Head G360+ Radical Pro 2021

time_fly

Hall of Fame
I played a friendly set against a kid who was half my age and twice my speed with the Rad Pro tonight. I found it really easy to mix up my shots between flatter drives and heavier spin. Both my first and second serves were effective. Feel was excellent. I won the first set 6-3. Then I switched to the Pure Drive Tour for the second set. At first I had trouble getting dialed in due to the mid-match switch, and I fell behind. I felt like the PDT didn't have nearly as much feel and grip on the ball as the Radical, and my spin was much less effective. However, the strength of the frame was evident on flatter drives. I thought the Rad Pro hit a solid shot but the PDT was on the next level. I hit several outright winners from behind the baseline against him, something I rarely do when playing a young fast guy. I was jokingly calling it the Babolat "Only Drive" because it was the only good shot I could hit with it. My attempts at finesse and touch were laughable. We ran out of time at 3-3. Tough decision which one would serve me better in the long run.
 
Has anyone gotten a chance to experiment with what string works best in this racquet? I've had hawk 16 in mine. I really enjoy head hawk for its control and comfort but thinking something a little more lively feeling like alu power would feel even better..
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
Has anyone gotten a chance to experiment with what string works best in this racquet? I've had hawk 16 in mine. I really enjoy head hawk for its control and comfort but thinking something a little more lively feeling like alu power would feel even better..
The MP and Pro that I’ve demoed from TW have both been strung with Head Lynx Tour and it has worked very well. I am a shaped poly user already, so it probably also suits my preferences.
 

GermanBeast

New User
Could anybody compare the new 360+ radical pro with the Volkl C10 (the newer ones since 2015) ?
I know its kind of hard to compare these two, but I am really interested in a comparison of power, spin and feel. Maneuverabilty should be on the side of the radical pro and stability on the side of the C10, I think.

thanks in advance.
 

TennisManiac

Hall of Fame
This is hands down the most promising frame on the market right now imo. Does anyone know where in the hoop Head is placing most of the weight? Is the new Rad Pro polarized or depolarized?
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
-this h.rad.PRO version is solid (y) (y)
-nice update by HEAD IMO,
-ill try the MP version next
-i would say this is a good 4.0 (with no/little timing issues) and above racquet
-so far ive hit with the new rad.PRO with FB poly (17g h.sonic.pro 49/47lbs),,
-it felt like i was hitting a heavy ball!!
-blocking returns were solid, when contacting the ball out front
-no ball control issues that stood out
-ball seemed to go where i was aiming
-at volleys, i tried to feel any wable!?!,, no wable, solid!!
-the 1HBH felt a bit sluggish, but thats the 98" and/or timing on my part
-playing longer with this stick would solve the timing issue
-i swung at several swinging volleys/drives,, no issues, the mass told the ball where to go
-serves felt a bit sluggish also, but thats to be expected from a 98" and solid/heavy frame
-this is the weight class of the w.RF and the heavier prestiges imo
-imo, this racquet will enhance "good technique" and expose "poor technique"!!
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
This is hands down the most promising frame on the market right now imo. Does anyone know where in the hoop Head is placing most of the weight? Is the new Rad Pro polarized or depolarized?
My feeling is that the mass in the head is concentrated near the tip. The head has some distinct mass to it, but the twist weight is low and the racquet feels maneuverable in contrast to, say, the Yonex EZONE 98 Tour.
 

DJTaurus

Hall of Fame
Radical Pro has good feel but it was very difficult to handle. You need full swing to generate power and step into the ball. It lags even on serve and sweet spot is small. Even gravity tour/prestige mp which are another advanced sticks to play with were far more easier overall. Don’t get the hype about feel it was just ok for a modern stick sth between soft and crisp. Previous Radical MP was miles better in every category..... haven’t played previous pro. Next I am gonna try Radical MP.
 

TennisManiac

Hall of Fame
Radical Pro has good feel but it was very difficult to handle. You need full swing to generate power and step into the ball. It lags even on serve and sweet spot is small. Even gravity tour/prestige mp which are another advanced sticks to play with were far more easier overall. Don’t get the hype about feel it was just ok for a modern stick sth between soft and crisp. Previous Radical MP was miles better in every category..... haven’t played previous pro. Next I am gonna try Radical MP.
This has been the first negative review I've read anywhere. Can you describe your playing style and share with us your NTRP rating if you have one? I'm curious as to why you feel the way you do. The Prestige MP and Radical MP offer less plow, stability and power. There's no debate there.
 
Radical Pro has good feel but it was very difficult to handle. You need full swing to generate power and step into the ball. It lags even on serve and sweet spot is small. Even gravity tour/prestige mp which are another advanced sticks to play with were far more easier overall. Don’t get the hype about feel it was just ok for a modern stick sth between soft and crisp. Previous Radical MP was miles better in every category..... haven’t played previous pro. Next I am gonna try Radical MP.
Did you get specs, rdc? Own strings and weight / balance preference?
You love yonex of late so their sweetspot is big..
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
I actually agree with @DJTaurus about the Rad pro having a small sweet spot. I liked the feel but you do need to swing full to get the most from this frame. Could be the demo strings/tension though as well. I only tried the previous Rad MP and that frame is terrible for me, harsh/brassy.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
I actually agree with @DJTaurus about the Rad pro having a small sweet spot. I liked the feel but you do need to swing full to get the most from this frame. Could be the demo strings/tension though as well. I only tried the previous Rad MP and that frame is terrible for me, harsh/brassy.
I would second that opinion. The only thing that made his review "negative" was that he said that it's too difficult to handle, and that the previous generation was better. I disagree with those statements. But saying that the sweet spot isn't as large as some competitors' designs and that full swings are needed for power are completely fair comments. You definitely need to prioritize maneuverability and versatility over stability and free power to enjoy this racquet.
 
Yes, i agree that the selling point on this racquet is its IMPROVED stability and versatility. It swings light enough and has enough free power to play good defense and the stability and control is good enough to dictate inside the court. Some racquets in this weight range, i feel like i HAVE to keep my foot on the gas or I'm toast. I felt comfortable doing everything. Sweet spot being small? meh, I didn't notice that it was much smaller than other 98 inch racquets. Maybe i just need to have an "off" day...
 

Mischko

New User
only played once today, freshly strung with lynx tour 1.25 natural colour, grey demo racquet, hard court, 2.5h, against a junior competitor
1. rock solid and stable, surprisingly so, comparable only to RF97A. wonderful weight and stiffness distribution.
2. for pro players, very demanding, asks for long as fast as you can swings
3. fantastic for serving, precise and stable
4. slightly smaller sweet spot and lower launch angle, I didn't like either, but will try more, maybe I just need to adapt
5. has zero similarity to 360+ prestige pro or mp, speed mp or pro, or gravity pro. no plush anything here, just stable. by far most comparable to RF97A but with narrower string pattern.
 
only played once today, freshly strung with lynx tour 1.25 natural colour, grey demo racquet, hard court, 2.5h, against a junior competitor
1. rock solid and stable, surprisingly so, comparable only to RF97A. wonderful weight and stiffness distribution.
2. for pro players, very demanding, asks for long as fast as you can swings
3. fantastic for serving, precise and stable
4. slightly smaller sweet spot and lower launch angle, I didn't like either, but will try more, maybe I just need to adapt
5. has zero similarity to 360+ prestige pro or mp, speed mp or pro, or gravity pro. no plush anything here, just stable. by far most comparable to RF97A but with narrower string pattern.
I disagree, I thought it felt pretty similar to that prestige pro. The gravity's and speeds do feel much softer. The swingweight of the RF97 was waayyyy too high for me. From a stiffness perspective, i see the similarities. but not the maneuverability.
 

Dansan

Rookie
My radical pro arrives today, I'll string it up and hit with it as soon as I recover from this 2nd dose of Moderna. I'm wondering if maybe it's string sensitive or tension sensitive accounting for some mixed reviews. I know my TC95 is like that
 

Mischko

New User
yes, I should have expressed myself better. that 5th line was about the feel, I only wanted to say that there's no plush 'plop' like with other frames in the 360+ generation. new radical pro's maneuvrability is very comparable with prestige pro and mp, and yes, RF97A is slower to move, but also provides a heavier deeper ball. in other words, I meant to say that new radical pro has the feel and stability comparable to RF97A.
 

TennisManiac

Hall of Fame
only played once today, freshly strung with lynx tour 1.25 natural colour, grey demo racquet, hard court, 2.5h, against a junior competitor
1. rock solid and stable, surprisingly so, comparable only to RF97A. wonderful weight and stiffness distribution.
2. for pro players, very demanding, asks for long as fast as you can swings
3. fantastic for serving, precise and stable
4. slightly smaller sweet spot and lower launch angle, I didn't like either, but will try more, maybe I just need to adapt
5. has zero similarity to 360+ prestige pro or mp, speed mp or pro, or gravity pro. no plush anything here, just stable. by far most comparable to RF97A but with narrower string pattern.
Nice review (y)
 

Dansan

Rookie
Fever broke last night and this morning got up and strung the Radical Pro with a full bed of luxilon element @52/50lbs, went out for a hitting session. Soft round poly supposedly similar to something like YPTP which I play with often in my ezone 98. Overall feel/quality/mold/paint and grip are all really good. Fit and finish just feels solidly built. I like the way it looks much more in person. Strung up with OG and dampener its 336g. Feels light and swings fast....i was expecting something more cumbersome and heavy.

It took me a moment to get use to the balance and speed of this frame compared to playing with my TC95 and even my modded ezone 98. The biggest takeaways I have at the moment: It's has less free power than I expected. It feels lighter and faster than I expected. Sweet spot is smaller than expected. Spin is less than expected. Control is very high ....I was not expecting that for a 16x19 98 inch frame. It is very dead with regards to power. I had to swing out much more than I do with either the TC95, ezone 98, or my GF's V7 Blade. Launch angle is low for a 16x19. It hits penetrating lasers. Balls don't go as deep as the TC95 or ezone. The biggest adjustments were the small sweet spot and the low power. Once I got use to it, I was hitting some heavy balls (when I wanted) with control that my partner could not return. Your power comes from unit turn/kinetic chain/good technique and not the frame itself with the radical pro. It's not nearly as cumbersome as something like an RF or even my TC95 that weighs around 350ish grams. You have to be confident with your stroke and let it rip. When you do, it rewards. Makes a really nice loud boom too...it almost sounded like I was hitting indoors. Serves were great other than the occasional time I'd hit outside the sweet spot and it would kill some of the pace.

My partner told me she thought I was playing very well with it....I think because I was hitting a controlled consistent rally with less errant balls. So the big strength of this frame is control that gives you the ability to take big cuts and be rewarded. Less free power, it's all about technique.

Some of this review I think is also due to the string I was using...I've never played with element before, but I'm intrigued enough to try not just one but several different string combos to see if that changes things with the pop and sweet spot. I also really really want to try adding just a small amount of lead at 3/9 to see if that helps. It could be a weapon with a little lead.


Power: TC95 > Ezone 98/V7 Blade > Radical Pro
Spin: TC95> Ezone 98 > V7 Blade > Radical Pro
Control: Radical Pro >> V7 Blade > TC95/V7 Blade
Feel: TC95/Radical Pro > V7 Blade/Ezone 98
Comfort: TC95/V7 Blade > Radical Pro > Ezone 98
Sweet Spot: TC95/Ezone98> V7 Blade > Radical Pro

Less categories came out on top for the Radical Pro, but I kept going back for it in my bag. I'm keeping this frame there's something about it I can't nail down yet.
 
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time_fly

Hall of Fame
Are you sure there's less power than an umodified v7 Blade? Unfortunately I sold my Blades a while ago so I can't compare side by side, but my impression is that the Radical is a bit more powerful. Maybe they are pretty close. The Radical Pro is definitely more powerful than control-oriented competitors like the CX 200, Yonex VCore Pro 97 310 or HD, Phantom 97, PS 97, etc. I would put it in the neighborhood of the Pure Strike 98 and Vcore 98, with a bit more of the power coming from the weight rather than a lively head. The only EZone I've played lately has been the 98 Tour, so I can't compare the power level to the non-Tour version. I thought the EZone 98 Tour was softer and more forgiving, maybe slightly more powerful but so close it's hard to say just from memory, and certainly much harder to maneuver.
 

TennisManiac

Hall of Fame
Something to think about when reading reviews for the Radical Pro is that a lot of people on here are comparing it to "tweener" frames... which is kind of pointless. And their opinions in regards to the way it plays are of it in stock form. Add a 6 gram overgrip and 4 to 6 grams to the hoop at either 12o'clock or 3 and 9 and "then" tell us how it plays. ;)
 

Dansan

Rookie
Are you sure there's less power than an umodified v7 Blade? Unfortunately I sold my Blades a while ago so I can't compare side by side, but my impression is that the Radical is a bit more powerful. Maybe they are pretty close. The Radical Pro is definitely more powerful than control-oriented competitors like the CX 200, Yonex VCore Pro 97 310 or HD, Phantom 97, PS 97, etc. I would put it in the neighborhood of the Pure Strike 98 and Vcore 98, with a bit more of the power coming from the weight rather than a lively head. The only EZone I've played lately has been the 98 Tour, so I can't compare the power level to the non-Tour version. I thought the EZone 98 Tour was softer and more forgiving, maybe slightly more powerful but so close it's hard to say just from memory, and certainly much harder to maneuver.
MY GF's 18x20 V7 blade has a leather grip and natural gut/poly hybrid - so the comparison may not be exactly fair due to the string weight/power of NG and extra weight of the leather grip. I'd like to make a few small changes: a small amount of lead at 3/9 and a different string setup. There's a lot of potential with the radical pro and some minor tweaking of string and weight might be the trick for me.
 

Mischko

New User
Yes, natural gut gives quite a bit of zip, especially in mains, even if it doesn't seem so. Tweaks the launch angle as well. That is actually a combo that I plan to put onto Radical Pro next week, Isospeed Grey Fire 1.25 and Head Hawk Touch 1.25 as well
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
Yes, natural gut gives quite a bit of zip, especially in mains, even if it doesn't seem so. Tweaks the launch angle as well. That is actually a combo that I plan to put onto Radical Pro next week, Isospeed Grey Fire 1.25 and Head Hawk Touch 1.25 as well
For that matter, I think the Radical Pro is low-powered enough to use a more powerful string setup if desired. I felt with a full bed of Lynx Tour I am getting a ton of spin and decent power. I could imagine going to a setup with more pop and a little less grip.
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
Something to think about when reading reviews for the Radical Pro is that a lot of people on here are comparing it to "tweener" frames... which is kind of pointless. And their opinions in regards to the way it plays are of it in stock form. Add a 6 gram overgrip and 4 to 6 grams to the hoop at either 12o'clock or 3 and 9 and "then" tell us how it plays. ;)
Are you saying that HEAD engineers didn’t quite design it right and the stock form is short of weight?
 

pointbreak

New User
I play IG and I love the new one, def more power and spin for my strokes, BHslice I prefer IG Pro still but lets see further down the road,
the IG is such a sweet frame but I believe I could play better with the 360plus
 

Dansan

Rookie
Opened the buttcap door of the Radical pro and was going to inject a small amount of medium body polyvinyl siloxane (an addition silicone) into the apical 1/3 of handle. Thought it was empty in there, but looking down with a flashlight I found two materials or objects molded to the interior of the handle on each side. Looks to either be some kind of dampener or possibly weight added. Any ideas of what it could be?
 
My first match under my belt with this stick. 6-2,6-2 good guys. She held up. REAL sturdy. One of my favorite racquets of the past 5 years. I will say that if you have a modern, topspin game then this might not be the best option. The ball comes off the racquet in a more traditional, flatter way. I have flatter stroke planes so I love the predictability. Whatever you give it, she'll take. Topspin is there if you use the right technique. My favorite shot is probably the return. So solid. Great at redirecting pace. If i had one complain then its probably the lack of easy power on serve. You really have to go after it with racquet head speed. If you do then you are rewarded with plenty of power, pace, and spin. But nothing comes free there. I had a few zverev-esque double faults because of being tentative. I purposely got three of them with lower swing weights because i value the maneuverability when defending. right around 321-322. Maybe something a little higher would help on serve. Overall, a wonderful racquet and I'm excited about dialing in the right string. Head hawk white is a little too muted for this racquet. Going to try Alu Power next and I have a feeling that will be perfect!
 

Howard H

Rookie
Opened the buttcap door of the Radical pro and was going to inject a small amount of medium body polyvinyl siloxane (an addition silicone) into the apical 1/3 of handle. Thought it was empty in there, but looking down with a flashlight I found two materials or objects molded to the interior of the handle on each side. Looks to either be some kind of dampener or possibly weight added. Any ideas of what it could be?
It is a steel weight, which every retail racquet has inside the handle area.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
My first match under my belt with this stick. 6-2,6-2 good guys. She held up. REAL sturdy. One of my favorite racquets of the past 5 years. I will say that if you have a modern, topspin game then this might not be the best option. The ball comes off the racquet in a more traditional, flatter way. I have flatter stroke planes so I love the predictability. Whatever you give it, she'll take. Topspin is there if you use the right technique.
My forehand is semi-western and I hit with a lot of topspin. The Radical Pro is one of the more spin-friendly 98s I've tried recently, at least when strung with a spin poly like Lynx Tour like my demos have been. My hitting partners have commented on how I'm getting more spin off this frame than some of the other demos I've tried. It is truly a versatile racquet.
 
My forehand is semi-western and I hit with a lot of topspin. The Radical Pro is one of the more spin-friendly 98s I've tried recently, at least when strung with a spin poly like Lynx Tour like my demos have been. My hitting partners have commented on how I'm getting more spin off this frame than some of the other demos I've tried. It is truly a versatile racquet.
I need to try lynx tour. I’ve been on a round poly phase the past few months. It takes too much racquet head speed to get the rpms out of head hawk. I have it in my head that Alu power could be the answer . Tried ice code today. Decent string but prefer Hawk.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
It seems like so far, everyone has played this racquet with full poly (including my demo). Anyone tried a hybrid? Since this frame is so versatile I imagine it can also be tuned a lot of different ways with strings.
 
It seems like so far, everyone has played this racquet with full poly (including my demo). Anyone tried a hybrid? Since this frame is so versatile I imagine it can also be tuned a lot of different ways with strings.
I tried GW/X1 and hated it. Lasted about 1 hour, had no spin, felt stiff… (Didn't want to try Gut/Poly straight away). Now I'm trying Element and loving it
 
I have tried hybrids in a few of the other 360+ racquets (Instinct,prestige pro, extreme mp) and havent liked it. They just felt too soft and I lose a lot of spin and torque on the ball. Head Hawk is still the leader in the clubhouse. Lynx Tour felt ok but same issues i have with other shaped strings. Just lose that "direct" feel when playing points and counterpunching. Feels great when feet are set and rallying but just not for me. Trying Alu Power tomorrow if the weather holds up...
 
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