Head Radical Tour OS 1998

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  1. blue sea

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    Just found some used ones (90% new) in a local pro shop. Knew that Radical Tourist and some others are experts on radical racquets. Can you give me the specs for the above raq., such as flex, strung weight, strung swingweight, power level,.... Thank you!
     
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  2. SteveI

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    Calling Martin B. (Radical Tourist)

    Hey Martin,

    Can ya give this guy a hand??? Have a good one buddy!

    Regards,
    Steve I
     
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  3. blue sea

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    Thanks Steve.
    Martin, please help.
     
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  4. Brent Pederson

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    A ballpark estimate, 11.9 oz strung, sw 325, stiffness 59, power, low to med.
     
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  5. blue sea

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    Thanks Brent.
     
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  6. radical tourist

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    Sorry to be so late. I had several of my 98 OSs specced without grips, grommets or string, which each supposedly add 10-15 grams to the overall weight. The last racquet is a 97 Rad compared to a random 98 Rad both with grommets. The 1998 Tennis magazine annual gear issue - the last issue that was useful - lists the 98 Radical OS as strung at 11.8 oz, 3/8 inch head light, with a swingweight of 317. For a little more power and stability, I have mine customized to 348 grams and 325 swingweight unstrung. They've got good power even without weight, easily one of the top player OS racquets ever. Again, some sample specs below for 98s without grip, grommets or string. Hope this helps.
    Racquet #1:
    Weight- 285.3g
    Balance- 30.8cm
    Swingweight- 254
    Flex- 59RA

    Racquet #2:
    Weight- 284.3g
    Balance- 31cm
    Swingweight- 252
    Flex- 62RA

    Racquet #3:
    Weight- 280.1g
    Balance- 31.25cm
    Swingweight- 250
    Flex- 67RA

    Racquet #4:
    Weight- 279.8g
    Balance- 30.9cm
    Swingweight- 251
    Flex- 61RA

    Racquet #5:
    Weight- 274.9g
    Balance- 31.5cm
    Swingweight- 249
    Flex- 60RA

    Racquet #6
    Weight- 274.2g
    Balance- 30.75cm
    Swingweight- 246
    Flex- 57RA
    Specs of a 97 Rad compared to a randomly drawn 98
    Rad (both with grommets):
    (97/98)
    Weight- 311.4/304.5g
    Balance- 32.85/32.55cm
    Swingweight- 305/292
    Flex- 63
     
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  7. radical tourist

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    PS. My customized numbers are WITH grips and grommets but not, as stated, with string.
     
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  8. gmlasam

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    Radical tourist,

    Where did you get the grommets for your 97 and 98 radiicals?

    Do you put leather grips on your radicals? I found that putting leather grips in my 98 radicals made them more manuverable, more head light, due to the heaver leather grip.
     
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  9. OnyxZ28

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    Grommets from any generation of the Radical are interchangeable.
     
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  10. radical tourist

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    I actually accumulated a supply of 98 grommets before they disappeared. But Onyx is correct. The Ti, i, or LM Rad grommets will fit. Actually, I had a bit of trouble with the LM Rad grommets fitting. But if you need some, email me offline at mburkey969@aol.com, and maybe we can work a deal for what you need. I'm a confirmed Duratac grip/overwrap user. In the deep South in summer, leather would be soaked and slimy within 15 minutes. I use lead to tailweight my racquets so grip material isn't an issue.
     
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  11. gmlasam

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    Thanks. I didn't know the newer radical grommets will fit the older radicals.

    radical toursit, the only way to put lead weights inside the butt cap of the 97 and 98 radicals is to actually unstaple and remove the butt cap? My POG and older wilsons have a trap door in the butt cap to put lead in it.
     
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  12. kv581

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    But aren't grommets for Ti and i Radicals thinner than the rest? Are they lighter as well?
     
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  13. radical tourist

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    No trap doors in the Rad buttcaps, gmlasam. I'd recommend against it for just playing around with weight anyway until you decide what you like. TiRad grommets work perfect on the older Rads. Not sure if they appear thinner but the curvature and the grommet holes correspond.
     
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  14. blue sea

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    Many thanks Radical tourist. Your info is very useful for me and I will buy one 98 RT soon. In the past I owned a 97 RT OS, a vey good racquet indeed. Then after playtesting w/ an i.Prestige MP for 30 minutes I traded it for the Prestige which later caused me TE, and I regreted to have traded the 97RT. I remembered having heard from you that 98RT is a little lighter and better than 97RT, but not quite sure so I posted my current thread in order to make sure it is. I'm now playing mainly with a Ti.Rad OS, switching occasionally to Yonex RD Ti70 MP and a Pro RD-70 Long MP both shortened to 27'. They are all very nice rackets and very arm friendly.

    One more thing to ask you, your specs of 98RT vary a lot, especially flex which ranging from 57 (rak#6) to 67 (rak#3). Do the stiff one still feel comfortable? And when strung whether rak will become stiffer or more flexi?
    Thank for your info, the radical tour expert.
     
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  15. radical tourist

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    I understand any racquet strung will be more flexible than unstrung. Most mass-produced racquets will demonstrate variances in mfg. specs. There aren't really any differences comfortwise that I detect between those two racquets. After multiple string jobs, a racquet will lose a bit of its stiffness, which I believe was the case with the racquet with 57 flex. I actually suspect the 67 flex was probably an error. Most 98 Rads will have a new flex of 60-63, IMO. The 97 and 98 RTs are supposed to have the same specs, but I've found the 97 noticeably heavier. And while the flex ratings are effectively the same, my impression is the 97 flexes in a different point. The 98 seems to flex more in the upper hoop, which to me provides better feel. The 98 is light enought to allow some room for customization by a stronger player. The 97 plays good right off the rack but still is a lot of lumber. The TiRads actually play very well with a little lead added for more pop.
     
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  16. blue sea

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    Thanks a lot, radical tourist.
     
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  17. SteveI

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    Blue Sea,

    Martin is the "Radical Tourist" to be sure!

    Regards and Happy Hitting,
    Steve I
     
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  18. blue sea

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    SteveI, thanks for your having asked Martin to help me. Happy Hitting too. Regards.
     
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