*** Long Live The Radicals ***

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Doc Hollidae, May 30, 2007.

  1. Fedinkum

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    Really? I had no idea, will air swing it next time I root for her in my lounge room. The balance between comfort and power of this stick is fabulous.
     
  2. vsbabolat

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    Yeah, Sharapova uses the YT Radical Pro with Instinct plaint job. Of course her's are customized for her specs.
     
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  3. tennisBIEST

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    Membership application filled out and submitted.... MG Rad MP
     
  4. n8dawg6

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    I picked up an IG Radical MP, waiting to hit with it. feel like it's gonna need a little weight. also gave the XT MPA a whirl ... love the feel and balance, just having difficulty controlling the thing. it's stiff as a board, too. PJ is the best yet, maybe that counts for something?
     
  5. ace18

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    I moved away from the IG Rad Pro in April timeframe, to the Ai98. Last week, on a whim, I picked up a couple of IG Rad Pro's. I've hit the last seven days with the Rad Pro's and I'm back. The Ai 98's have barely seen the outside of my bag.
     
  6. tinyman

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    I put a bit of weight in the handle of IG radicals, but that's all I needed. Might try that with blu-tak and see if you like it. Particularly against servers who were good at disguising, the reaction speed won out. Never tried the MPA version, using a 16x15 (95s) was an issue for strings though.
     
  7. Fedinkum

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    The string job for a flea Bay Youtek Radical Pro came back yesterday. Strung it up with VS Gut 16/Yonnex's Poly Tour Pro 125 (53,50). Pretty much in stock form, with leather grip, 2 over grips, an O damper. Had an hr of rallies, just magical. So sweet, so comfortable, so stable, so little effort from me to generate decent power and spin with great precision.

    I will continue to flirt with other frames in the future, but this sheila is the one I am taken to the aisle with :D .

    Ps. With the Yonnex's strings, the damper made such a huge difference with the feel at the moment of contact, without the damper, it was quite brassy.
    :D
     
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  8. n8dawg6

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    the IG radical is an interesting frame. after hitting with it, it is more substantial than the weight would lead you to believe. completely different mold from the graphene XT MPA. there's no way theyre both 98s, the XT is more like a 100 and the IG is more like a 96-97. IG has a more comfortable but considerably lower-powered response. still a more open 18x20 than a prestige, though.

    edit: more open 18x20 than the speed pro, i havent compared to a prestige yet.
     
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  9. monomer

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    The IG Radical is a 95. They increased to 98 with the Graphenes. It is a noticeable difference if you hold them up against each other. They definitely moved to a stiffer, more modern feel with the Graphenes. I prefer the feel of the IG but play better with the Graphene (haven't tried the XT yet).
     
  10. vsbabolat

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    The IG Radical MP is the exact same head size and drill pattern as the Prestige MP 18x20
     
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  11. GuilhermeG

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    Please sign me up for this club. :)

    Been using 04 microgel radical pro's for the past years. Love the frame, although some times I just wonder how some of those newer radicals feel.
    If I were to switch, I'd probably go for IG Radical Pro's. Does anyone know how those would compare to my current frames?
     
  12. n8dawg6

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    yeah that seems to be the rub. unfortunately. the XT is too close to the graphene to justify spending $50 more on it unless you want the 16x16 pattern (i have mine strung 16x19, which i prefer). however, we all know that the appearance of a racquet can increase your usta ranking and get you more chicks, and the XT radicals have got the best radical paint since the bumblebee.
     
  13. Ozellman

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    Just got back from an hour of hitting. Brought PT57A, TGT293.1 and XT Rad Pro. Felt off, very tired and timing simply wasn't there. The Rad saved my day, simply easier to use than the others. More forgiving and easier power. I could argue that the feel of the others is superior and what not but at the end of the day it's more fun to play when it's going well and I simply played better with the tweener like Rad Pro today and that's what counts.
     
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  14. DonDiego

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    3 x IG Radical mp here.
    I'm trying a lot of racquets but always come back to those. After a short stint with Tecnifibre 305, I was reminded how great it was to play with smaller head and tight string pattern. Just couldn't bare the stiffness after a long match. As I'm getting older, those softer Rad mp will do the job.
     
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    No one here tried the Graphene Radical Rev? I found it better than the MP, more solid feeling and the most arm-friendly of the family.
     
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    My Prince Tour 100s were on the bench getting restrung so I pulled out my old LM Radical MP for a doubles match today. I was a little hesitant since the Graphene Radical MP I previously owned gave me TE and sold it.

    I started off playing conservative not knowing what to expect but by the 2nd set I was full of confidence hitting winners and serving aces. I normally don't get a lot of free points with the Tour 100s, but I primarily play them for comfort. The good news is the LM felt plush and comfortable. Nice combination of power and control and no arm pain. It's a shame Head change the mold and made them lighter and stiffer. I would still be a Radical user if newer models played and felt like the original LM.
     
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    the liquidmetals were good stuff. i think it went downhill from there, then became a different frame with the graphene version.
     
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    Just found an IG radical MP LTD in that lovely paintjob on e-ß@Y. My mind was telling me no, but my body was telling me "YES!"

    and so I listened :)
     
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    Those look nice - I had ordered a pair of them, although it will be a while before I see them; the price was right too, and now gives me a good stock of these rackets.
     
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    There's something wrong with my Radical! It looks like a Prestige MP!;):D
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    Yes, a fellow TT'r I know bought one recently. He really likes it as a frame to modify. I'll get him to respond.
     
  22. smirker

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    Was very tempted by one of these recently. VGC but $100 for an antique frame seemed a lot. Picked up a Redondo MP instead which will have similar characteristics.
     
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    That's why I am still playing with two LM Rad MP's. Keep trying newer stuff but always seem to go back to them.
     
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  25. pc2016

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    I agree 100%. The Radicals were my racquets of choice for many years but then I switched to Prince once the Radical frames became to stiff. I don't understand why Head switched the frame. They have plenty of stiff racquets in their other lines. The Radical line was unique. I would gladly return to the brand if they brought back a softer, arm friendlier Radical.
     
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    I'm using one - have been for the last few weeks. With blu-tack in the handle, and a poly/multi hybrid (at relatively low tension), i'm finding it comfortable and very easy to use. Has decent plow despite the lack of static weight (mine is now at 308 grams), good power and a lot of spin. Suprisingly good actually. I also have the LM Rad which does feel more solid, but it's about 25g heavier so that's to be expected.
     
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    Racquetholism strikes again. I saw a Liquidmetal Radical Tour, something I've never heard before and disappeared in later generations. Is it worth a try? It looks just like a leaded up LM Radical MP, which has a really good reputation. Could anyone shed some light on this raquet? Maybe a comparison to a leaded Radical MP or a Prestige MP. Thx. (Read some review but most are from about 10 years ago.)
     
  28. rjp1977

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    Hi

    I've been using the LM Radical OS since it was released, but now due to playing more doubles I feel as if I need a bit more control and want to try the MP version. Before I scour the internet looking for 1 I wanted to ask if the LM MP is the best version in peoples opinion? I've heard that the I and TI versions are really good and I was considering the MicroGel as well? Thanks for any advice. I did earlier this year get a couple of the new XT Speeds but I found them far to stiff. Did like the slightly different grip though! :)
     
  29. vsbabolat

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    It all has to do with condition. It's not antique as it has fantastic performance.
     
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    Been playing with the LM Rad (352 gr, 8 HL) since a couple of weeks now and loving it. Someone on this forum - can't remember who - wrote that the feedback the racket gives it addicting. I'm going through that phase right now.
    Am I now a member of this club?
     
  31. Racer

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    Currently have Youtek IG Radical Pro's in the bag. Great stock racquet with good feel and flex. I've modded mine up with TK82S pallets, Head finest calfskin grips, and weighted up to 365g/340SW/310bal/62RA. Not a bad setup just wish it produced a pacier ball like I do with the slightly stiffer RF97. Perhaps more SW would help - trying everything I can do to keep these instead of converting to RF's.
     
  32. smirker

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    I have both Ti and Lm versions and they both play very well indeed. Wouldn't bother with the Microgel version, it needs too much lead to make it playable. Yutek version might be worth a look but for me the Radical kind of peaked with the Liquidmetals.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I had heard that the MicroGel was light. I've managed to get hold of an iRadical and LM MP so will see which one suits me most.
     

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