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Comments: I went through a similar experience as Noel did, while I fully support his enthusiastic review. Struggled
with this frame until I found the right string set-up. Settled with Luxilon BB Alu Power at 50 lbs. This frame plays phenomenal and
so comfortable. No wonder it remains a best-seller. I would not understand that HEAD could ever discontinue this outstanding
Comments: Decided to buy this stick as a replacement for my Wilson Blade 93. I can generate plenty of my own
power with the Blade but I just didn't like the feel of the head balance, it's a bit too light, which seems, at times, a lot of effort if I
wasn't right in the sweet spot. I wanted something with a more forgiving feel and a bit more weight in the hoop! Enter the Head
Youtek IG Radical. If I am being honest, I hated this stick at first! I strung it with RPM Blast Mains at 53 lbs and XCel Crosses at 55
lbs. Also tried Alu Power BB at 53 lbs in the same hybrid setup. All my shots were running long, directing the ball was pretty
awful too, my deep corner shots were running wide most of the time and the frame just didn't feel stable. I added a little weight
at 3 and 9 o'clock in the hoop and under the grip. Not a great deal of difference. I was about to look at maybe trying a Youtek IG
Prestige Mid Plus 18x20 -- its heavier, but more head light though! After thinking about my previous setups that I had used in
the past, I restrung the Radical with RPM Blast 17 Mains at 56 lbs and Prince Premier Attack 16 Crosses at 59 lbs. The difference
was unbelievable! This stick was transformed -- stable, super accurate and this thing rips off with power and spin in abundance
when you go for the winners! I have much more weight behind my serves too than with the Blade 93. Due to the flex of the
frame, it still plays really, really comfortable at high tensions when using a poly main string. I can't say enough good things about
this stick, it is very string sensitive though for sure!
Comments: Awesome frame. It has a truly unique feel to it, flexible yet powerful and controlled at the same time.
One of my all-time favorites; try it out for yourself, you won't regret it.
Comments: Decided to get this racquet after reading so many good comments here. So thought I would give my
feedback too. Fantastic, stable and solid racquet, just like many previous comments made here. I like trying out different racquets
to find one that suits me. Racquets previously used by me are Wilson Prostaff 95, Head Radical (Microgel) MP, Head Radical
(Microgel) OS, Head Youtek Graphene Speed Pro. The Prostaff 95 was good but as the head is rather light, I tend to get bullied by
big hitters when returning serves. The Speed Pro was solid too but I experienced some elbow pain after games so stopped using
it. Strung my Radical Pro with Topspin Cyber Whirl 17 at 53 lbs. Played with it for about 15 hours already. Initially I had to get
used to the heavier swing weight of 330 but I liked the solid stable feel of the racquet after only just a few shots. My game has
definitely improved, especially my serves and my double-handed backhands. Although the stiffness of the racquet is 62, it is able
to generate powerful shots. My elbow pain is gone too. I highly recommend this racquet for people who intend to take good care
of their arms so as to play enjoyable tennis for many good years to come!
Comments: Strung this up with Cyclone 17g and this frame is amazing. Great feel that is soft, but still solid and
packs a punch at the same time. Tons of spin with a great amount of control. The head size provides a great amount of
maneuverability and I love it!
Comments: I demoed this racquet along with the IG Radical MP. I really liked both and couldn't decide so I bought
both. The MP was a bit too light whereas the Pro was a bit too heavy. I could play better with the MP at the time but the Pro was
just too damn solid and had great feel. I went with the Pro and after a month, I am used to the weight. Mine is 12 ounces with the
leather grip. I was used to 11.5. As soon as I found the right string for this frame, my game has improved by leaps and bounds.
I'm 60 years old. My slice hasn't been this good since college. My serve is the best I've hit in my life. Same with my forehand. I am
a 4.5-5.0 doubles player. Compact strokes with a continental grip for a strokes. Strung this with Technifibre X-1 Biphase in the
low to mid 40s. Occasionally use my old Semi-western for high forehands will a full swing. I haven't hit with Head since college.
I'm glad I returned.
Comments: Excellent racquet, I have bought 3 of them recently but only because of the possibility to replace the
TK82 palletes with TK82S, otherwise it would be difficult for me to switch to Head (grip shape is really different). I played with a
lot of different player's racquet but this one is best for me -- flexible enough and still with power, good for spin shots as well as
for flat, reliable response for serves. My experience is the right string setup is a low tension of a soft main string may significantly
decrease your control (before this one I have played with Donnay X-Dark Red and it was just opposite -- the softer the better
string bed). My favourite setup for this racquet are hybrids: Weisscannon Turbotwist 1.18 on mains and WC 6Star on crosses
(better on faster/hard courts) or with WC Silverstring on crosses (more spin, more controll, longer life of stringbed on clay).
Comments: This stick is a wonderful choice and has helped me improve my game. In addition to that, it has gotten
me the fastest serve in my tennis club. This stick took less time to adapt to. One can say that I immediately adapted to it. My
forehands have become a huge weapon. This stick really suits my game. Thanks to the improved, controlled flexibility of the stick,
I can hit topspin forehands anywhere I wish to. With serves, extra, but crucial power is rightly provided to hit out hard serves wide
and down the line. Great, fluid and fast backhand slices work very well from the base line to the serve box area. Volleys are like
pops that return fast to the opponent. Overall, I like this stick and i will surely continue to use this stick for the next few years in
my tennis club.
Comments: First my current stick is a Babolat Pure Storm Tour. I usually use a full bed of soft co-poly strung
around 50+ lbs so I won't hurt my elbow. In regards to this stick, I really want to like this racquet, but my elbow is too sensitive
for this. It is solid at the net. I cannot miss a volley with this. It has excellent plow through power since it is slightly head heavier
than the Pure Storm Tour. The serve is solid and the 16x19 string pattern provides extra spin. I can see the ball kick up to about 8
feet high without much hard work. I spent about a week with this stick. I strung it with Gosen Sidewinder at 53lbs (this is an extra
soft string) but still can feel the soreness in my arm. So it's is a love/hate relationship. I love it, but my elbow hates it! Go figure!
Comments: I really like this racquet as it does have everything - it has comfort, power, touch, and spin. Drop shots
and the net play are at the best. After playing with different strings, I found that natural gut its the best fit for it (around 55
pounds). I have added lead and made it 12.5 with 6HL (and added a leather grip as well).
Comments: I am coming from the AeroPro Team which is a pretty stiff racquet. It had good spin and good power
but not enough control it seemed like. So I went to look for a head size a little smaller. This racquet performed great. It took a
while to get used to, but once I did it was great. It has good power from the base line, and you can generate a lot of topspin.
When you come to net, there is a lot of touch and feel with this racquet. I strung this with RPM Blast at 56 pounds and with the
flex on this racquet there was no problem on my tennis elbow. I wouldn't recommend this racquet to a big hitter simply because
you will lose control due to the flex of this racquet. This would suit someone with a control and spin orientated game that likes to
hit drop shots and approach the net when needed. Overall, I really liked this racquet.
Comments: This is the best racquet ever. It has great power and has easy access to spin. My slice backhand has
heavy spin and also goes deep with little effort. Power is easily controllable thanks to the Youtek technology it has. Serves are
great because of the easy power. Control takes a bit of getting used to because of the flex, but once you get used to it, it's
easy to hit the lines. The racquet is also very stable but still maneuverable. It's great at the net cause of the stability and
maneuverability. My favorite shots with this racquet are the backhand slice, the deep topspin heavy down-the-line forehand and
the serve out wide.
Comments: I have been an avid fan and user of the Prestige MP racquets for some years now, having switched from
the Yonex MP Tour 1s before that. The IG Radical Pro is the only racquet I have found that positively benefits my game, as
opposed to just feeling different to the Prestige. Whilst slightly lighter overall, the balance makes the Radical Pro feel rock solid
and the open string pattern gives me access to more spin, which I certainly need from time to time! I personally do not feel there
is a sacrifice in terms of 'feel', as long as one choses the correct string - and though more powerful than a Prestige MP, there is
still plenty of control as long as you have a long swing style and drive up the ball. In the end of course, no racquet is going to
magically improve your tennis, but the right racquet can help you focus on your strokes and overall game and not the racquet,
which is what it is all about. The Radical Pro enables me to do this, which is all I seek in a racquet.
Comments: Radical Pro IG with a leather grip and natural gut 55 lbs is amazing!
Comments: I have been playing with this racquet for past 2 months. I am coming from a Donnay Gold 99. I tried
this racquet just to find something that has more power than the Gold 99. It's great for loopy shots but flat shots lack power. This
racquet is perfect for both flat and spin shots. I could hit loopy FH and at the same time flatten out winners. But this racquet takes
some time to get used to because of its flexy top hoop. You could feel the hoop bending. But the advantage of this flexy feel is
you can keep playing with a dead poly and the racquet will still play comfy. In short this racquet is a pillow that hits like a brick.
But one needs patience to find this gem. The racquet I demo'ed was very stable but the one I got as not stable in stock form. I
added 3 gm of lead at 12, 3 and 9, and now it is fine.
Comments: I played with this racquet for 6 months and did not like it. It's an extremely flexible racquet, and often
feels like you have poor control and a tendency to spray the ball. It does not handle off-center shots well, and the ball tends to
die. It's surprisingly powerful for such a light racquet, but it comes at the cost of control. I thought it had poor plow through. I
loved it for serves, but pretty much disliked it for anything else. It could just be me, but it killed my elbow and I've never had
problems elbow before (in 20+ years). Since I switched to another racquet, I have no more elbow pain. I would not recommend
this one for anyone who likes stability and control in their racquet.
Comments: This is the closest racquet that matches the FXP Radical MP. This is why I tested it. It's not the same
exact balance, not the same string pattern, not the same weight, but it's close in terms of SW, which ensures my shots timing will
remain the same. I needed to adjust a bit, as some shots started landing consistently long. I was about to switch to the IG Radical
MP but finally the IG Radical Pro is the one that better fits my needs, as the timing on my strokes is more critical to me than other
Comments: I played with Babolat AeroPro, Pure Drive 107, Volkl Quantum V1 Mid, and POG Tour before this. The
POG Tour was great but I couldn't handle the tennis elbow it caused. The IGRP is comfortable, powerful (string and tension
dependent), great control and stable. It took a couple of days to get used to the balance but it was a non-issue after. So far, I tried
RPM Blast 57, Mantis Syn Comfort 57 and B5E 50/Gosen 52. B5E/Gosen being the best since its lower power compliments the IGRP
well. It also produces good spin. RPM Blast caused most balls to go long. The Mantis was good but only lasted 4 hours.
Comments: This racquet is fantastic. I used to use the old Wilson Pro Staff and about two years ago I switched to
the Babolat AeroPro Drive GT. I recently made the switch to the Youtek IG Radical Pro and have had tremendous success on the
court. I feel a bit of a blend between the Wilson and Babolat with this racquet. The power is great and it has the perfect amount of
touch for volleys and dropshots. Baseline rallies were also a plus for me as I was able to keep the ball deep with heavy spin. Even
those I have played with feel that the ball coming off my racquet is heavier than before. Contrary to what other posts say about
the sweet spot and losing tension, I feel thats mainly due to what you string with. I've always used synthetic gut and never had
tension problems with this racquet. I've used Gosen 16g and Tecnifibre Synthetic 16g.
Comments: This is an update to my previous review. While I really like this racquet, the one thing I found that's
weird is that while it feels great freshly strung, the sweetspot gets really small and the racquet performance drops noticeably if
you do not get it restrung consistently. This holds true for all poly and a gut/poly hybrid job.
Comments: Amazing racquet! I play varsity high school tennis, and my previous racquet I had was too unstable and
not right to be playing varsity with. So, I ordered this racquet and it is very stable, has tons of spin and power, but there is also
tons of control and comfort with that as well. I've been winning lots more matches with it now. Great job Head!
Comments: Tennis Warehouse definitely made it seem super powerful. It's powerful but not at the Babolat Pure
Drive Roddick level. More like Head Prestige Pro power. Control is surprisingly outstanding! I thought that switching from the Head
Radical MP would be hard because of less control in the Pro, but it's about the same. Spin generation was similar to the Pure Drive
standard. Without a dampener it felt fine, although with a simple dampener it has tremendous feel. I play with a big serve and
heavy topspin groundstroke game. I really need to generate a lot of racquet head speed in my game and I had no problems with
maneuverability. This gives the the control, spin and power to kick some serious butt.
Comments: I think that the IG really helps enhance your strokes. This is
definitely the best Radical so far.
Comments: This is such a fun racquet to hit with. I was looking for a softer arm-friendly replacement for the Pure
Drive Roddick, which hurt my elbow after a 2 week love affair with it. While the Radical Pro is a totally different beast in terms of
flex and how it plays, it offers much of the controllable power on serve and groundstrokes minus the pain. The flex of the racquet
really allows you to absorb pace really well, and the racquet provides an extremely comfortable and satisfying hit. I had to adjust
to the flex a little bit, but directional control came easy, and topspin was easy to generate. Tons of second serve kick with little
effort, and slice backhands were exceptional. Love the cosmetics too!
Comments: I like the racquet. I used the previous YouTek Radical Pro, which I also liked. This IG version has more
stability and control, and is overall a better player's racquet.
Comments: I like it a lot and find it similiar but better than my old Babolat Pure Drive Roddick, especially at net.
Comments: I purchased the IG Radical Pro about a month ago. I was
coming from a Dunlop Aerogel 4D 200 Tour, a heavier racquet with a
close string pattern. I had an injury last year so I lost my
conditioning, and it was hard to play with my beloved Dunlop. I
searched for something easier to play with, but with some power and
good control. I think the Rad IG Pro is just that. Had some good power
and superb control. I needed some time to adjust to it, because of the
big differences with my old racquet. Actually i almost regretted
buying it, but after playing more, I really enjoy it. It's a great
racquet to flatten out shots despite its open pattern, but also
provides some nice spin. Forehands are extremely fast, heavy and deep.
Kick serves are great, as I hardly make double faults, although I still
fight a little with my flat serve. But when it goes in, it's a real
bomb. Volleys are good too, as the head heaviness is not noticeable and is
very maneuverable. You need good technique to get the most out of it,
but it's worth it. Still, if you don't have a polished game, this
stick will force you to improve. I tried adding some lead, at the
handle, and at 3 and 9, but I just love it in stock form. Give it a try,
you won´t regret it.
Comments: What I liked about this racquet is the depth on ground strokes,
and ease of power that it provides. At net this racquet is fantastic.
Made volleying precise and easy, touch or driving volleys. What I didn't
like is that the racquet is extremely flexible (even more so than it's
rating indicates,) and on off-center shots the ball seemed to sail out of
control. The weight of the racquet made it tough for me to generate
racquet head speed on spin serves. Over all just not the racquet for me.
Currently using the Babolat Aero Drive Cortex. Looking for a racquet that
plays as close to it as possible that doesn't hurt my arm as much.
Comments: Hit with a Babolat aero pro for 2 years. Overhitting a lot. Now its precise. Have to lower
tension to maybe 50 lbs and enlarge grip for my my size and playing style. But its precise like my old pro staff with a
little more oomph!
Comments: About 2 weeks into playing with this frame and I'm getting comfortable with the
higher swing weight - 330 as compared to 320 which is what I was hitting with. Frame is
stable on off center hits. I have noticed also that my shots are deeper with more spin, yet my
consistency is off slightly, however, with early preparation and good technique it is not an
issue and I can be very accurate, moving the ball around and being crafty. Serving however was
easier to adjust to and I'm certainly getting more pop. Slightly more demanding overall but
worth the effort.
Comments: I was finding my Head YOUTEK Radical MP lacking in power and stability a little so I gave the
YOUTEK IG Pro Radical a try. The first couple of hits my wrist was hurting on my whippy groundstrokes from the extra
it was hard to get the control I wanted. But, after a few adjustments and a little patience, what a fantastic piece of gear.
depth and pace
on shots. Return of serve a breeze and groundstrokes with more plow through and precision than anything I've tried
need to force the volley, just direct it and it is there. I also have more confidence on my two handed backhand and flat
which for me is a game changer. It definitely takes a bit of getting used to but once you do its like a magic
Comments: This is a fabulous stick. I love the way it feels, and I
switched to it right away after demoing it for a few days. I've been
using the Babolat APD Cortex and GT since they were released, and I
couldn't believe that I liked this so much that I ditched the entire
Aeropro Drive series I've been using for many years. I would recommend
my choice of stringing which is the rpms at the mains and the n.vy at
the crosses. They work magnificently well and it's also very affordable
Comments: Played with this racquet for a week, trading off with my current Prestige Pro. I normally play
with more spin than power and struggled to apply the amount of spin I'm used to. My wrist was fatigued wrestling with
the swing weight during fast topspin strokes. Once I changed my mindset and smoothed out my stroke, I found great
consistency and feel hitting flattened out forehands. Any waist high ball encountered at the baseline was lights out!
Addicting enough that I would consider getting this racquet just to hit that shot. Radical Pro was also great at
redirecting big serves. Serving was controlled but not as big as the Prestige Pro.
Comments: Fabulous racquet! Makes you feel like you can hit anything with power or touch. Has that
"knife through butter" feel. Put lead the length of each side bevel and one wrap at the top of the handle and also
handle with card stock to make it feel more like a Wilson, Babolat, Prince in that department. Just put good old Prince
gut 17 in it at 57/55. In many years of playing tennis it's the best feeling racquet I've ever used. Great looking too!
Comments: Been using this frame for about two weeks after it won an 8 racquet "demo off." As
others have observed its most notable characteristic is a very plush feel off the
stringbed. Have better control and it really shines on defense absorbing pace from big
hitters and directing it back to them. Have had several opponents comment that it hits
a very heavy ball particularly on the serve. I would call it a control frame with a little
more pop than most player racquets. It does have a high swing weight and it plays
heavy so if you like a lighter, whippier stick this one isn't for you. For the same reason
I'd say if you play with a ton of top spin or a full western grip, it may not work for you.
Comments: Really nice racket that plays super soft. Power is there as well. Highly recommend this one!
Comments: I am a great fan of the old Radical Youtek with a swingweight of 349.Currently my racquet of
Purchased the new frame as I need more racquets and have added lead to the hoop to increase swingweight and
same as older frame. I think Head have aimed this racquet at club players as many struggled with sw of old youtek
playtesters. In standard form this racquet does not perform as well as I would have liked. Don't tail weight this racquet,
designed to have a different balance than other racquets, just buy a different racquet that is more head light. Of all
racquets the Radical is still my favorite by a long way just not sure about the new frame yet will keep you posted when I
more time to play.
Comments: Really awesome racket head nailed it perfect amount of wait in head/handle recommend to
Comments: I was recently playing the BLX Pro Open. But my problem with that stick was against hard
racket got pushed around a lot. Tried adding lead, but it just played stiffer and not as arm friendly. Pro Rad is a great
very comfy on the arm. Serves are awesome, and ground strokes feel really nice. Definitely a major improvement over
Rad Pro. Highly recommend this one! It's a keeper.
Comments: I liked this racquet. I thought it was powerful for a Radical. My forehands were definitely
the court with this one. I did struggle a little with the balance of the racquet. I am used to playing with racquets that
headlight. If I bought it, I would put some weight in the handle. Overall though, it was a winner for me.
Comments: This is one on the most powerful 95-inch-head rackets. TW sure got it right in their review. I
disagree though with Sean who said it was overpowered because of the flex of the frame. I believe it's because of the
the strings. The center strings are closely bunched, but the outer ones are widely spaced, more so than other rackets,
the upper and lower ends of the string bed. This also shrinks the sweetspot slightly, especially at the the upper and
lower ends of
the string bed. I will add that this racket needs weight to counter balance the 330 SW and to make it more stable on off
hits. Up at net, this racket plays great, whether it be a drop, slice or punch volley, it does it all well with good
Overall a good frame for the all-around player who hits with a ton of spin and/or slice.
Comments: I really wanted to like this one. My current stick is k90 with synthetic at 60 lbs and I am
something softer on the arm and with more free power. I tested the prior Youtek Rad Pro last year and liked it, felt
lacking from the flex and hitting was kind of a guessing game as to what the ball would do. But this new one, serving
sweet. Good pop, good spin, it was automatic. Then I went to groundies. I strung the IG rad pro with poly at 64, and I
the first few forehands I hit to just get a feel for the frame/ball connection ball hit this way with the k90 would barely
make it to
the net, with the rad pro it went screaming 10 feet beyond the baseline. I got my swing accustomed to it a little more
could only place the ball within like one of the four quadrants of the court when going for targets I can hit target after
Overall, the swing weight on this felt ridiculously low for what it was listed at leaving balls way too short, the flex just
felt like I
was hitting the pressure-less balls for kids, and most people myself included liken the k90/pro staffs to a scalpel, I'd
say this rad
pro was a buzz saw. Needs poly at like 66 and a significant amount of lead added.
Comments: Way too flexy and has absolutely no power. Didnt like this racket at all!!!
Comments: Really nice plow and controllable power (strings likely can't be in lower end of suggested
range). Hits a
heavy ball and is equally good for topspin, flat, and slice. Similar to the Boris Becker Melbourne but offers more plow
maneuverability. Soft flex isn't a problem when hitting back in the same direction that the ball comes from. But when
change direction, I could really feel the flex, which robbed a bit of confidence in how precise I
could be. Overall, an excellent frame that likely requires some time to get used to given its super flexy nature.
Comments: As a huge fan of the older Microgel Rad Pro, I searched for a while looking for a replacement
once it got
discontinued. I never liked the Youtek Rad Pro, not my style, way too much plow and head heavy feel. The Youtek
while it is a great racket in itself, needed a little more pop for me. I wanted something in between and this new Youtek
IG Rad Pro
seems to be it. It is different from the MG version with the 98 head (compared to 100 for MG) so I don't get quite the
spin and hop
on the ball as before but get better drive and precision. I'd like for it to be a little bit heavier, more along the lines of
Pro, but I guess nothing that a little lead tape won't fix. So far so good.
Comments: This racquet is amazing. Plenty of power and control from the baseline, powerful serve, and
volleys. Very good racquet, I definitely recommend this racquet to anyone with an advanced game. Head really did a
Comments: TW was awesome and sent me a brand new demo, since demos have to start out brand new
Coming from the Prestige Pro, this frame felt nothing like I was expecting. The flex along with the open pattern gave
and the feedback was pretty ridiculous -- I was either on or off -- it felt like a guessing game. Whatever I put into the
lost in the flex, and I just felt like I was back to square one in terms of ball control. When I switched back to the
Prestige Pro, my
control/power was obvious with the action I had on the ball.
Comments: Just 2 quick hits with this frame, but I will summarize. Head FINALLY got it right with this
Everything this frame was always meant to be. I've had a hit with Murray's frame, and this could be quite close with
lead.......The first frame was strung
WAY too tight (sadly typical to most demo frames these days), the second was 56 and VERY nice hybrid. I didn't hit
serves, but I'm
willing to bet it's a beast.....This is a true player's frame, but I think many 3.5/4.0's would like the pop and feel of this
racket.......Absolutely worth a demo - just ask for a softer string setup to get the potential....And it's gorgeous, too!
Comments: Happy to be the first to comment on this racquet. I have tried almost all the popular
racquets on the
market. Somehow, I still wasn't satisfied. Either it was the weight being too heavy after a set or 2, it wasn't powerful
enough, or it
was too stiff, or head size too small or too big, etc...and sounds like a cliche but it's absolutely true -- this is the best
racquet I've tried. I can finally settle on a racquet! Great control with its 98 sq. in. head (trust me, 100 sq. in. head has
control), great comfort with its low stiff rating, great power.
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