Head Yt Speed MP vs. Yt Radical Pro

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  1. Superspin_AT

    Superspin_AT New User

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    I have just tested the Speed MP and then I saw the specs of the Yt Radical Pro. Because the specs are largely the same, but the balance of the Radical is a bit head heavier I thought that maybe this racket is better on groundstrokes.
    I´ve read, that the Radical isn´t very powerfull. What would you say compared to the Speed MP? Is that lack in power because of the stiffness?
    Which one is more forgiving? That would be a very important point for me.
    How good is the Radical on the net?

    Thanks for your posts and sorry for my bad grammar!
     
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  2. Superspin_AT

    Superspin_AT New User

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    Has nobody tested both rackets and can give me some information.
     
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  3. 000KFACTOR90000

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    sorry, only tried the youtek rad pro. heaps of power with sonic string - if anything i'd be looking to tame the power with alu power strung quite high.
    loved the feel when smacking the ball - probably my best playtest this year !
     
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  4. Orion

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    Same here.... only tried the YT Pro which I bought without hitting. The groundstokes are nice with it but I think it volleys better. Maybe I just expect the Radical line to be solid on gorundstrokes. The YT plays closer the the thinner classic frames. I contemplated the YT Speed but was more swayed by the specs of the YT Rad Pro. I prefer a more head heavy stick.
     
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  5. Superspin_AT

    Superspin_AT New User

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    Thank you!
    Of course you also can post, when you´ve played only one of the two rackets.
    But I would thank everybody who can give me some opinions from the Radical.
     
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  6. tennismonster

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    Just recently switched to YT Rad Pro...Great stick on groundstrokes i can hit well deep within the court and with much more power than i used to. (My previous stick was a PSLTD) I added some weight to the handle of the Radical and it was perfect. I actually like more headlight but with the Rad the balance seemed fine. Volleys were great too plenty of touch. Love the racquet
     
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  7. Superspin_AT

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    On which surfaces do you play? How good is the spin with the Radical? With some sticks I tend to spin the ball high back to the baseline. But usually that isn´t my game. I actually love fast topspinshots, at most half a meter over the net.
     
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  8. highgeer

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    The Rad Pro plays heavy; the swing weight is almost the same as the KPS88, but the balance is weird. I had 2 Microgel Rad Pros and I really wanted to like the YT version, but it just felt awkward. It had good plow throught, but I really could not feel anything (I guess if you are a fast retriever and are playing against guys that are hitting hard then you will like weird balance and plow). The string bed feels more like an oversize, especially on volleys (feels like a trampoline). When serving, the balance was difficult to get use to (it is kind of like a heavier aero drive). Some of this can be blamed on the strings, so I would probably use Poly or a hybrid strung higher.
    I end up buying a few YT MPs. I think they are great; they are lighter to begin with so you can modify them easily (I added about 4 grams at 3 and 9). This helped with stability issues. Although predictable, volleys without the lead tape were unstable. This racket gives me the most spin I have ever gotten. The MP cups the ball in a way that I am really able to control while still retaining power and depth. I am not a Nadal type player, I am a big all-courter, but I found that I am really using the extra spin to hit away at a lot more shots (and these shots are going in) HIGHER MARGINS OF ERROR! The MP is a big departure from what I am use to; I have played with some kind of Pro Staff, except an occasional Radical, for the last 20 years or so (I have 3 KPS 88s). I have zero arm pain, soreness, discomfort, etc. with the YT MP as well.

    Mike
     
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  9. Orion

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    Highgear,

    What tenision did you string the YT Pro at? I love the way it volleys? Im a baseliner but have never been more comfortable coming to net. My initial feeling was that it played like the PS90. I couldn't really qualify it because I only hit with it for about 10 minutes (my brother had one he traded me for a Tech T-fight but I never strung it). I agree it does swing like it. I find more feel and pop in the YT Rad Pro than in the PS90.

    I recently added lead at 10 & 2, gonna wait to add some under the grip but I like it more head heavy. It's tipping the scale at 12.3 now.
     
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  10. highgeer

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    Orion,
    The RP was strung about 55 lbs with head synthetic gut. I am coming from a framework of serve and volleying for most of my younger years, and the MP is significantly better for me than the RP. As a point of reference, I think that the KPS 88 is one the best volleying rackets ever. If you are a baseliner, I can see that you might like volleying with the RP since it had the extra weight in the head. Although the swing weights are similar, I do not think it feel at all like any pro staff (85, 90, 88). There is more pop in the RP than the PS90.

    Mike
     
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  11. bertrevert

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    Hey Mike, cool feedback, I've got the same lead at 3 and 9, but then I've chucked about 10-15 grams at the top of the grip too. It has certainly added some ker-thunk. You might like to give that a go. I suppose if everything is working out then you probably don't want to change, what tension are you stringing your YT Rad MPs at?
     
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  12. lenderbender

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    how was the spin vs your rad pros? also have you played with the lm radical mp before by chance?
     
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  13. highgeer

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    I forgot that there is a Radical MP, so just to clarify, I actually bought and am talking about the YT Speed MP; I am stringing them at 54 for mains and 52 for crosses. I get more spin from the the Speed MP; it's probably a product of a lighter head and faster swing speed. I like every previous radical better than than the YT version (I have probably not played with ever one of them though).
     
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  14. lenderbender

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    i see, did you get the 16x 19 or the 18 x 20 mp? how did you find the plowthrough with the speed mp?
     
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  15. highgeer

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    I got the 16x19. Without lead tape it did not have much plow, but adding lead at 3 and 9 changes it a lot.

    Mike
     
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  16. lenderbender

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    kk thanks for the info.

    i'm currently using the lm rad with lead, looking for something for more spin lol speed 16 x 19 sounds pretty good
     
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  17. kaheimatthew

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    i've tried both rackets. and i am using speed MP 18x20.

    my speedMP with Luxilon M2 125 @53lbs
    coz the racket and the string have no power, and speedMP is head light. the swing has to be faster and longer, i can keep the ball near baseline during groundstrokes. spin and flat also great.
    the control is perfect for the speedMP with my spec(only for my opinion, so far i played with this spec so well).
    sometimes I feel that power is not enough (maybe I am just a 178cm asian........)in fact., i am not a hard hitter at baseline, i like placement more than power....of coz i also keep the ball return near baseline.

    for Youtek Radical MP. although the spec. almost the same as speedMP, but the feeling is quite different.
    for groundstrokes, Radical MP provides more power and quite solid, i can swing shorter and slower than speedMP, but the control is less than speedMP.
    for volley, i prefer speedMP, the reason is I feel the movement of speedMP more faster and flexible.
     
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