Christina McHale racquet

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  1. t135

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    Curious if she uses a pro tour 280 variation or if it's something stiffer and with more power. Any pro racquet experts know?
     
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    I'm going to take a wild guess and say it's a Radical mold.
     
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  3. t135

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    Because of the color/paint?
     
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    I'm going to assume she started playing with the Radical when she was 13-14 years old, and is still using that version, or one similar to it. I don't think she would be playing with a Pro Tour 630/280, as those came out when she was very little. Then again, I could be completely wrong.
     
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    The standard radical would seem to be a little too low power for a female pro. I figure it's a paint job of a 280 pro stock mold.

    I could be wrong. Someone must have strung a racquet for her, no?
     
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  6. vsbabolat

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    You are wrong. It's a Radical MP 16x19.
     
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    The Radical has plenty of pop. It's all about how you string and/or customize it.
     
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  8. t135

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    Interesting. Thank you!!
     
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    But they don't sell a 16X19 Radical MP?
     
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    From that angle, it looks like a Radical MP to me, not the lite.
     
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  12. Prodigy1234

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    The headsize does look bigger, but look at those long strips of lead.
     
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    If VSB says it's a Radical MP 16x19, then it's a Radical MP 16x19. I'm guessing that it's a tgk260.2 as these can be had if you look hard enough. I don't know the lineage of 16x19 Radicals from earlier generations.
     
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    Agreed. He knows what's what. Murray plays with 16x19 radical yes?
     
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    Murray plays with a 16x19 PT57A.
     
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    Yeah, looking at more photos, it is definitely NOT the Radical Lite because hers has 8 grommets at the throat and the Lite only has 6.

    So, when vsbabolat says 'Radical MP 16x19' does he mean Radical Pro? Or is she using a custom Pro Stock frame?
     
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  17. movdqa

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    > So, when vsbabolat says 'Radical MP 16x19' does he mean Radical
    > Pro? Or is she using a custom Pro Stock frame?

    Radical MP means Radical MP. The most common version that I've seen is the tgk260.2 which is the YT Radical MP 16x19 Pro Stock.

    The YT Radical Pro Pro Stock code is tgk269.1 according to a post by dr325i. Sharapova uses this model with an Instinct paintjob.
     
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  18. Centryx

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    hey bringing up this old thread because her racquet looks way thinner than a ig radical anyone out there who's strung her racquet confirm this? also I don't have a picture but the grommets almost look like a old rad or 280
     
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  19. loubapache

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    Thanks for pointing that out.

    The other day I was trying to duplicate a couple "capped" Radical MP with the regular grommets. I ended up with 4 strips of lead that are slightly longer than what's on her racket. 1/4" wide and 9 inch long from almost the exact same point coming down on her racket. Total 9 grams.
     
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  20. jelichek

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    Her stick has the all black butt cap. Thought those things were only on the Austrian made "A's" then.
     
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  21. BreakPoint

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    But butt caps are not an indication of anything since you can put any butt cap on any racquet just like you can put any string in any racquet.
     
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    It is an indication of a HEAD Pro stock btw.
     
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    Yeah and if you look at majority of those things they all pretty much have the white butt cap/black sticker. Hers is different. Don't see many of the all black ones anymore. Certainly not on my Pro Stock Radical which is a TGK 260.4.
     
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  24. vsbabolat

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    She was using 231.3 now she is using 260.2 or 260.4.
     
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    But why can't you put an all black butt cap on any racquet you want? They are interchangeable after all. Butt caps are not put on until the handle is molded and pro stock racquets come as hairpins without handles from the factory. So whoever molds her handles for her can just put on any butt cap they happen to have laying around on her racquets.
     
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  26. vsbabolat

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    How do you know she gets custom molded handles and not pallets? How do you know the HEAD Pro room does not customize her racquets?
     
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  27. BreakPoint

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    I don't, but whoever molds her handles, whether it's Head Pro Room, PriorityOne, ****, etc., can just put any butt cap they want or have on hand on the handles, right? I thought almost all pros who get pro stock racquets (not off the shelf) get their handles custom molded. I mean, why not? They come as hairpins anyway, right?
     
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  28. vsbabolat

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    Not all pros get custom handles. Again how do you know she gets molded handles and not pallets? It costs more money to get custom molded handles. It costs nothing to use HEAD pallets. There is only one of two butt caps used. The old black standard or the new White and black. The player specifies what they like better.
     
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  29. Centryx

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    so what racquet is she using?
     
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  30. vsbabolat

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    YT IG Radical MP 16x19.
     
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  31. BreakPoint

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    Again, I don't, but I'm not sure if that matters. My point is that Head supplies pro stock frames as hairpins, don't they? Then someone can either mold a handle on it or use pallets on it and then stick whatever butt cap they want on the end, right? So you really can't tell what racquet a pro is using or whether or not it's even pro stock or a retail frame by just looking ONLY at the butt cap, right?
     
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