Looking for advice for Head Twin Tube Radical Tour (Candy Cane)

#1
hello guys, I try to give some more information so I can get some advice from you all...

I played last months with the Youtek Radical Pro 16x19 with combi WCUC / Lynx 18 @ 23 kg.
Last week I played with a Candy Cane MP with following setup WCUC / Lynx 18 @ 21 kg.
With new Head Pro balls it was a trampoline and I had problems with the power.

Yesterday I added 6 grams of lead tape @ 12 o'clock and string my racket with Lynx 18 @ 22,5 kg.
My racket is now 362 grams and balance is 31,8 cm.

Today I played with 2 times used Head ATP balls and my problem was that I had less power then a normally want.
My slice backhand feels totally wrong....

I need some advice :). The racket feels good. My old Youtek Radical Pro feels hollow and "cheap"
I dont't now how to say it in English

I prefer power and also control. What I most like is a good feeling with the ball with long contact point. Hopefully you know what I mean ;).
I have the following strings to use: Hawk Touch 18, Lynx 18, RIP Control 17, Head SG PPPS 16, Head Reflex MLT 16.
I'm thinking to create a hybrid with Lynx / Reflex @ 22,5 / 21,5 or RIP Control 22,5 / Reflex 21,5 kg.
Is this a good option

Is my twistweight maybe to low for my slice backhand?
Is it a good option to put some lead tape a 3 and 9 o'clock for some more stability for the slice backhand.

Please guys give me some advice :)
 

dak95_00

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#2
I feel the same as you about the Radicals. The old ones like the Candy Cane are solid and heavy. I feel the weight is too far toward the head and creates too much power though. Adding weight has never been my thing but if I were it would be under the grip on the old racquets.

The only Radical I really liked was the last of the 18x20 MP versions; the Youtek IG Radical. It feels solid and is a nice racquet. My recommendation is to try that one or try a thin gauge poly in very low tension at somewhere in the 30-35 lbs or 13-17 kg where the ball will dwell on the strings and really flex the frame to absorb that power.
 
#3
@dak95_00 Thans for your reaction. I can give it a try but how do you think of the following things???

The Candy Cane feels solid and heavy, but it miss something. Today I strung a racket with RIP Control 17 / Head SG PPPS @ 22,5 / 21,5 kg.
It was also not the feel that I want.

This week I give it a new try, but I remove the 6 grams off leadtape at 12 o`clock. It decrease the SW with 20 points.
Maybe is this the solution to create more power with my swing. Overall the racket was today 368 grams and maybe it´s to heavy.

I can reduce the overall weight further. I have 1 replacement grip (Head Dual Absorption and 2 overgrips Head Xtreme Soft).
I have a TK82 pallet size 3. Maybe I can get size 4 so I can eliminate 1 overgrip. The overall weight wil reduce 8,5 grams and balance goes up.
 

dak95_00

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#4
@dak95_00 Thans for your reaction. I can give it a try but how do you think of the following things???

The Candy Cane feels solid and heavy, but it miss something. Today I strung a racket with RIP Control 17 / Head SG PPPS @ 22,5 / 21,5 kg.
It was also not the feel that I want.

This week I give it a new try, but I remove the 6 grams off leadtape at 12 o`clock. It decrease the SW with 20 points.
Maybe is this the solution to create more power with my swing. Overall the racket was today 368 grams and maybe it´s to heavy.

I can reduce the overall weight further. I have 1 replacement grip (Head Dual Absorption and 2 overgrips Head Xtreme Soft).
I have a TK82 pallet size 3. Maybe I can get size 4 so I can eliminate 1 overgrip. The overall weight wil reduce 8,5 grams and balance goes up.
It sounds like you are trying way too hard to make the racquet work for you when it's not a good fit.

If you like the 98 headsize and 18x20 pattern, you should also try the older Babolat Pure Strike Tour. In the Orange/Black paint, it's inexpensive and it's a solid feeling racquet that has some weight to it. My 5.0 friend plays it and it hits a heavy ball.
 
#5
@dak95_00 Maybe you are right that I want to fit this racket for my game:).
But the history and solid feel of this racket is great, so I wanna give it a try to make it fit..

At this moment I removed the 6 gram of leadtape @ 12 and put it @ 3 & 9 for extra stability for my slice backhand.
This will be my next session to try. If it still not fit I have still 3 options:

1) String at lower tension what you suggested. Maybe the Head Lynx 18 @ 18 kg....
2) Try a multifilament string Head Reflex MLT 16 @ 20 or 21 kg.
3) Reduce some weight in the handle to decrease the static weight and move the balance point higher.
 
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