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Comments: The racquet is great but have already had to replace the grommets after less than a month. Is anyone
else having issues?
Comments: Quality control issues may make matching a pair more difficult than expected since the design of this
frame is "polarized" meaning weight is mostly put at 12 oclock at the tip of the frame and the rest is placed at the bottom of the
handle, making this frame light, but hefty and packing a twitchy punch. A slight change in either direction because of quality
control issues will make your timing issue a huge ordeal if you've got two frames that aren't matched. Buyer beware.
Comments: I played with Pro Staff 6.0 and K61 tour 90 square inch. I demoed the Graphene Radical Pro and fell in
love. This racquet slices as well as the K61 and the open strings gave me more topspins on my shots. The swing weight is about
the same too compared to the K61 tour 90 (Federer's racquet) so not much adjustment is needed for me to get used to this
racquet. I am very happy with it. The increased headsize really makes a big difference in my game. Now I find myself not wanting
to play with my 85 sq. in. and 90 sq. in. Wilson racquets .
Comments: Great update from IG version. Stiffer with more control and stability, fast because of it's head light
balance. Great for serving and fantastic to volley with. I'm in a dilemma on if I should grab this stick or stay with my Head Youtek
IG Extreme Pro 2.0.
Comments: I'm thrilled with this one. Big change from the IG version. It is stiff, crisp and modern racquet. I don't
feel any arm or shoulder pain that some were talking about. More control than IG Radical and more control power. Balance is
different and anyone who really loved IG Radical will not be crazy for Graphene Radical. I left my Graphene Speed Pro for this one
because of more power, bigger sweetspot, pretty much same control and I can easier produce spin with this one.
Comments: Great stick. Does everything well. Yes it's stiffer than before, but it makes the game easier to play,
while still being a control racquet. Topspin was heavy on the FH, BH drives were easy and controllable. Serves were really good
too. I found this nicer to play with than the Graphene Prestige Pro, for a reference point. As many have said, controllable, free
power. You should give it a shot if you're thinking about it!
Comments: This racquet is a strange beast. It takes a bit of getting used to. On my first play it felt tinny. I stripped
out the strings and put in Wilson Sensation. That took care of the vibration, but for my shots still sailed long and lacked control. I
tend to hit the ball a little flat and strong. I flirted with the idea of changing to an APD but decided to persevere. A pro at my club
put in a hybrid setup of Alu power and one other. It's a different racquet now. Total control, power, and stability. Its mass
providing confidence with any stroke. The stick is easy to wield at the net. Volleys are crisp and rarely come back. Serves are great
with power and placement. My groundstrokes are far more consistent but still have depth. Playing angles is easy. Its not a pick up
and play racquet but once you have the right setup, its unparalleled in my opinion.
Comments: I am a 4.5 player, with medium speed long strokes, one handed back, more flat than heavy topspin.
I used to play with the Babolat GT Pure Storm which I loved for the control, but lacked seriously on power, but worst, killed the
arm. Went to prestige MP, got the control, no pains, but heavy and have to really work to get power and topspin, so I throught,
what about lighter racquet. Reviews are not wrong, pinging sound, polar weight definelty noticeable, and racquet head
acceleration is much easier than Prestige. The power is way more than expected vs Pmp even strung at 54 lbs with Head Sonic Pro.
You need to seriously and aggressively play the ball. If you let the ball play you or are on your heels, the ball will sail miles out. If
you are aggressive, the racquet will reward with control and pace, and depth and is stable. You can not play loose due to the
power potential, but when you connect, it is a much heavier ball than the prestige.
Comments: Coming from a Pure Drive, I was highly impressed with the nice blend of power, control, and stability of
this racquet. I found it to have a large sweetspot with plenty of maneuverability. Not liking mushy racquets, I enjoyed it's crisp
feel. The TW review nails it on the head. I'm strongly considering returning from the darkside and purchasing a few.
Comments: One word -- pain. Not a good frame if you have arm or shoulder issues. Off center shots don't just feel
stiff, they punish you with a jarring stiff jolt like a big rock hit the racquet suddenly. It has power when you hit the sweet spot on 1
out of 10 shots.
Comments: Previous racquets of mine have been IG Prestige Pro, IG Extreme Pro 2.0 and IG Radical Pro. I was
curious on what TW would say about the new Graphene Radical Pro, but actually I would have ordered it based on the specs
anyway. I consider myself an all-court player who is comfortable in attacking/defending form the baseline and enjoy net
approaches. After playing almost three months twice a week the pros of this racquet are stability, maneuverability and versatility.
The cons are more difficult to pinpoint, but I can understand if some people would add a little weight in the hoop. I play with a
one-handed BH and spin is easy to generate. Form the FH wing I think it's easier to change between heavy spin and flatten out
strokes compare to my previous models. Inside-out works ok (was actually an easier shot with the previous Radical, but the frame
was too flexible; changing ball direction was like gambling). For my game/style it works fine from stock. I've been using Pacific
XCite 16L strung at 52 lbs. Good combination considering the stiffness of the racquet. No arm problems at all. So all you AOB's
(Association of One-handed Backhanders) out there; give it a try! All in all a very solid stick with no obvious weakness.
Comments: This racquet has it all. I am able to drive my shots deep with pace and spin from the baseline. My
volleys have never been crisper or more forceful. Still working on dialing in the serve but I am sure that will come. A great upgrade
from my Pure Drive. I tried out the new Pure Control Tour from Babolat but it was much less forgiving than the Head.
Comments: I usually don't write reviews, however this racquet deserves one. I'm a 4.5 all-court player and this
racquet suits me very well. I used to play with the Babolat Pure Storm GT Tour and loved that racquet. Switching from Babolat to
Head was a huge change for me. However, their new Pure Control racquets did not work well for my game. I fell in love with this
racquet the first time I played with it during a demo practice. The racquet is stiff, so lowering the tension to 52-54 lbs is highly
recommended. I had one strung at 56 lbs and it was a completely different feel. I strung this at 54 lbs with RPM blast 17g. The
control and power is outstanding. This racquet does well with heavy hitters as it is stable enough to control pace very well. One
thing I love about this racquet is that it is only 1 point head light. Therefore, the swing weight is really nice since the racquet is
only 11.4 ounces strung. I highly recommend demoing this one and I am happy to say that this is now my new racquet of choice.
Comments: I am trying this racquet for a second time now. It definitely does well on top spin, slice, and volleys.
Adequately powerful and "controlled power" description is justified. It is also stable, and maneuverable, overall a very capable
racquet, worth considering, but there is something nagging me that I did not notice at first try -- what is this pinging at impact,
and "hollow feeling" (not enough plow through feeling)? Is this how Head or other brands make their racquets nowadays? The
racquet meets almost all of my expectations but the lack of solid feeling and pinging holds me. Any suggestions? Currently I have
heavily modified LM Radial MPs with a little more weight and much more head light balance.
Comments: The last model is too flexible that control is lost, and this one is a little bit stiff that can hurt your elbow
and jarring when not struck right. Head needs to make one that is about 65-66 flex rating. I like the weight distribution that fits
Comments: Great racquet, you can really feel the ball. The previous Radical was not bad either, but this one has a
lot more control and very good power. The previous was kind of hard to control and bent in all directions on ball impact, with this
new one, the ball does what you want and you are on the wheel. Great frame.
Comments: Got this for Christmas, and here are my early impressions -- Control is definitely there, it is very
accurate. Very maneuverable. Volleys are a pleasure! Feels light. The sweet spot is on the small side. Serving is accurate (but could
use a little more mass in this regard, in my opinion). Not like any previous Radicals in my experience (which isn't a bad thing nor
a good thing, just a fact). So, I've found myself in agreement with the TW review. All in all, very pleased with it. I'm going to add a
small amount lead tape at 3 and 9, and will report back. Strung it with BiPhase 17 at 54 lbs. Not a match made in heaven
necessarily, but acceptable.
Comments: I have been using the IG Prestige Pro, which I like. I wanted to get a racquet that I can swing more
freely. Graphene Radical Pro is definitely easier to swing, but it is a lot more stiffer and doesn't have enough power on plow
through. I had more control on my ground strokes, but if I don't swing properly then I had almost no power on my shots. My
serves and overheads were better. At net more maneuverable, but somehow didn't feel as stable as my prestige pro. At the end, I
didn't feel it as an upgrade for me.
Comments: I am a 4.0 player. This is actually my first Head racquet. I have been playing with K6.1 90 and Prostaff
6.0 85. One handed backhand. My motivation to get a different racquet is my desire to go with a bigger headsize and lighter
weight. I was looking for a racquet with the similar feel (swing weight/timing) to the Pro Staff and allows deep backhand slice
penetration as the Pro Staff. I demoed four racquets from Tennis Warehouse ($11.50 with shipping included, what a deal!) The
four racquets I demoed are Roddick's Babolat, Djokovic's Head, Wawrinka's Yonex and Murray's Radical pro. Murray's Radical Pro
comes in as most similar to my old Pro Staff in swing weight and timing. I can go back and forth between the Pro Staff 85 and
Radical Pro without having to adjust my timing too much. The Radical Pro gives almost the same court penetration on my slice
backhand. What I gained is more power and spins in my strokes and more pop in my serve. My net play also improved because of
it's maneuverability. Overall I really like this new stick and would recommend it to someone with a old school game who are
transitioning from Federer's 90 square inch.
Comments: I was looking for a racquet with similar feel as my Pro Staff 6.0 85 square inch. I demoed four racquets
from Tennis Warehouse: Djokovic's, Warwrinka's, Roddick's and Murray's racquet. I know I want a larger head size and a lighter
weight but I want something with the similar swing weight as the Pro Staff so I can switch racquets without affecting my timing
too much. Also, I'm looking for one that can slice as well as the Pro Staff. The Graphene Radical Pro is a pleasant surprise. For
such a light weight racquet it swings about the same. A tad quicker but not by much. It puts enough weight behind my slice so the
ball lands deep. And it also valleys much better than the Pro Staff. Very satisfied.
Comments: This is totally not a succession racquet. It is a stronger, stiffer frame, so it has more control. Less spin,
lower powered. To me it plays a lot like Djokovic's Speed Pro. It's a control oriented flat hitting racquet. Vibration feedback is
almost like hitting with a metal baseball bat. Good or bad depending on your preference. Personally, I really enjoyed the plow-
through but hated the Graphene sound and feedback. I keep on thinking there go my tendons with all that vibration. I'd imagine
it would be greatly suited for a Murray type of baseline grinding game. Spin requires extraneous stroke modification. Felt pushed
around a bit once my timing was off for those T-off flat shots. Topspin was landing short compared to a lot of racquets with
similar specs I was demoing this with.
Comments: I'm a 3.5 player and I tried this racquet on demo from TW. Having already tried many of the new
offerings, including Graphene Instinct, Speed Pro, Prestige, and my former favorite, the Speed MP, I can say that this racquet is like
a sleek race car in comparison. This demo reminded me of the time I first hit with the Volkl C10 Pro many years ago. The power I
always wished for in that racquet is here, along with the control, spin, and balance. The racquet simply does what you want it to.
I got the Speed MP (which I really like) for a comparison, and it never made it out of the bag. I was so engrossed in seeing what
else I could do with this Radical Pro. I realize this is a first impression and if it doesn't change over the course of the demo, this
will be my new racquet.
Comments: I agree with previous posting. I demoed it along with Prestige Pro and found it to be a good balance
with power and control. My down-the-line one handed backhand appears to be much more accurate and volleys are crisp at the
net. It is not stiff at all and feels lighter than the listed weight. It is probably because I have been using Head Liquidmetal Radical
MP for years and this new Radical Pro is now on the top of my replacement list. Prestige Pro obviously weighs more without
additional benefit, can be awkard outside sweet spot.
Comments: All the feedback on this racquet so far seems to show that most players who have owned a previous
generation Radical don't care for the 'radically' different feel, and then there are the others who haven't hit with a Radical, this is
their first exposure and most seem to love this racquet. I fall into the latter camp. It is a firm racquet, I've offset that a little by
playing with a soft, spin-friendly poly, and adding a little weight. This racquet offers great control, and more than adequate power
and spin. My one handed backhand is improved since I went switched to this racquet and now I can consistently hit cross-court
winners. And my serve is much more consistent, I have had a problem with it sailing on me at times, that happens with much less
frequency now. Overall I'm very happy with it.
Comments: Had a few hours playing with the new Graphene Radical Pro and found it quite mediocre. Yes it has
good control but nothing extraordinary. It also feels very stiff, more than it's rating suggests, and overall not enjoyable to use.
The positives for me were slices and serves. I don't see the comparison with Prestige MP, which I think is a superior racquet in
almost all aspects and much more comfortable to use. I see where they were trying to go with this, and I suspect it will be a
racquet that you will either love or hate. Many might be in the former camp, but I highly suggest demoing before buying it. As far
as I am concerned the previous model, which as many pointed out bares no resemblance to the new one, was a better racquet.
Comments: My 2014 Head Graphene Radical Pro arrived 2 days ago. So far, I am quite impressed. I've been
playing with the Head Youtek IG Prestige Pro. The new 2014 Radical Pro has slightly more power, and better performance on
groundstrokes, returns, volleys, service pace and precision and the most important for my game, slice. Strung at 52 lbs with
Gamma Professional 18 gauge makes for a very comfortable feel. The weight is almost an ounce less at 11.5 than the Prestige
Pro. I like both racquets but I believe the 2014 Radical Pro will be an asset to my game with many features that the Prestige Pro
does not have.
Comments: The older model was softer and had more plow through power. This new racquet is trying to be
something it is not. Feel and touch are lacking. I will stock up on older ones.
Comments: I am a fan of the Radical MP racquets, but bought the Rad Pro instead based on reviews. I am not
disappointed. The racquet is crisp. Great control and power. I was afraid of the high stiff rating, but the racquet felt very flexible. I
did not experience any discomfort playing 3hrs, 3 days in a row . I think stringing at 52 lbs helped.
Comments: I am really convinced by the previous comments. It feels exactly like a Prestige IG MidPlus to me with a
16x19 string pattern. Lots of control and directional stability for an open pattern. I directly purchased this racquet without a demo
but just because I liked the specs and the Tennis Warehouse reviews. I am really very happy with this racquet. Initially, I didn't like
for about 30 minutes and slowly it attracted me. I am able to play all kinds of shots including serves, great volleys and all kinds of
baseline shots with great controlled power. String it between 48-52 lb with co-poly and this will become a tennis machine. This
racquet totally changed my game. I think a lot of ATP pros will convert to this racquet. This is a great racquet at 11.5 ounces
and I recommend it for medium to advanced players.
Comments: Feels like a Prestige IG MidPlus with a 16x19 string pattern. Lot of control and directional stability for
open pattern. This one was a demo strung really high with the new Hawk strings. I will string it at low 50s with my co-poly of
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