Your best version of the Radical Pro

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by DonDiego, Feb 19, 2014.

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Which model of the Radical Pro do you prefer?

  1. Liquidmetal

    9 vote(s)
    13.8%
  2. Microgel

    7 vote(s)
    10.8%
  3. Youtek

    9 vote(s)
    13.8%
  4. IG

    25 vote(s)
    38.5%
  5. Graphene

    15 vote(s)
    23.1%
  1. DonDiego

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    I like the new one, but I find it too stiff.

    To me, the Youtek model is the best. Once you get used to the swingweight, you can crush serves and any shots with such an ease, and good control. And the flex is just perfect, being arm-friendly while stiffening at hard impacts (d3o technology?) A weapon of choice at the net, too.

    What about you?
     
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  2. DonDiego

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    One vote.

    Is February low season for Talk Tennis? :)

    Or just a bit too high a swingweight to be a popular racquet on these boards?
     
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  3. DonDiego

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    Was there even a Liquidmetal Pro? Not sure.... anyway sorry about that, you can still vote for the liquidmetal MP then.
     
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  4. amx13

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    There was a Flexpoint Radical Tour though, which I think was the predecessor of the Rad Pro. Great frame btw
     
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  5. DonDiego

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    Not much love for the Youtek. It took me a while to appreciate it, too, but I like it better (more forgiving) than the IG version. I have a history of tennis elbow and the Graphene is a big no-no for me. I tried it, and was in pain for two days after.
     
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  6. Kal-El 34

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    The pro was called the tour before and the Liquid metal one is by far the best
     
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  7. Hollywood401k

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    I liked the Microgel, but my fav racquet of last year is the Graphene. It works so easily for every conceivable shot I use.
     
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  8. Alex78

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    I have the MicroGel, the YouTek, and the YouTek IG.
    Overall, I'd go with the MG. Superb for baseline rallies. Great spin, good slice, consistent feel. Have mine with leather and two overgrips.
    YT serves bombs and has amazing power, but swinging it consistently (when on the run) is more difficult for me due to the high SW. YTIG felt very nice as well, kinda in between the two.
     
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  9. mxblink

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    Didn't vote because I don't have a lot of history with the Radicals, but I just demo'ed the new Graphene and actually like it quite a bit. I think TW hit it on the head when they said it does everything well - great spin, effortless plow, maneuverable at net, and huge power on reserve. Unfortunately, as many others have commented, it's not the comfy-est racquet out there. I loved the ball I could hit with it, but my wrist and elbow gave their veto =\.
     
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  10. DonDiego

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    Same for me. I actually played GREAT with it, but the pain was too much the day after. I might try it again with a soft combo at very low tension, like 48-50.
     
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  11. DonDiego

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    You guys make me want to try the Liquidmetal Tour... Though I can't find the specs anywhere.
     
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  13. vsbabolat

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    They're not similar. The FXP Radical Tour was a bigger head size of 100sq.in. The LM Radical Tour was 95 (but head called it 98sqin). But those are not the best.
     
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  14. DonDiego

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    Thanks. I also find that the IG version has a head of 95, not 98 as advertised.
     
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  15. pmata814

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    Thats strange. I feel its larger than 98. Maybe its because of the high swingweight but the head feels larger than normal when i'm swinging. More like a 100.
     
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  16. vsbabolat

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    That's true. The IG Radical MP and IG Radical Pro are the same head size and are really 95sq.
     
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  17. DonDiego

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    I put it on top of my 6.1 95 and the Wislon was a bit bigger, probably due to the somewhat oval shape of the IG.

    That might explain why the sweetspot seems so much bigger on the Youtek than on the IG, far more than the difference in published specs would suggest.
     
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