Head's Speed S is a great option for the rising intermediate who wants a more user-friendly entry point into the Speed series. For 2018, the Speed S gets updated with Graphene 360, a material technology that strengthens the frame at multiple points in order to increase power and stability. At 10.7 ounces strung, this stick is lighter and faster than the MP and Pro models. It also has a thicker beam (25mm), giving it a slight boost in power. From the baseline, the Speed S feels fast and accurate. The light weight makes it easy to take bigger cuts when swinging for power, and the grippy 16x19 string pattern supplies plenty of bite for bringing the ball down with spin. The high level of maneuverability makes this racquet great for scrambling on defense or cranking winners on the run. Although it doesn't have the plow through of the MP or Pro version, it feels quite solid for its weight class. At net, this racquet's quick handling will not only help you on reaction volleys, but you'll also find it easier to spring into action when opportunity knocks. All in all, the Speed S remains a solid member of the Speed series, and can be a great choice for players searching for a more user-friendly option than the Pro and MP models.