Head Graphite Radial and Lady Radial

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  1. DeepBlue

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    Hi all,

    I've just purchased both of these racquets and I have a question. Does anybody know what is actually the difference between the regular one and the lady one? I can only assume that the lady one is a lighter frame. If that's the case, what would be the best way to equal the weight of both, to make the lady one heavier?

    I found info on this forum that the frame size should be around 102 sq in, but some even mention the size of 95 sq in?

    When it comes to stringing, given their extremely dense patterns, would the regular 40ft string be enough for one racquet? I plan to use 17 g string.

    Finally, here's some pictures of what I actually bought. Luckily, grommets on both of these seem to be in pretty good shape. I believe finding new ones is no easy task.

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  2. Rorsach

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    Well, apparently one is made with graphite and the other one is made with ladies.
     
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  3. DeepBlue

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    Yes, that was very helpful, thanks.
     
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  4. gregor.b

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    You need to weigh them both and find the balance. From there, it becomes a lead a thon. Can't help with flex unfortunately, you will need one of the retro guys for that, who have some really awesome info.
     
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  5. esgee48

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    Both patterns (based on pictures) appear to be 20M x 23C? If they're 102 sq in, then 40' won't make it unless the strings are very elastic. What I would do before cutting out the strings is measure their length, add it up and add probably 1 inch for each hole. Then add length for getting to your gripper. That should get you into a ball park length, which I suspect will be in the 46-48' range.
     
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  6. DeepBlue

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    Thanks for the answers.

    Since I do not have any experience with lead tape, where does one usually put the tape?

    That's a very good suggestion actually, to measure the length of the strings already on the racquets. I'll definitely do that. The pattern is actually 22M x 23C :)

    I would actually like to know the flex value. My friend used to play with one of these and I tried it on a couple of occasions. The frame gives a very buttery feel, for lack of a better word.
     
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  7. retrowagen

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    That's the funniest thing I've read on this forum in ages! Ha ha ha ... :lol:

    The Radial series were based on the same mold as the Graphite Master, just with a denser drill pattern (when was the last time you saw five pairs of mains go through a bridge??!!). You can forget about finding replacement grommets for these, too... but thankfully, the black plastic Head used in this era seems to be much less brittle after a few years than the white plastic they used. Flex is probably mid to upper 50's RA.
     
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  8. esgee48

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    22 x 23 ouch! Sounds like the PK Micro frame. You or the poor stringer will need tiny tiny fingers to do the crosses!
     
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  9. DeepBlue

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    Thanks for the flex info. Grommets are not going to be any major issue because my friend still has his old radial at home. It cracked completely right above the handle, but the grommets are still perfectly usable.

    22x23 will be the stringer's problem, not mine :)
     
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  10. DeepBlue

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    I've received the racquets today and I can confirm that the weight of both is exactly the same, 325 grams. Head size and string patterns are also exactly the same. The only difference is actually the length. The one made with ladies :)-)) is almost half an inch shorter than the other. Am I right in thinking that this effects only the balance of the racquet, the shorter one probably being less HL?

    I've also measured the head size against my FXP Prestige Mid, Babolat Pure Storm and Volkl PB 10 and it seems to be 98 sq inches because it is practically exactly the same as the PB 10.
     
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  11. EL_Bombadero

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    What headsize does the racket have?
    102 sqin or smaller???
     
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  12. ProPlayer

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    hey any chance I could buy the Graphite radial? I have one that had the string pull through the frame, always wanted to replace it.
    let me know (you dont have email allowed)
    thanks!
     
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  14. ProPlayer

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    is that the 98 or 102?
     
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  15. TMR

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    Head Radial

    The Head Radial is probably 102 sq inches, although it isn't marked on the frame. Size wise, it is almost the same as the Babolat 100 square inch racquets - perhaps a tad bigger. Hard to really know, for example Head 89.5 = 93. I do know that Pro Kennex had midsize oversize versions of their micro series racquets.
     
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  16. Tamiya

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    FYI I acquired some vintage Head Radial string sets out of France.

    Set's length is 42'.
     
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  17. d-quik

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    LOL +1 10chars
     
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