Hi all, Been posting in various threads about this racket but rather than respond in each, thought I stick this as a new thread. My first impressions of IG Radical Pro are below. FYI, I am a 4.0-4.5, mostly baseline player but trying to get to the net more. Between an extreme eastern-semi western forehand, 1HBH. Tonight I played for around 3 hours comprised of knock up, 1 hour of doubles followed by 1.5 hours of singles. I currently play with an IG Speed 300 and before that, an AeroProDrive GT. Racket is strung at 56lbs with RPM Blast. These are my first thoughts but I caveat them with a) only 2.5 hours of real play and it takes me a while to know a racket; b) I have no frame of reference versus other sticks that I am interested in because this is the first of my new short list I have tried; c) I played much more relaxed today having got pre-excuses in about new racket etc so I might have played better naturally rather than just the racket. So, these are FIRST impressions Serves: Definite gains in pace and accuracy for me on first serve. Second serve was about the same. Already the best serving performance and assuming it is the racket, I expect this to get even better. Forehand: Neutral on aggressive shots but needed less effort. Defensive shots were much better (out of position, stretching, footwork a bit wrong). When I am more used to the racket, I am sure this will be much stronger. Backhand topspin: Definitely the biggest difference and most obvious benefit (1HBH). Hit more winners today than the last two weeks with Speed 300. More pace and the racket was bringing them back down into play. Hit 90% of winners down the line. Bit predictable but the end but still pace was winning out. Backhand slice: inconclusive. Those I hit well were better than the IG 300 but those I hit a bit wrong had worse results. Still adjusting to it. Volleys: inconclusive so far – better depth but manoeuvrability was a definite issue. Reaction shots I normally got my Speed 300 to, I couldn’t get the Radical to. Happened 2-3 times tonight. In fact, most reaction shots I would normally get in were fluffed tonight. Drop shots: similar results but felt better. Again, I think this will quickly get much better. Return of Serve: Second biggest improvement for me. Getting block style returns against heavy serves went back deeper but did notice my down the line forehand returns pulling right (and wide) a few times. I think this is getting used to a slightly slower swing vs the Speed 300 so I am a bit late on the shot. Lobs: Only did defensive lobs today but I felt more confident although results were not any different to usual. Short Balls: definitely and significantly worse than the IG300. Dialling down the power was more of an issue but touch on a new racket might be the last thing to get right. Not unduly worried by this. Opponents impressions: “you played much better than last week” (I won both weeks). Short but sweet. My impressions: Given such a short time, the positives are great and outweigh the negatives - biggest concern is reaction shot manoeurability. I hope this might be the one for me. I can say if I was banned from buying other rackets, I would happily stick to it. However, I do not yet have a frame of reference against the other rackets I own but have not used yet (Exo3 Tour 100 and Dunlop Bio 500 Tour) nor the stick I really want to test (IG Prestige Pro). Very different rackets but I have deliberately got a spread of types. I do feel I have the luxury position of seeing if there is a better racket than one I already like (rather than nagging doubts about current racket). However, after a long search, I am tempted to not even try the Exo3 and 500T and just send them back to the store and not mess. I am playing tomorrow, Thursday and Saturday so will get another 6 hours plus under my belt with it by Sunday.