Head Radical Pro - Elbow issue

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by AA5B Tiger, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. AA5B Tiger

    AA5B Tiger New User

    Jun 27, 2011
    Demo'd several racquets and LOVED the Radical Pro; however, after just 2-3 hours, my elbow tingles -- and was looking for suggestions.

    Background: Have played with Extreme MP strung 51/54 with MSV Hex and Goshen OG. Have had 0 elbow issues. Like the MP, but have been looking for a different racquet as my game improved / I feel like I have to hold back with the Extreme. Demo'd the Radical MP & Pro, Prestige MP & Pro, Babolat Aerodrive & Pure Drive.

    Of all of those, the Radical Pro felt like an extension of my arm. Wonderful for me. Could hit with power, could hit with touch, could pound baseline shots, could slice and drop with precision, could hit flat then turn around and hit massive top-spin, serving was sublime with great placement and power.... Yet my elbow is definitely tingling after hitting with the racquet about 2.5 hours yesterday -- something it never does with the Extreme's substantially stiffer frame (Flex of 71 on the Extreme vs 62 on the Radical).

    Final tid-bit, the Radical had Babolat Addiction 16 strung (I'm guessing) around a mid-tension(57)...

    Suggestions? Different strings, (gulp) a different racquet, something? Would really like to make the Radical Pro work....

  2. Bartelby

    Bartelby G.O.A.T.

    Nov 14, 2005
    I played with it at 48 with a signum pro poly without a problem.
  3. benraschke

    benraschke New User

    Dec 11, 2012
    I understand your problem very well as I am recovering from tennis elbow surgery in late August. I have done a tremendous amount of research speaking with teaching pros, sports doctors, books, and the internet. Here is what I have learned that should help with your arm problems. You need a racquet that is head light, and the more head light the better. Your racquet weight strung should be at least 11.5. The more weight the better to absorb vibration. Be careful with poly strings are not recommended for arm problems. Try either multi-filaments or of course natural gut. I can't afford a full bed of natural gut on two racquets so I use a hybrid combination. By using the hybrid you can use the poly. My set up is Klip Legend 16g which I get for $25.99 per package, and Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125. One last thing is watch the tension you string your racquets. Obviously the lower the tension the better.
    There are racquets that are more arm friendly but if you really like the Head Radical Pro try different strings and lower tension. If this doesn't work I can recommend two racquets that I have used that are more arm friendly. Donnay and Pro Kennex.
  4. BlueB

    BlueB Hall of Fame

    Jun 18, 2012
    Vancouver, BC
    That's just a commonly accepted half-true. In reality, we are all different... OP's racquet is well within the specs you suggested and he's getting TE.
    I get TE under 11oz AND over 12oz. Other day I started getting the tingle with a frame that's probably the most flexible graphite frame in existance and is 11-12 HL, while over 12.5oz. You never know when some vibration's frequency/amplitude will be wrong for your body and type of stroke. The only way is to try and figure out for yourself...
  5. I Heart Thomas Muster

    I Heart Thomas Muster Semi-Pro

    Jun 25, 2010
    Los Angeles
    The Radical Pro with a multi (even a firmer one like Addiction) should be a pretty arm friendly racquet. My only guess would be maybe it has a higher swingweight than your current racquet and your arm needs to get used to it? I use the YT Radical Pro with gut mains and poly crosses at 54 without issue. When I used poly mains I developed wrist tendinitis.
  6. ryydman

    ryydman Rookie

    May 3, 2012
    Volkl are Pro Kennex are supposed to make 'softer' frames...

    I used a Microgel Extreme last year and found it tough on my shoulder and elbow with any poly, but fine with soft multi-filaments...

    In theory using a very flexible frame with a high swing weight should be pretty elbow friendly...

    You could put some lead in the handle to make it more head light, that may help....

    If you're thinking about switching, similar rackets to the Rad Pro imo are the Donnay Pro One and Wilson BLX Blade 98...
  7. AA5B Tiger

    AA5B Tiger New User

    Jun 27, 2011
    OP here -- I cut out the Babolat Addiction and put in MSV Hex and Goshen OG at 47/51 (the racquet recommended tension range is 48-57, for SynGut I assume). Substantially less elbow pain. There's still some lingering tingle, but I think that was from the initial aggravation with the Addiction....

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