HEAD Launches YOUTEK Speed Series

May 19, 2009

“Smart material” technology adapts to players’ individual needs

PHOENIX, May 19 /PRNewswire/ — Speed kills. So it’s no wonder why today’s tennis players want it in their hands. With the launch of HEAD’s YOUTEK Speed series, athletes can now obtain it, as the racquet line is aimed at a variety of players seeking the court-lethal combination of power and touch.

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The Speed series is powered by YOUTEK(TM), which combines superior technologies to give you the individual benefits you need to match your playing style. Not only does YOUTEK(TM) meet your individual needs but it enhances your performance on the court and brings out the best in “you.”

“Whether your game is aggressive and adventurous or observant and smooth, these technologies will enhance every player’s performance,” said Kevin Kempin, vice president of sales and marketing for HEAD Penn Racquet Sports. “With YOUTEK(TM), HEAD is taking racquet technology to a new level.”

YOUTEK incorporates d3o(TM), a “smart material” which dramatically changes its behavior under dynamic loading or impact. Located in the shaft of the racquet, d3o(TM) 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.

Another feature of YOUTEK is the introduction of HEAD Grommets with Teflon(R) friction reducing polymer, which allow minimal string friction and creates a bigger “sweet spot” through the even distribution of tension across the entire string bed.

The Speed series includes the following:

  • YOUTEK Speed Pro: The weapon of choice for HEAD player and World No. 4 Novak Djokovic. This is a heavy racquet with a very thin beam for exceptional touch and feel during play.

  • YOUTEK 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.

  • YOUTEK Speed Elite: Designed with a slightly wider beam for more power, the Speed Elite is a Tour light version for the avid tennis player.

  • YOUTEK Speed Lite: The lightest racquet in the series, this model provides a perfect combination of power, maneuverability and control for those players with a moderate swing style.

  • YOUTEK Speed Jr.: For younger players looking to improve their game, the racquet features full YOUTEK(TM) features including d3o(TM) for top quality at the junior level.

ABOUT HEAD: HEAD NV is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of premium branded sports equipment. HEAD NV’s ordinary shares are listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange (“HEAD”). Our business is organized into four divisions: Winter Sports, Racquet Sports, Diving and Licensing. We sell products under the HEAD (tennis, squash, paddle and racquetball racquets, tennis balls, tennis footwear, badminton products, alpine skis, ski bindings and ski boots, snowboards, bindings and boots), Penn (tennis and racquetball balls), Tyrolia (ski bindings), and Mares/Dacor (diving equipment) brands. We hold leading positions in all of our product markets and our products are endorsed by some of the world’s top athletes including Richard Gasquet, Andrew Murray, Ivan Ljubicic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Patty Schnyder, Amelie Mauresmo, Hermann Maier, Bode Miller, Didier Cuche, Marco Buchel, Patrick Staudacher, Maria Riesch, Elisabeth Gorgl, Sarka Zahrobska, Jon Olsson and Gianluca Genoni.


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