*** Long Live The Radicals ***

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  1. Doc Hollidae

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    Forget the K90, PS6.0, Prestige, or Pure Drive. It's time the Radical enthusiasts get together to discuss and share set-ups, reviews, suggestions, pics, etc.

    Long Live the Radicals!
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    Aye!!!!!!!
     
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  3. rosenstar

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    the new radical tour is nice. I hit with it for about 5 minutes. can't tell you much, but it's definitely a solid, stable racquet.
     
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  4. Doc Hollidae

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    The FXP or the Microgel?
     
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    Doc have you ever hit with the 1998 Radical? I'd love to get my hands on one just to compare. So far that's the only one missing from my early-Radical collection.
     
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  6. Doc Hollidae

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    Yeah I owned a few. It was the same racket as the 1995, but just new cosmetics. If there was a difference I never noticed it, as I had the 1995 version and the 1998 version during my HS days. I don't think many were produced though as the Ti. Radical was released shortly after I believe. The 1995/1998 model was the best radical though. Amazing control and stable. If I would have been stronger in HS, I probably would have never switched to the Ti. Radicals. Wish I still had mine.
     
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    I've hit with the LM, FP and the new Agassi LE. The LE is by far my favorite frame of the three. I'm not so much a fan of OS racquets, but I do enjoy hitting with that one.
     
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    Good to hear that the 95 and 98 are similar. I had two of the 1995 Radicals (MP and OS) but I traded the MP for a Trisys 260 MP.
     
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    Well I love my 2 FXP Radical Tours. I hav them strung with FXP at 60lbs and 4 grams total lead at 10 and 2 on both...wilson true grip...prokennex overwraps until I run out of them. I have been thinking of trying a hybrid string setup but I am still trying to figure out which one to try.
     
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  10. Doc Hollidae

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    What do you like about the FXP string and what are you looking for in a hybrid?
     
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  11. rosenstar

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    I've hit with both, but the microgel radical was what I was talking about. THere is a tour version and a regular version. I found the tour version to feel very solid and stable. didn't have time to hit with the other frame
     
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  12. jfmcdowell357

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    I am sad to say that I am leaving the Radical Club, of which I was a lurker. For most of my tennis life I've played with radicals. In fact the Ti.Radical was my first players racquet. I am leaving to join the Prestige club. My aunt will get my FXP Radicals and the Ti.Radicals that she gave me a long time ago.
     
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    Doc I like how the FXP and the NXT felt but tonight I used it without the babolat string savers and I was very unhappy with how much the string was moving. These are not going to last long without them. I supply my own power but I am looking for spin and arm friendly in a hybrid. Thanks for the help...I also thought of trying Signum Pro-Poly Plasma 16 but not sure what tension to use with it.
     
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  14. Doc Hollidae

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    alcap26,
    I haven't tried SPPP, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. In regards to arm friendly I'd suggest giving the Pro Supex line a try. All of their polys play very soft. I've been using Big Ace for several months now and have been very pleased. With the softer polys I've found that you can string them at your normal tension with no problem. The stiffer ones however prolly need to be dropped a few lbs however. You might want to give Blue Gear a look. It's the same as Big Ace, but textured for better ball bite.
     
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  15. Doc Hollidae

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    Can't wait for those to come out and give them a spin, but they'll have to be above and beyond my Limited Editions. I love my LE's.

    How was the weight on the regular version. My biggest beef with the modern radicals has been their weight. Bring back the 12+ ouncers.
     
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    i got a ti.radical mp with cyberflash at 65 lbs
     
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    My favorite radical is the first generation Rad Trisys MP

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    I use both tiRad OS and iRad OS. At 59lbs with syn guts, they are at perfect tension for me. Just added 6g at the throat of both rackets to bring the weight a little under 12oz (I have overgrip and protective head tape). Whack the heck out of the ball and it just stay in. Perfect.
     
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    I think radicals are heads best line.
     
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    The fxp weighs in at 11.3, with the new Microgel going at 11.1 - very close in playability.
     
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    Thanks for the advice Doc.
     
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  22. Doc Hollidae

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    Too light for me. Anything under 12 oz. feels like a toy. I was playing with the LM radicals before the LE's and I think the LM's were 11.2 or so. They just weren't stable enough for my style or level of play. I tried adding lead, but it never felt right.
     
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    2 new LM radical MPs...converted
     
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    I have a Radical Tour Series Performance that I seldom use now since my shoulder started to hurt. I'm looking for a lighter stick to use now. Head Radical is a great solid baseline stick.
     
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    i'm an ex-FXP Radical user... went to my pro shop yesterday and looked at the new micro Rads... the tour and pro. Will demo them next week! Nice paint job... both felt, very nice! I can't wait to hit with a Rad again... man i miss serving with that racquet!
     
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    see my sig, am I in?

    Also had a previous bag with 2 1995 rad mp's and 1 1998 mp(yellow) I agree with above I thought the only diff was the graphics....

    I also own 2 ti radical os, but those are deep in the closet somewhere hidden from the budget police;-)
     
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  27. Doc Hollidae

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    Welcome!
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    I WANT! I WANT!
     
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    i have hit with all of them, and loved them all...right now i am playing with 3 flexpoint rad tours...rubberband, sppp, wilson pro overgrip and they weigh in at 12.5 oz...very solid sticks...
     
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    LM Radical MP with PSGD 16g strung at 65 lbs.

    65 pounds because otherwise the tension loss is really bad after about two-three weeks.
     
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  31. J.W. North Tennis91

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    can i join the club even though im getting my radical in like 2 weeks?
     
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    I will never get the chance now with my new commitment in place.

    Back 3 months ago when i was getting a new stick, it was a tossup between nblade and fxp radical. And I would have bought the radical, but it wasnt available at a reasonable price. So I ended up with the NBlade. Damn. I wonder what I missed out on.
     
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  33. Radical Shot

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    I too have converted...

    My name should now be Pro Staff Shot!
     
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    LM Radical, leaded up to 12.5 oz. and 9 pts. head light, strung with PSG at 58 lb.--absolutely love it.
     
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  35. Doc Hollidae

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    Moses Man,
    What headsize do you play with and where did you put the lead? I had 2 LM OS' and could never find the right set up. I finally gave up and bought the Limited Editions since I couldn't find the right set up, but wanted more weight.
     
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  36. Doc Hollidae

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    So what made you guys choose the Radical?

    I first started playing with Radicals during the 8th grade. I've been an Agassi fan for the longest time, so being a 13-14 year old kid and not knowing much about rackets I bought the 1995 Radical. Without demoing, I then switched to the Ti.Radical a few years later. I then took a break from tennis during college and bought 2 LM Radical without demoing again. This time it was a mistake. I didn't like the LM Radicals at all, but luckily the Limited Editions came out and now I'm in love.

    Head would you re-release the 1995 Radical too please?!?!?!?!
     
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    My first Radical was the Ti OS. Experimented with the i. and the LM but didn't like them. Though I stray from time to time and play with other frames I always come back to the Radical whether it's the Ti or the Trisys or the zebra. I just like the flex, the plow-through. I agree, the 1995 Radical should be re-incarnated. In the process of acquiring a MP right now.
     
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  38. Moses Man

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    Doc,

    I play with the MP Radical: 2 oz. at 3 and 9, the rest in the handle. Plus overgrip and head tape. Works great for me! Serving is a pleasure with this setup, and it's much more stable on volleys.
     
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    stock strung with bb ace ;]
     
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  40. Ross K

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    What's the problem with the LM Radicals?
     
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  41. Doc Hollidae

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    Too light and stability issues. I was playing with the OS. When I started playing against faster pace, even on cleanly struck balls the racket would be twisting in my hand. Returns especially and my returns are the pride of my game. It might just be personal preference however. I think they're good tweener rackets, but they just weren't for me.
     
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    Mind if I ask --were the Radicals Austrian or Chinese made? (When did you buy them?) Thanks :)
     
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  43. I am using Radical 630 Twin Tube. It's a great all-court frame and has lots of spin potential with control for flat shots as well. It really seems like a decent hybrid between the Prestige and Pro Staff.

    frekcles, are you now wanting to replace the frame that you traded to me? Thought you were more into the 260.
     
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  44. frekcles

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    No. Not replacing them. Actually in the process of getting a replacement for the one that I traded for your Trisys 260. So if you need a backup you know who to contact.;)
     
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  45. Doc Hollidae

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    If you're refering to the LM Radicals, they were made in the Czech Republic and China. The Twin Tube models were all made in Austria.
     
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  46. cys19

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    So you liked neither makes of the LM Radicals.... Thanks.
     
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  47. giolp

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    I played for a while with a Ti Rad MP, which I sold some weeks ago.
    a guy could sell me an almost new Rad Tour MP, 98 model, for less than 50 $.
    what do you guys think about that? should I go for it?

    my current stick is a PC600, and I'd like to try something different, without leaving the 18x20 string pattern.
    given the very low price, I could give that stick a try...
     
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  48. Doc Hollidae

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    giolp,
    It'll have a similar feel, but with more power and a bit stiffer than the PC600. I remember trying them both and thinking the PC600 was was too low powered for me at the time and a bit too flexy.
     
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  49. giolp

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    is the 98 Rad Tour somehow similar to the Wilson NBlade?
    I guess the specs (weigth, flex rating, balance, head size and string pattern) are quite similar
     
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    Yes! If you don't like it sell it to me;)
     
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