Beginner racquet question - MP or OS???? help!!

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  1. nam_nguyen_nn

    nam_nguyen_nn New User

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    Hi, like the title states, I am new to the sports and is looking for a new racquet. I'm leaning toward the Head Microgel Radical but I can't choose between the MP or the OS version. I think that the MP with greater control would be what I wanted in the long run but wouldn't the OS more forgiving large frame be better for beginner? but but... the OS is more powerful so I'm afraid to send balls off the court all the time... HELP!!!!
     
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  2. Scar1358

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    I personally recommend the mp! It will grow with you and IMO will help u advance better. But them again Agassi played with an os radical xD
     
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  3. pkshooter

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    Do you weigh more then 60lb... yeah? okay mp it is, plenty of power from low tensions and multi's
     
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  4. ollinger

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    It seems like it was about 10 years ago when manufacturers stopped making a MP and OS version of the same racquet, AND weighing about the same (HPS 6.1 in 95 and 106 versions come to mind). So with the demise of heavier oversizes, the issue is more about weight you want than head size.
     
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  5. kcmiser

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    Both have 18 mains, which tends to dampen power, so combined with the soft flex, the OS doesn't tend to launch the ball like other oversize racquets. In the same way, the 18 mains leave the MP more underpowered than other 98 sq in frames-- 18 mains in a 98 is a very tight pattern.

    Both are very good frames. If you tend to hit more through the ball, the 98 is probably the way to go. If you tend to fan upward and hit with lots of spin, the OS is probably better. It is not just for beginners. It is a "player's oversize".

    I've hit both, and I really fan upward at the ball to create lots of spin, and therefore I found the MP to be very underpowered, and the OS very forgiving, and I liked it much better. That doesn't mean the OS is "better", it's just a better fit for me. I suggest you consider how you play, and what fits that.
     
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  6. Korso

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    I would go for the Head Microgel Radical OS if you are beginer. I use to play with both of them once upon a time and the mp has a small sweetspot compared to the OS. I disagree with starting off with a more demanding racket unless things being tougher at the begining is your preferance for learning. The Head Microgel Radical OS is one of the easiest rackets to use among rec players.
     
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  7. IA-SteveB

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    If I was a beginner, and sometimes I feel that way anyway, I would probably go with an OS. Plenty of forgiveness and will last you a while, or at least to a point where you might decide you want a new racquet anyway. I went from a 110 OS to a 100 after a few months of almost daily play.
     
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  8. nam_nguyen_nn

    nam_nguyen_nn New User

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    Well, I guess it all comes down to one thing. Do you think the OS bigger frame would be more beginner friendly than the MP? Or 9 sq in doesn't really make much of a difference?

    I like to follow through with all of my shots, if that makes sense. I have a longer swing so maybe the MP will suit me better.

    It's just that I recently acquired a MP in grip 4 and it's a little too big while I can easily get another OS in grip 3 for even cheaper which would fits perfectly. (More like a 3.5 grip size with an OG)

    Thank you for your help!!
     
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  9. pingu

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    OP: The old timers all started out with old wooden rackets and they did just fine so I would suggest that you go with the MP rather than the OS. In general, the OS would give you power and MP would give you control which is what most players want in the long run.
     
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  10. Andyroo10567

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    For a beginner, i would suggest using an OS until you get better. Don't worry about the power, just restring to a higher tension. With the added power without restringing, you should be learning over time about how to control the power.
     
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  11. nam_nguyen_nn

    nam_nguyen_nn New User

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    So I have decided to stick with the Radical MP that I already got, despite wishing the grip was one size smaller. It was a great deal and the racquet is in great shape so it's whatever.

    Next thing, strings. My options are Prince Original Synthetic Gut 16 (gold or white) and 17 (white). Which one do you think I should go with and at what tension? (Recomd. for the racquet is 52-62) I want as good of tension maintenance as possible...

    Once again, thanks everyone for the advice/help! :)
     
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  12. esgee48

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    When you have to change your grip due to wear, go with Bab Skin Feel or Prince Resi Thin. They should decrease your grip size by about 1/2 a size.

    I string NXT 17 (Multi) at 53 in friend's Head Ti. Radical MP. But she is a pretty flat hitter. Lower tension means the strings will not stretch as much after they're installed. Downside is the lower tension to begin with. I would just do a straight 57# using 17 until you know better.
     
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  13. nam_nguyen_nn

    nam_nguyen_nn New User

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    Bump.

    Any more comments/suggestions for string tensions? I ordered some Prince Original SG 16g to try and with this tight string bed 18x20. I'm thinking maybe 55lb? yes no? lol
     
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  14. Larrysümmers

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    dont over think it.
     
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