Head Microgel Monster vs Microgel Radical OS

eman resu

Professional
How do these two compares in terms of comfort, stability and power? If possible, please include the Microgel Raptor (102) as well.
 

Sreeram

Professional
How do these two compares in terms of comfort, stability and power? If possible, please include the Microgel Raptor (102) as well.
I have played with monstor for over a year. It is a good racquet, great feel and does not viberate at all even with full poly. You can make it much more head light by adding lead to the handle. I added 10g to the handle. It comes close to 11.4 Ounce with 5 points head light.
I have played with Raptor and it was very good for net play. But it is too light for any level. Avoid it.
i have not played with Radical much. But Radical should be similar to monstor with more weight on its head. I woudl strogly suggest monstor for anyone in 3.0 level.
I moved to babolat aero strom tour of late, but i recently played a match with a guy using monstor. He was unstoppable and played really well. I am thinking of moving to mostor again.
 

HitItHarder

Semi-Pro
How do these two compares in terms of comfort, stability and power? If possible, please include the Microgel Raptor (102) as well.

My MG Monster is pretty light and head heavy. It has a 16x19 string pattern that is fairly open as well. It is also fairly stiff. My wife has used it for a few years because she likes the higher power and the fact the racquet does a lot of the work for her on ground strokes. It is one of the Head intermediate level racquets. It is a fine racquet and I have used it on several occasions when we were out for a hit and my racquets weren't around. I think the racquet struggles in a couple areas however. One, the head heavy feel makes it a little sluggish at the net and I struggle with touch shots. It hits pretty good ground strokes but can get pushed around by heavy topspin. I believe it is because of the lack of mass in its stock form. That is also why I didn't find it particularly stable on volleys. Also, the stiffness of the racquet didn't do much for me, but I don't really like any of the stiffer racquets so that just may be my personal preference.

It is a pretty solid stick, but I believe as you play against people that hit with more spin and pace, you will find some limitations.

The MG Rad OS is one of my main racquets. It is a little heavier (probably around 20 grams stock), has a similar swing weight, a slightly larger head size, and a significantly softer feel. It is what you may call a cross between a "players" stick and a tweener. I believe there is more room to grow with the Rad OS and that it is also a little easier to customize because it is still pretty light and already has a headlight balance. The string pattern is a 18x19 and is tighter in the sweet spot, so it has a little better control and it is better on strings. (I broke my wife's multi string in the Monster in 2 1/2 hours - where the same multi lasts me close to 8 hours in the MG Rad OS) I prefer a little more weight on the MG Rad OS and get this with an overgrip, 4 grams in the handle and 4 grams in the hoop. It is a racquet that I think does everything pretty well and still gives you some margin for error as your game improves.

If given the choice, I would pick the MG Rad OS every time.

As for the Raptor -- that is a less beefy version of the Monster. A little more head heavy, even lighter, stiffer, and with a lower swing weight. It is a racquet that my 11 year old daughter plays with for rec league tennis.

Hope this helps. And these are just my opinions. Others may feel completely different.
 

eman resu

Professional
wow, thanks a lot guys.
HitItHarder, what does your wife think about your Radical? I can get both at the same price, at sale, but I was wondering if the rad would be too much for a small woman due to the 18x19 and thin beam. But I would surely add some weight to the monster to make it headlight.
By the way, the monster allows to change grip (the pallets), right?
 

HitItHarder

Semi-Pro
wow, thanks a lot guys.
HitItHarder, what does your wife think about your Radical? I can get both at the same price, at sale, but I was wondering if the rad would be too much for a small woman due to the 18x19 and thin beam. But I would surely add some weight to the monster to make it headlight.
By the way, the monster allows to change grip (the pallets), right?

My wife likes the stock MG Rad OS, but she she just attached to the Monster because she has been playing with it for so long and hates change.

She finds my particular setup a little harder to swing because the swing weight is about 10 points higher and over all the racquet weighs an ounce or so more than her racquet. Plus I use a lot of poly strings.

As far as the Rad OS being too much for a small woman, the racquet has plenty of power, especially if you use a full multi in it. And it really is pretty light in stock form (around 11.1 oz. strung). I can't tell you which way to go, but I believe the Radical helps form better fundimentals and is a racquet you can grow with. The Monster is a racquet you can eventually out grow as you get into the higher levels but is probably a little easier to use as a beginner learning the game.
 
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