Head Gravity MP vs. Radical MP?

Dasol

Rookie
Hi,

I wonder if any of you have tried both Gravity MP and Radical MP 2021.
I am interested in these two frames, and last week I had a chance to hit with Radical MP. (I am currently using Pure Strike 16x19 2nd gen.)

Radical MP 2021 was strung with Head Lynx Tour and it felt springy to me. Power level seemed to be almost identical with my PS, but Radical MP felt a little lighter and produced more spin. Radical MP was relatively easy to play with and I liked it. It is a 98 inch frame, but because of its shape, it looked a little bigger than my PS, which is also a 98 inch one.

Is Gravity MP very different from both Radical MP and PS? I tested it last year but cannot remember how it felt!:)
If you have played with the Gravity MP and Radical MP 2021 and can compare the two, please share your thought and I would appreciate it!
 

Dasol

Rookie
I will be demoing the Gravity MP next week and will try to compare these two.
The Radical MP that I demoed felt a little sluggish to me, and the head size seems almost 100 to me rather than 98.
It has a great power potential, but what I am looking for now is a frame with less power and lighter than my PS 16X19.

If anyone has experience with the Gravity MP, please share it with me!
 

kingnike12

New User
gravity mp has better feel more like the old school head racquets but not as much pop as the radical mp. radical mp a slightly more stiffer and has a 16x19 pattern whereas the gravity mp is 16x20. I personally love and play with the gravity mp because it feels the most similar to the old school prestige racquets I grew up playing with but if you like the more powerful stiffer racquets like the PS, the radical will probably suit you better
 

Dasol

Rookie
gravity mp has better feel more like the old school head racquets but not as much pop as the radical mp. radical mp a slightly more stiffer and has a 16x19 pattern whereas the gravity mp is 16x20. I personally love and play with the gravity mp because it feels the most similar to the old school prestige racquets I grew up playing with but if you like the more powerful stiffer racquets like the PS, the radical will probably suit you better
Thank you so much for your feedback!

I also love the old school feel and I am excited to test the Gravity MP this week!
I have not played extensively with the old Radicals, but the new one feels powerful and a little stiffer than I like.
I will report how the Gravity MP feels this week.

Thanks!
 

La Pavoni

Rookie
I've not hit with a Radical for aeons. I do have a Gravity MP that I use for doubles and some hitting when I feel as though my Gravity Pros are a bit much though. I really like it. Solid, arm friendly and pretty precise (the Pro is definitely a step up in this regard).
On the last stringing I put in some 16 gauge Tour Bite. The extra 5-6g over what I would normally put in there definitely made a positive improvement. I still felt as though I had plenty of access to spin though. I'll see what it's like as the string starts to wear.
 

Dasol

Rookie
I've not hit with a Radical for aeons. I do have a Gravity MP that I use for doubles and some hitting when I feel as though my Gravity Pros are a bit much though. I really like it. Solid, arm friendly and pretty precise (the Pro is definitely a step up in this regard).
On the last stringing I put in some 16 gauge Tour Bite. The extra 5-6g over what I would normally put in there definitely made a positive improvement. I still felt as though I had plenty of access to spin though. I'll see what it's like as the string starts to wear.
Thank you for sharing your thought!

My demo of the Gravity MP arrived today and I plan to hit with it Thursday. I believe it is strung with Head Lynx Tour.
I personally think Lynx Tour is a little too springy (it is not so powerful, but the feel is maybe too bouncy?), so can you suggest a good string set up for the Gravity MP?
 

La Pavoni

Rookie
Thank you for sharing your thought!

My demo of the Gravity MP arrived today and I plan to hit with it Thursday. I believe it is strung with Head Lynx Tour.
I personally think Lynx Tour is a little too springy (it is not so powerful, but the feel is maybe too bouncy?), so can you suggest a good string set up for the Gravity MP?
I'm sure other people will come in with more. Normally I string my Pros with a hybrid of a couple of arm friendly polys (at the moment I have FireWire boost in one and Polytour Air in the other). As I got the MP to only hit with as something similar but less demanding (I use it when hitting with my daughter and social doubles) I've strung it so far with things that will hopefully give me a decent lifespan in it. Because of lockdown that means I've only strung it twice. Once with Isospeed pro (which I liked, played great for 10 hours (even with 3 months of being sat in the bag), then started locking up and then snapped soon after. The Tourbite has only had 3 hours on it so far and is playing nicely. Next time I do a string order I'll probably get something else in a 16 gauge to try with it, probably a softer poly.

My racquet came in slightly under spec. It has a leather grip on it and comes in at approaching 330g with strings, overgrip and dampener.
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
This is my experience from comparative playtesting of the HEAD 360+ Gravity MP (my son's) vs 360+ Radical MP (pro shop demo). 8 hours total - 5hrs rallies and drills; 3hrs of sets. Playstyle - attacking all-court (evolved from 1980s S&V as grasscourts disappeared); single-handed backhand; likes to finish points at net. Played with Prestige Tour 600 for 20+ years before switching to Gravity Tour last year. Current spec preference - 340g/BP32.7cm(5HL)/SW340.

Disclaimer: this is my own experience, YMMV! I will start of by saying that both are great racquets and I would happily play either in recreational and match play.

Specs (a very pleasant coincidence of being pretty close!):
Gravity MP - 324g / BP 33.3cm / SW 330 (includes +8g for OG and Dampener and +5g BluTack under buttcap. Came in a bit head heavy, hence the overspec SW). 100sq inch; 16x20 with 6 mains in throat. Relatively open pattern.
Radical MP - 326g / BP 33cm / SW 329 (includes +8g for OG and Dampener). 98sq inch; 16x19 with 8 mains in throat. The string spacing is noticeably closer in the Radical MP. Comparative photos of stringbeds previously posted here.
- Both freshly strung with Head Lynx Tour 1.25 at 51lbs.

Feel: (This is a little long, but I can't help it when it comes to HEAD racquets!).

Gravity MP - plush and very comfortable on the arm; feels every bit its RA of 62. Generous sweet spot, slightly above centre location as per the egg-shaped hoop. The racquet flexes in uniform manner from throat to hoop typical of traditional constant beam designs (22mm on this stick). Good pocketing. If you like the feel of classic HEAD racquets, this is not quite there but as close as one can get in a 11.5oz tweener. Slight flutter in the upper hoop when impact is off-centre high; still good power. Notable dead areas in the lower hoop on either side of the mid-axis corresponding with where the egg-shaped hoop is narrower. Don't make contact here, the ball will head straight to the bottom of the net!

Radical MP - crisp/firm but comfortable, feels as expected for RA of 65. Smaller sweet spot but still a good size; more centred in keeping with the slightly rectangular shaped hoop. The racquet flexes mostly at the throat than the hoop which is exceptionally stable. Fabulous pocketing; almost feels like a catcher's mitt on ball impact! Consistent stringbed response with hardly any hoop flutter. I think HEAD has done a remarkable job with the hoop design of the Radical MP. It's a very well refined variable beam 20/23/21mm. Overall, this is nowhere near as plush as the Gravity MP, but many will likely favour the more raw, direct and connected feel of the Radical MP.

Cosmetics: I'm probably not the right person to ask, being in my 5th decade! The Gravity MP flip cosmetics looks odd to me, but at least it's mostly a non-distracting satin black. The Radical MP could be used as an airport runway signalling paddle. Paint quality is top notch and can take a beating - great job HEAD! Beam thickness is a relatively svelte 22mm on the Gravity MP and with it's relatively narrow near box-beam cross section, feels great in the left hand for someone who uses a SHBH. The Radical MP has a more prominent triangular beam cross section. It's a little clunky in the left hand; but I'm a narrow box-beam guy.

Maneueverability: Both racquets can be whipped around with speed and ease as expected for 11.5oz weight. Gravity MP is 100sq inches, but doesn't feel or look noticeably larger than the Radical MP.

Groundies:

Gravity MP - higher launch angle with very easy access to topspin. Plays better with a spin-focused (windshield wiper) stroke than a flatter technique. Hits a great banana FH on the run. Not as precise when going for the lines. Best for players who hit slightly above centre. If you tend to hit low in the hoop, the stringbed can be inconsistent in response. BH slices are average and tend to float; but it's my worst shot. Ironic given that my BH top/drive are my strongest shots! Generous power level (actually, too much for me. But I normally use heavier, more controlled racquets).

Radical MP - lower launch angle with excellent controlled trajectory. Good spin potential but played best for me with a flatter stroke technique. Precise when aiming for the lines for winners, the 8-throat mains advantage is clearly felt on these shots. Encourages an attacking game style. Deadly on slice BHs - I hit some of my best with this stick and I'm typically mediocre with slices. Consistent stringbed performance and will suit just about anyone. Bags of free power (in reality, excessive for me and I had to consciously reign in my strokes somewhat). However, the ball sails less often than with the Gravity MP. Score one for HEAD's "Control Pattern" stringbed.

Volleys: No contest, the Radical MP is superior due to the combination of the closer string spacing and highly stable hoop. Anything above net height is a direct, precise knife-down. Shoe-lace pick-ups are easier to keep low and controlled over the net.

Serves: Slices and flats are better with the Radical MP; kickers are better with the Gravity MP. Easier to crank the big ones with the Radical MP due to more free power. However, there's a lot going for the Gravity MP when it comes to the second serve kickers.

Returns: Radical MP is more stable against heavy serves. Gravity MP has a touch of hoop flutter against big serves, but the softer flex and more spinny stringbed makes it easier to hit angled, diving returns against a net-charging opponent.

Touch shots: Drops and short angle off-paced shots are easier with the Gravity MP. The soft feel is a big advantage with such shots.

Overall:
As said at the start of my review, both are great racquets and I would happily use either (with some weight additions to get them into my preferred heavier spec range). I would also have liked to try the Radical Pro as part of this comparative playtest, but UK Covid lockdown put an end to that hope.

I think the Radical MP will outsell the Gravity MP on account of it's greater free power, exceptionally stable hoop and more consistent stringbed. Particularly if one is coming from the direction of a Pure Aero/Drive, the Gravity MP is probably a bridge too far. However, if one is an old-school HEAD fan and likes plush sticks, the Gravity line has a lot going for it in terms of feel and traditional beam/hoop flex. Since that's where I come from, the Gravity MP is my pick. However, my sneaky suspicion is that I would probably win more matches over the long term with the Radical MP!
(If this was 1985 and I was back playing grasscourt S&V tennis, I'd take the Radical MP everytime on account of superior slice serves, slice BHs and volleys. However, this is 2021 and that type of tennis has largely disappeared.)

Given my longstanding respect and love for the HEAD brand heritage, it's great to see the course correction and much improved feel in their racquets with the 360+ lines. A BIG step in the right direction and hopefully a sign of more good stuff to come!
 
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Dasol

Rookie
This is my experience from comparative playtesting of the HEAD 360+ Gravity MP (my son's) vs 360+ Radical MP (pro shop demo). 8 hours total - 5hrs rallies and drills; 3hrs of sets. Playstyle - attacking all-court (evolved from 1980s S&V as grasscourts disappeared); single-handed backhand; likes to finish points at net. Played with Prestige Tour 600 for 20+ years before switching to Gravity Tour last year. Current spec preference - 340g/BP32.7cm(5HL)/SW340.

Disclaimer: this is my own experience, YMMV! I will start of by saying that both are great racquets and I would happily play either in recreational and match play.

Specs (a very pleasant coincidence of being pretty close!):
Gravity MP - 324g / BP 33.3cm / SW 330 (includes +8g for OG and Dampener and +5g BluTack under buttcap. Came in a bit head heavy, hence the overspec SW). 100sq inch; 16x20 with 6 mains in throat. Relatively open pattern.
Radical MP - 326g / BP 33cm / SW 329 (includes +8g for OG and Dampener). 98sq inch; 16x19 with 8 mains in throat. The string spacing is noticeably closer in the Radical MP. Comparative photos of stringbeds previously posted here.
- Both freshly strung with Head Lynx Tour 1.25 at 51lbs.

Feel: (This is a little long, but I can't help it when it comes to HEAD racquets!)

Gravity MP - plush and very comfortable on the arm; feels every bit its RA of 62. Generous sweet spot, slightly above centre location as per the egg-shaped hoop. The racquet flexes in uniform manner from throat to hoop typical of traditional constant beam designs. Good pocketing. If you like the feel of classic HEAD racquets, this is not quite there but as close as one can get in a 11.5oz tweener. Slight flutter in the upper hoop when impact is off-centre high; still good power. Notable dead areas in the lower hoop on either side of the mid-axis corresponding with where the egg-shaped hoop is narrower. Don't make contact here, the ball will head straight to the bottom of the net!

Radical MP - crisp/firm but comfortable, feels as expected for RA of 65. Smaller sweet spot but still a good size; more centred in keeping with the slightly rectangular shaped hoop. The racquet flexes mostly at the throat than the hoop which is exceptionally stable. Fabulous pocketing; almost feels like a catcher's mitt on ball impact! Consistent stringbed response with hardly any hoop flutter. I think HEAD has done a remarkable job with the hoop design of the Radical MP. Overall, this is nowhere near as plush as the Gravity MP, but many will likely favour the more raw, direct and connected feel of the Radical MP.

Maneueverability: Both racquets can be whipped around with speed and ease as expected for 11.5oz weight. Gravity MP is 100sq inches, but doesn't feel or look noticeably larger than the Radical MP.

Groundies:

Gravity MP - higher launch angle with very easy access to topspin. Plays better with a spin-focused (windshield wiper) stroke than a flatter technique. Hits a great banana FH on the run. Not as precise when going for the lines. Best for players who hit slightly above centre. If you tend to hit low in the hoop, the stringbed can be inconsistent in response. BH slices are average and tend to float; but it's my worst shot. Ironic given that my BH top/drive are my strongest shots! Generous power level (actually, too much for me. But I normally use heavier, more controlled racquets).

Radical MP - lower launch angle with excellent controlled trajectory. Good spin potential but played best for me with a flatter stroke technique. Precise when aiming for the lines for winners, the 8-throat mains advantage is clearly felt on these shots. Encourages an attacking game style. Deadly on slice BHs - I hit some of my best with this stick and I'm typically mediocre with slices. Consistent stringbed performance and will suit just about anyone. Bags of free power (in reality, excessive for me and I had to consciously reign in my strokes somewhat). However, the ball sails less often than with the Gravity MP. Score one for HEAD's "Control Pattern" stringbed.

Volleys: No contest, the Radical MP is superior due to the combination of the closer string spacing and highly stable hoop. Anything above net height is a direct, precise knife-down. Shoe-lace pick-ups are easier to keep low and controlled over the net.

Serves: Slices and flats are better with the Radical MP; kickers are better with the Gravity MP. Easier to crank the big ones with the Radical MP due to more free power. However, there's a lot going for the Gravity MP when it comes to the second serve kickers.

Returns: Radical MP is more stable against heavy serves. Gravity MP has a touch of hoop flutter against big serves, but the softer flex and more spinny stringbed makes it easier to hit angled, diving returns against a net-charging opponent.

Touch shots: Drops and short angle off-paced shots are easier with the Gravity MP. The soft feel is a big advantage with such shots.

Overall:
As said at the start of my review, both are great racquets and I would happily use either (with some weight additions to get them into my preferred heavier spec range). I would also have liked to try the Radical Pro as part of this comparative playtest, but UK Covid lockdown put an end to that hope.

I think the Radical MP will outsell the Gravity MP on account of it's greater free power, exceptionally stable hoop and more consistent stringbed. Particularly if one is coming from the direction of a Pure Aero/Drive, the Gravity MP is probably a bridge too far. However, if one is an old-school HEAD fan and likes plush sticks, the Gravity line has a lot going for it in terms of feel and traditional beam/hoop flex. Since that's where I come from, the Gravity MP is my pick. However, my sneaky suspicion is that I would probably win more matches over the long term with the Radical MP!
(If this was 1985 and I was back playing grasscourt S&V tennis, I'd take the Radical MP everytime on account of superior slice serves, BHs and volleys. However, this is 2021 and that type of tennis has largely disappeared.)

Given my longstanding respect and love for the HEAD brand heritage, it's great to see the course correction and much improved feel in their racquets with the 360+ lines. A BIG step in the right direction and hopefully a sign of more good stuff to come!
Thank you so much for your in depth review of both of the frames! This really helps!

It is quite a bit of surprise that the swingweight of both of them is close to 330. The Radical MP I tried felt a little sluggish to me, and I am holding the Gravity MP now, and despite of its low static weight, it feels like even head-heavy to me. I will try the Gravity MP tomorrow and see how it performs.
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
Thank you so much for your in depth review of both of the frames! This really helps!

It is quite a bit of surprise that the swingweight of both of them is close to 330. The Radical MP I tried felt a little sluggish to me, and I am holding the Gravity MP now, and despite of its low static weight, it feels like even head-heavy to me. I will try the Gravity MP tomorrow and see how it performs.
I have seven Gravity racquets in my house - 2 Pro's, 2 Tour's, 2 MP's and 1 MP Lite (platform stick for "inspired by @travlerajm " type experiments ;)). All of them came in around 1-1.5pts (3-5mm) more head heavy than HEAD's stated factory specs. As expected, this also meant that they were all higher in swingweight spec, too. This wasn't an issue for me since I prefer SW around 340 and BP 3-5pts HL.

Given the QC lottery with most racquet brands these days, it's worth checking what specs are on the demo stick you're trying since this can make a big difference to one's experience. Enjoy your racquet testing! :D
 

MrAvocado232

New User
This is my experience from comparative playtesting of the HEAD 360+ Gravity MP (my son's) vs 360+ Radical MP (pro shop demo). 8 hours total - 5hrs rallies and drills; 3hrs of sets. Playstyle - attacking all-court (evolved from 1980s S&V as grasscourts disappeared); single-handed backhand; likes to finish points at net. Played with Prestige Tour 600 for 20+ years before switching to Gravity Tour last year. Current spec preference - 340g/BP32.7cm(5HL)/SW340.

Disclaimer: this is my own experience, YMMV! I will start of by saying that both are great racquets and I would happily play either in recreational and match play.

Specs (a very pleasant coincidence of being pretty close!):
Gravity MP - 324g / BP 33.3cm / SW 330 (includes +8g for OG and Dampener and +5g BluTack under buttcap. Came in a bit head heavy, hence the overspec SW). 100sq inch; 16x20 with 6 mains in throat. Relatively open pattern.
Radical MP - 326g / BP 33cm / SW 329 (includes +8g for OG and Dampener). 98sq inch; 16x19 with 8 mains in throat. The string spacing is noticeably closer in the Radical MP. Comparative photos of stringbeds previously posted here.
- Both freshly strung with Head Lynx Tour 1.25 at 51lbs.

Feel: (This is a little long, but I can't help it when it comes to HEAD racquets!).

Gravity MP - plush and very comfortable on the arm; feels every bit its RA of 62. Generous sweet spot, slightly above centre location as per the egg-shaped hoop. The racquet flexes in uniform manner from throat to hoop typical of traditional constant beam designs (22mm on this stick). Good pocketing. If you like the feel of classic HEAD racquets, this is not quite there but as close as one can get in a 11.5oz tweener. Slight flutter in the upper hoop when impact is off-centre high; still good power. Notable dead areas in the lower hoop on either side of the mid-axis corresponding with where the egg-shaped hoop is narrower. Don't make contact here, the ball will head straight to the bottom of the net!

Radical MP - crisp/firm but comfortable, feels as expected for RA of 65. Smaller sweet spot but still a good size; more centred in keeping with the slightly rectangular shaped hoop. The racquet flexes mostly at the throat than the hoop which is exceptionally stable. Fabulous pocketing; almost feels like a catcher's mitt on ball impact! Consistent stringbed response with hardly any hoop flutter. I think HEAD has done a remarkable job with the hoop design of the Radical MP. It's a very well refined variable beam 20/23/21mm. Overall, this is nowhere near as plush as the Gravity MP, but many will likely favour the more raw, direct and connected feel of the Radical MP.

Cosmetics: I'm probably not the right person to ask, being in my 5th decade! The Gravity MP flip cosmetics looks odd to me, but at least it's mostly a non-distracting satin black. The Radical MP could be used as an airport runway signalling paddle. Paint quality is top notch and can take a beating - great job HEAD! Beam thickness is a relatively svelte 22mm on the Gravity MP and with it's relatively narrow near box-beam cross section, feels great in the left hand for someone who uses a SHBH. The Radical MP has a more prominent triangular beam cross section. It's a little clunky in the left hand; but I'm a narrow box-beam guy.

Maneueverability: Both racquets can be whipped around with speed and ease as expected for 11.5oz weight. Gravity MP is 100sq inches, but doesn't feel or look noticeably larger than the Radical MP.

Groundies:

Gravity MP - higher launch angle with very easy access to topspin. Plays better with a spin-focused (windshield wiper) stroke than a flatter technique. Hits a great banana FH on the run. Not as precise when going for the lines. Best for players who hit slightly above centre. If you tend to hit low in the hoop, the stringbed can be inconsistent in response. BH slices are average and tend to float; but it's my worst shot. Ironic given that my BH top/drive are my strongest shots! Generous power level (actually, too much for me. But I normally use heavier, more controlled racquets).

Radical MP - lower launch angle with excellent controlled trajectory. Good spin potential but played best for me with a flatter stroke technique. Precise when aiming for the lines for winners, the 8-throat mains advantage is clearly felt on these shots. Encourages an attacking game style. Deadly on slice BHs - I hit some of my best with this stick and I'm typically mediocre with slices. Consistent stringbed performance and will suit just about anyone. Bags of free power (in reality, excessive for me and I had to consciously reign in my strokes somewhat). However, the ball sails less often than with the Gravity MP. Score one for HEAD's "Control Pattern" stringbed.

Volleys: No contest, the Radical MP is superior due to the combination of the closer string spacing and highly stable hoop. Anything above net height is a direct, precise knife-down. Shoe-lace pick-ups are easier to keep low and controlled over the net.

Serves: Slices and flats are better with the Radical MP; kickers are better with the Gravity MP. Easier to crank the big ones with the Radical MP due to more free power. However, there's a lot going for the Gravity MP when it comes to the second serve kickers.

Returns: Radical MP is more stable against heavy serves. Gravity MP has a touch of hoop flutter against big serves, but the softer flex and more spinny stringbed makes it easier to hit angled, diving returns against a net-charging opponent.

Touch shots: Drops and short angle off-paced shots are easier with the Gravity MP. The soft feel is a big advantage with such shots.

Overall:
As said at the start of my review, both are great racquets and I would happily use either (with some weight additions to get them into my preferred heavier spec range). I would also have liked to try the Radical Pro as part of this comparative playtest, but UK Covid lockdown put an end to that hope.

I think the Radical MP will outsell the Gravity MP on account of it's greater free power, exceptionally stable hoop and more consistent stringbed. Particularly if one is coming from the direction of a Pure Aero/Drive, the Gravity MP is probably a bridge too far. However, if one is an old-school HEAD fan and likes plush sticks, the Gravity line has a lot going for it in terms of feel and traditional beam/hoop flex. Since that's where I come from, the Gravity MP is my pick. However, my sneaky suspicion is that I would probably win more matches over the long term with the Radical MP!
(If this was 1985 and I was back playing grasscourt S&V tennis, I'd take the Radical MP everytime on account of superior slice serves, slice BHs and volleys. However, this is 2021 and that type of tennis has largely disappeared.)

Given my longstanding respect and love for the HEAD brand heritage, it's great to see the course correction and much improved feel in their racquets with the 360+ lines. A BIG step in the right direction and hopefully a sign of more good stuff to come!
I have one gravity tour and one wilson blade cv 18x20, which of these racquets is more closer to the radical mp in your opinion? The gravity tour is very good at the baseline, nice forehand, amazing 2hbh, good dropshots, not so much precision on the serves, the blade on the other hand is more precise but less powered, but the most unpleasant thing is that it is tremendously muted, almost none feel at all, is the radical mp a lot more muted than the gravity?
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
I have one gravity tour and one wilson blade cv 18x20, which of these racquets is more closer to the radical mp in your opinion? The gravity tour is very good at the baseline, nice forehand, amazing 2hbh, good dropshots, not so much precision on the serves, the blade on the other hand is more precise but less powered, but the most unpleasant thing is that it is tremendously muted, almost none feel at all, is the radical mp a lot more muted than the gravity?
The Gravity series is the most muted in HEAD's current line-up of racquets. The Radical MP is comparatively crisp and firm, but remains a comfortable racquet. I think that there are just as many out there who prefer such a crisp response as those who prefer a muted one. Too much dampening of vibrations leads to a loss of connected feel with the ball; or worse still, what some describe as a dead feel at impact.

Not everyone likes muted frames and the Blade CV 18x20 is even more muted than the Gravity Tour/Pro. I actually like the feel of the Blade CV 18x20, but I'm of a generation that grew up playing with relatively heavy, muted, plush soft frames like the Rossignol F200, Dunlop Max 200G and HEAD Prestige. Due to my influence on the equipment they learned with, both my sons prefer flexy sticks. However, they play their Gravity racquets without a dampener whilst they normally use one with just about every other racquet. They think my preferred setup feels dead. My 50yr elbow and shoulder disagree.

I think you'll like the Radical MP. That said, if you like the Blade and Gravity Tour, the Radical Pro is probably more in keeping with your preferences.
 

MrAvocado232

New User
The Gravity series is the most muted in HEAD's current line-up of racquets. The Radical MP is comparatively crisp and firm, but remains a comfortable racquet. I think that there are just as many out there who prefer such a crisp response as those who prefer a muted one. Too much dampening of vibrations leads to a loss of connected feel with the ball; or worse still, what some describe as a dead feel at impact.

Not everyone likes muted frames and the Blade CV 18x20 is even more muted than the Gravity Tour/Pro. I actually like the feel of the Blade CV 18x20, but I'm of a generation that grew up playing with relatively heavy, muted, plush soft frames like the Rossignol F200, Dunlop Max 200G and HEAD Prestige. Due to my influence on the equipment they learned with, both my sons prefer flexy sticks. However, they play their Gravity racquets without a dampener whilst they normally use one with just about every other racquet. They think my preferred setup feels dead. My 50yr elbow and shoulder disagree.

I think you'll like the Radical MP. That said, if you like the Blade and Gravity Tour, the Radical Pro is probably more in keeping with your preferences.
Since I started playing with the gravity tour I have not been able to play with the blade again, too muted, too low powered, so i think that the radical could be a nice option to try, have you been able to try the radical pro to be able to compare it with gravity?
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
Since I started playing with the gravity tour I have not been able to play with the blade again, too muted, too low powered, so i think that the radical could be a nice option to try, have you been able to try the radical pro to be able to compare it with gravity?
I only had a short 15-minute hit with the Radical Pro and wasn't able to have a more informative playtest of it, thanks to an unspecified virus of unknown origin. Hopefully get my hands on it for a decent hit once UK restrictions are further relaxed. It's noticeably more controlled and precise than the Radical MP with nicer feel too on account of it's greater weight.

Early impressions - as a Gravity Tour user, I do like the Radical Pro a lot. GTour is more plush with a larger sweet spot. Some others have commented that the Radical Pro sweetspot is on the small(er) side, and I would agree with this. However, I think the excellent hoop stability of the Radical design
more than compensates for this.

The best thing about the Radical Pro for me was the launch angle and trajectory control. The Gravity Tour has a relatively controlled launch angle, but it's more of an arc shape to the shot. With the Radical Pro, I can hit a shot shape with flatter trajectory that has a dip at the end as the spin takes hold. Exactly the type of shot one wants when going for a line to finish a point. It's probably the denser central stringbed on the Radical Pro that allows for this. I’ve always preferred 18x19/18x20 patterns, but I’m starting to come round to the idea that a 16x19/16x20 with 8-throat mains might be the best of both worlds.
 
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Ryebread

Professional
I tried the RadMP for a few days, at launch... does all of this sound right:

I thought the sweet spot was TINY, like Pro Staff 97 tiny.
headlight. more so than a speed mp
good stability, but not as much plow as the speed mp
also less power than a speed mp
similar spin, nice spin!
 

n8dawg6

Legend
I have seven Gravity racquets in my house - 2 Pro's, 2 Tour's, 2 MP's and 1 MP Lite (platform stick for "inspired by @travlerajm " type experiments ;)). All of them came in around 1-1.5pts (3-5mm) more head heavy than HEAD's stated factory specs. As expected, this also meant that they were all higher in swingweight spec, too. This wasn't an issue for me since I prefer SW around 340 and BP 3-5pts HL.

Given the QC lottery with most racquet brands these days, it's worth checking what specs are on the demo stick you're trying since this can make a big difference to one's experience. Enjoy your racquet testing! :D
you, sir, are obsessed with the gravity! youve come to the right place for racquet obsessions.
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
you, sir, are obsessed with the gravity! youve come to the right place for racquet obsessions.
And ye be correct in thy assertions, good sir! There are far worse vices to be had, though I shall deny any such knowledge of such matters!

(My wife has never complained about my MaSha posters in my study either. She’s most understanding).
 

phanamous

New User
Gravity line is more polarized in weight balance, likely better suited for 2HBH. Built purely for spin.
Radical line is more evenly weighted and is much better suited for 1HBH. Good allrounder.
The new RadMP really impressed me as I was never a fan of their old versions due to their stiffness and instability. It's still stiff but it's not as elbow jarring, likely due to the new spin grommet system which expands the string bed a bit. I just wish it wasn't as stiff which gives it too much power currently. My serves and 1HBH loved it though. I can tame it with a stiffer string but my elbow might not like it so much. Very stable with a generous sweet spot.
I might just pick one up and bend the hell out of it or leave it in a hot car or something to soften it up a bit. Not a fan of that retina burning orange though.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Thank you so much for your in depth review of both of the frames! This really helps!

It is quite a bit of surprise that the swingweight of both of them is close to 330. The Radical MP I tried felt a little sluggish to me, and I am holding the Gravity MP now, and despite of its low static weight, it feels like even head-heavy to me. I will try the Gravity MP tomorrow and see how it performs.
Adding some weight under the trapdoor and a little bit of lead at 4-5 and 7-8 on the Gravity MP transforms the frame.
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
Gravity line is more polarized in weight balance, likely better suited for 2HBH. Built purely for spin.
Radical line is more evenly weighted and is much better suited for 1HBH. Good allrounder.
The Radical MP is also a relatively polarised layup, given strung 318g/11.2oz, 4HL and SW 326. HEAD has somehow managed to make it feel more balanced than the Speed MP. It’s also got a relatively high twistweight of 14.43 which likely contributes to the hoop stability. I agree it would be better if a touch softer, but that’s a very personal thing when it comes to racquet feel.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
And ye be correct in thy assertions, good sir! There are far worse vices to be had, though I shall deny any such knowledge of such matters!

(My wife has never complained about my MaSha posters in my study either. She’s most understanding).
i just picked up the last gravity pro hanging on my local shop’s wall @ $139. im thoroughly committed to the speed pro at this point, and i know the gravity SW is gonna be too high for me. but i still caint resist giving it a whirl
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
i just picked up the last gravity pro hanging on my local shop’s wall @ $139. im thoroughly committed to the speed pro at this point, and i know the gravity SW is gonna be too high for me. but i still caint resist giving it a whirl
Bargain! You might be pleasantly surprised at how well the GPro fits, if you’re lovin’ a Speed Pro just now. Crossing my fingers for you with regards the QC lucky dip. There’s also 18G poly if launch angle too low or SW too high.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
Bargain! You might be pleasantly surprised at how well the GPro fits, if you’re lovin’ a Speed Pro just now. Crossing my fingers for you with regards the QC lucky dip. There’s also 18G poly if launch angle too low or SW too high.
hmmm, i do have some 18 and 19 g vstar lying around somewhere

another great head racquet rarely mentioned here is the agassi reissue 107 that came out in 2018 or so. its too heavy, but sweetspot, feel, and forgiveness are pretty amazing
 
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