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Mini-Me
05-26-2011, 08:43 PM
Is there much (or any) difference between a Head Liquidmetal Firepro MP L1 racquet and a HEAD Liquidmetal Radical MP L1?

Thanks

esgee48
05-26-2011, 09:55 PM
According to TW's specs (avg)

SZ LN WTG BAL SW RA PATT
98 27 11.2 4 HL 325 64 18.20 mp rad
98 27 12.0 6 HL 328 66 18.20 fire pro

Pro is stiffer and heavier. You can get this data by using racquetfinder dot com and unchecking the 'current models' box.

Mini-Me
05-27-2011, 02:45 PM
So are you saying the Firepro has a bit more "meat" to it?
I've been playing with one over the past few days, and have been impressed.
Also, what is the difference between L1, L2, L3 and L4?

esgee48
05-27-2011, 03:23 PM
Yes. All else being equal, you should be able to hit a heavier ball with the Fire Pro. I am not sure whether your L1-L4 is referring to grip size (L1-L4) or Swing Style (Head's designation is L1-L6.) Reason I am confused is the Radical MP has a swing style rating of L5 or L6. Higher number means longer developed swing. Head also has racquets rated S1-S6.

Mini-Me
05-27-2011, 06:07 PM
Yes. All else being equal, you should be able to hit a heavier ball with the Fire Pro. I am not sure whether your L1-L4 is referring to grip size (L1-L4) or Swing Style (Head's designation is L1-L6.) Reason I am confused is the Radical MP has a swing style rating of L5 or L6. Higher number means longer developed swing. Head also has racquets rated S1-S6.

I assume it's grip size, as it's marked on the inside of the frame.
L1 is the smallest, presumably? Is grip size important depending on style of play, or does it simply correspond to hand size?

esgee48
05-27-2011, 06:40 PM
Hand size. 1 = 4 1/8; 2 = 4 1/4; 3 = 4 3/8; 4 = 4 1/2. Still confused since these markings are normally on the butt cap.

Technically, use the largest grip you can comfortably handle. That is, striking the ball with out squeezing the grip really hard.

Hapless
05-27-2011, 08:30 PM
I assume it's grip size, as it's marked on the inside of the frame.
L1 is the smallest, presumably? Is grip size important depending on style of play, or does it simply correspond to hand size?

It wouldn't be the grip size on the frame, because grip size is determined by the pallet. The L1, L4, etc. is a "recommended swing" code of Head's. I have two different grip-size Head sticks and they both say L4.

The L means a long swing, S (on some lighter sticks) means short swing. The number indicates how fast a swing you need.

For example, an Extreme MP is an L3, a Radical is an L4, and a Prestige Mid is an L6.

esgee48
05-27-2011, 10:11 PM
L1 is for a short, but fluid swing. It definitely should not be used to describe a radical, which requires a much longer swing. Thus my confusion when you say 'L1'. S swings are 'polks or punches' at the tennis ball.

Mini-Me
05-27-2011, 11:19 PM
L1 is for a short, but fluid swing. It definitely should not be used to describe a radical, which requires a much longer swing. Thus my confusion when you say 'L1'. S swings are 'polks or punches' at the tennis ball.

OK. So in that case, L1 would be the best for me as my swing is on the short side.
I've never seen a racquet with "S" written on it. Which racquets are in this category?
The grip size is therefore not written on this racquet, so how would I know which size it is?
I'm pretty sure my previous racquet was a 4 3/8

Mini-Me
05-27-2011, 11:24 PM
So a Liquidmetal RADICAL L1 racquet would be for a longer swing than a FIREPRO L1?
Would a RADICAL L1 also be for a longer swing than a Firepro L4 or L6?