Head Radical Tour XL, is it a good racquet?

Antónis

Professional
Calling the old school Head experts (Mr vsbabolat ...), I'm about to buy a NOS (with plastic in the handle) Radical Tour XL, the grey/yellow version, should be late 90's by the way it looks
Can't find anything about specs, so anyone has info about them? Is it a good racquet?
I don't play with XL racquets, and usually Tour on Head racquets means 18x20, that's also a no no for me, if the head size is 95 or under, so I might buy it because the price is a real bargain, and try a trade deal latter - I'm listening to you on this matter too...

So, is this a good racquet?

Thanks guys
 

PhilSki

New User
Headsize: 98sq. in. / 630sq. cm.
Weight: 12.3 oz./ 349g (strung)
Length: 28 inches
String Pattern: 18x20
Balance: 9pts H.L.
Yes, it’s a good/great racket. Similar lineage as Pro Tour 630/PT57A. It’s code is PT57B, the XL model has a slightly longer hairpin than the standard length.
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
do you know if its the MP or the OS version?
i had the MP version described above, its an extra inch long and over 12oz...
it was literally a log to move around...some may find that good, some bad..
i thought it was way too sluggish but thats just me..
you could always cut it down tho...
 

Antónis

Professional
do you know if its the MP or the OS version?
i had the MP version described above, its an extra inch long and over 12oz...
it was literally a log to move around...some may find that good, some bad..
i thought it was way too sluggish but thats just me..
you could always cut it down tho...
By the pic I would say it's the MP

Now, is that 98 sq.i. really 98, or there's also that issue with Head's head-size measures, and it's really a 95 sq.i?

I already have a real 98 sq.i 18x20 (Dunlop Aerogel 300 4D Tour), some 95's in 18x20 (Dunlop MW, Pro Staff 6.1, etc), and even a couple of 90's.
I'm not a fan of small head sizes with 18x20, so I'm tempted to buy it for a future trade deal, since the price is really low.

Cut it down means I have to find the right guy to do it, and probably change pallets - there's also the Head's handle shape issue, I'm used to Wilson and Dunlop, and Head's feel very different, not a fan of it
 

Antónis

Professional
Headsize: 98sq. in. / 630sq. cm.
Weight: 12.3 oz./ 349g (strung)
Length: 28 inches
String Pattern: 18x20
Balance: 9pts H.L.

Yes, it’s a good/great racket. Similar lineage as Pro Tour 630/PT57A. It’s code is PT57B, the XL model has a slightly longer hairpin than the standard length.
Thanks. RA should be around 58 to low 60's, I guess
Not that head light for my taste

I thought PT57B was the iPrestige MP, looks like I was wrong
 

esm

Hall of Fame
Thanks. RA should be around 58 to low 60's, I guess
Not that head light for my taste

I thought PT57B was the iPrestige MP, looks like I was wrong
Looks to be the twin tube Zebra, if so, it’d be the PT57B as posted above.
the iPrestige MP ends with an E
 

HBK4life

Semi-Pro
Guy I played with in HS used that. Great doubles player with a good one handed. He could hit a dime on the court. I hit with it a few times it wasn’t easy for me to use. Pretty small sweet spot.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Calling the old school Head experts (Mr vsbabolat ...), I'm about to buy a NOS (with plastic in the handle) Radical Tour XL, the grey/yellow version, should be late 90's by the way it looks
Can't find anything about specs, so anyone has info about them? Is it a good racquet?
I don't play with XL racquets, and usually Tour on Head racquets means 18x20, that's also a no no for me, if the head size is 95 or under, so I might buy it because the price is a real bargain, and try a trade deal latter - I'm listening to you on this matter too...

So, is this a good racquet?

Thanks guys
Great racket if you can handle the SW.
 

Antónis

Professional
Ok, if I'll buy it probably won't keep it, it's very far from the type of racquet I like (pro staff 6.0 95), I don't like high SW, and tight string patterns on smaller than 98 sq.i.

The XL stuff is my biggest issue, if I'd have it cut down to standard length, SW would go down a bit, but not much, and there's not much room for customization. And I still have to deal with Head's handle shape

Probably a nice stick but not my alley
 
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graycrait

Hall of Fame
I'm hoping to stumble on a Head Radical Tour XL OS so I can cut it to 27.3". Otherwise I will be forced to buy some Roman Prokes Head pallets and make my own XL OS's, which may be preferable anyway. Serving with a Candy Cane Radical Tour OS is fun now but I am imagining what it might be like if it were just a hair longer and with a Wilson grip shape:)
 

esm

Hall of Fame
I'm hoping to stumble on a Head Radical Tour XL OS so I can cut it to 27.3". Otherwise I will be forced to buy some Roman Prokes Head pallets and make my own XL OS's, which may be preferable anyway. Serving with a Candy Cane Radical Tour OS is fun now but I am imagining what it might be like if it were just a hair longer and with a Wilson grip shape:)
if you just want an extra 0.3", would a retail pallet not good enough? i read they usually comes abit longer than the hairpin, so would need some trimming for the stander 27" length...
just wondering... (i don't have access to the spare retail Head pallets to measure the length)
am wondering the cost of RP Head pallets... :oops:
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
@esm , Roman Prokes pallets are 30.00. https://rpnytennis.com/products-page/

Not a bad price considering you can get them longer and in either Head or Wilson grip shape. Can one even buy the Head pallets in the US? I think I would have to order through TWE or Rkt Dep UK. I would get a Head pallet just to "learn" what appears to be a simple process to change out the pallet. That way I could buy any grip size and change it to mine. However, I am enjoying the 5 Rad OS's I have now. In stock form the heavier Candy Cane is my current favorite. I enjoy hitting with the MGs and LM as well. I suppose I will have to take a MG and use some Blue Tack and lead to match the Candy Cane and see how that plays.
 
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bleno567

Semi-Pro
@esm , Roman Prokes pallets are 30.00. https://rpnytennis.com/products-page/

Not a bad price considering you can get them longer and in either Head or Wilson grip shape. Can one even buy the Head pallets in the US? I think I would have to order through TWE or Rkt Dep UK. I would get a Head pallet just to "learn" what appears to be a simple process to change out the pallet. That way I could buy any grip size and change it to mine. However, I am enjoying the 5 Rad OS's I have now. In stock form the heavier Candy Cane is my current favorite. I enjoy hitting with the MGs and LM as well. I suppose I will have to take a MG and use some Blue Tack and lead to match the Candy Cane and see how that plays.
Have you successfully extended a head racquet using the **** Pallets? By how much?

@McLovin was using OEM Head pallets, and he said they were too brittle for extension, even with a dowel system to support them.
 

McLovin

Legend
@McLovin was using OEM Head pallets, and he said they were too brittle for extension, even with a dowel system to support them.
@graycrait, here's what they looked like before they failed:



I didn't take any photos of it when it cracked, but I did it twice (once w/ a Ti.Radical OS, once w/ an Extreme Tour), and it cracked the same way both times. I then did it as a 1/4" extension, and that seemed to hold, although I haven't heard from @downs_chris on its longevity...
 

AceyMan

Rookie
Had a few 20 yrs ago. May be most flexible Radical ever. $29.95 New
Spot on. I haven't hit mine much but (a) it feels super flexy just banging it on the palm of your hand, and (b) it's got a hella swingweight.

/Acey

I put yellow PSGD in mine with a yellow Supergrap and it looks *glorious*.
 
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Antónis

Professional
I just bought it, here's an original pic from it. Plastic in the handle, perfect NOS

I'm ready to listen to your offers, I don't intend to keep it, PM me if interested

It will be shipped tomorrow, and should arrive early next week, I'll post more pics

https://flic.kr/p/2jHavTh
 
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