New HEAD racket coming?

DustinW

Professional
Don't get me wrong... I'm excited about the Tour. But it is pretty much a 305g Radical, right??? Beam width, head size, string pattern, and flex are all very similar to a Radical.
 

McGradey

Rookie
Don't get me wrong... I'm excited about the Tour. But it is pretty much a 305g Radical, right??? Beam width, head size, string pattern, and flex are all very similar to a Radical.
yeah. Extreme 98 sounds like it's a great racquet, but doesn’t this stop the music and leave the Radical without a chair?
 

dr325i

Legend
Don't get me wrong... I'm excited about the Tour. But it is pretty much a 305g Radical, right??? Beam width, head size, string pattern, and flex are all very similar to a Radical.
totally different layup.
Totally different racket
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
Don't get me wrong... I'm excited about the Tour. But it is pretty much a 305g Radical, right??? Beam width, head size, string pattern, and flex are all very similar to a Radical.
Beam width:

360+ Rad Pro - 20/21.5/21 mm
360+ Rad MP - 20/23/21 mm
360+ Extreme Tour - 22/23/21 mm

All 98s btw.

The 360 Radical line couldn't be more different feel wise than the 360 Extreme line, ime.
Comparing the 360 Rad Pro to the Extreme MP or Pro is like comparing a Yonex VCore Pro 97 330g to a DR 100, ime. And with that comparison in mind, I'm leaning towards the new Extreme Tour to be a Ezone 98 / VCore 98 / Pure Strike 16x19 / Pure Aero VS type of racket, whereas the new Rad Pro will be more of a control racket leaning more towards a bigger 95 type of racket (6.1 95, VCore 95 aso) or can perhaps be seen as a slightly easier to play Prestige MP+ with a 16x19 pattern.
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
Came across this reg. stiffness (RDC) on the Extreme Tour:

62 RA, strung

 

DustinW

Professional
The 360 Radical line couldn't be more different feel wise than the 360 Extreme line, ime.
I definitely agree with you on the 360 line, but it seems like the new 360+ Extreme Tour is nothing like what the Extreme has always been. Going from 23/26/21mm 100 sq in to 22/23/21mm 98 sq in seems a lot more like a Radical than the 360 Extreme (or any prior Extreme).

Again... not complaining, but just seems like a strange move.
 

Paul Y

Rookie
I'm curious does Extreme Tour have the extra large grommets (Spin Grommets) in the middle like the other extremes or did they remove them like the PA VS did. My son is really drawn to the spin grommets.
 

tribesmen

Professional
I definitely agree with you on the 360 line, but it seems like the new 360+ Extreme Tour is nothing like what the Extreme has always been. Going from 23/26/21mm 100 sq in to 22/23/21mm 98 sq in seems a lot more like a Radical than the 360 Extreme (or any prior Extreme).

Again... not complaining, but just seems like a strange move.
Extreme 100 sq, 23/26/21 is not going anywhere and will stay in Head assortment i.e. EXTREME PRO.
 

megamind

Hall of Fame
Ok so 4 different players tried it out the Extreme Tour.

I had a complete beginner try it out for half of a lesson while the other half he used a Gravity Tour. Aside from not being able to tell the difference he did say when he hit it clean the Extreme Tour felt much better.

On to the real practice. Mancini’s former sparring partner just switched out of a Radical which he had used from his 20’s. He’s 49 now. He got 3 blades 16x19 so the comparison was fair. Same weight and string pattern. Within 5 minutes he said he hated me and stopped using the racquet because he just purchased 2 new blades last week. He ended up hitting with it for another hour and commented it was easier to swing and get heavy spin.

Following him my student who could have played D2 or small school D1 college but decided not to practiced with it for an hour. He’s been using a customized Prestige Tour that weighs 360g (my former racquet before the Prestige MP custom and now back to my 6.1 Stretch.) he said it was the easiest racquet he had ever played with. More control than the prestige tour yet more power. He couldn’t explain why. His ball was coming off much heavier and he was missing a lot less (I converted him into a clay Courter)

My turn. I hit with it 20 min out of 2 hours. It’s a bit stiffer than the Gravity yet has great feel. I use a 6.1 95 Stretch that weighs 355g with a SW of 353g so hitting with this was easy! From the baseline it felt crisp and easy to get topsin at will or flatten it out and still have control and accuracy. At the net it’s rock solid not far off the feel of my Wilson or my Prestige MP. The slice shot was the only time I felt the frame was too stiff. Otherwise I like it a bit better than the Gravity Pro and I think that racquet is perfect. I’m tempted to add some lead tape to it before doing any silicone since I have 2 frames but it will stay stock for a few more days.

because I know I will get asked. I strung it with Hawk Touch at 51lbs. Tomorrow if not over the weekend I will get together with @Geoff and post Strung specs and Unstrung Specs.

The direction Head is going with the Gravity and the Extreme Is fantastic. Great frames and the narrow beam just looks better lol.
Thanks for the gr8 review
 
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