For Troy - Follow-up on MG Radical Post

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  1. 10SDad

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    Hi Troy.

    I read your post on your mod and use of the MG Radical MP and have a follow-up question regarding comparisons to a couple of other racquets I've seen you demo. I'm interested in modding the MG Radical MP to similar specs as you, and have also been pointed to the Pro Kennex Black Ace 98 and the Becker Melbourne by other TW Board members. Looks like you have experience with both of those, so I'm wondering if you can share a few thoughts on the MG Rad vs. those two. The Melbourne is just so reasonable right now with the sale that if it is relatively close, it may be the way to go. However, I do like the idea of modding the Rad to my own specs if it fits my game. Seems like it may be more flexy as well. Have been hitting with the AG 200 Tour, and while I love the plow, it's just a bit too much SW over the course of the match. Plus I really like 18x20 pattern. I am a 4.0, long strokes and I like to swing out on every stroke...more flat than topspin, all-courter, one-handed backhand, 50 yrs old but in good shape. History of tennis elbow as well, and I typically prefer the buttery feel over crisp. Have played with a lot of Dunlops (including AG 4D 300 Tour) and LM Prestige MP.

    Thanks for any advice you are willing to share.

    Todd
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    Hello Todd,

    First off these three racquets are all really good choices for someone with a history of tennis elbow. What I really enjoy with the MicroGEL Radical MP, is that the stock specs leaves me a lot of room for customization. Performance wise the MicroGEL Radical MP is well dampened and low powered, which allows for taking big rips at the ball. Between the Becker Melbourne and the ProKennex Black Ace 98, I prefer the Melbourne. This is a sweet racquet and a great deal. I like that the stiffness is a bit higher than the Black Ace and MicroGEL Radical, supplying a little more pop but still very dampened; something that I have found with many Becker/Volkl racquets thus far. The ProKennex Black Ace is a solid offer with lots of control and a classic graphite feel, but I didn't find it to perform better overall than the Melbourne or the MicroGEL Radical (custom spec) for my playing style. The times that I have hit with the Melbourne since we playtested it, a while back, I have really enjoyed its maneuverability and plush feel. The only restrictions on this racquet are the grip sizes we have left in stock, which are 1/8, 1/4, and 3/8, as well as the availability to get replacement grommets in the future because this racquet is being discontinued. With the MicroGEL Radical, we have plenty of stock in all grip sizes, and the fact that Prestige MP CAP grommets will fit this frame makes it a solid choice, knowing that these are readily available. For what it is, I hope this information helps. You can also contact us at 800-883-6647, if you are interested in placing a demo order for these racquets, I will be glad to help you out.

    Troy, TW
     
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  3. 10SDad

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    Thanks so much for the detailed info, Troy. I actually went ahead and picked up two Melbournes in 3/8 in case they started selling out, just haven't used them yet as I was still debating on the MG Rads. Sounds like I just need to stock up on a few grommet sets and give them a go.
     
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  4. keithfival

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    Where is the post with Troy's specs on the MG Rad? I'd like to see it as I have returned to a weighted MG Rad after a long while.
     
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  6. keithfival

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    Thanks......
     
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  7. Tommyj

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    Does the MG Radical MP have a cap on the butt end that can be easily popped off to add weight for counterbalancing?
     
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