MG Radical MP - Close to Pro Stock Platform?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by 10SDad, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. 10SDad

    10SDad Rookie

    Oct 2, 2004
    I'm looking for some feedback on if the MG Radical MP is close to a 231.1 Pro stock and/or if it would be a good platform racquet for customization if brought to around 12 oz. specs. I've gone around with a number of retail players racquets, including Prestiges and most recently the Dunlop AG 200 Tour. Liked the heft, but the 350ish SW is a challenge for serves and after a couple of sets. Rather than continuing to purchase, try, and sell heavier retail sticks, I'm wondering now if my best bet is to find a good platform racquet that I can customize to to a heavier weight with silicone in the handle and lead in the hoop. Really wanting an 18x20 pattern, flexible (< 65), 95+ hoop, 27" length, and stock headlight balance. Since I cannot get a "hairpin", it seems in some of my research here on the boards that perhaps the retail MG Radical line is close to Pro Stock moulds, and may work as a very close foundation, especially since they are still available.

    Any advice from users of the MG Radical MP, users who have modded that particular stick, or other good platform sticks that are close to Pro Stock moulds and meet my specs would be greatly appreciated. I have a couple of BB Melbournes on order, but now I'm reading they are perhaps a bit too metallic in their feel, and they are already 12 oz. so not a lot of room for heavier mods.

    Thanks in advance, and if this info is already detailed in another thread, my apologies. I've tried to do my due diligence in searching the boards first for all relevant info.

    Last edited: Sep 15, 2012
  2. Circa 1762

    Circa 1762 Rookie

    Apr 28, 2012
    I personally haven't had much luck modifying the MG Radical MP - it always felt a little hollow/unstable - but I'll fully admit I haven't done that much experimentation. Another pro stock-like racket that people tend to talk about on here is the Dunlop AG 4D 300 Tour. I recall vsbabolat saying he thinks it's the closest retail to pro stock that you can get. I haven't personally tried customizing it, but it might be worth looking into.
  3. mcnota

    mcnota Rookie

    May 28, 2012
    mg rad is hands down one of the best sticks out there

    put about 15 g of silicone in the handle, leather grip and 4x4g at 3 and 9 and you've got one beast of a racket

    string it mid to high 40's (lbs) full poly, amazing
  4. Marcus2137

    Marcus2137 Rookie

    Aug 20, 2011
    Considering it is the same mold that Djokovic uses, there must be something good about it.

    I agree with the previous poster that with about 15g of lead in the handle and some lead on top, it's a very nice racket. I believe this is one of the best buys available.
  5. 000KFACTOR90000

    000KFACTOR90000 Professional

    Dec 6, 2007
    yes, good choice. the old instincts are good platforms too (18x19).
  6. Bartelby

    Bartelby Talk Tennis Guru

    Nov 14, 2005
    TW's Troy is playing with a modified mg rad mp so you should ask in the tw section and he likes a 335 sw.
  7. 10SDad

    10SDad Rookie

    Oct 2, 2004
    I appreciate all of the responses,and will try to tap into Troy. Ironically, I had two AG 300 Tours a couple of years back and sold them to a friend. Was also looking at the AG 4D 200, but not too much room for modding on that one...already close to 12 oz and higher SW. Thanks again.
  8. Gee

    Gee Hall of Fame

    Apr 24, 2006
    The Netherlands
  9. crosscourt

    crosscourt Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    Also the Mantis 315 Tour.

  10. Hankenstein

    Hankenstein Hall of Fame

    Feb 14, 2008
    on the red dirt of Europe
    When I used the MG Rad MP, i installed the TK82S grip in size 3 (i normally use 4) because i wanted to put on a heat shrink tube to add about 15 grams of weight to the handle. I didnt want to add silicone in the handle because the MG Rad is very muted as it is in its original construction.

    I am a bit tempted buying a MG Rad again and give it a go.
  11. 4sound

    4sound Semi-Pro

    Oct 5, 2009
    Match Point
    The Radical MP is a good platform for customization based on your criteria. The YT version is lighter than the IG but the balance is 1pt different.
    KBlade is also an option but it is a bit stiffer.
    Prince EXO3 Rebel Team is also a good option for customization being a 10.7oz frame. I like that it is a 20mm beam.
    I didn't like the feel of Dunlop. For some reason they felt a bit too rigid. But if you like that type of response the AG 4d ThreeHundred Tour is also an option.

    Customizing is tricky because of how you want to distribute weight on a really light weight frame. Polarized setups are great for groundies and serve but can be more challenging on volleys.

    Good luck
  12. hrstrat57

    hrstrat57 Hall of Fame

    Apr 29, 2007
    It sounds to me like ti Radical MP with leather grip and about 4 inch of lead at 3/9 is what you are looking for. If you hunt carefully and are patient you will find a pair.....and with 18x20 pattern resulting in strings rarely breaking 2 frames does it for most players. Austrian made and amazing stick.

    In fact all my radical MP's responded nicely to that set up and it remains my go to.

    I actually bought 2 matched YT Prestige MP from TW last year and set them up that way. They were my first Head Chinese sticks and I am very pleased with the pair.

    Re the MG Radical MP I had only a brief hit with a stock frame and recall being disappointed. Tweaked with my set up above I expect would bring one to life but haven't done so....

    My son is thinking of buying a pair soon, with the exact thoughts that you have in mind......if he does and we go with the mentioned setup I will report back after a hit.

    Good luck.....and may you find your grail.
  13. tball

    tball Semi-Pro

    Sep 3, 2004
    I was very happy with Volkl PB10 Light (295g), 18x20 pattern. I put some weight on the handle and small amount on the hoop, and it plays really well now. It plays softer than Ti.Radical MP which I brought to similar spec (~338 g / 7 pt HL ). A racquet which plays even softer is Donnay Silver Light 99 (295g), but this one is just too soft. PB10 is just "right" for me. It is less powerful than Ti.Radical or Donnay Silver Light, but stringbed is very uniform, the response is predictable. It is easy to adjust to.

    I am curious about performing this modification on Head Prestige S, which is light in stock form.
  14. Power Player

    Power Player Talk Tennis Guru

    Sep 2, 2008
    On my iPhone
    Could you CAP this racquet and then add a leather grip and maybe a little lead in the handle? Seems like that would be a nice mod and would add only around 20 grams total.
  15. dadozen

    dadozen Hall of Fame

    May 5, 2009
    After playing with the 4D300Tour, AG/4D100, BM200, YT Prestige MP and the IG Prestige MP in the past 3 years, I found out that the current IG Prestige MP is a very nice platform for customization.

    It's heavy in stock form( 320g unstrung ), but it swings very easily and accepts until 10g of lead tape on the hoop, depending on the SW you're looking for. It's also very comfortable, making the published 62 stiffness higher than how it feels.

    You will start off from a heavier racquet, but given the fact that you like player's racquets, that might be an option. You won't need to add like extra 40g, and can easily adjust the SW around 320 or 330 level.

    MIne is currently as follows: 350g( strung ), 325 SW and 6 pts HL.
  16. 10SDad

    10SDad Rookie

    Oct 2, 2004
    Thanks for the advice, HRSTRAT57. Just received two mint Ti Rad fact, one is brand new. I'll try your setup recommendations and see how it goes.

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