Radical OS evolved?

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  1. andrew168

    andrew168 New User

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    Hi,

    I am retuning to the game after a 10 year break. My last racquet was Head Inteligence i.Radical OS, which I absolutely love.

    I am considering getting the new IG Radical OS since the i.Radical is no longer available. Unfortunately I won't be able to demo the new IG version before buying.

    I am wondering if the new IG Rad OS would play pretty much the same as my old i.Radicals.
     
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  2. andrew168

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    Can anyone help?
     
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  3. andrew168

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    I read somewhere that Head switched to a new mold since the Youtek version. How did that impact the playability?

    Please help.
     
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  4. El Diablo

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    I know quite a handful of players who've used this series of racquets, all seem to agree that it's been downhill since the liquidmetal radical. One of them begrudgingly uses a microgel, prefers that to the later versions.
     
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  5. Xonemains

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    Quoted for truth. Downhill after LM series
     
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  6. KFwinds

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    I'm not sure about the Youtek versions, but the Microgel version does seem to play very similar to the intelligence model with a softer, more muted feel. For me it was the most comfortable hit of all the Rad OS models.
     
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  7. t135

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    I am going to buy one and see how it feels. The youtek non-IG version.
     
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  8. mad dog1

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    the previous YT Rad OS feels hollow & tinny.
     
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  9. andrew168

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. I think the LM and MG versions are still available. I am considering getting several of them before they run out.

    Has anyone tried the IG version?
     
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  10. andrew168

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    KFwinds, how would you compare the swing weight of the MG version with the intelligence version?

    I think the LM version swings significantly heavier than the i.Radical, 330 VS 303 according to TW's spec.
     
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  11. Ronaldo

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    Find an i.Radical OS
     
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  12. andrew168

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    New i.Radical OSes are hard to find now a days. I did try, and I found a store that had some new ones in stock, but the grip sizes were 4 1/8 and 4 5/8, which were way too small and way too large. I use 4 3/8. Furthermore, they want around $ 260 each which is more expensive than the new IG :)

    Do you know any good source for i.Radical OSes?
     
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  13. Ronaldo

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    Just happened to have a 1/2 used
     
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  14. andrew168

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    I normally add 4 grams to the butt, 4 grams to above the handle, 2 grams each to 3 and 9 oclock, and an overgrip (4 grams) to i.Radical OS, which bring the total strung weight up to approx 337 grams. I think the SW is approx 315.

    I don't mind if the new racquet to be lighter than my above play weight, in fact I prefer them to be ligher so I can micro adjust the weight and balance to my liking.

    Please advise which of the Radical OSes (since LM) would play most similar.

    More opinions please :)
     
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  15. andrew168

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    I am kind of looking for brand new ones.
     
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  16. Ronaldo

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    Like finding a four-leaf clover, good luck.
     
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  17. andrew168

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    I know, that is the reason I am considering the new IG model.

    Has anyone tried both the IG Rad OS and the i.Radical OS?
     
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  18. andrew168

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    Come up guys, more opinions please :)
     
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  19. dman72

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    See if there are still demos available for the Microgel and LM's. If not, buy them anyway, they are cheap, especially used. Sell the one you don't like on el-auction site, and buy a second of the one you like. Dilemma solved and you don't have to take anyone's elses word for it. :)
     
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  20. Tyler91

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    I'm a newbie on here...but, I can relate. I took 20 years off! I started playing again in April and demo'd the YTIG OS and Babolat PD 107. I ended up buying the PD because it felt more powerful and forgiving.

    30 private lessons and 100 hours of court time later...I find the PD 107 to be a barely-controllable rocket launcher even when strung at 62 with premium multi. Now I want the Prestige S or Speed 300.
     
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  21. t135

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    Seriously?
     
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  22. andrew168

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    I know what you mean. Coming back after a long break, finding the right racquet while you are trying to find your strokes, and get your body (and legs) to work again is challenging due to the many ever changing factors involved.

    For me, some days I could time the balls pretty well and then I could be completely off the next day.

    For now, I think I may just settle with the IG Rad OS, and focus on getting my body and mechanics to work. I am only 6-7 hours into it so far. I'll see what happen after 100 hours :)
     
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  23. KFwinds

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    The MG swings a little heavier than the intelligence, but definitely not as heavy as the LM.
     
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    Thanks. I hope the IG Rad OS will not swing any heavier than the MG, as that may be slightly too heavy for me.
     
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  25. Tyler91

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    Well-said. Timing is a bigger challenge for me now, too...as are the aches and pains. 20 years ago, I don't remember being this sore after playing for a couple hours!
     
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  26. andrew168

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    May I suggest that you demo the Volkl Organix V1 MP as well? That was the racquet I bought when I first return to the game, due to the great reviews on TW. It is indeed a fantastic racquet, especially if you add some lead to bring up the overall weight to around 335. It is stable, very comfortable, sufficiently powerful and controllable. The good thing about this stick is its moderate stock weight, which allows you to tweak the weight and balance to your liking. I think I may just stay with it until I find my game.

    FYI, I have tested the following racquets in the past few weeks. i.Radical OS and Organix V1 MP are my favorites, although they are very different racquets.


    i.Radical OS
    Organix V1 MP
    IG Instinct S
    Donnay Pro One
    Donnay XP Dual
     
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  27. Tyler91

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    Thanks for the suggestion. But, I think I'm all set for now. I demo'd YTIG Radical Pro (too much swing weight for an old man like me!) Prestige S, Speed 300 and Speed Elite before deciding on the Prestige S. I decided to string with a poly/multi hybrid to try to keep control up and power down...I pick it up tomorrow and can't wait to try it!
     
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  28. allan76

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    Hey Tonlars Ive always been curious about the flexpoint line since I find the concept of this technology intriguing: does the lesser mass and those 2 holes on the 3 and 9 positions compromise the structural integrity and lifespan of your frames? Also, since the rackets are designed on flex @the middle of the hoop, are off center hits exacerbated?
     
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  29. Steve Huff

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    I thought the LM Radical played a lot different than the iRadical, but the FXP and MG Radicals played more like the iRadical.
     
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  30. Chotobaka

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    THIS. <10.......>
     
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  31. TonLars

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    I cant really answer since I dont have anything to compare it to over long term, but I can certainly tell the difference between a new/un-used flexpoint and a used one being much softer and lower powered. I put probably 5 years into a batch of them until i started looking for more. I think the racquet is very forgiving on off-center hits as a result of the flex
     
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