Please compare the Graphene 360 Speed Pro and the Graphene 360 Radical Pro

TennisManiac

Professional
I'm interested in both of these frames.

I'm looking to replace my PS97's from 2015. I play the PS97's with 4 grams of lead at 12 and a 6 gram overgrip. Bringing it to 340 grams static weight and 7 pts. HL. I'm hoping to find a frame that plays similar but has a tad bit more power, control and comfort. I'm already assuming that I'll have to add a bit of lead to the tip and an overgrip as I do now.

So I'm wondering if the play testers would compare the Pro Staff 97, Graphene 360 Speed Pro and the Graphene 360 Radical Pro in terms of Power, Control, Spin and Comfort "in stock form"?
 

TW Staff

Administrator
@TennisManiac ,

It seems a bit odd to me, being that the 360 Radical Pro (on paper) should offer more control than the 360 Speed Pro. The headsize of the 360 Radical Pro is slightly smaller, and the beam is a bit thinner at the throat, and tip of the the frame. That being said, after playtesting both racquets, I felt a bit more precise, and slightly more connected to the ball with the 360 Speed Pro. The 360 Radical Pro has a decent amount of control, but I just didn't feel overly confident finding my targets. I think that coming from the Pro Staff 97, and looking for a bit easier access to power, the 360 Speed Pro is a good option. Control will be fairly close to the Pro Staff 97, but it is a bit difficult to gain power, and control at the same time. Spin potential is pretty good for the 360 Speed Pro, considering it has an 18x20 pattern. The comfort was better for me with the 360 Speed Pro, than it was with the 360 Radical Pro. On a side note, have you given any thought, or tried using the Babolat Pure Strike 98 16x19, or Yonex VCORE 98 (305)? If you have not I would give these racquets consideration, and I would recommend to demo some of these racquets that we are talking about if you have the opportunity.

Troy, TW
 
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TennisManiac

Professional
@TennisManiac ,

It seems a bit odd to me, being that the 360 Radical Pro (on paper) should offer more control than the 360 Speed Pro. The headsize of the 360 Radical Pro is slightly smaller, and the beam is a bit thinner at the throat, and tip of the the frame. That being said, after playtesting both racquets, I felt a bit more precise, and slightly more connected to the ball with the 360 Speed Pro. The 360 Radical Pro has a decent amount of control, but I just didn't feel overly confident finding my targets. I think that coming from the Pro Staff 97, and looking for a bit easier access to power, the 360 Speed Pro is a good option. Control will be fairly close to the Pro Staff 97, but it is a bit difficult to gain power, and control at the same time. Spin potential is pretty good for the 360 Speed Pro, considering it has an 18x20 pattern. The comfort was better for me with the 360 Speed Pro, than it was with the 360 Radical Pro. On a side note, have you given any thought, or tried using the Babolat Pure Strike 98 16x19, or Yonex VCORE 98 (305)? If you have not I would give these racquets consideration, and I would recommend to demo some of these racquets that we are talking about if you have the opportunity.

Troy, TW
Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts Troy!

I thought about the VCORE 98 but heard a lot of people say that they thought it was stiff and lacked control. And a couple of years ago I actually demoed the Babolat Pure Strike P17 and thought it was too stiff for my taste, as I use a full bed of Alu Power strung at 48. But I am very interested in the "new" Pure Strike coming out soon. Do you have any idea when this new frame will hit the market? And do you know what Babolat has done to improve it? Hopefully it's going to have a lower flex rating.
 
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