Is the HEAD Microgel Radical MP the goat of Rad's?

Wheelz

Semi-Pro
I've been wondering, if the old Radicals (and Prestige since I've been reading those threads) are better/that good (and I agree I like my LM Radical MP) why don't you guys play with them still, or maybe those are your regular sticks ? Is there something missing from modern technology that we are wishing to blend with the old Radicals ?
 

Alexh22

Semi-Pro
Good question. In my case I think the old rad mp are alright until I got a used pro stock youtek radical mp pj which is a completely different racquet than the retail. I got much better pace and pocketing and it doesn’t hurt my wrist/shoulder a single bit. It came with silicone injected inside handle , no lead tape yet the hoop and throat are much stable but not stiffer than any radicals I played in the past. It is headlight but the power it can produce is very decent. It s hard to believe it is 18x20. I still play with it w/o a backup.
I also bought prestige pros and MPs in the past but That yet rad mp pj was the last head racquet I ever bought. Head put out so many misleading ads over the years and their retail sticks went south. They would have made millions of dollars if they sell their Djokovic PT113b radical mold in a customizable form to the public but they choose to sell us the speed garbage.
 
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sshin12

Rookie
This was one of the first rackets I bought when I got back into tennis a couple years ago. Hate hate hate the paint job so its never my main hitting racket, but it keeps coming back for more. Restrung it and played with it yesterday after realizing the polys died on my other rackets. Mine is capped with ~100 inches of lead tape in the handle and a leather grip.

So yes, goat.

It would be more goat if I could get an all black paint job.
 

6onza

New User
This was one of the first rackets I bought when I got back into tennis a couple years ago. Hate hate hate the paint job so its never my main hitting racket, but it keeps coming back for more. Restrung it and played with it yesterday after realizing the polys died on my other rackets. Mine is capped with ~100 inches of lead tape in the handle and a leather grip.

So yes, goat.

It would be more goat if I could get an all black paint job.
I totally agree with you! So good that you keep the Rad on your bag. Also pj is ****, I wish I knew a good racquet painter in my city..
 

sshin12

Rookie
I totally agree with you! So good that you keep the Rad on your bag. Also pj is ****, I wish I knew a good racquet painter in my city..
I’m afraid a new paint job could mess up the specs.

But is it too janky to spray paint it?
 

H22 fan

Rookie
I can say that 231.3 is one of the best Head frames, pitty that they are not produced anymore, even for top players.
 

teachingprotx

Hall of Fame
One of my all time favorite head sticks ever !
Played like a lighter more head light more flexy twin tube radical !
I feel it’s their best overall playable frame for any level of player . Satellite tour baby . Blacked out professionally with firearm dura coat paint . Gorgeous in person and the specs didn’t change at all . Sanded it down a bit but other then that nothing to it !
 

Wheelz

Semi-Pro
Yes for my Radical Liquidmetal MP. played well stock as well, but added weight at 12 as I was progressing. Very lower powered racquet.
 

sshin12

Rookie
Out of curiosity, I imagine most, if not all of you guys lead up or weigh up these sticks??
Yea dude!

The beauty of this frame is that it comes light weight, almost evenly balanced and has a wonderful flex that you can build upon. You have enough room to customize this to whatever your personal specs are.

There are some who buy it stock and use it as is. But for everyone else, figure out your current racket's specs and then customize the MG Radical to meet it.

However, if you're looking for a stiff racket, this might not work for you. On the other hand, its only $90 (vs $200+ for newer models) that it could be worth experimenting with a little lead tape and see if a flexible racket feels better for you.

Here's my customization journey (haven't measured SW for my latest customization work, but I've been tweaking it based on feeling):
1. Received matched pair at 314g/ 336mm/ 322 SW
2. Added CAP head guard and grommets and a leather grip to be 314g/ 329mm
3. Added ~100in lead tape in the handle and 2in lead tape strips at 10/2 (4x = 8in total on the frame, relying mostly on CAPs to increase SW)

Currently weighs 364g, has a balance of 318mm and assume SW around 340s. However, I've hit with it customized between 320s and 330s SW, with/ without CAP grommets, and at a lighter static weight with high SW (vs. current heavier static weight and high SW).

It also has a low twistweight, so you can add plenty of lead tape on the racket head without it feeling sluggish. The most I added was using regular headguard and grommets (non CAP) and added ~8 in of lead tape (4x = 32in) from the 8 o'clock position up to the 10 o'clock position before taking that off. Max I'd recommend at the 3/9 position is 6 inches, but that's my own personal opinion.
 

djkahn86

Rookie
I have hit the micro gel, bumble bee and now the flexpoint MP. And weirdly enough, I love the damn flexpoint. It has so much feel and enough weight to bang the ball back at 4.5 level.
 

6onza

New User
One of my all time favorite head sticks ever !
Played like a lighter more head light more flexy twin tube radical !
I feel it’s their best overall playable frame for any level of player . Satellite tour baby . Blacked out professionally with firearm dura coat paint . Gorgeous in person and the specs didn’t change at all . Sanded it down a bit but other then that nothing to it !
Great customization, congrats!
 

SVP

Semi-Pro
I bought two of them because of the price and because I enjoyed them so much. Easier to generate power than I expected, maybe due to added stiffness. It feels good when you hit the sweet spot.
 
The Radical Candy Cane OS is my P1 racquet of all time. I LOVE everything about it. My P2 Radical is the Bumblebee, but I would slot the PA2019 in between them overall. PA and Candy Cane both swing really fast, are solid and comfortable, and have good bite. If I was still 20 I would play with the Candy Cane bc it is more forgiving but these days I appreciate the pop of the PA2019. Both all time great sticks though IMO.
 
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