Head LM Radical MP is a arm friendly racket ?

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  1. dallastxtennis

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    Does Head LM radical MP is a arm friendly racket ?any of you guys have any arm/shoulder issue.
     
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  2. 0d1n

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    I would call it "arm neutral". If you don't have problems ... it won't get them started.
    Just use a soft-ish string at mid tension and you'll be fine.
    Don't string stiff poly at high tension in that racket (or any 18x20 racket for that matter) because that MAY hurt your wrist.
     
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  3. origmarm

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    I second that, definitely a neutral, not friendly but not a PD either...
     
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  4. Satch

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    it's arm friendly... i played with it 2 hours yesterday and nothing.
    but i don't like the feel of is, too light.
     
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  5. wao

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    I would agree with the other as a neutral stick. The Flex Pt is more arm friendly as it has more flex.
     
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  6. Cup8489

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    lead-it-up.

    yes, arm-neutral is the best way to describe it. but again, no poly's, at least not at midrange tensions.
     
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  7. swedechris

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    in my view , yes. i had several shoulder and upper back problems after playing with prince nxg mp with aramid kevlar and synth gut at 58 lbs but maybe overdoing it ie. palyed too much without real rest to recuperate .. changed to Lm rad mp strung with tf ematrix 17b gauge at 54 lbs and leaded it at 3 + 9 and equal amount under the overgrip and found it nice and smooth to hit with.
     
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  8. AmeliasDad

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    I've heard nothing but good things about the LM Radical. I've never used it but from what I hear its fairly flexible which helps.
     
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  9. nguyenandyy

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    would you say
    me playing with a lm rad

    with full poly at 63 be bad for my arm?
     
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  10. Satch

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    maybe but only around the handle cause it's too much HH for my taste.
     
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  11. supertrex

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    What is the tension that is pre set on this racket? Im interested in getting one....
     
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  12. origmarm

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    Everyone is different. I know a guy that plays with BB orig at 65 in his LM Rad day in day out and has no problems. I couldn't play more than a set with that setup without my shoulder feeling like it was going to drop off.

    As a general rule, tight string patterns (18*20), high stiffness and poly don't mix for people with sensitive arms.
     
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  13. 0d1n

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    63 is WAY too tight for that racket IMO (especially with poly strings). I don't think I would string it that high even with synthetics.
    The 18x20 pattern gives you plenty of control at tensions no higher than 55.
    At 57 with SPPP the racket felt "boardy" to me...and I would advise against stringing it that tight.
    But ... as origmarm said already ... everybody is different....
     
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  14. TfReAk

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    I have 2 LM rad MP and I played with full sppp. About six months ago I switched to a hybrid with sppp 1.18 (24kg) in the mains and a soft multi/syn.gut (26kg) in the X's.

    Recently bought 2 i.prestige mp for only €50,-. So I'm experimenting with those now with pretty much the same setup as my Lm Rad's.
     
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  15. bertrevert

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    The LM is alright on elbows, it's a good cross between lightweight with just enough heft to withstand some of what you might get thrown at you on court. I've had a bout of TE recently but I put that down to accumulated time with poly in all frames I've played with.
     
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  16. dallastxtennis

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    Thank you all so much for your advise, I have two one strung with Forten Sweet 17 full job 56m/60c and the other with Forten Kevlar Thin Blend @ 50m/54c and both setup feel great, recently I experience pain on my shoulder I am not sure cause by the racket, string setup or I think maybe cause by my serve motion that I change lately ( kind like Roddick ). I try to switching back to my old serve motion this weekend to see what happend.

    Again, thank you so much for all or your comments.
     
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  17. origmarm

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    I would imagine that it's likely to be the Kevlar and/or the new motion. Likely the new motion however if it's a string setup you've had for a while. If you have arm sensitivity then the Forten sweet is a good synthetic for that.
     
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  18. MrAWD

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    I would also be against the 63 lb. I've received my racquet from TW with string job at 60 and for a wile it played rather stiff. 58 might be better!


    Fedja
     
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  19. origmarm

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    I used to string mine at 59 with PSGD 17g so that's probably about right I would say
     
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  20. AndrewD

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    Do a search (should be your first task before posting a thread) and you'll come up with a lot of complaints about the LM Radical MP in regards to arm/wrist/shoulder pain. As far as I'm concerned, it's one of the least comfortable racquets I've ever used and the worst Radical that Head has ever produced.
     
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  21. Pushmaster

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    I thought the LM Radical was the worst Radical I've tried by far. Just hated the tinny feel it had upon impact. The LM Radical is not arm friendly to me, I found it very uncomfortable. Really makes me really appreciate my Ti Rad more and more.
     
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  22. nguyenandyy

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    also

    how low can this racket go

    i know the lowest they suggest is 52
    but do yuo think the racket will break if i go any lower?

    i want to see if i can add any more power on my shots
     
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  23. noobplayer

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    the racquet only breaks at higher tensions, not at lower since at lower tensions there is less stress on the frame?
     
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  24. nguyenandyy

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    but with the lower tension
    wouldn't it also cause a lot more vibration and then possibly break the racket?
     
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  25. 0d1n

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    ^ No !
     
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