Head Microgel Radical - I've tried to switch and always come back for more

Qubax

Professional
#1
I don't know how many of these sticks I've owned. But I've bought this racquet many many times.

In fact I've owned the whole radical line - the ones before and the ones after; flexpoint, youtek, etc., etc.,

I typically just get the newer version as it was released and went on my merry way. I use to use intellitour strings (full bed) then later sonic pro 17. Now I use head hawk and it's a great control string.

What I ended up discovering though as the Radical line evolved is that I need an 18 x 20 string pattern. Some of the newer Radicals moved away from this. As such I went on a discovery mission trying out Prince T100, Wilson Blade (18 x 20) and a few other sticks. Eventually when TW put the Microgel radical on sale and clearly got more stock I went back to this version. This provided me the 18 x 20 that I was realizing I really needed.

Anyway, now I am back to having the Head Microgel Radical MP, 18 x 20, 98 inches, Head Hawk at about 52 lbs. This racquet has great control, is crazy friendly on your arm, and has more pop then you'd expect.

Any similar radical lovers out there...? who are similar to me and may have some advice for me?
 

Qubax

Professional
#3
I suppose what you don't get in power you get back in control - which I feel like allows me to swing more aggressively and not have something go wrong - which in turn can lead to good power.

also, absorbing others pace and directing it back efficiently is a way to hit with pace without having to generate all of your own pace. I think the Radical is well equipped to for the conditions I outlined.

I know it's not for everyone, just happy to know I have the right set-up for me and I was wondering if others feel similarily.
 
#4
I also love the MG radical MP and older 18x20 radicals. After a long period of switching like crazy, i found something i can also love in Yonex. The Vcore Pro 97 310g is my new darling now.
 

Qubax

Professional
#5
I also love the MG radical MP and older 18x20 radicals. After a long period of switching like crazy, i found something i can also love in Yonex. The Vcore Pro 97 310g is my new darling now.
Interesting. I had a Yonex EZone98 too. I do wonder if I hit with 5 similar racquets for an hour each back to back if I'd find something I like more.

VCore has a 98 inch head right?
I was obsessed with it being the same head size too (98), although the Prince T100 or whatever was a 100 inches.
 
#6
Interesting. I had a Yonex EZone98 too. I do wonder if I hit with 5 similar racquets for an hour each back to back if I'd find something I like more.

VCore has a 98 inch head right?
I was obsessed with it being the same head size too (98), although the Prince T100 or whatever was a 100 inches.
There is a Vcore 98 and the Vcore pro 97. I am playing with the 97 version, it is more control oriented while the Vcore 98 is "spin oriented", if you like the microgel lowpowered response and dense stringbed you probably won't like the Vcore 98.
 

Qubax

Professional
#7
Good advice. I might try that if I go on a tennis vacation sometime. Try out some different sticks and see if something seems great or not.

Sometimes I find I like something at first but then I don't like it as much after using it for a while.

The Blade 98 inch 18x20 wasn't bad, but I found it lost tension quick and was heavier, more sluggish then the Microgel Radical.
 
#10
I have a friend that has been using the 98 and 107 versions for about a decade. He played them stock a long time but added a little lead at 3 & 9 a few years ago. He's a good player too. I like the MG but felt the power level was too low. I also thought the flex was almost too soft. I am playing Wilson Clash Tours now with 2.5 G total at 3 & 9 o'clock. My clashes have a flex rating around 55 which is just a little softer flex than the MG but they feel more stable through contact. Anyhow, the MG is a very good frame and a good alternative if you're looking for comfort and control. I would add a little lead to the head of the MG though.
 
#11
I don't know how many of these sticks I've owned. But I've bought this racquet many many times.

In fact I've owned the whole radical line - the ones before and the ones after; flexpoint, youtek, etc., etc.,

I typically just get the newer version as it was released and went on my merry way. I use to use intellitour strings (full bed) then later sonic pro 17. Now I use head hawk and it's a great control string.

What I ended up discovering though as the Radical line evolved is that I need an 18 x 20 string pattern. Some of the newer Radicals moved away from this. As such I went on a discovery mission trying out Prince T100, Wilson Blade (18 x 20) and a few other sticks. Eventually when TW put the Microgel radical on sale and clearly got more stock I went back to this version. This provided me the 18 x 20 that I was realizing I really needed.

Anyway, now I am back to having the Head Microgel Radical MP, 18 x 20, 98 inches, Head Hawk at about 52 lbs. This racquet has great control, is crazy friendly on your arm, and has more pop then you'd expect.

Any similar radical lovers out there...? who are similar to me and may have some advice for me?
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you're probably under 50yo?
 

A_Instead

Hall of Fame
#16
I often liked the MG Radical.. but I just had to work way to hard to stay in points.. but it is a good frame. (that why its still sell them).. . just the today's game and equipment has surpassed it.
 
#19
I also enjoy the microgel radical mp. My main 2 sticks are the microgel and the liquidmetal radical. Both have great control, and pleanty of power when stung with FB of natural gut. I no longer have any interest in 16 x 19 sticks, after discovering the benefits of denser string patterns.

I have a question hopefully someone can answer. I purchased a used microgel on the internet, and it has a rounder head than the one I recently purchased new on TW. Both are 98 inch frames. The rounder headed one also seems softer. Could the rounder one be an original. With the oval shaped one being the reissue?
 
#22
Liquidmetal radical is my favorite as well. Great control, large sweet spot, consistent string bed, great spin for dense string pattern, power with the right strings, and a healthy swing weight for a 4.0 level or below.
 
#23
There is a Vcore 98 and the Vcore pro 97. I am playing with the 97 version, it is more control oriented while the Vcore 98 is "spin oriented", if you like the microgel lowpowered response and dense stringbed you probably won't like the Vcore 98.
Can relate. If you like the Rad MP you won't like the V Core 98. The much more high launch angle is a deal breaker.
 
#24
I've been tempted to fit CAP grommets and lead to an MG rad for ages. It could potentially be a much better frame than any recent prestige MP but I'm put off by people saying the current MG rads aren't as good as the originals?
 
#25
I often liked the MG Radical.. but I just had to work way to hard to stay in points.. but it is a good frame. (that why its still sell them).. . just the today's game and equipment has surpassed it.
It's a base for modding. In stock form its obviously going to be very low powered because of the low weight and flex.
 
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