G360+ Radical 2021

bluejay205

New User
Had a chance to hit with the MP for about 10 minutes today - it felt quite a bit lighter and more maneuverable than I expected, given the swing weight numbers I've been seeing on here - but its still hit a really solid and precise ball. certainly not as much power and spin as the pure drive that I was using before, but it felt like a slightly easier to use version of a Wilson blade, which is exactly what I was hoping it would be. Overall, very happy with the experience, and I'll look to get one ASAP.
Great observation, and exactly why I'm looking forward to this update. After getting tennis elbow from the Project One Pure Strike 98 (which I would still be playing with otherwise), I thought I found the next best thing with the wilson blade until I broke strings and borrowed a friends head radical which I thought was much more well balanced and maneuverable. After that the blade felt way too sluggish.

I hope they come out with a limited edition paint job sooner than later though...
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
Any idea if there will be a 26" version? My daughter is going from 25" to 26" in a couple of months and I'm hoping the 360+ Radical would fit the bill. She loves orange colour. She's using the 25" Gravity now.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Any idea if there will be a 26" version? My daughter is going from 25" to 26" in a couple of months and I'm hoping the 360+ Radical would fit the bill. She loves orange colour. She's using the 25" Gravity now.
yes, 25, 26...
May not be identical PJ though
 

vanworth

Rookie
Tried the MP touch racket yesterday, actually played pretty well with it, surprised given how radicals are talked about on here. This new one sounds perfect, might wait for a ltd version not sure fluorescent orange is for me!
 

Chezbeeno

Professional
I'm assuming there will be matching bags for the new Radicals, has anyone seen them? I'm expecting lots of neon orange, but I'm still curious haha
 

djnemo

Rookie
Looking forward to hitting with the demo next week and will share my thoughts. The Youtek Rad Pro and IG Rad Pro were my match racquets for several years. I bought the 2014 Graphene model but the stiffness and excessive power led me to sell it off pretty quickly. This new model looks to be a bit softer and more control oriented like the old models - fingers crossed!
 

Return_Ace

Hall of Fame
I'm assuming there will be matching bags for the new Radicals, has anyone seen them? I'm expecting lots of neon orange, but I'm still curious haha
Yeah, same Orange as the racket.

Looks like the same layout as the current 369 Radical bags as opposed to the Gravity style ones.
 

Chezbeeno

Professional
Yeah, same Orange as the racket.

Looks like the same layout as the current 369 Radical bags as opposed to the Gravity style ones.
Are they similar to the existing ones where they have orange accents but mostly a different color? Or are they mostly the neon orange?
 

Tennis_Hands

Bionic Poster
This is how it looks like:


The Radical line is not for such a tame colour scheme (and neither is the Extreme line)!

I much prefer some of my older Radical bag/cover designs, starting from the very old light blue, neon, black combination like so:



and ending up like so:



:cool:
 

Doublebounce

Professional
How’s the power level of the MP for those who have tried it? Comparative to the last one or even similar models from other brands like the TF TFight RS300
 

Doublebounce

Professional
Can anyone comment on the power level of the MP? Have heard conflicting things on early reviews, trying to get an idea compared
to similar offerings on the market
 

Lorenn

Semi-Pro
Can anyone comment on the power level of the MP? Have heard conflicting things on early reviews, trying to get an idea compared
to similar offerings on the market
What are we comparing it to?

Radical Pro < Radical MP
Gravity MP =< Radical MP
Radical MP < Speed MP
Speed MP =< Extreme MP
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
Anyone hit with and able to compare the Extreme Tour and Rad MP?
I hit with both of the 360+ versions at a demo day. here is my post from that experience

spent some more time with the MP this past weekend. I think the strings might have been dead. Hope to try out the Pro...but I am thinking the MP is pretty nice. I also got to hit with the Extreme Tour. Felt very solid at the net. Ground strokes it felt a bit tinny/hollow but still decent enough to consider an extended demo. Lets see...
sorry it isn't much info but i probably had it in my hands for 10 minutes for live ball
 

Chezbeeno

Professional
I hit with both of the 360+ versions at a demo day. here is my post from that experience



sorry it isn't much info but i probably had it in my hands for 10 minutes for live ball
I appreciate it! I've hit with the MP enough to know that I would like to have one, but I haven't had a chance to hit with the the ET. Really I'm most curious how the maneuverability and stability compare - based on specs the ET should be quite a bit more maneuverable, but I wonder how much of a trade off there is in stability.
Did you get the tinny/hollow feel from the MP from the baseline?
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
I appreciate it! I've hit with the MP enough to know that I would like to have one, but I haven't had a chance to hit with the the ET. Really I'm most curious how the maneuverability and stability compare - based on specs the ET should be quite a bit more maneuverable, but I wonder how much of a trade off there is in stability.
Did you get the tinny/hollow feel from the MP from the baseline?
not so much tinny/hollow feel from the RadMP.
 

bluejay205

New User
As odd as it is to draw comparisons between these two, but I tried out the MP today and found that it was what I was looking for in the Babolat Pure Drive 2020 ( which I purchased after the first two days but gave up on a week later, a typical pattern that I'm hoping to break out of with this iteration). I love the control of the radical line and the playability but found the previous versions were lacking in power. I thought that this upgrade with the slight increase in weight provided just what I wanted. I agree with an earlier post that the serves were great, after an hour or so I found myself dialing in on the forehand but took a while longer on the backhand side which is fair as I need to work on my technique on that side much more. I agree with the comments about the stability. I noticed this especially the first couple of swings warming up with mini-tennis and occasionally the first set but I got used to this and will consider adding a bit of take at 3 and 9 mid-way through the demo.

I look forward to trying the Pro version. My previous experience with the pro-XT was that I was able to comfortably hit out with my backhand with the added weight and the serves where much more consistent. The only problem I had with that version was the stiffness and shoulder issues that is caused but after this playtest with the MP I'm feeling optimistic. I'm actually pleasantly surprised by the soft and responsive strings it came strung with - Head Lynx but wonder how it would play with my default choice of NRG2 in a control oriented frame like this.

Overall, I'm excited to play with this and am glad to see Head's marketing team doing a great job with the pre-release tease and allowing tennis warehouse to provide this demo opportunity prior to the release. I'm still not a fan of the color though....I kid you not, I told my friend earlier today before our match that I was demoing yet another racquet. Pulled it out of the bag and he laughed. Another friend thought it was cool because it was "different," but I'm counting on Head to pay attention to the majority of the positive feedback about the more muted grey color scheme and disappointment in that neon/orange type color to hopefully release a limited edition version in the near future after exhausting the stock that have already been painted.
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
They are very different. The ET is much closer to the Radical Pro.
the MP feels softer, more powerful, larger SS,
The ET is a precise tool, great feedback, low power.
Very interesting. I really like the ET, esp as a «better» PS, but it does lack the pop it feels like it should have had, if that makes sense. If the new Rad MP bridges that gap, i’m prob getting one :)

have you tried the new VCore line?
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Very interesting. I really like the ET, esp as a «better» PS, but it does lack the pop it feels like it should have had, if that makes sense. If the new Rad MP bridges that gap, i’m prob getting one :)

have you tried the new VCore line?
I have not tried the Yonex rackets in a while
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
Get the 27" and cut to a 26". or prior to cutting, let her play with the standard length for a little bit.
This is actually not a bad idea. If the cut is done cleanly, the removed segment of hairpin can be retained and re-joined later on with epoxy and staples. Since HEAD uses a pallet handle system, this is relatively easy to do and the re-joined hairpin should play much the same despite the join under the pallet. Might need to end up with a slightly larger grip size to accommodate the join.

The one minor problem with cutting down a full size racquet like this is that a 26” hairpin made this way will be relatively stiffer than when it was the full length 27”. Not necessarily an issue, but something to bear in mind. Most 26” junior racquets are less stiff than their 27” adult version.
 

esm

Hall of Fame
If AA is wielding that thing I am buying. AA had pizzazz.
oh yeah- gotta love AA. He was my “2nd poster” during my teenage years, along side a red Porsche 911 Slant Nose (my first poster..lol)
Sorry for my ignorance for this new release, will there be an OS/107 version for this? It’d look nice next to the salmon/grey Pro One OS and the Hot Lava shoe :love:
 

Bronc10is

Rookie
oh yeah- gotta love AA. He was my “2nd poster” during my teenage years, along side a red Porsche 911 Slant Nose (my first poster..lol)
Sorry for my ignorance for this new release, will there be an OS/107 version for this? It’d look nice next to the salmon/grey Pro One OS and the Hot Lava shoe :love:
I remember using the bumble bee yellow Radical and wearing the Script A Nike Agassi shirt for my school pictures! It's a shame that young Americans don't have stars to look up to like we did with Agassi, Sampras, Michael Chang, Jim Courier.
 
I remember using the bumble bee yellow Radical and wearing the Script A Nike Agassi shirt for my school pictures! It's a shame that young Americans don't have stars to look up to like we did with Agassi, Sampras, Michael Chang, Jim Courier.
A friend of mine is David Wheaton. Some of you may remember him. He grew up playing with those guys. David is very humble guy (if you didn’t know his background, then you’d never even know he played tennis, let alone got to 12 in the world). I remember him telling me how in their junior days none of them even worried about playing Pete. They all thought his coach ruined his game by convincing him to move to a one-handed backhand....ha ha ha. Also, the guy they all hands down were awestruck by was Al Parker. If you don’t know who Al is Google him as there is a great story about his career.
 

Bronc10is

Rookie
A friend of mine is David Wheaton. Some of you may remember him. He grew up playing with those guys. David is very humble guy (if you didn’t know his background, then you’d never even know he played tennis, let alone got to 12 in the world). I remember him telling me how in their junior days none of them even worried about playing Pete. They all thought his coach ruined his game by convincing him to move to a one-handed backhand....ha ha ha. Also, the guy they all hands down were awestruck by was Al Parker. If you don’t know who Am is Google him as there is a great story about his career.
very cool! those sorts of stories are always fascinating, which youth stars put it together at the pro level - which didnt and why they didnt.
 

esm

Hall of Fame
A friend of mine is David Wheaton. Some of you may remember him. He grew up playing with those guys. David is very humble guy (if you didn’t know his background, then you’d never even know he played tennis, let alone got to 12 in the world). I remember him telling me how in their junior days none of them even worried about playing Pete. They all thought his coach ruined his game by convincing him to move to a one-handed backhand....ha ha ha. Also, the guy they all hands down were awestruck by was Al Parker. If you don’t know who Al is Google him as there is a great story about his career.
Yes, I am old enough to remember David Wheaton. Enjoyed his game from back in the days. What is he up to theses days?
 
very cool! those sorts of stories are always fascinating, which youth stars put it together at the pro level - which didnt and why they didnt.
Yeah, David is one age group ahead of me. In my junior tennis days I’d see him at the first two tournaments of year and then you wouldn’t see him the rest of the year as he’d be playing the national tournaments or be at Bolletieri’s. Chris Garner was another junior who was dominant in that same group, but for whatever reason did nothing as a pro.
 
By the way one time at sectionals Jeff Tarango was staying with the Wheaton’s and the the two of them played doubles. This was when they were in their older year of 16 and under. Needless to say they didn’t lose one game the entire tournament...ha ha ha. I never got to play David, but was one match away a couple of times. I remember we use to keep track of who had won the most points off of him as no one ever took games off him (keep in mind the Northern USTA section isn’t exactly CA, FL or TX).
 

esm

Hall of Fame
David is very fired up about his faith in Christ. He’s written a few books and does a lot of public speaking types of things. Also, I know he’s now married with at least one child. There whole family are extremely nice people.
Yes - I recall reading that a while ago, I think it was on one of the threads here at TT.
I remember he used to play with the green grommet PC600 (I think...)
 
Yes - I recall reading that a while ago, I think it was on one of the threads here at TT.
I remember he used to play with the green grommet PC600 (I think...)
Good memory. Yeah in 1991 when he was rocking the Stars and Stripes headband that was the frame he was using. I know that at least up to a few years ago he still had some of them.
 
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Chezbeeno

Professional
They are very different. The ET is much closer to the Radical Pro.
the MP feels softer, more powerful, larger SS,
The ET is a precise tool, great feedback, low power.
It seems odd that an Extreme would ever be more precise and lower powered than a Radical, but that's good to know. I think I'm leaning toward the Radical, I just wish TW would let you demo multiple Head frames for free, not just the Rad lol
 

topspn

Legend
Hit with a buddy this morning who has the new Rad MP, the prototype PJ. He added a leather grip, weight under the butt cap and head. He said it was 340g and 6HL. I played it for around an hour including a practice set. Gotta say, this is one really good frame and i enjoyed my hit very much. Love that more controlled center of the string bed and indeed power/control balance was pretty good. It was strung with ultra cable 53/52lbs.
 
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