Weight: 170g (unstrung)
Factory String: Megablast 16g
Strung Surface 106 sq in
Factory Grip: Hydrosorb White
Balance: Head Heavy
Frame Shape: Modified Teardrop
We are extremely excited to announce that our #1 selling racquet under $150 over the last 2 years (The Head Hades) has now been upgraded with Graphene Technology for 2015. The official name is the Hades 170 w/Graphene and we are in stock and ready to ship these out to you. We have had so many customers give us positive feedback on the Hades over the last 2 years that we know this upgrade will be an obvious choice for those customers and any new customers looking to pick up a new stick will love the fact that this is most affordable Graphene technology based racquet on the market today coming in below $160.00 Pick one up or Demo today!
These are available in both the smaller 3 5/8 and larger 3 7/8 grip sizes.
If you're unsure about your model or weight...try our DEMO Program.
A racquet cover IS NOT provided by the manufacturer with this racquet. You have the option to add a cover for $10 if you would like.
RacquetWorld General Notes
RacquetWorld recommends changing the grip to a Python (Our favorite), which will be $11.00 installed, for the added traction to prevent slippage. The Racquetworld Grommet Tape upgrade ($1) can save you $$ in the long run as sometimes strings break from the grommet being worn down.For those who don't know what the grommet is, it's the plastic piece at the top of the racquet that the strings go through.When you hit the wall and floor this gets worn down.
The Python Atlas string upgrade is recommended because factory string is less playable/durable than the Python Atlas string we suggest. At the time of purchase, the Python Atlas restring upgrade is $22.00. It's normally $36 if you mailed the racquet to us later so you save $14 if you choose the upgrade right away. Another string we highly recommend is the Python Atlas Deluxe restring upgrade ($25.00), and its a little softer than the original Atlas for those players that prefer a softer string with incredible playability/durability.
If you choose a vibration dampener go with the Python Vibration Dampner (Our favorite), Head Megasorb, Gamma Worm or the BBB (Big Bad Band).
The wristlacer black is the default wrist tether that comes on your racquet at no charge.If you want to change colors, a small fee of $2.95 will be added for switching.
A question we get everyday is "What is Grommet Tape?"It's a piece of tape that goes over the head (bumper) of your racquet. Sometimes you need a restring because of a broken bumper.For an extra buck to add this, it could save you $25-40!!
We get follow up calls/emails everyday thanking us for the upgrades as they really help bring out the performance of the racquet.
Racquet Covers - Choose one for $10 (RacquetWorld Cover is Only $8.00)
A full racquet cover is NOT provided by the manufacturer with this racquet. You have the option of adding a full cover for $8-10 if you would like. If you want the best cover on the market buy the Racquetworld Cover. It is oversized, has a full outside pocket, a handle strap and a large shoulder strap as well as a ventilated pocket to let your grip breathe and best of all its $2 less than the others because we want to help you by supporting our company! The charge will only be $8.00 when added to the cart for this choice instead of $10.00 like the other covers.
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Exclusive RacquetWorld Racquet Ratings
Ratings and comparisons for all racquets can be found in RacquetWolrd Exclusive Racquet Ratings
Racquetworld's Durability Rating: 95
Racquetworld's Power Rating: Age 24- 99.03 Age 35 99.32 Age 45+ 99.08
Racquetworld's Control Rating #1 (Front Court): 99.76
Control 1 (Front Court) represents how the racquet handles upfront in the court. We are basically looking at how certain components stacked together to produce good (or bad) racquet maneuverability. To figure this out we look at the weight, balance point, and shape of the frame. We throw all this info into Pat's brain along with a couple hours of hit testing and out pops the rating. This value is useful especially for doubles players who find themselves covering the upfront court a lot. It is also good to know if you are a good server and find yourself quickly putting away returns off your serve without leaving front middle court.
Racquetworld's Control Rating #2 (Back Court): 99.15
Control 2 (Back Court) represents the traditional control rating when taking a full shot from mid to back court. Our goal with control is to redirect the Force of the ball. We again focus on weight, balance point, shape, string pattern and tension, frame stiffness and on court experience.
Racquetworld's Overall Rating: Age 24- 99.35 Age 35 99.04 Age 45+ 96.4
Bang for the Buck $$$$
Technology - Manufacturers Features:
RacquetWorld Head Racquetball Racquet Technology Section - Head Technology Section
- IGS2 w/Teflon
- Inner Grommet System 2(IGS2)
- Power Channels w/Teflon
- Aramid Bumper
- Durazone String Pattern
- Power Stabilizer
Graphene exploded on the tennis world last year and has now made it over to Head's Racquetball Racquet Line..
Discovered in 2004, Graphene consists of a single two-dimensional layer of carbon atoms. This material has a breaking strength 200 times greater than steel, which makes it the ultimate substance for creating new HEAD racquetball racquet frames with exceptional properties. Graphene technology allows for the first time an optimal redistribution of weight in HEAD racquets allowing for the creation of lightweight racquets with balance point never before acheived.Benefit:
- Has a breaking strength 200 times greater than steel.
- Enables us to create lightweight racquets and shift the balance points down to a level we could not achieve in the past.
- This creates increased swing speed which causes the racquet to become radically powerful.
- In addition to the increased power, the racquet also becomes very maneuverable.
Technologies get individual. Combines different superior technologies to perfectly match your individual playing style. It does not matter if your game is aggressive & risky or conservative & safe, this enhances any performance and brings out the best in you.
The following Technologies are all part of the 2013 - 2014 YouTek Technologies for the Olympus Series Racquets
InnegraTM is today the worlds lightest high performance fibre.
On top of this: HEAD's new hybrid-composite structure with the ultra tough InnegraTM fibre considerably extends the performance of your HEAD racket, that means the racket remains longer in the perfect condition without losing any of its great properties.Innegra Technology Feature: - Extremely tough and light; - Lightest fibre in the world today - In combination with carbon fibre, InnegraTM forms an ultra tough hybrid-composite structure Benefit: - improved stability and increased shock absorption - vibration on ball impact is reduced by up to 17% for unique control and precision - HEAD's new hybrid-composite structure considerabley tends the performance of your HEAD racquet
Inner Grommet System 2
The next generation of Head's revolutionary Inner Grommet System Technology, IGS2, eliminates exterior grommet holes delivering optimal stiffness, but with less weight. Each tube is now lined with Teflon friction reducing polymer allowing the strings to slide through the IGS tubes with nearly no friction. This results in maximum energy transfer which increases power on every shot.
Head takes Power Channels to the next level! This power technology is created through molded tubes in the throat, eliminating exterior string holes and the traditional grommet system. This lengthens each main string and creates maximum stiffness which results in an incredible increase in raw power. The Power Channels are now equiped with Teflon friction reducing polymer allowing the strings to slide through the Power Channels with nearly no friction resulting in maximum energy transfer which increases power on every shot
Corrurated Technology 2
CT2 - (an upgrade from CT technology) which incorporates corrugated rails on all sides of the racquet throat resulting in explosive power on every shot.
Head panteted twin-tube technology has been strategically positioned in the head of the racquet to provide maximum stability on every shot.
DuraZone String Pattern
Head engineers have eliminated 33% of the grommet holes in the head of the racquet by developing innovative shared ports. This results in increased durability and maximum stiffness. In addition, Head has lowered the Power Channels deeper into the throat of the racquet increasing the length of each main string for more power.