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Comments: After playing with the Head Graphene Radical Pro for three months, I now own two of them; one
strung at 53 pounds, another at 50 pounds with Babolat RPM Blast (18 gauge). This combo gives me controllable power
with solid plow through. I can hit with crisp spin or flat shots with good racquet head acceleration. The racquets look great
with the orange grommet bumper guard. I am leaving behind my older version of the Wilson Pro Staff (with lead tapes). The
Head Graphene Radical Pro is a top gun for the modern game of tennis. However, I do restring often for best string
performance of this high-gauge ploy.
From: Ying, 7/15
Comments: Played with a demo of the Radical Pro today. For context, I come from heavy headlight racquets,
PS85, then the PS90, 6.1 95. I finally moved to the Blade 98. I suppose like everyone, I want a combination of control and
power. My control is on my Lux Power Rough strings, and I'm a savage hitter but my Blade wasn't cutting it. So after
reading the TW Reviews for the first time, I became interested in Head Racquets. In the past I've found them too low
powered and just blah, nothing there. This racquet is excellent. Of course with demos you can't really test how good it is
because they always send horrible string. I mean, I got my demo from a pro shop, how they think you can "know" a
racquet with cheap strings I don't understand, but this had a dead poly and it was perfect, more powerful than any of my
previous racquets, but not like a Babolat AeroPro Drive type of power where you have to drop bombs from the baseline,
the power was controlled. The racquet was super fast, felt very light in my hands, but when you connect the plow through
is there, you can hit hard and flat. So, having always played with Wilson everything, I'm switching! Oh yea, the serve is
insane, getting that racquet head speed up there. I'm going to string it with my Lux Power Rough and I'll get as far as I can
go for a control oriented power stick.
From: Mike, 6/15
Comments: I've been playing with this racquet for about two weeks. I bought it because the specs were
around my sweet spot, I love Head racquets and the feedback was all positive. I had strung with my usual Tour Bite at
54/53 lbs. The frame came in on the light side in my opinion. I added my usual TW leather grip and when still too light I
stuffed the handle with copper tape. It now weights around my preferable 12 ounces. It's also more balanced for
acceleration. I couldn't be happier with the frame. I'm getting tremendous pop and action on my groundstrokes and
serves. At the same time, its all controllable -- I'm hitting with a lot of confidence and keeping shots in play. The overall
feel is interesting. It's a tad hollow, but also crisp and comfortable at the same time, even with full poly. Within the sweet
spot against a pace-ful shot it just excels. In stock form, I might be saying otherwise, but adjusted it is nothing less than
stellar so far. Hope this helps.
From: Andrew, 6/15
Comments: Changing to this stick was a decision I had pondered over for months. I have been using the
previous version of the Radical Pro for years due to the plush, solid feel and the comfort you get from it. The issue I
always had to put up with was the flex in the frame allowing the ball to wander wide when ripping winners. This Graphene
Radical Pro is just an awesome improvement in my opinion. I strung it with my usual string of Luxilon M2 Pro on the Mains
and Prince Premier Attack on the Crosses. Mains and Crosses were both strung slightly lower tension than the old Radical
-- 54 lbs/57 lbs. This is still super comfortable to hit with but produces a much more crisp feel at the same time. It feels
super stable even without a full Cap Grommet or Lead Tape added to the Hoop. I get great depth and spin from all over
the court mainly due to the fact that it feels much more maneuverable than my old Radicals to allow easy acceleration of
the head. Tons of plough through and control. Volleys are just solid and crisp. In summary, stable, powerful, punchy,
controlled and comfortable. The frame weighed in at 308g at a balance point bang on at 315mm. I then added a Prestige
Pro Overgrip and nothing more.
From: Ian, 6/15
Comments: I switched out the cap grommets and added a leather grip. With this set up, the weight is 353
grams and the balance is just over 6 pts HL. It's still maneuverable for me and really solid. Also, easy on the arm so far. A
welcome change from the Wilson Pro Staff RF97 because of the added maneuverability. There's still lots of pop, but I'm
able to get prepared in time against hard hitters. This is a fine, fine racquet.
From: Sam, 6/15
Comments: The Head Graphene Radical Pro is a heavy hitter among all Radical racquets with a higher swing
weight especially when it is upgraded with the orange grommets bumper guard. Mounting it with Babolat RPM blast at 54
pounds gives excellent spin, power, and control for a 4.5+ player. It still produces pace on off-center shots. It is not head-
heavy at the net. It plays a bit like Wilson Pro Staff 97 with one square inch bigger head size.
From: Bill, 5/15
Comments: First time out, not so sure. Restrung it with poly strings, and the second time out, I was ripping
winners from both sides. Very deep shots, and the ball drops in at the baseline. Enjoy!
From: Michael, 5/15
Comments: I've just gone back to this stick. I left my Blade 98 at another club during a recent competition, so
out my old Pure Drive. Well, that didn't go too well, as the thing felt so light and just spun in my hand when volleying heavy
So, I made a halftime dash to the car park and got out the Radical. I have to say I'm starting to wonder why I ever left it? I
serving bombs last night and my groundies were great. Volleys, strictly one way traffic. This is one crisp SOB. I own a lot of
racquets and usually customize them with lead. This one has a great weight and mass and still remains fast through
From: Jonathan, 5/15
Comments: This thing is a tank! I played in my first tournament yesterday and lost in the 3rd set but this stick
not get pushed around at all. Currently I am using Black Spiky Shark 17g in there. The control is great, the power level is
too, can't go wrong with this as it is very maneuverable and has great feel too. If anyone is unsure of this racquet I would
recommend it -- it does great things on serve and return. Totally worth a try. If you want more feel, I would go with a hybrid
a gut in the crosses.
From: Anon, 4/15
Comments: I do not understand how anyone can call this low powered. Thanks to the polarized weight, high
stiffness and ample mass this thing is a tank that plows through the ball. It has 16 mains but the four middle strings are
each other (I have a Volkl and Becker with a similar pattern) which clearly enhances control. It is no surprise that this new
will disappoint owners of former Radical Pro sticks because it is a completely different stick, It is a mystery to me why
do that. Still if you appreciate solid, stiff response with excellent control, great spin look no further. String this bad boy with
smooth soft co-poly full bed or hybrid with a soft synthetic to offset stiffness and swing away. My choice -- Weiss Cannon
Silverstring at 52 lbs. I am a 4.5 baseliner.
From: Sal, 4/15
Comments: I like the look of this frame. But I can't say that I like the way it plays. The Graphene Radical Pro
stiff and very low powered compared to other frames within the same spec range. I was expecting much more power from
since it's a stiffer frame. But for some strange reason, this wasn't the case. It is however a very good control frame if that's
you're looking for. I can serve and hit groundies with much more pace from my older Radicals and Prestige Pros. I was
disappointed in this update.
From: Chad, 3/15
Comments: I also have a problem with grommets. The transparent plastic is just terrible. Would be good if
can produce a dark gray plastic. Overall, I like Radical Pro. Very stabile stick with good control and spin. My sticks are
some other racquets like Speed Pro 315. Mine are 340 grams each with overgrip and dampener. I tried also to cuztomize
with orange grommets. Than racquet looks awesome but is much heavier. 353 grams and a SW of 354.This will be my
the next five years. Strung with Signum Pro Tornado 1.29 and I am rated NTRP 5.5.
From: Dejan, 2/15
Comments: Love this racquet! The racquet has transformed my game. I wouldn't say that it will do that for
everyone, but it fits me well. I am able to get more spin. My volleys have improved, and although my serve was worse
is coming along now, and feel like I am in a good spot. The grommets are, however, terrible. I am not sure if it has to do
them being too brittle because of the clear plastic, but I never had these problems with old (black) Head grommets. I am
wearing through the head guard at all, but I use tape. I wonder if older versions of the grommets would fit.
From: Ron, 1/15
Comments: Make no mistake. This is a hefty racquet. If you have the guns to wield it, and can keep the
head speed up, the results will be positively substantial. Impressive plow through like a tree trunk. And nitro power. Grip
From: JSamm, 12/14
Comments: I'm coming from a ProStaff 6.1 95 so I'm still adjusting to the firmer feel. I have to say, this is a lot
more fun. I can hit better angles, serve as well, and volley better. Good amount of mass, very good control. Great power. I
ball deeper in the court way more consistently. That is the main comment from hitting partners, the other is that I'm
the ball pretty hard. I feel a little sore after a couple sets, but not much more than the flexible Wilson. I'm playing against
singles and doubles so balls are coming in hard. I get tired and sore anyway. If anything I might add just a touch of weight
absorb even more shock. I'm over 40, a day rest and I'm ready for more. Using a Volkl poly tour main, Gosen syn gut
crosses at 52
lbs for the winter. Might go up a couple when it gets warm.
From: Paul, 11/14
Comments: This racquet definitely takes a bit of adjusting to. I was using the AeroPro Drive previous but
more control. The Radical Pro is definitely an upgrade. It's stiffer but not uncomfortable. Power: lots of controllable power
review says. A bit more than the APD in my opinion because it is quite lively with the open string pattern. Control: heaps
control than the APD. I was able to aim my shots a bit better. Stability is very good considering it is quite light racquet --
swing weight was lower than that indicated in my opinion. It's probably on par with the APD. Serves: definitely more power
the APD with more accuracy. If you are after a crisp, stiff, control but also very good power racquet then this is for you. I
to improve my game and increase my accuracy -- an upgrade from the APD.
From: Anon, 10/14
Comments: I almost gave up on this racquet until I saw Michael's review below. He is so right. Put a little
3 and 9 and counterbalance it with a little weight at the handle and all twinges and pains are gone. As a bonus, you will
depth on your groundies and a potential bazooka serve. Thanks Michael!
From: Per, 10/14
Comments: I have three of these racquets and I have to say, I love them. Now let me back up a little bit. I am a
collegiate level tennis player, and the first time I picked up this racquet, I hit with it for 2 minutes and hated it. You have to
a chance! A couple weeks later I played with it again, and this time I gave it a chance and realized it was the racquet I have
searching for! I am playing my best tennis now and I would suggest this racquet to anyone who hits big or reserved, who
improve their game and whoever wants a all around solid racquet.
From: Dylan, 9/14
Comments: I've been playing now for about 2.5 months with this racquet. I have two of these weapons and
the diffrence between the two racquets that I have is 6 grams with same setup. Volkl Cyclone 1.25, Tourna Original and
Pete Sampras dampener. One racquet is 334g and the second is 340g. The balance is also different between those two
The heavier racquet is more demanding, with an even balance and the lighter one is more head light balance (which is
me). Bad quality control by Head. Anyway, about the racquets: in the beginning was a little stiff, but after a while, the
feeling is not
so bad. Enough power, spin and kick serves are ok. But I miss a more flex beams, more comfort. I used to play with Bio
Wilson Pro Tour BLX, PB 10 325. I think that Ill try the Pro Staff 95 or maybe Prince Tour 18x20. The Radical Pro is ok but I
look forward to trying something else. Worth a try though.
From: Deki, 9/14
Comments: I demoed this racquet last week and fell in love with it completely. This racquet is very stiff,
feels much stiffer than my ADP 2013. But once you get used to its stiffness, it's just like a dream coming true: superb
enough spin, and pinpoint accuracy!
From: Chen, 9/14
Comments: I have tested many racquets. This one is among the best if not the best for me. Volkl PB10 Mid,
Wilson RF79A I tested also today, Babolat Pure Storm, Prince Rebel EXO95 and the Dunlop 200 line. The new Graphene
is something different, stiff but comfortable, an almost soft feeling but with directional control, easy to acces spin and
pace/power and invites to play agressive. It's much more forgiving than the low-powered Graphene Prestige Midplus, more
to spin and more comfy than the Babolat Pure Strike. Fun to play with!
From: Sjoerd, 9/14
Comments: I have been using this racquet for about 3 months. Didn't have any arm pain at first but started to
some twinges which I haven't had in years. So I added 4 inches of 1/4 inch lead tape (2 inches on both side of the
each side of the racquet for 8inches total at 3 and 9 o'clock. That has done several things. First it dampened the racquet
that I don't have any arm twinges at all, and it isn't nearly as jarring when I hit outside the sweet spot. Second, I am
pop on both volleys and serves. Third, I have a balance board and it really didn't impact the balance much at all. Also, I
the tension on the strings and am now using the Hurricane Pro/VS Hybrid with the VS at 50 lbs in the mains and the
48 in the crosses. I feel like any issues I had with the racquet are totally gone, and It will do anything I ask of it now. I am
strong 3.5 player. I recommend anyone with this racquet experiment with it to bring out its best, it's worth it. By the way, I
coming from an APD cortex.
From: Michael, 9/14
Comments: An update from January: With considerable playing time accumulated, I have to say that this
ultimately, a disappointment. Just too light and underpowered in my opinion. I still stand by its great maneuverability at the
and effectiveness at volleys, as well as its control. However, overall it feels too tinny and vibration-prone. I'm going to try a
setup or co-poly and see whether it makes a difference.
From: Frank, 9/14
Comments: My son switched to the Graphene Radical Pro early this summer (from the Babolat PS Tour that he
used for the past 2 years) after an introduction by a close friend from HEAD. He graduated from HS in June and started
using it to
play tournaments. He won the ITA Summer Circuit Doubles and reached SF in Singles. He has been enjoying the new
great success in his matches. He strings with Volkl Cyclone 17 at 52 lbs full bed. However, about in late July, he started to
pain in his left wrist and has been diagnosed to have probably "tendinitis." He had to take a month off playing tennis to rest
wrist. I was very concerned and decided to let him try the new Volkl V-Star string as a more "comfortable" soft poly strung
lbs full bed. He immediately felt the softness of the string and noticed that his wrist pain is now more manageable. He will
soft Cyclone Tour next. When asked, his coach did indicate that the Graphene Radical Pro is definitely more stiff and may
softer string or hybrid to feel comfortable.
From: Jack, 9/14
Comments: Well first let me say that I have played with Head for over 10 years.The last one being the Youtek
Prestige Mid. I felt that my game was stagnant, so I started demos of the Head Graphene Prestige. Did not like it at all felt
same stick (Youtek). Tried the Radical Pro -- the first time didn't feel too good, I had to adjust my swing (almost 2ounces
the second time out it was a little better and I noticed a lot more spin. Third time was magical, same model different
strings. To make a long story short, I feel like a new player -- power, touch and shot shaping. All those things that before I
not have (except power -- I'm 6'5 225 lbs and lefty). Thanks Head you've brought me joy and aces!
From: Archie, 9/14
Comments: I have been playing with this racquet since it first came out late last year. I am a 4.5 who played
Wilson racquets for the last ten years and can say this is a great racquet. I briefly played with the Radical IG and liked the
how easy it was on my arm then tried this out and I believe it is a good balance between the flex of the IG and the stiffness
current Wilson line of racquets that is not too heavy but does have some weight. I also use multi-filaments due to my
being able to handle poly.
From: Mike, 9/14
Comments: Loved this racquet! Just played 3 hours with it after moving from Pure Drive GT+ and also Wilson
(Yes two extremes there!). It feels very stable on groundstrokes -- the control and depth are 'spot on' for me. Volleys are
and you can punch through the ball without fear of going long. Overheads felt excellent. Directional control is great
the Pure Drive and I feel more confident going for the lines. Serves well too -- the balance of the racquet makes the head
tad later than what I'm used to, but once I got dialled in to the polarised set up, the power and spin were really working for
The other great thing about this racquet compared to the Babolat PD is that it felt more arm-friendly. I play semi-western
forehand and single-handed backhand. I really enjoyed the bite on the backhand and the feel of the racquet connecting to
Didn't get that at all with the Pure Drive. I genuinely feel like I've got a good blend between the touch and feel of the Wilson
and the power of the Babolat PD. I have mine strung at 52 lbs with BlackCode co-poly and Prince Synthetic gut. Very
my new upgrade.
From: Jeff, 9/14
Comments: It is a heavy racquet to swing and very stiff. Massive power for the agressive player who
stay on The gas. If you have to play defense or want to vary your pace The balls will start to fly on you. I will sell mine.
handle this discomfortable club of a racquet.
From: Per, 8/14
Comments: After reading the reviews about this racquet, I thought "wow, it has it all!" So I tested the racquet
-- I am 50 years old with a 5.0 ranking and am an all-around player. I wasn't impressed with the racquet -- I mean it is ok,
nothing special. I didn't like serving with it. The only thing that was right in the reviews is that it is not very comfortable,
than that, I don't agree on anything from the reviews.
From: Terry, 8/14
Comments: Trying out this Head Radical Pro for the first time was good off the bat. It does take some
time to it. So far I have only gotten minor soreness to my arm, but with few days of rest I'm sure I'll be aright. With the right
strings set up, this racquet can pack punches! Would recommend if you can also handle the little stiffness of it.
From: Nate, 8/14
Comments: I was a Prestige guy for 6 years (Youtek Mid) 93 square inches, about 12 ounces. But I needed a
Demoed the new Graphene Prestige and Graphene Radical Pro -- no comparison. The radical is lighter and has an open
pattern. Let's just say I have a new attitude -- I own the court.
From: Archie, 8/14
Comments: I also switched from the Youtek IG Extreme Pro. The racquet felt really good right of the bat. I find
be more maneuverable than the Extreme and it has a better feel and response. Noticed better feel, control, and power on
I am able to get the racquet back faster on shots that come back fast and also on the run shots. One thing that will take a
getting used to is that the Extreme has a more mass feel which makes certain volleys easier to hit. Not a big deal though.
gladly loose that to gain the control. I also found redirecting the ball easier and more consistent with this racquet. I would
never considered the Radical line based on the previous generations specs, but Head totally changed this racquet line this
Overall, I am very happy with the switch.
From: Neil, 7/14
Comments: I used a Youtek Extreme Pro and found this racquet to handle full strokes better as well as provide
more power when serving. I am very satisfied with the touch and response the racquet provides as well. The shots are crisp
From: Brad, 7/14
Comments: I am a 3.5 approaching 4.0 player. My previous racquets were Youtek Radical Pro, IG Radical MP,
Graphene Radical Pro. The Youtek Radical Pro caused some arm pain. So, I switched to the IG Radical MP and have been
happy with it. I was hesitating to switch to the Graphene Pro due to my previous arm pain. But, currently I have no arm
because my tennis muscle got trained -- the Graphene feels arm-friendlier, and it is strung with a hybrid setup. Overall, I
quite happy with Graphene stick now. The current hybrid setup is mains with Luxilon ALU Rough at 53 lbs and crosses are
Technifibre NRG2 at 57 lbs. NRG2 is not durable at all. My next journey will be a full bed of poly at 54 lbs since there is no
pain. I thought it was a stick for very advanced player, but now I believe someone at the 3.5 level also can enjoy it in
From: Sangho, 7/14
Comments: Coming from a radical IG this racquet feels stiffer and hollow. It shines in serves and volleys (very
maneuverable), and produced major spin on ground strokes. Has a light whipy feel at 6pnts head light. I feel like it has a
power and if you hit flat it may not be for you. I had to remind myself with this racquet to always brush up the ball and
through; concerns me on chip shots that I'd sail the ball or feed i right to my opponent. I also demoed the prestige MP,
like that was not hollow, pocketed the ball a bit more and better on ground strokes, I could hit out without worry of it sailing
more accuracy; not as spin friendly though and on rushed shots I had trouble putting the ball deep. In the end I've decide
with my radical IG and put some weight in the handle and spin friendly poly. I think that may give me exactly the middle
between these two racquets, which both are very nice -- just not worth the change for me at this time.
From: Anon, 7/14
Comments: I am very content with this racquet so far, especially since I was coming from the previous IG
the Radical, and as mentioned in several reviews, Head definitely rectified IG's instability at net issues with a far more solid
with this graphene version. I purchased 2 of these racquets from 2 different places and balanced them myself, which is
would recommend for even those who purchase both racquets from the same vendor. Despite the already heavier frame of
racquet, I wanted an even more head light feeling and added some lead tape on the handle, which has allowed this racquet
even more solid at net and a force to be reckoned with at serve. If one can manage the weight of the (12.5 oz in my case)
one can switch from defensive to offensive rallies very easily and have added much (flatter) pace to my 2hbh. Both strung
Gamma Glide crosses (56 lbs) and a poly on mains at 52 lbs (Kirschbaum and Gosen for no particular reason other than the
that they are rounded polys).
From: Dan, 7/14
Comments: It's a solid racquet compared to my old ones, the Wilson Pro Tour BLX and Dunlop bm 200. Now,
I have nice spin, my serves are stronger, my kick serve is amazing, and my 1hbh also has good spin. This is my first
six years with string pattern 16x19 and all others had 18x20 and smaller headsizes. All in all its a good all around racquet
am swtching to it.
From: Dejan, 6/14
Comments: Once you get used to the polarized frame construction this racquet feels real solid. I am in the
impression though that Head is having quality control issues. I demoed this racquet strung with MSV HEPTA TWIST-16. The
racquet felt amazing and very maneuverable, with a head light feeling. I weighted that racquet and it was 326 grams. After
demo I immediately ordered two racquets from TW as I wanted to try the Volkl Cyclone 16 sting I ordered it pre stretched
Now, as I received the racquets, the weight for each is 337 grams, believe me, this 10 grams extra makes the racquet
maneuverable and heavier -- plus there is not the head light feeling any more. Any others experience same issues?
From: MJ, 6/14
Comments: One of my favorites of the new Head racquets. This was heavier than racquets I'm used to, but it
easy to adapt and I instantly loved the power behind it. I didn't find a lot of forgiveness on miss hits, so I wouldn't
for anybody under 4.0 NTRP rating and I think most 4.0 rated players might enjoy the MP more than the Pro just for
maneuverability (weight-related). Groundstrokes definitely favored over volleys -- it felt great to step in and rip
personally prefer more feel on volleys than I get from this racquet, but I'd still be willing to give it a shot.
From: Mary, 4/14
Comments: Received my Radical Pro yesterday from TW. Firstly, awesome international service! Got to play
singles last night and I have to say: This racquet is amazing. I've only played with the MP version before, but the Pro has
same pop and crispness as the MP, but with a whole lot more stability and plow through. Winners are a whole lot easier to
well, and there is no sacrifice on feel either. With the MP I often felt bullied on the court, but with the Pro: Now I'm the bully.
racquet will definitely take my game to the next level.
From: Ferdi, 4/14
Comments: I bought this stick based on the specs, since I like both of the Speeds, but the heavier one
had 18 mains, which doesn't work for me. I was hoping that this would be the same as Djokovic's stick just with 16 mains.
Unfortunately, I was wrong. Very stiff, but not a lot of power. This is an uber-control stick, much like the older Babolat
Control. A good stick if you take a big rip at the ball and need control, only. But I prefer the Wilson Blade (with 16 mains)
From: Jim, 4/14
Comments: Currently playing with the 2012 Head Prestige Pro. I demoed the previous Radical Pro, and wasn't
fan, but I decided to demo the Graphene Radical Pro do to all the positive reviews and it's pretty amazing. My serve easily
20 mph and was more accurate -- it's like I can hit it as hard as I wanted. The racquet is incredibly forgiving. The one
have is the racquet cracked at the throat, the demo had a small hairline fracture when I received it, but I didn't think much
With all the flex this racquet has I'm a bit concerned the neck of the racket can not handle the stress. Hopefully, this was
anomaly, but I was curious if anyone knows of this being an issue?
From: Hunter, 4/14
Comments: Been playing with Prestige Mids and Pros for the longest time until my Graphene Radical Pro
2013. Its the only racquet I'm playing with for now. It has very good pop, spin, power, control, and maneuverability.
around racquet and deadly at the net. It has a crisp feel not found in any of the racquets in the Prestige line. Just have to
to it though. Overall this is a magic wand strung with Lux M2 Pro (cross) and Natural (main) at 52 lbs with dampener in
Don't take my word for it. Try it out.
From: Joey, 4/14
Comments: Made the switch to this racquet a couple of months ago and couldn't be happier. Initially I
find pace on my serve because I was coming from a heavier racquet, but I am 90% there. The best feature for me is the
the racquet for being so light. I am able to get my racquet on balls that I previously couldn't, and I have been able to
much more spin as a result of the light swing weight. This racquet has made me more confident in my shots, and has
my results. The semi-tight string pattern in the middle of the racquet allows for great slices on my backhand, which has
added bonus. One thing that I have noticed is that the racquet's playability changes quite a bit with string choice. I
started with a hybrid poly/multi, which I didn't like, then have tried 3 different polys and am settling in on Solinco Tour Bite.
that string the racquet has good power, and unbelievable spin.
From: Pete, 4/14
Comments: Was previously using the Graphene Speed Pro, but fell in love with this the first time out. It has a
response than the speed pro (although much stiffer than the previous Radical) but more spin potential due to the open
pattern with close to the same control. It is also quicker through the air than the previous version which helps add to spin
potential. It really is a great racquet.
From: Connor, 3/14
Comments: First time out with this racquet I wasn't a big fan of it. However, after I got used to it, this racquet
phenomenal! I could take a big swing at the ball and generate a ton of pace and spin. This allowed me to have accurate,
powerful shots. Flat and slice serves feel amazing, but my kick serve with this racquet isn't the best. Strung it with Luxilon
Savage/Wilson NXT hybrid at 52 lbs. I will be switching to this racquet.
From: Tanner, 3/14
Comments: The racquet is great but have already had to replace the grommets after less than a month. Is
else having issues?
From: Anon, 3/14
Comments: Quality control issues may make matching a pair more difficult than expected since the design of
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
handle, making this frame light, but hefty and packing a twitchy punch. A slight change in either direction because of
control issues will make your timing issue a huge ordeal if you've got two frames that aren't matched. Buyer beware.
From: Alpinecadet, 2/14
Comments: I played with Pro Staff 6.0 and K61 tour 90 square inch. I demoed the Graphene Radical Pro and
love. This racquet slices as well as the K61 and the open strings gave me more topspins on my shots. The swing weight is
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
to play with my 85 sq. in. and 90 sq. in. Wilson racquets .
From: Jake, 2/14
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
IG Extreme Pro 2.0.
From: Elvis, 2/14
Comments: I'm thrilled with this one. Big change from the IG version. It is stiff, crisp and modern racquet. I
feel any arm or shoulder pain that some were talking about. More control than IG Radical and more control power. Balance
different and anyone who really loved IG Radical will not be crazy for Graphene Radical. I left my Graphene Speed Pro for
because of more power, bigger sweetspot, pretty much same control and I can easier produce spin with this one.
From: Anon, 2/14
Comments: Great stick. Does everything well. Yes it's stiffer than before, but it makes the game easier to
while still being a control racquet. Topspin was heavy on the FH, BH drives were easy and controllable. Serves were really
too. I found this nicer to play with than the Graphene Prestige Pro, for a reference point. As many have said, controllable,
power. You should give it a shot if you're thinking about it!
From: Anon, 2/14
Comments: This racquet is a strange beast. It takes a bit of getting used to. On my first play it felt tinny. I
out the strings and put in Wilson Sensation. That took care of the vibration, but for my shots still sailed long and lacked
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
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
with power and placement. My groundstrokes are far more consistent but still have depth. Playing angles is easy. Its not a
and play racquet but once you have the right setup, its unparalleled in my opinion.
From: Jon, 2/14
Comments: I am a 4.5 player, with medium speed long strokes, one handed back, more flat than heavy
I used to play with the Babolat GT Pure Storm which I loved for the control, but lacked seriously on power, but worst, killed
arm. Went to prestige MP, got the control, no pains, but heavy and have to really work to get power and topspin, so I
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
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
you are aggressive, the racquet will reward with control and pace, and depth and is stable. You can not play loose due to
power potential, but when you connect, it is a much heavier ball than the prestige.
From: Anon, 2/14
Comments: Coming from a Pure Drive, I was highly impressed with the nice blend of power, control, and
this racquet. I found it to have a large sweetspot with plenty of maneuverability. Not liking mushy racquets, I enjoyed it's
feel. The TW review nails it on the head. I'm strongly considering returning from the darkside and purchasing a few.
From: Ben, 2/14
Comments: One word -- pain. Not a good frame if you have arm or shoulder issues. Off center shots don't just
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.
From: Mark, 2/14
Comments: Previous racquets of mine have been IG Prestige Pro, IG Extreme Pro 2.0 and IG Radical Pro. I
curious on what TW would say about the new Graphene Radical Pro, but actually I would have ordered it based on the
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
The cons are more difficult to pinpoint, but I can understand if some people would add a little weight in the hoop. I play
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
strokes compare to my previous models. Inside-out works ok (was actually an easier shot with the previous Radical, but
was too flexible; changing ball direction was like gambling). For my game/style it works fine from stock. I've been using
XCite 16L strung at 52 lbs. Good combination considering the stiffness of the racquet. No arm problems at all. So all you
(Association of One-handed Backhanders) out there; give it a try! All in all a very solid stick with no obvious weakness.
From: Moz, 1/14
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
from my Pure Drive. I tried out the new Pure Control Tour from Babolat but it was much less forgiving than the Head.
From: Derek, 1/14
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
Head was a huge change for me. However, their new Pure Control racquets did not work well for my game. I fell in love
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
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.
control and power is outstanding. This racquet does well with heavy hitters as it is stable enough to control pace very well.
thing I love about this racquet is that it is only 1 point head light. Therefore, the swing weight is really nice since the
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
From: Ray, 1/14
Comments: I am trying this racquet for a second time now. It definitely does well on top spin, slice, and
Adequately powerful and "controlled power" description is justified. It is also stable, and maneuverable, overall a very
racquet, worth considering, but there is something nagging me that I did not notice at first try -- what is this pinging at
and "hollow feeling" (not enough plow through feeling)? Is this how Head or other brands make their racquets nowadays?
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.
From: Anon, 1/14
Comments: The last model is too flexible that control is lost, and this one is a little bit stiff that can hurt your
and jarring when not struck right. Head needs to make one that is about 65-66 flex rating. I like the weight distribution
From: Anon, 1/14
Comments: Great racquet, you can really feel the ball. The previous Radical was not bad either, but this one
lot more control and very good power. The previous was kind of hard to control and bent in all directions on ball impact,
new one, the ball does what you want and you are on the wheel. Great frame.
From: Jim, 1/14
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
use a little more mass in this regard, in my opinion). Not like any previous Radicals in my experience (which isn't a bad
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
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.
From: Frank, 1/14
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.
serves and overheads were better. At net more maneuverable, but somehow didn't feel as stable as my prestige pro. At the
didn't feel it as an upgrade for me.
From: Raghu, 1/14
Comments: I am a 4.0 player. This is actually my first Head racquet. I have been playing with K6.1 90 and
6.0 85. One handed backhand. My motivation to get a different racquet is my desire to go with a bigger headsize and
weight. I was looking for a racquet with the similar feel (swing weight/timing) to the Pro Staff and allows deep backhand
penetration as the Pro Staff. I demoed four racquets from Tennis Warehouse ($11.50 with shipping included, what a deal!)
four racquets I demoed are Roddick's Babolat, Djokovic's Head, Wawrinka's Yonex and Murray's Radical pro. Murray's
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
Radical Pro without having to adjust my timing too much. The Radical Pro gives almost the same court penetration on my
backhand. What I gained is more power and spins in my strokes and more pop in my serve. My net play also improved
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.
From: Anon, 1/14
Comments: I was looking for a racquet with similar feel as my Pro Staff 6.0 85 square inch. I demoed four
from Tennis Warehouse: Djokovic's, Warwrinka's, Roddick's and Murray's racquet. I know I want a larger head size and a
weight but I want something with the similar swing weight as the Pro Staff so I can switch racquets without affecting my
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.
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.
From: Anon, 1/14
Comments: This is totally not a succession racquet. It is a stronger, stiffer frame, so it has more control. Less
lower powered. To me it plays a lot like Djokovic's Speed Pro. It's a control oriented flat hitting racquet. Vibration
almost like hitting with a metal baseball bat. Good or bad depending on your preference. Personally, I really enjoyed the
through but hated the Graphene sound and feedback. I keep on thinking there go my tendons with all that vibration. I'd
it would be greatly suited for a Murray type of baseline grinding game. Spin requires extraneous stroke modification. Felt
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.
From: GS, 12/13
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
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
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,
will be my new racquet.
From: Michael, 12/13
Comments: I agree with previous posting. I demoed it along with Prestige Pro and found it to be a good
with power and control. My down-the-line one handed backhand appears to be much more accurate and volleys are crisp
net. It is not stiff at all and feels lighter than the listed weight. It is probably because I have been using Head Liquidmetal
MP for years and this new Radical Pro is now on the top of my replacement list. Prestige Pro obviously weighs more
additional benefit, can be awkard outside sweet spot.
From: Anon, 12/13
Comments: All the feedback on this racquet so far seems to show that most players who have owned a
generation Radical don't care for the 'radically' different feel, and then there are the others who haven't hit with a Radical,
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
playing with a soft, spin-friendly poly, and adding a little weight. This racquet offers great control, and more than adequate
and spin. My one handed backhand is improved since I went switched to this racquet and now I can consistently hit cross-
winners. And my serve is much more consistent, I have had a problem with it sailing on me at times, that happens with
frequency now. Overall I'm very happy with it.
From: Anon, 12/13
Comments: Had a few hours playing with the new Graphene Radical Pro and found it quite mediocre. Yes it
good control but nothing extraordinary. It also feels very stiff, more than it's rating suggests, and overall not enjoyable to
The positives for me were slices and serves. I don't see the comparison with Prestige MP, which I think is a superior
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
racquet that you will either love or hate. Many might be in the former camp, but I highly suggest demoing before buying it.
as I am concerned the previous model, which as many pointed out bares no resemblance to the new one, was a better
From: SGV, 12/13
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
groundstrokes, returns, volleys, service pace and precision and the most important for my game, slice. Strung at 52 lbs
Gamma Professional 18 gauge makes for a very comfortable feel. The weight is almost an ounce less at 11.5 than the
Pro. I like both racquets but I believe the 2014 Radical Pro will be an asset to my game with many features that the
does not have.
From: BK, 11/13
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.
From: Jamed, 11/13
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
did not experience any discomfort playing 3hrs, 3 days in a row . I think stringing at 52 lbs helped.
From: RC, 11/13
Comments: I am really convinced by the previous comments. It feels exactly like a Prestige IG MidPlus to me
16x19 string pattern. Lots of control and directional stability for an open pattern. I directly purchased this racquet without a
but just because I liked the specs and the Tennis Warehouse reviews. I am really very happy with this racquet. Initially, I
for about 30 minutes and slowly it attracted me. I am able to play all kinds of shots including serves, great volleys and all
baseline shots with great controlled power. String it between 48-52 lb with co-poly and this will become a tennis machine.
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
and I recommend it for medium to advanced players.
From: SXXX, 11/13
Comments: Feels like a Prestige IG MidPlus with a 16x19 string pattern. Lot of control and directional stability
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
and write another comment.
From: Tony, 11/13