NEW 2019 Radical (May 16th) Release Date and (Some) Changes

Lozannois

Rookie
@Lozannois I haven't played with the new 16x19 Radical but I doubt control is an issue with this frame.

I am playing with my 16x19 IG Rad Pro and I get TONS of control and predictability from the racket. Yes, different racket but I don't expect the current one to be much different in that respect.
Alright thank you ! Do you think it plays similar to the head graphene touch prestige tour ? Because I have it and it plays good in terms of control and power
 

JoaoN

Rookie
@Lozannois I haven't played with the new 16x19 Radical but I doubt control is an issue with this frame.

I am playing with my 16x19 IG Rad Pro and I get TONS of control and predictability from the racket. Yes, different racket but I don't expect the current one to be much different in that respect.
The thing that keeps me away from graphene RADs is stiffness. IG radical has 62 in RA, way lower than G360 rad. IMO, can't beat the feel of old radicals.
 

FedGR

Semi-Pro
Alright thank you ! Do you think it plays similar to the head graphene touch prestige tour ? Because I have it and it plays good in terms of control and power
I was never a fan of the prestiges so I am not the right person to answer this question! :)

The thing that keeps me away from graphene RADs is stiffness. IG radical has 62 in RA, way lower than G360 rad. IMO, can't beat the feel of old radicals.
I don't want to be an "old fart" claiming that older is better and all that but with early signs of TE, I am scared to try the new Rad as well. The IG ones (both MP and Pro) play like butter.
 

Howard H

Rookie
I asked myself several questions:
1 / why for the range "radical" head did not respect the same shema of colorization that the other range "instinct" and "Xtrem" (I mean black in the heart and colored in head) now we will recover with several range of the same color "speed" which is black / "prestige" which is black also / and now "radical" which is black (or dark gray if you prefer)

2 / what will be the color of the prestige touch 360 range that will be released in January 2020 ?? if we follow their current shema we can think (supposition) gray in throat and black in the head
No, will have different colors. Every racquet family has it's own color. Extreme yellow, instinct blue, Radical orange, Speed white, Prestige red.
 

glenWs

Rookie
Not to resurrect an old thread, but has anyone tried the 360 Radical Pro?
Yes, I have it and have been playing with it now for about 2 weeks. Have been also comparing it to the 360 Speed Pro and Extreme Pro. I have used every Radical going back to the YouTek IG Radical Pro. In short, it's the best Radical Pro I've tried in years. The Spider-Man Pro was a little clunky and lacked ball feel. Not the most maneuverable either. The XT Radical Pro just sucked. Had NO feel at all. First gen Rad Pro I liked. Firm, nice head/tail weight. This one seems to take the best of the previous versions and dial it in a lot better. Strings are spaced closer together in the sweet spot for control, it's A LOT more maneuverable, has excellent power and spin and better (not outstanding) touch. Also like the sleeker and more modern paint job. When hitting from the baseline it feels firm and solid, but not jarring on the arm, and I am able to control and redirect shots, or add extra spin pretty easily with decent feel. At net it's good, not great. Feels like the weight is spread out to the racket's poles, so the hoop is a little less forgiving on offcenter volleys. But good technique and proper contact produce solid results. LOVE the change as well to the grip as Head moved away from the more oval/rectangular shape in favor of a traditional rounder shape. I put it between the Extreme and Speed Pros. Extreme is a rocket launcher with excellent spin provided your swing is sound enough to control it, and the Speed (the lightest of the Pros) is just solid all around, and with an 18X20 string bed provides the most control and lowest power.
 

TennisHound

Legend
Yes, I have it and have been playing with it now for about 2 weeks. Have been also comparing it to the 360 Speed Pro and Extreme Pro. I have used every Radical going back to the YouTek IG Radical Pro. In short, it's the best Radical Pro I've tried in years. The Spider-Man Pro was a little clunky and lacked ball feel. Not the most maneuverable either. The XT Radical Pro just sucked. Had NO feel at all. First gen Rad Pro I liked. Firm, nice head/tail weight. This one seems to take the best of the previous versions and dial it in a lot better. Strings are spaced closer together in the sweet spot for control, it's A LOT more maneuverable, has excellent power and spin and better (not outstanding) touch. Also like the sleeker and more modern paint job. When hitting from the baseline it feels firm and solid, but not jarring on the arm, and I am able to control and redirect shots, or add extra spin pretty easily with decent feel. At net it's good, not great. Feels like the weight is spread out to the racket's poles, so the hoop is a little less forgiving on offcenter volleys. But good technique and proper contact produce solid results. LOVE the change as well to the grip as Head moved away from the more oval/rectangular shape in favor of a traditional rounder shape. I put it between the Extreme and Speed Pros. Extreme is a rocket launcher with excellent spin provided your swing is sound enough to control it, and the Speed (the lightest of the Pros) is just solid all around, and with an 18X20 string bed provides the most control and lowest power.
Awesome, I have a Radical MP (Touch) but haven't tried the Radical Pro. The 360 Radical MP felt really light and airy compared to the Touch MP, which felt oddly sluggish and head heavy. I plan to demo the Radical Pro, sounds a little more solid than the MP. Thanks for the input!
 

Return_Ace

Professional
Not to resurrect an old thread, but has anyone tried the 360 Radical Pro?
I bought two a few weeks ago after I'd been mulling a few options.

For context, I previously played with a Graphene XT Extreme Pro, with a Youtek IG Extreme Pro 2.0 as backup. Previously have played with iPrestige MPs and Mids and a capped LM Radical.

Wanted something that was a bit less of a cannon, as I tend to like taking big cuts at returns and easy balls, I found myself swinging fairly short on the Extremes because I was trying to flatten out the shots and didn't feel like I had the control to hit out..

I think the TW review and glenWs are pretty on point with their thoughts (although I can't compare with previous Radical Pro's), it feels very solid if you connect properly, and actually reminds me of my PT280 (i know i'll be called a heretic for saying that), although it's not as comfortable, and definitely not as stable. I can really feel the racket squirming if i'm playing against someone hitting a heavier ball and i've not set up in time. I'm hoping to add the CAP grommets later which according to TW will help to mitigate the issue, I wanted to do it on purchase, but the place where I got them offered to string it up for free and didn't have the CAP grommets on them.

One thing I was surprised about was how closed the 16x19 pattern was compared to my Extremes, I expected a little less spin than the Extremes, but the launch angle is actually significantly lower to the point i almost dumped the balls into the net when I first started hitting with it. I've adjusted to it now and of course it still won't generate as much spin, but it's definitely more than an 18x20 pattern.
 

om panda

Rookie
Somehow, i found that G360 Radical is quite a hidden gem.

It has nice spec for modification, moderate MP size headsize (102sqi), low RA, and 16x19 patterns with 8 mains in throat.

I customize one to match the G360 Speed MP spec and and it plays very nice.
 

tpro2000

Rookie
Somehow, i found that G360 Radical is quite a hidden gem.

It has nice spec for modification, moderate MP size headsize (102sqi), low RA, and 16x19 patterns with 8 mains in throat.

I customize one to match the G360 Speed MP spec and and it plays very nice.
I kind of agree, if you like the muted feel (which I do). It has quite a bit of surprising power. The G360 Radical MP is great to mod. I have mine currently (and still tweaking) at 346g, with approximately a balance of 32cm (roughly 7pts head light). Trying to figure the stringing but it's a fun racquet to mess with.
 
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