de los orificios . Permite que los golpes puedan ejecutarse con fuerza, incluso contra el viento.

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HEAD Gravity Tour Pickleball Paddle

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The all new Gravity model comes with a massive sweetspot combining the great power you want with a softer impact feel for the comfort you need in a crazy flip design.

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Hybrid Hitting Surface

Hybrid Hitting Surface The Hybrid Hitting Surface combines the best attributes of carbon and glas fibers to create a superior blend of power & control.

FoamedCore

FoamedCore Newly engineered foam which is strategically placed within the core to enhance the performance benefit of each of our three paddle silos.

SpinOn

SpinOn A specially develop lacquer that is applied to the paddle face creating a higher point of friction resulting in massive spin potential.

COMFORT GRIP SYSTEM

COMFORT GRIP SYSTEM Specially formulated PU material has been inlaid into the new Ergo Grip creating a softer feel that dampens vibration for ultimate comfort and playability.

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Head Alpha Touch 2023 Limited Edition Racket

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Head Alpha Touch 2023 racket, a high-end racket intended for intermediate level players.

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Surgical, spin-friendly and uniquely fast, the Extreme Tour gets updated with Auxetic technology for 2022

Introducing the Extreme Tour 2022! With this update, Head delivers a uniquely fast and spin-friendly weapon to intermediate and advanced players. Featuring the smallest head size in the Extreme family (98in²), this model packs a tad more control than the Extreme MP. Although too underpowered for those who require the mass-based pop of a traditional player's racquet the Tour is perfect for those who crave easy acceleration from the baseline and lightning quick reactions at net . For 2022 the product team at Head adds an Auxetic construction to the yoke which optimizes the feel and response according to impact force. Additional technologies include Spin Grommets which enable greater string movement for enhanced snapback. Like the previous generations, this racquet benefits from Graphene 360+ , giving it extra stability and power.  Ultimately, this is a great option for aggressive players looking for a speedy and spin-friendly weapon.

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Biden Is Running For Reelection. What Are His Chances For 2024?

By Alex Samuels

Apr. 25, 2023, at 7:37 AM

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After months of prognosticating and tons of built-up anticipation , the day is finally upon us: President Biden has announced that he’s seeking a second term in 2024.

The announcement comes after months of teasing from the Biden administration — first it was supposed to happen somewhere around Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Then “ not long after ” February’s State of the Union. Then in the beginning of April . But in the end, today’s announcement was mostly unsurprising because most presidents seek reelection , and they often win when they go for it . That said, in polls fielded throughout Biden’s first few years in office, many Democratic voters said they’re ready to move on from him, a sentiment almost certainly spurred by concerns about Biden’s age (he’s 80 now, and he’d be almost 82 on Election Day) and his low approval ratings .

The problem, of course, is that an obvious alternative to Biden hasn’t surfaced. And in some ways, it will be easy for him to make the case that he’s been a successful president who deserves another four years in office. But the worries that made his own base ambivalent about a second Biden term are likely to haunt his candidacy, too.  

So let’s walk through Biden’s first two(ish) years in the White House — the good, the bad and the ugly — and take a look at his odds in both the primary and the general election. 

Perhaps no measure better captures the good, the bad and the ugly of Biden’s presidency than his approval rating. Americans were relatively high on Biden when he was elected, but that didn’t last long. He came into office with a 53 percent approval rating and 36 percent disapproval rating, according to FiveThirtyEight’s presidential approval tracker , and it wasn’t hard to understand why: Americans were largely unhappy with former President Donald Trump . Just a few months after his inauguration, Biden signed into law the widely popular American Rescue Plan , a sweeping aid package that included help to states to help combat the coronavirus pandemic and $1,400 direct payments to certain Americans.

But goodwill is fragile in an increasingly polarized political environment , and Americans started to sour on Biden after only a few months. Starting in August 2021, his approval rating dropped precipitously and his disapproval rating rose sharply. It was a kind of presidential perfect storm: the delta variant of the coronavirus was surging, the economic fallout from the pandemic was starting to come into focus and the administration’s bungled response to withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan was making headlines. Later that winter, it also became more clear that major parts of Biden’s election platform — like passing bills to protect voting rights and to reform policing — were doomed, and Biden’s omnibus Build Back Better Act suffered a setback after West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin refused to back an early version with a multi-trillion dollar price tag, citing concerns about how it would affect inflation. 

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As the chart above shows, 1 Biden never quite recovered. In fact, since that first summer of his presidency, Biden’s approval has consistently remained underwater. But there’s not necessarily one policy failure that explains this trend, William Howell , a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, told me. In fact, one feature of American politics is that presidential approval ratings almost always drop over time . “I think that we tend to over-interpret the significance of individual events or perceived gaffes,” Howell said. “But when the euphoria of a campaign or the fresh gloss of a new candidate wears off and you get into the drudgery of actually governing, approval ratings routinely decline. And that’s what we’ve seen here.”

One challenge for Biden is that his presidency has arguably been quite successful — his wins just haven’t been enough to save his approval rating. Despite only barely having majority support in the U.S. Senate for all of his time in office so far, the post-honeymoon phase of Biden’s presidency was surprisingly productive: He was able to pass the Inflation Reduction Act , a bipartisan infrastructure bill and another bipartisan gun-safety bill . In addition, almost half of Americans gave the Biden administration decently high marks for its initial handling of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine. The president also received praise after he announced a popular plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt (though that’s currently tangled up with the Supreme Court ). 

But none of those victories really helped Biden in the court of public opinion. Even Democrats’ strong performance in last year’s midterm races failed to move the needle for him, and now that Republicans control the U.S. House, it’s unlikely that Biden will be able to usher through meaty legislative priorities. Compared to past presidents, though, Biden actually starts his reelection bid as somewhat of an underdog. In fact, as of April 24, only 42.5 percent of Americans approved of his job as president. That’s actually not far off from Trump (41.3 percent) and former President Barack Obama’s (45.1 percent) approval numbers on April 24 the year before they sought reelection. But, perhaps worryingly for Biden, he’s still on lower end compared to recent presidents.

Biden has a low approval rating for a president seeking reelection

The approval ratings of recent presidents who sought reelection on April 24 the year before an election and on Election Day

Of course, having an underwater approval rating doesn’t mean Biden’s reelection campaign is doomed. Given the polarized nature of our current politics, all future presidents — not just Biden — will likely suffer lower approval ratings “absent a really good economy,” said Karlyn Bowman , a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Without that, Bowman told me, “it’s hard to foresee a president moving their ratings up significantly.” What’s working against Biden, though, is that the economy has never been an area of immense strength for him: According to an the Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey from mid-March, just 31 percent of adults overall said that they approve of Biden’s stewardship of the national economy, which is consistent with past surveys.

Yet even with lackluster marks on the economy, there was no reason to expect Biden would throw in the towel after just one term. As I mentioned before, both Biden — and his wife, Jill — have long teased today’s announcement (which probably helped keep any notable primary challengers at bay — sorry Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Marianne Williamson )! But even though Biden may be Democrats’ most viable option at this point, that doesn’t mean his party’s voters are over the moon about today’s announcement. 

That ennui might be unavoidable for Biden, because a number of polls and reports suggest that Democrats’ biggest issue with Biden isn’t his performance in office — it’s his age. Biden was the oldest living president the day he was sworn into office, and according to a USA Today/Suffolk Poll from mid-April, a plurality of 2020 Biden voters (42 percent) said that his age makes them less likely to support him. What might work in Biden’s favor, though, at least in a primary, is that 55 percent of his voters said his age didn’t make a difference to them. Meanwhile, a second survey from CNN/SSRS conducted in March found that two-thirds of adults felt as though Biden doesn’t have the stamina and sharpness to serve effectively. And there are also real concerns that he’s not a particularly motivating figure, even if Democrats probably prefer him to a Republican alternative. That CNN/SSRS survey found that a majority of respondents thought that Biden does not inspire confidence (65 percent) and does not care about people like them (54 percent).

These numbers, of course, could present an opening for someone on Biden’s left flank to announce a challenge to his candidacy, but surveys show that some of the potential Democratic candidates polling best against Biden currently are in his administration: Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. So barring a major collapse in Biden’s standing, a serious primary challenger at this point appears very unlikely. Plus, in a February Yahoo News/YouGov survey, almost half (47 percent) of registered Democrats or Democratic-leaning independent voters said they’d renominate Biden for president versus “someone else” (34 percent).

And, fact is, elected presidents rarely face serious opposition for renomination . More importantly, Biden has a solid standing on a number of policy issues — at least among his base. That USA Today survey found that 70 percent of Biden voters (including 73 percent of self-identified liberals, 78 percent of moderates and 65 percent of conservatives) are largely in favor of the president’s positions and policies. Moreover, a second poll from The Economist/YouGov fielded in late March found Democratic adults overwhelmingly approved of Biden’s handling of the economy (72 percent), foreign policy (72 percent), immigration (64 percent), crime (60 percent) and inflation (59 percent). So while voters may not be jumping for joy about  another four years under Biden, the poll seems to suggest that most also don’t mind how he’s currently governing. 

“Elections operate like Wall Street: fear and greed. And while Biden’s age may tamper the greed, the prospects of a Donald Trump winning the presidency again is enough to raise the fear levels,” said Allan Lichtman , the author of “ Predicting the Next President: The Keys to the White House ,” which is now in seven editions, and a history professor at American University. “There’s no way Democrats are not going to coalesce around Joe Biden, even if Ron DeSantis is the nominee.”

All that’s to say that despite their misgivings about his age, Democrats will still likely vote for Biden in a primary. But what about his odds in a general election?

Voters currently say that they don’t want a redux of the 2020 election — but they might get one anyway. Biden and Trump, who is currently leading the Republican primary field , are currently favored to win their respective party’s nominations. And according to Lichtman, Biden’s run for a second term already gives Democrats an edge in 2024 since they avoid both an internal party battle and have the power of incumbency on their side. 

But that doesn’t mean Biden will skate into a second term unscathed — far from it. In fact, there’s plenty of reason to believe that Biden’s age could be a liability in a general election, especially if he faces someone like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ( currently polling second after Trump in FiveThirtyEight’s 2024 Republican primary polling average ) who, at 44, is just over half Biden’s age, making for an easy generational contrast. And the imperfect, hypothetical head-to-head polling we have for the 2024 general election suggest that Biden would face an uphill climb against both Trump and DeSantis. A Wall Street Journal poll fielded in mid-to-late April, for instance, found Biden (45 percent) trailing DeSantis (48 percent) among registered voters in a hypothetical head-to-head contest, while the president narrowly led Trump by just 3 percentage points. (Both leads, however, were within the poll’s margin of error ). This lines up with past polling, which also suggested that Biden would be essentially tied with both men.

Howell pointed out there are a number of reasons that we could be heading for a tight race in 2024. “So there’s the issue of his age, but the big question will be what the state of the economy and the inflation rate is,” he said. “And if that war in Ukraine is still dragging on come the election, we can expect Biden’s Republican opponent to raise all kinds of questions about why we were dragged into this and where it’s going. I think those are the big things to watch out for.”

But, again, early head-to-head polling here is imperfect and certainly subject to change, especially as the GOP primary field settles — after all, DeSantis isn’t even formally in the game. Regardless of what the surveys say, though, we live in a very evenly divided country and every presidential election these days is close , so we — and Biden — should be prepared for a very competitive race.

As of 5 p.m. Eastern on April 24.

Alex Samuels was a politics reporter at FiveThirtyEight. @AlexSamuelsx5

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