New Graphene Radicals/Prestiges for 2014

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  1. Alex78

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    :p That's a very good idea - maybe, nah, let's hope it's not too far-fetched... Keeping fingers crossed!
     
  2. oro

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    Here we go. The Radical Pro and MP


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  3. oro

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  4. srvnvly

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    Oro - thanks for posting pics,especially the new Rads; my racquetaholicness just got exponentially worse!

    Btw, any idea of 1) power vs. the current IG versions; and 2) swing weight? I'm hoping the new Rad Pro is in the mid 320s.

    Again, many thanks!!!
     
  5. gatuzoo

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    Maybe you could tell the specs of radical Mp? Thanks!
     
  6. djnemo

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    Youtek Radical Pro - Balance - 325mm
    IG Radical Pro - Balance - 320 mm
    Graphene Radical Pro - Balance - 315 mm

    Radical Pro used to be one of the few racquets on the market with a decent static weight and a head heavy balance. Now it's just like every other headlight racquet on the market... might as well just get a prestige ...
     
  7. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Prestige Mid has become a lightweight too, and it's just a disgrace. There was nothing wrong with the racquet to begin with.
     
  8. Bartelby

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    There's no shared holes, or can I not see them?
     
  9. movdqa

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    Those red caps look horrible.
     
  10. PED

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    Bit if you go back one more generation to the MG, you'll. find 32cm unstrung and a 317 sw. The yt was quite a departure with its 345 sw. I used it and loved it but preferred the mg version which swung faster.
     
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    happy halloween!
     
  12. pattenww

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    Possibly wishful thinking but the grips on the rads look more like speed shape??? Any new of a change there?
     
  13. Sup2Dresq

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    Any head I purchase goes directly to TN to get the grip shape changed to a wilson..
     
  14. NKX6

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    Im so entertained by the fact that they try to make the "made in China" so difficult to read in deep blue tiny letters in the black frame.
    And amused by the so emphatic "austrian engineering" in big white as the rest of the printed specs......
     
  15. couch

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    Has anyone actually hit with the Radical MP and have feedback?
     
  16. vinnieSE

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    If you tap a picture you will find a whole gallery of pictures including a Head brochure which shows that there are cap grommets as an option to the Radical Pro.....and they are orange.
     
  17. Bones

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    Do we know release date for UK. Wigmore in london suggested they tried to rush radical out for US open due to Murray being defending champion but failed. Suggested radical hopefully for November WTFs and prestige for Aussie Open. Anyone know definitely?
     
  18. Absolute

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    22mm beam on the new prestige pro..... :mad:
     
  19. mpournaras

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    Oh lord that Radical PJ is so deliciously 90's. THat is how it should have always been!
     
  20. Sander001

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    Agreed unless manufacturers apply them with new ideas. Like these new open patterned spin configurations increase power too and the more you open it up, the more power you get. So if there were to be an extremely open pattern, perhaps the only way to control it would be if it was used on a midsize.
    If this was done, the midsize could be more popular than ever.
     
  21. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    How about the total and utter destruction of the Prestige Mid? :evil:
     
  22. airdupont

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    Hopefully the grommets of the new Radical Pro will fit the current one
     
  23. 4sound

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    Can someone post close up strung pics of the Prestige Rev Pro (new Mid 93) like the ones of the Radical? Very interested to see how they did the 16x19 string pattern.

    Has anyone hit with it yet to give their feedback?
     
  24. Overdrive

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    I wonder what the cosmetic will be..

    Possibly, gold and silver? Heck, I'm clueless on this.. :lol:
     
  25. The Djoker

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    Ok, I didn't read through the whole thread, but the message I'm getting is that I should just go ahead an stock up on IG Pretige Mids?
     
  26. movdqa

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    Well, if you care about the cosmetics.

    I don't think that anyone here has hit with them so no clue on whether they are better or worse. Seems like the racquet companies alternate between harder and softer while gradually increasing stiffness.

    If I absolutely loved something, then I'd stock up. You never know what the next revision will bring.
     
  27. Topspin Shot

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    Any pics for the new Prestiges? I actually like the look of the new Radicals. Reminds me of the old Intelligence Radicals, which I still see around these days but are pretty rare.
     
  28. aer0pr0

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    am i the only one, or both the radicals and prestiges are really ugly for 2014 :\ that red bumper on the prestige.. it really goes wrong in my opinion
     
  29. gatuzoo

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    From my opinion - it is sad that head cuts down racquets' balance point and raises the stiffness and SW. For example, IG Radical MP had 325mm balance, but now only 315.

    Head racquets aren't for amateurs who have low or medium skills in tennis. They are for players who have 4 level as a minimum.

    And there comes a question - is the players of 3,5 level and lower are really small auditory so it isn't worth for Head to make racquets for them?
     
  30. Harry_Wild

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    I saw one in a bin a Radical but I ask about it and it is very lite racket at around 10.6 ozs. I did not memorized the color but it looks okay - matted!
     
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  31. Anton

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    1. Most tennis players are 3.5 or bellow.

    2. A lot of 4+ do not play with "player's" rackets.

    3. don't you think "Level 4" players have been around long enough to hear something about lead?
     
  32. sundaypunch

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    Head is in business to make money. Supplying a niche market of high level players is not a viable business strategy. The fact that they are dropping production of the Prestige mid and continuing with racquets like the Prestige S should tell you something about who they are catering to.
     
  33. bluegrasser

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    I hit with one for about 1/2 hr with a 4.5 player, so lots of hard hitting, the thing that surprised me was when the rep told me they have a higher swing weight than the IG. I'm not a real spin player but the spin at hand was better than any Radical I ever hit with. This is a solid stick and should do well.
     
  34. couch

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    Thanks bluegrasser. I was hoping the SW was about the same as th IG Radical. Have you hit with the new Speed MP? Seems like the new Radical MP is similar to it in terms of specs. Wonder if the radical has more power? Really interested to see where this racquet falls in Head's lineup. I should have one to hit with in the next couple weeks.
     
  35. MikeHitsHard93

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    Agreed. I liked the speed, instinct, and extreme lines and I'm a 3.5.
     
  36. cjmower

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    I have hit a little bit with the new Radical MP and have at least held the Pro. The MP I would say has more easy power than the Speed MP, but I felt that the Speed MP actually lacked put away power for me so I guess it depends on what you thought of the Speed. The Pro upon inspection felt a little bit more maneuverable than the IG Radical Pro but havent actually hit with it yet. Overall I am feeling more easy power with the Radicals over the new Prestiges and Speed lines of the Graphene. When I hit with the Pro I will give my thoughts on that.
     
  37. NE-14-10S

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    Hi all,

    New to the forum, usually read only, but I decided to chime in. I can not speak to the release of the graphene prestige, but a local national distributor from PA confirms the Graphene Radicals product codes are in their system and are ready for sale staring in November.
     
  38. parasailing

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    I like past Radical MPs with the exception of the string pattern so I am glad that they are going with 16x19. I hope they make the Radical MP more solid and offer more plow than the Graphene Speed MP. I might also try the Radical Pro to see how it compares to the Speed Pro.

    Anyone tested the Radical Pro and can compare to the Graphene Speed Pro?
     
  39. donnaypro

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    They say the Rev Pro is the lightest prestige with the most swingweight. That sounds interesting.
     
  40. zapvor

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    hi welcome! are you affiliated with the place in PA?
     
  41. bluegrasser

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    Never hit with the Speed, I really didn't think the sw was that much different than the IG, curious to see what TW has the sw at.
     
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  42. NE-14-10S

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    Nope,

    They are a big distributor in the area, so I decided to call and ask. They were glad to give me the information and I was glad that they did. I recently switch from my IG Radical MP to the Graphene Speed MP because of arm pain and I could not wait for the Radical to be updated. The Graphene Speed took the pain away but I am missing my targets, so I can not wait to get my hands on this one.
     
  43. cjmower

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    I also liked the previous versions of the Radical MP. I will point out they have totally changed the feel with the new Graphene line. I Would compare the feel of the Graphene Speed line with the new Radical line, with the Radicals allowing for more jump off of the strings/inherent power. I did not get to hit it with my string of choice so I cant say how different strings would feel but the feel for the new Radicals is livelier and crisper than the past radicals. I was surprised how much I liked the MP actually considering how much I like the previous versions.
     
  44. donnaypro

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    By arm pain, are you referring to tennis elbow? I'm just curious because the IG Radical MP has a much softer flex than the Graphene Speed, so wouldn't the Graphene be harsher on the elbow?
     
  45. Overdrive

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    Cosmetic designing fail

    The caps looks like a raspberry red.. The indigo paint at the throat doesn't help either. :lol:

    I wonder if Head corp chose to use red as a marketing ploy (as people are more attracted red than the other colors).
     
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  46. NE-14-10S

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    You are correct. I changed frames in conjunction with changing my string bed, switching from a full bed of poly (solinco tb 17) to a multi ( texhnifibre x-1 bf). I found this combination of the graphene and a multi gave me the comfort I was looking for along with an increase in power. Since making the switch my tennis elbow has subsided, but my control has also gone down.
     
  47. dje31

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    Proving once again, you can't believe everything you read on these-here interwebs, early marketing collateral, which looked to be from HEAD, said that the ( universally beloved ) Prestige S went forward unchanged.

    Looking at the pics tamoro77 has on photobucket, the S no longer has shared holes, and has 8 strings through the bridge, unlike the shared holes / 6 bridge strings on the YTIGPS, of which I'm one of the few fans / users.

    That said, it doesn't look like the specs changed.
     
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  48. bruintennis

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    I wish the Graphene Prestige Pro would be released in November!
     
  49. Frankauc

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    any pics of the capped radicals?
     
  50. WhereIsMacMac

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    any news on the release date of the radicals?
     

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