Switching to HEAD IG Radical Oversize!

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  1. jonnyboi09

    jonnyboi09 New User

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    Ive been using the Babolat Aeropro Drive GT for the last 5 months or so and before that I used the HEAD Microgel Radical MP for about a year. While I loved the spin and power I got from the APDGT, I missed the feel and control that I had grown to love with the Radical. To give you an idea of my game, I'm a 4.5 baseliner who likes to take the ball on the rise and finish points quickly, whether it be from the baseline or at net. I mostly play singles but play quite a bit of doubs as well. Most of the players I play are either current or former college students for Eastern Kentucky University or surrounding colleges, or high school students. I decided I would like a hybrid of the APDGT and the Radical MP so I thought the Radical OS would fit the bill. Here is my review of this great, underrated frame:

    Groundstrokes: First of all, my forehand is my bread and butter shot. From the first forehand, I could tell that this racquet was for ripping groundies. I felt as thought I could swing as hard as I wanted and the ball would land between the lines. This is the first oversize frame I have played since my old 03 Tour Oversize and this frame was far superior. The combination of forgiveness and control is top notch. It was literally a perfect hybrid of the APDGT and Radical MP. My backhand was also spot on. My backhand is my reliable shot. I usually use it to rally with until I can run around and hit a forehand but with the Rad OS, I could really stay on the gas with it. Overall, I would give groundstrokes a 10/10.

    Volleys: I love coming to the net as much as possible and improving my net game has been a huge difference in my game the last few years. The real downfall for the Radical MP for me was the lack of stability at net, whereas the APD was solid, but lacked the feel of the Radical. Well, the Radical OS provided both feel and stability, which meant crisp and solid volleys as long as I done my part. Best all around doubles frame Ive used. Score 9.5/10.

    Serve: This is where I missed the Radical MP the most. For some reason, I never could groove on serve with the APDGT. While I don't have the biggest serve ever, with the Rad MP I actually won free points on occasion. With the APDGT, I just looked to start the point at times. The Radical Oversize really gave me confidence to go for my serve, knowing the spin would drop the ball in. While the N95 is my favorite all time serving racquet, the IG Oversize really allowed me to hit the kick and slice the APDGT seemed to hinder. Score 9/10

    Returns: Wow, just wow. I felt like Andre ripping returns with this frame. The return of serve is one of my strengths and with the Rad OS, my returns have never been better. The stability on hard serves allowed me to block back serves over 100 mph and the control allowed me to take bigger cuts on spinny second serves. One of my regular hitting partners who I get lessons with constantly serves over 110 mph. This racquet helped me return those serves, some with some interest. Score 10/10.

    Overall, I love the IG Radical Oversize! It is solid and stable, while maintaining feel and comfort. I must admit I was worried about the control with the Oversize head but those worries were laid to rest. I look forward to putting more time with this frame and Im so impressed with the entire Head lineup.
     
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  2. Nikae

    Nikae Rookie

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    Got any videos to show us?

    I use the same recket, it made me switch to less extreme forehand grip for some reason.
     
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  3. Dgdavid

    Dgdavid Professional

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    I had three of these until a month or so ago but gave them up to try new Steam 99 rackets and a few others. What a mistake! Going to cost a few bob to get them back so going to go down the Liquidmetal version route.
     
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  4. Roberto_spin

    Roberto_spin Rookie

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    Here also a Radical OS fan!

    I could obtain 2 used Flexpoint Radical OS for a good price and now I am experimenting this winterseason with this type of racket.
    It's more feeling, forgiving and for me ideal in doubles or when I need those changes when in singles when having an off day.

    I experiment with:
    * strings: MSV heptatwist 1,2mm... next thing I will experiment is with the 1,1mm MSV focus hex, maybe heavier strung (due to larger head size)
    * adding lead (2 grams at 12o clock) and extra weight (poster buddy) in the handle to have a total weight of 333&335 grams and balance of around 5pts HL specs (my returning favo specs, also on other rackets).
    * and offcourse a rubber band as dampener, just like Andre!

    Still find other rackets having a smoother and easier swing (maybe due to larger headsize or just " the idea of it being larger/sower"?)

    Have you guys tried some modifications or is stock-specs?
    What are you're experiences?
     
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  5. makinao

    makinao Rookie

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    If this is what you want, get either a Trysis 260, twin tube, bumblebee, zebra, Ti or a Limited Edition Agassi. No mod needed. All are over 32x grams and slightly headlight already.
     
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  6. Roberto_spin

    Roberto_spin Rookie

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    I know of these rackets which come close to what Agassi actually used...

    but I just bumped into the Head FXP Radical OS....
    And the total weight of the Agassi version may be too heavy..

    So I'm experimenting!
     
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