G360+ Radical 2021

djnemo

Rookie
Played 4 sets today with my Radical Pro demo - strung with Head Lynx Tour. I am currently hitting with the Ezone 98 Tour and a Ultra Pro 16x19 with mods but have hit with Radicals in the past. The specs of this frame are in my wheelhouse, and it came in at 332 grams strung without overgrip. Some intial thoughts:
  • Sweet spot felt small and racquet felt stiffer than what I like. Power level was lower than the Ezone and on par with my Ultra Pro or my old IG Radical Pro. Control was good.
  • Grip was relatively long - perfect for my 2HBH.
  • Trajectory on groundstrokes was a bit lower than normal for a 16x19 but after an adjustment period, I was getting good spin and depth.
  • Never got comfortable on volleys. I think the combination of a stiffer racquet with stiffer strings than what I usually use really reduced the feel and touch.
  • Serves - decent, good kickers.
In summary, I was a bit disappointed. I was hoping this would be a departure from the recent Graphene Radicals that were stiff and powerful. The power level is good - it definitely is a control oriented raquet - it reminds me of some recent Prestiges. I was just hoping for a bit more feel and comfort but this racquet feels closer to a Pure Strike than an Ezone, Blade or Ultra Tour. Lynx Tour is a stiff string so I think a softer poly strung lower or a natural gut/poly combo would make a big difference, but I think I will be sticking with the Ezone Tour as my match racquet. I still think it is good demo for players coming from stiffer racquets such as Babolats that are looking for more control, or Gravity and Prestige users that want a 16x19 in a 98 head size.
 

Tmano

Professional
Do you guys think it would it be worth to demo the new radical knowing i liked the radical touch pro and before the original graphene pro?
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
Played 4 sets today with my Radical Pro demo - strung with Head Lynx Tour. I am currently hitting with the Ezone 98 Tour and a Ultra Pro 16x19 with mods but have hit with Radicals in the past. The specs of this frame are in my wheelhouse, and it came in at 332 grams strung without overgrip. Some intial thoughts:
  • Sweet spot felt small and racquet felt stiffer than what I like. Power level was lower than the Ezone and on par with my Ultra Pro or my old IG Radical Pro. Control was good.
  • Grip was relatively long - perfect for my 2HBH.
  • Trajectory on groundstrokes was a bit lower than normal for a 16x19 but after an adjustment period, I was getting good spin and depth.
  • Never got comfortable on volleys. I think the combination of a stiffer racquet with stiffer strings than what I usually use really reduced the feel and touch.
  • Serves - decent, good kickers.
In summary, I was a bit disappointed. I was hoping this would be a departure from the recent Graphene Radicals that were stiff and powerful. The power level is good - it definitely is a control oriented raquet - it reminds me of some recent Prestiges. I was just hoping for a bit more feel and comfort but this racquet feels closer to a Pure Strike than an Ezone, Blade or Ultra Tour. Lynx Tour is a stiff string so I think a softer poly strung lower or a natural gut/poly combo would make a big difference, but I think I will be sticking with the Ezone Tour as my match racquet. I still think it is good demo for players coming from stiffer racquets such as Babolats that are looking for more control, or Gravity and Prestige users that want a 16x19 in a 98 head size.
I had similar feelings about it having a small sweet spot and lacking in power after my initial hitting session with it. I added 2 grams of lead at 3 and 9 and 1 gram at 12. This made it play so much better IMO. It also brought the power levels way up. This also raised the SW higher than some may like but if you have no issues with the SW on a Blade or GPro, you may want to give this a shot.
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
Hardly any useful info in this review, but does show the new 360+ Radical PJ. That’s a crazy bright orange and I hope it’s not quite as garish as that or I’m going to need me shades if I get one :cool:! Also, buhbye Andy :cry:, and say hello to Taylor (who?).

 

taydbear7

Semi-Pro
Orange is my favorite color so this racquet is up my alley. Hopefully this racquet plays better than the last Radical. I didn't like that version at all. I do have confidence it will be an improvement based on the 360+ line being an improvement after having played with he last two version of Prestige and Extreme.
 

topspn

Legend
It is really orange i have played them and truly dislike the PJ. I will play any good playing frame though
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
The TW review is up, and it's very positive. There's no direct reference to the color scheme, but I'm sure the lead-in line "Light up the court with the new Head Graphene 360+ Radical MP" was not a coincidence. I have a demo of this frame coming and will share my impressions at the end of the week.

 

taydbear7

Semi-Pro
The TW review is up, and it's very positive. There's no direct reference to the color scheme, but I'm sure the lead-in line "Light up the court with the new Head Graphene 360+ Radical MP" was not a coincidence. I have a demo of this frame coming and will share my impressions at the end of the week.

I'm glad the feel is a big improvement over the last version. That was my biggest gripe with the Touch and 360 was there was absolutely no feel with those.
 

Yamin

Semi-Pro
Haven't hit with the pro yet but the MP was solid. Balance looks enticing on the pro. The orange looks more red in person than photos IMO.
 
For those that have done the free demo on these Radicals: I want to demo the 360+ Radical Pro with the free demo promo, but TW still shows a $25 shipping charge for this demo. Is the fee waived at checkout, or is it not supposed to show up at all?
 
Did you put another demo racquet in the order like I did? I was dumb, lol, didn't even end up get much of an impression of the speed pro (it may have had a worn out string job, super inconsistent feeling bed).
 
Did you put another demo racquet in the order like I did? I was dumb, lol, didn't even end up get much of an impression of the speed pro (it may have had a worn out string job, super inconsistent feeling bed).
Nope. The promo says you can demo one of these G360+ radicals with free shipping if you only demo 1 racket. I'm just worried that TW is gonna charge me the $25 for the demo anyway
 

ivan89

New User
Thanks a lot. Sent off for a demo earlier this morning and found out that they waived the fee at the last stage checkout; it just sucks that the credit doesn't show up in the cart. Demo should be coming by the 19th, so hopefully next Tuesday.
Which of the Radicals are you getting?

Edit: I see that you were interested in the Pro.

I just sent back my MP demo earlier today. I absolutely loved it. Compared to my current racquet, the Youtek IG Prestige Pro, it sacrifices very little control, but packs a lot more power. I hit with a friend for an hour today, and while we didn't play any points, he noted that I was generating a lot more topspin and speed than usual. I especially loved the MP on cross-court forehands. In situations where I would normally just continue the rally with my Prestige Pro, I could easily hit cross-court forehand "winners" with the MP.

While I will probably try more racquets that are comparable to the MP (e.g. the Pure Strike 16x19, Pure Aero VS, VCORE 95 and/or 98) before buying a new racquet, the MP is a really, really great frame.
 
Which of the Radicals are you getting?

Edit: I see that you were interested in the Pro.

I just sent back my MP demo earlier today. I absolutely loved it. Compared to my current racquet, the Youtek IG Prestige Pro, it sacrifices very little control, but packs a lot more power. I hit with a friend for an hour today, and while we didn't play any points, he noted that I was generating a lot more topspin and speed than usual. I especially loved the MP on cross-court forehands. In situations where I would normally just continue the rally with my Prestige Pro, I could easily hit cross-court forehand "winners" with the MP.

While I will probably try more racquets that are comparable to the MP (e.g. the Pure Strike 16x19, Pure Aero VS, VCORE 95 and/or 98) before buying a new racquet, the MP is a really, really great frame.
That all sounds fantastic; I was kinda torn between demoing the MP and demoing the Pro, but went with the Pro because of the thinner beam and the fact that it's about the same weight and SW as my current racket (customized Diadem Elevate), so I want to see if it lives up to the hype. From your experience, how was the stability/maneuverability on the MP, and how well did you feel the ball on contact? I really want to try the MP before the free demo promotion ends, but was a bit scared away by the thicker beam and the low weight (300g). Everybody says it's powerful in stock form, but idk about the stability...that seems like the type of racket I wouldn't want to add hoop weight to if I can avoid it.

Other frames I'd try if I were you, coming from an IG Prestige Pro, would be the PS97 v13, Diadem Elevate and Elevate Tour, Yonex VCore 95 and 98, and maybe the Head G360+ Extreme Tour. I personally wouldn't choose the Strike just because the feel is very muted and there's too much power IMO, but that's just me. The new Pro Staff is most similar spec wise to your Prestige, but doesn't give you much for free. The Diadem Elevate is a great platform stick but needs weight for stability, but everyone says that the Tour is great in stock form. The ET seems to need weight as well but people seem to like it.
 

Papa Mango

Semi-Pro
Thanks a lot. Sent off for a demo earlier this morning and found out that they waived the fee at the last stage checkout; it just sucks that the credit doesn't show up in the cart. Demo should be coming by the 19th, so hopefully next Tuesday.
I just wasted a spot in my demo box. I wanted to demo the Vcore 95 and a couple of other rackets. Didn't check the free demo promo.
Could have ordered another racket in my 3 demo box and done the Radical separately ...:mad:

Getting back to the racket in question. I got the Radical Pro for the demo.
I have only hit with it for 20 minutes maybe and its strung with full bed multi, but this racket surprised me ( I am not a big fan of Heads).
Good weight but the racket swings through the air really quick with plenty of pop.
It feels like the most of the weight is in the handle/throat area and the head comes around very quick but gives ample power.
Calls for an extended demo. But I'll put in my thoughts after I have hit with it for the full demo period.
 

ivan89

New User
That all sounds fantastic; I was kinda torn between demoing the MP and demoing the Pro, but went with the Pro because of the thinner beam and the fact that it's about the same weight and SW as my current racket (customized Diadem Elevate), so I want to see if it lives up to the hype. From your experience, how was the stability/maneuverability on the MP, and how well did you feel the ball on contact? I really want to try the MP before the free demo promotion ends, but was a bit scared away by the thicker beam and the low weight (300g). Everybody says it's powerful in stock form, but idk about the stability...that seems like the type of racket I wouldn't want to add hoop weight to if I can avoid it.

Other frames I'd try if I were you, coming from an IG Prestige Pro, would be the PS97 v13, Diadem Elevate and Elevate Tour, Yonex VCore 95 and 98, and maybe the Head G360+ Extreme Tour. I personally wouldn't choose the Strike just because the feel is very muted and there's too much power IMO, but that's just me. The new Pro Staff is most similar spec wise to your Prestige, but doesn't give you much for free. The Diadem Elevate is a great platform stick but needs weight for stability, but everyone says that the Tour is great in stock form. The ET seems to need weight as well but people seem to like it.
Well, you raise several good questions and make good suggestions. I'll try to answer them, but first, let me give you some background.

When I bought the IG Prestige Pro 7 years ago, I lived in California, had a tennis court 100 feet away from home, and didn't have kids, so I played quite a lot, year round. Now I live in Upstate NY and have two little kids, so it is more difficult to find time (and courts) to play. In fact, I hadn't played pretty much at all for 3 years before I started playing again about 4 months ago.

As far as racquets go, the thing that I like most about my Prestige is its stability against big servers/hitters. I'd say that both its mass and large grip size (4 5/8) help there. Overall, my playing style with the Prestige mostly relies on flat hitting, directional control, and consistency. But while I still like the Prestige, I find it increasingly difficult to generate racquet head speed (presumably for the same two reasons as above) and go for winners, especially when I am not playing my best tennis. So I'd say that I'm primarily looking for a racquet that would be easier to use and more powerful than the Prestige, but without sacrificing too much control or stability.

One final disclaimer before I move on to the new Radical MP. When buying the Prestige Pro, I only demoed four racquets (one of which was the APD). Prior to that, I had played with the Flexpoint Radical MP for many years, so I don't really have much experience playing with different racquets. Because of my limited experience, it's a bit difficult to me to say how I felt the ball on contact. I would say, however, that the MP felt really good when I practiced volleys against the ball machine (not the best setting, I know). To my surprise, despite the lower mass and smaller grip size (4 3/8), I was hitting volleys with more precision than with the Prestige Pro.

As far as stability goes, ideally I would have liked to try the MP on serve returns against someone who hits fast first serves. That's where my Prestige really shines. Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to test the MP in that setting. But based on how it felt at the net, and also on half-volleys when my hitting partner was hitting close to the baseline or long, I'd say that I didn't notice any instability.

The area where I couldn't get as connected to the MP as I would have liked is my backhand. Having said that, my backhand has been pretty erratic recently (which is a shame, because in the past it used to be a very reliable shot), and I had similar problems with the backhand with my Prestige. One other problem was that the MP's power was addictive, and sometimes I hit the ball long when I went for too much power. But when I was patient, I was able to place the ball well. As far as I can remember, I was spraying my shots when I demoed the APD back in 2013; I didn't have this problem with the MP.

Edit: sorry, forgot to mention. The launch angle of the MP is definitely higher than of my Prestige, but I was able to adjust pretty quickly.

So overall, I was very impressed. I understand that my experience with racquets is limited, and this is why I will certainly demo more racquets before pulling the trigger (I asked Chris from TW for some suggestions and got a good list of racquets that has some overlap with yours). But I would say that the MP seems to provide a lot of free power (almost certainly not as much as the Pure Aero, but still a lot), while maintaining the level of control close to my Prestige. I didn't want to send the racquet back ;)

Sorry for the long post, but I hope you (or someone else) might find it helpful.
 
Got a chance to hit with Pro version last night by chance. Just did quick warm up and one set of doubles. It was unfortunately strung with Wilson Sensation 16ga... my guess is around 55-56lbs. Normally I would prefer a poly at around 48lbs. Played with the candy cane, original graphene, and XT graphene versions in the past. Really like the XT... but I got older and my arm eventually didn't appreciate the stiffness.

First impression was it felt weirdly light while still having a feeling of solidness/heft. I know there is weight there, but man with the thin beam this thing swings fast through the air. I currently am gaming the Speed Pro and although it swings fast and is pretty maneuverable for a 330SW it couldn't touch the Radical Pro... makes me wonder if the the Radical and Speed lines should swap names ;)

The 360+ treatment does take out the vibration, but this is still a firm frame. My arm is more sensitive to these things nowadays and this still plays like a modern day firm Radical... no doubt about it. It didn't bother my arm, but over time not sure how that would go. Even with low tension poly I would worry a bit about the inherent firmness that's there.

Had decent power off the ground and great on serves. Topspin was decent but nothing crazy. Slice and volleys were amazing. They brought back the ball feel with this new version big time.

Overall very positive... normally I'd be all over the Pro, but I'm just loving the Speed Pro 360+ a lot more. Speed Pro is softer at contact and I can hit a bigger, heavier ball. When I switched back the Speed Pro in the second set I was hitting bigger and more spin... but I do have my HyperG 17 setup I like, but I still feel the Speed Pro would edge out the Radical. Only thing I missed was the touch at net and super easy maneuverability of the Radical.

If you like a firm, accurate players racquet with great touch and control... Radical Pro is a nice option. I can't say I'm a fan of the paint color... it's a neon creamsicle orange... was rather blinding to me.
 

Ebehne

New User
I’ve been demoing a few different rackets lately and thought I’d give some feedback about how I felt they compared to the new Radical. I’m coming from an older AeroPro Drive and had been looking for something with a little more control, possibly a smaller head size, slightly more flex and thinner beam. I tried the Pure Strike 16x19 gen3 to start with, but the feel of the racket wasn’t for me. It felt pretty muted. I went on to demo the Wilson blade 16x19, 18x20 and the new v13 ProStaff 97. The blades felt good, but something about the response didn’t really work for me. I loved the ProStaff 97, but ultimately felt that it was a little too low powered for what I was looking for. The feel was great.

Next, I tried the Head Gpro and Gtour rackets. Both were really great, with the pro being my favorite. I was instantly in love with the feel and felt that I could generate pretty good spin with it as well. The control was amazing, I felt like I could put the ball right where I wanted it. I was about to pull the trigger on getting one, but figured I’d give the 360+ Radical Pro a test drive, and I’m glad I did. The feel is very similar, but with slightly more free power available. That being said, I don’t feel like I gave up much control at all. I felt that the smaller head size was slightly more maneuverable and offered a lot better feedback about where the ball contacts the racket. With the Gravity Pro the sweet spot is larger and more forgiving, but you lose a little bit of communication with where the contact point is on the racket compared to the Rpro. Both felt equally stable to me. The extra stiffness of the Radical wasn’t really a downside for me, but I don’t have arm issues and am coming from a very stiff racket, so that may very well be an issue for some people. I felt like it was a happy medium, not too stiff but not too flexible either.

Ultimately I was instantly in love with the Radical Pro and really hated to send it back. If you’re a fan of the feel of the newer g360+ head rackets I think the Radical Pro is worth a test. Also, I was skeptical about the paint scheme, but in person it looks better than in photos. It’s bright, but compared to some of the rackets out nowadays I actually prefer that it doesn’t have tons of swoops, swishes, lines, and/or stripes all over the frame.


Tl:dr it’s a great/versatile racket, if you like the newer head rackets you’ll probably like this one.
 

ivan89

New User
Okay, so I've got to hit a bit with the Radical Pro today, albeit only against a ball machine.

Some background first: following Troy's advice, I've customized my IG Prestige Pro a bit. I removed the stock leather grip and replaced it with the Tourna Pro Thin, then added 2 grams of tungsten tape total at 10 and 2. This brought the weight down from 348 to 340 grams (with an overgrip and dampener). That was my benchmark during the practice today.

The Radical Pro measured 343 grams with an overgrip and dampener. Here are my thoughts on a few different aspects of the racquet:

1. Maneuvrability. I felt like the Radical Pro was a tad less maneuverable and a bit more difficult to swing than my IG PP (nothing really surprising here, because the Radical Pro is a couple of grams heavier and probably also has a slightly higher swingweight). Compared to the Radical MP I demoed previously, the Radical Pro felt a lot less maneuverable and less "whippy."

2. Power. The power level of the Radical Pro was pretty good, but I had to fully commit to the shot and use the entire kinetic chain. If you'd like, the overall power level of the Radical MP was similar, but that power was easier to generate.

3. Topspin. Similarly to the previous part, compared to the MP, I had to work harder with the Pro to get topspin.

4. Control. I'd say the Pro and MP are pretty similar here. I have more control with my IG PP, but perhaps this is because I've been playing with it for a long time.

5. Feel. Well, somewhat surprisingly, at first the Pro felt a bit strange, but I got used to it quickly. I would say, though, that my IG PP feels a bit better than both the Radical Pro and MP. I guess this is due to the grip shap and thickness. The new Radicals seem to have a more rectangular grip shape than my IG PP; they also have pretty thick stock grips. When I add an overgrip on top of the stock grip, the resulting grip becomes very soft, and the bevels are a bit difficult to feel. My IG PP came with a leather grip, which is pretty "hard," and I replaced it with a very thin Tourna grip. Even with overgrip, the I can easily feel the bevels.

However, I'd say that the grip thickness and shape should not be a problem in the long run if I were to switch to a new racquet: either I would get used to it, or I would replace the stock grip with a thinner one.

Overall, I personally liked the new Radical MP more than the Pro. The Pro is similar in many ways to my Prestige Pro (high static weight, presumably even higher swingweight), and I like the feel of my Prestige more. The MP, in contrast, is easier to swing and gives me easy access to power. I'd even call its power addictive. Don't get me wrong, the Radical Pro is a great racquet if one's fitness and technique are good enough for it, but I found the MP easier to use.

I will see how my Prestige Pro plays in the modified form and will demo more racquets comparable to the MP, but between the Radical Pro and MP, I would certainly pick the MP.
 
Got a long session in yesterday with both the Radical Pro and the MP, and here are my thoughts:

1. Color: I prefer the prototype cosmetic over this sear-your-eyes fluorescent orange, but in some strange way, I kinda dig it. The paint feels "plasticky" but it seems to be very durable; I've hit low slices that would chip most rackets' paintjobs with these and came away with unscathed rackets.
2. In-hand feel: both of my demos are grip 3, but the grip size feels pretty spot on. With OG it's not too large; I actually like the Head grip shape since my hands are on the small side. Picking up the Pro felt similar to picking up my Elevate in terms of weight; maybe a touch more substantial. The MP felt like it had great mass in the hoop for 300g unstrung, but it was much more head-heavy than I'm used to, which I expected coming from a nearly 12oz racket that is more head-light. I was able to tell right away that the MP's beam was thicker, but they are otherwise a very similar mold to one another. They both have tight 16x19 patterns; the crosses are about as tight, maybe slightly more open than my Diadem Elevate (16x20) but the mains are definitely more closed.
3. How do they play?
Most of this is gonna be about the Pro. I hit with the MP for a bit and didn't like the balance, so I spent most of my time with the Pro. First off, the adjustment period withe the Radical Pro from my Elevate was short; they have a similar headsize, weight, and balance. But, when I started hitting both side-by-side, I immediately noticed how much crisper the Radical felt compared to the Elevate. It wasn't uncomfortable at all, but it's no PT57A or Phantom. But with that crispness came a point-and-shoot feel when hitting with it; all of the errors I made playing the racket came from me adapting to the tighter main spacing and the string (both the MP and Pro came string with Head Lynx Tour (Gray) 1.25mm; my Elevate has MSV Focus Hex Soft 1.20mm in it). I've since added about 10 grams of removable weights in the handle of the MP, so I've gotta hit with it some more, but here's what I think so far:
Power/Control: The Radical Pro is not a powerful racket, but it was plenty powerful for me. It felt solid, with good twist weight and good mass behind the ball. About the same amount of power as my Elevate. The MP felt about as powerful as the Pro, but I was abbreviating my swings and not following through with it since the balance was throwing me off. Control is good, probably a little better than my Elevate from the tighter mains, but the strings are far from fresh in my Elevate so the ball is sailing a bit on me.
Spin: Neither of these are spin monsters. If you use thin-ish shaped polys like me, that's no issue, but the launch angle is low for 16 mains; took me a while to get used to that combined with the thicker gauge of string than normal for me. I wonder how these would play with my usual string (MSV Focus Hex 1.18mm). Slices were good with these; little better on the Pro due to the thinner beam, but not too different between the two. Not as good on slices as my CX200 Tour 16x19 though.
Feel: The MP and Pro are pretty similar in that neither one feels muted, but the Pro feels more solid for sure. Most of the weight removed from the MP seems to have been removed from the shaft/throat, since that area felt light and a bit pingy; if I had one, I'd have to add about 4 grams of lead in the shaft. My Elevate has the same issue, and I'm reluctant to add more weight to it since it's already 337g. But again, the Pro felt solid and reasonably comfortable while still connected to the ball. I was able to execute touch shots well with both rackets, though I feel more feedback from my Elevate than these.
Other odds and ends: I didn't serve or return with the MP, but I did with the Pro. I felt very confident and consistent serving with the Pro, though my slice serves had less spin than with my Elevate. But, my flat and kick serves with this Rad Pro were more consistent. I was having a bad return day during the session, but I felt able to block returns back with no issues; I'm still working on being able to be more aggressive on my returns.

I've still gotta go out and hit more with these Radicals, but it's so far, so good for the Pro. Hopefully it doesn't rain where I'm at so I can try the MP with the added weight before I send it back. The Pro is a switchable racket for me; it's right in my wheelhouse. Only thing is I can pick up an Elevate Tour for half the price of this Radical, or I can get a Wilson Ultra Pro 16x19 for roughly the same price as this Radical (I remember loving everything about the Ultra Tour when I demoed it, except the string pattern). I'll keep everyone posted.
 
Had another session with the Radicals yesterday morning; I warmed up with an Open-level junior, then played some mini-sets with two members of my usual practice group. I definitely wasn't playing my best during the mini-sets; I was probably uncomfortable going from hitting against an opponent who was giving me lots of pace to playing against crafty, placement-oriented players, but oh well.

First off, I hit with the MP with the added weight in the handle, and although the balance was a lot closer to what I'm used to, I found the response of the racket very erratic for some reason. I could hit a ball or two that would land about where I'd expect, in the same point-and-shoot manner I've come to appreciate from the Radical Pro (more on that later), and then hit another ball with a similar swing path that gets dumped into the net or sails long inexplicably. I don't think it's the string spacing, since that's identical to the Radical Pro; maybe it's just the fact that I'm more used to how ~12oz rackets swing.

Moving on to the Pro, I felt very comfortable drilling from the baseline with this racket; just like last time, the racket felt solid and crisp (but still comfortable) from the baseline. My shots had a bit less spin than I've come to expect from my Elevate, but the mains are denser, so that makes sense. Between both of my sessions with the Pro, I've found that I enjoy it more on my forehand than my backhand, and found myself wanting to hit inside-out forehands often. Volleying with this racket was enjoyable as well; the racket carries over that point-and-shoot, accurate sensation from nearly every other part of the court. Nice touch at net as well, and good feel in general, but still not as much as my Elevate. Serving was enjoyable with this one; not a whole bunch of free power, but that didn't bother me, since I tend to like low-ish power 95-97 sq in. rackets on serve. I was able to be consistent with second serves, and my flat and kick first serves worked well too. Returns felt good off the string bed, but I was clipping the net more than usual; haven't quite gotten used to the thicker strings (I like a little more spin on returns).

In match play, I started off with the Radical Pro; I had an extremely slow start, and while I was serving pretty well, I was dumping nearly every offensive shot I hit into the net. Granted, this was my fault for tightening up and being kinda lazy with my footwork, but I was looking for a bit of help in terms of spin, so I played the rest of the day with my Elevate. I was still on again, off again (just one of those days :cautious:), but things went a little better for me overall after I switched back.

Hopefully I can get in another session before these demos have to be returned, but with some solid hours on court with these Radicals, I can say that I definitely prefer the Pro over the MP. I do think the MP would be great for someone who wants a light racket that is both maneuverable and stable without being excessively powerful or stiff, but it didn't have the mass I wanted, and with Head's pre-weighted buttcap and the weight distribution of this racket, I don't really think it would be worth customizing, unless you injected foam or silicone in the handle and added weight to the shaft.

As for the Pro, however, I definitely like it from all areas of the court. I don't know if I'll switch to it, but it's definitely a switchable racket for me, and I think I'd feel right at home with it in matches if I had one of my usual thin-gauge shaped polys in it, just to get that extra spin and feel that I crave. This racket is very controlled and precise, with a good balance of stability/maneuverability, and a crisp, but comfortable feel. I'd say that this racket is kinda like Head's version of a Pro Staff 97, somewhere in between the v13 and the v11 (non-countervail) in power level/control.
 

pointbreak

New User
mine is on the way! Thought on strings?? Keen on Alu Power feel first, Hyper G is a fav but green strings on that orange might be overdoing it
 

The Seeker

New User
Got a chance to hit with Pro version last night by chance. Just did quick warm up and one set of doubles. It was unfortunately strung with Wilson Sensation 16ga... my guess is around 55-56lbs. Normally I would prefer a poly at around 48lbs. Played with the candy cane, original graphene, and XT graphene versions in the past. Really like the XT... but I got older and my arm eventually didn't appreciate the stiffness.

First impression was it felt weirdly light while still having a feeling of solidness/heft. I know there is weight there, but man with the thin beam this thing swings fast through the air. I currently am gaming the Speed Pro and although it swings fast and is pretty maneuverable for a 330SW it couldn't touch the Radical Pro... makes me wonder if the the Radical and Speed lines should swap names ;)

The 360+ treatment does take out the vibration, but this is still a firm frame. My arm is more sensitive to these things nowadays and this still plays like a modern day firm Radical... no doubt about it. It didn't bother my arm, but over time not sure how that would go. Even with low tension poly I would worry a bit about the inherent firmness that's there.

Had decent power off the ground and great on serves. Topspin was decent but nothing crazy. Slice and volleys were amazing. They brought back the ball feel with this new version big time.

Overall very positive... normally I'd be all over the Pro, but I'm just loving the Speed Pro 360+ a lot more. Speed Pro is softer at contact and I can hit a bigger, heavier ball. When I switched back the Speed Pro in the second set I was hitting bigger and more spin... but I do have my HyperG 17 setup I like, but I still feel the Speed Pro would edge out the Radical. Only thing I missed was the touch at net and super easy maneuverability of the Radical.

If you like a firm, accurate players racquet with great touch and control... Radical Pro is a nice option. I can't say I'm a fan of the paint color... it's a neon creamsicle orange... was rather blinding to me.
So you rate the speed as being more powerful than the rad? How about forgiveness? I'm a 360+ Speed Pro user myself, the racquet I loved the most in quite a long time. While I love its forgiveness, control and reasonable power, I sometimes miss a bit more manoeuvrability, especially on serves and my one hander. If the rad is somewhat as forgiving and with similar power, but faster, I think I should give it a try. Could you compare them a little more?
 
Played with Alu Power 1.15 today, the pro version, easily the best setup I have ever tried, Im sold=)
What tension did you go with? I have been playing with Hawk 16 in the Pro and i like it a lot but i have had a feeling that Alu Power is going to be perfect for bringing out an even more connected feel. I'm going to try the 1.25 however. I normally use hawk 16 at 53.
 

beltsman

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So you rate the speed as being more powerful than the rad? How about forgiveness? I'm a 360+ Speed Pro user myself, the racquet I loved the most in quite a long time. While I love its forgiveness, control and reasonable power, I sometimes miss a bit more manoeuvrability, especially on serves and my one hander. If the rad is somewhat as forgiving and with similar power, but faster, I think I should give it a try. Could you compare them a little more?
Curious about this as well.
 

1HBHfanatic

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As much as you guys are excited about this MP, I think there will be even more buzz about the pro. I found it to be quite the impossibly perfect weapon!
-agree, i found to be almost as "SOLID" as the w.RF
-its a heavy weapon, not a toy by any means, im enjoying hitting with it
-i have to get used to the extra heavy weight, but its right at what i like
-did i mention that its SOLID! haaa
-good update
-the MP is my next demo
 
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