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Comments: I love this racquet. I have 2. It takes a bit of getting used to but it's well worth it. It has superior control
and you can get all the pace that you need if you string it accordingly and have good technique. It is particular though because it
has a small headsize. If you practice with it you will get better at hitting the sweet spot, and with 17 gauge strings the thing hits
so well. I like the control it offers, the medium/light weight that works with moderate or fast racquet head speed. It also offers
good spin, it's good on volleys, and is just a good all court stick with great feel and balance. However, it's not forgiving for off-
center shots, and it's not powerful unless you are advanced player with good racquet head speed. You must have a good grip on
it to prevent twisting, and it has a "small-ish" sweet spot.
Comments: I used for 2 years the Wilson BLX Six.One Tour, but my arm can't take it anymore. So I need to change a
little bit the style of racquet. The change was not very difficult, but some adjustments had to be made, because the Wilson is a
very solid racquet comparing with the HeaD Youtek Radical MP, but nothing that a couple days of adapting to
solved. Actually, the Head Radical MP is not so much arm friendly, so that my arm was still hurting after a weekend playing. I'm
considering changing racquets again or change string and decrease tension.
Overall, this racquet is not recommended for beginners or players that are looking for more powerful strokes. It gives you power
and control, but low power and medium control.
Comments: I only had a hit for a few minutes with this. Definitely not
for me. Way too light and unstable. Without a dampaner I found it
terrible. I suggest you demo it before you buy it.
Comments: No racquet can fit everyones game. I played with this for 3 years and loved I -- most of the
time. What I loved was the low powered control and maneuverability. Topspin was there if I swung fast, which I always
do, so there was no problem. Stability wise it was lacking a little. The reason I am switching to a different racquet is
because I got tired of how unstable it is. I put lead tape on it, but in the long run, it just didnt work out. BUT MAN, DO I
LOVE THE LOW POWERED CONTROL! That combined with the whipiness was perfect. I feel like I can put the ball
wherever I want and I feel confident with this racquet when going for angles. I will be switchng to the prestige mid or
pro (havent decided yet) for the better stability but it still has a similar feeling. Also some extra power is in the prestige,
but not too much.
Comments: This is one of my favorite racquets I have ever hot with. The pros were that
it had great control and and was easy to whip around and generate spin. The only con
was the power. This racquet could have hemisphere from a 16/19 string pattern. But
overall a great racquet.
Comments: This is a great racquet! I have used it for over a year and I really like it. The control is
outstanding, tremendous access to spin, and power for passing shots. The serve was decent on this racquet but I could
really place the ball where ever I so pleased. When volleying I had the choice to hit a put away or a low slice drop.
Definitely worth a demo.
Comments: This is the best racquet I have ever had. It feels great when you hit the ball and the control is
fantastic. I am an all-court player and I could hit good groundstrokes, volleys and serves with this. I'm definitely
keeping this for a long time!
Comments: I used to play with Head Prestige MP for over two years. Great racquet. Wanted another
racquet. Also developed some elbow problems. Other than being sure to stick with Head and 98 frame size, I wasn't
sure which one to opt for. So, finally I decided to try the Youtek Radical MP. Strung with Gamma Hybrid 16 gauge at
57lbs. Somehow don't seem to get the same control and power as from my Prestige. I have a 'whip' forehand and that
along with my down the line backhand seem to have suffered. On inside out forehands too I can't seem to generate
enough dept. I realized the beam was thicker than the Prestige. I also have Gamma Asterik n Gamma TNT both 16
Comments: I really wanted a racket that would give me deeper shots that wouldn't sacrifice spin and
control. It's definitely the perfect racket for me. I play with a lot of spin, and I'm primarily a base-liner, although I do
come up to the net occasionally. My serves were deep and on point, as opposed to my serves with the K Zen (my
previous racket). It may seem stiff at first, but you just have to break it in. I'd suggest you demo it for a couple days.
Comments: I submitted a comment back in 2009, and two years later I find myself owning three Youtek
Radical MP. Three, without any vibration, three in stock form heavier than 295 g unstrung (305, 306 and 298 grams).
For those just demoing this racquet for a few hours, you may not like it. Like some of the previous versions, it gets time
to get used to, to find suitable string, tension and adapt your strokes. At first it seemed unstable and stiff (compared to
the Liquidmetal FXP Radical MP). I have them now strung with Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.28 mm at 45 lbs average and
they play incredibly well after a few months of stroke adjustments. And if not already understood, this racquet deserves
time to get used to. The only required aspect is to bring your own power and footwork. And then you get precision,
spin and feel.
Comments: I came from using a much heavier Wilson Six.One 95. When I started using this racquet, I
really didn't like it. It seemed very light and very unstable. After playing with it for a couple of weeks, I really started to
actually like it. It is a racquet you really need to warm up to.
Comments: Coming from a YOUTEK Speed MP I was already used to the feel of a Head racquet. I was
looking for a control racquet however in a slightly lighter weight, more flexible and a 98 square inch headsize for
coaching sessions. This frame definitely is the one that shines! This is not a racquet for those who do not generate
their own power, but with full strokes this frame will provide an easy on the arm feel of pin-point accuracy! Whatever
you put into your shot it will go exactly where you aim for. I can see for many higher level players in stock from the
racquet may be a little light, however for an 11 ounce racquet the stability is spot on in my opinion. It's still
maneuverable to just swing away however the 2 points headlight balance and swingweight seems to make it feel very
stable. On serve, it does take a little getting used to, however as I say if you can bring your own power it will not harm
your speed of serve. It brings more control for me when serving. For an 18x20 string pattern, spin is quite easy to
produce, definitely more so than most other smaller sized 18x20 racquets that I have played with. All in all, the Radical
is a great control racquet for 3.5 to 5.0 players in my opinion who can bring their own power seeking great control.
More advanced players may need lead tape however I don't believe this will ruin the quality of the frame, as it has a lot
Comments: I finally found a good racquet! I've been searching for one for some time when a friend of
mine gave me a Liquid Metal Radical MP. Playing with it felt great, especially this "metallic" touch, very tough and solid
for great control. So I bought the current Youtek version and it feels slightly different, also because of the different
string and tension. Still I have good feel and control and when I am behind the baseline I can hit with almost full swing
and force and the ball will still drop into the field as long as I put on some topspin. So if you are looking for a racquet
with lots of additional power, this is not the right choice, it's more for control and stability. That's why I like it, the
racquet only does what you put into the swing, nothing else. I still might put on some extra lead weights since it does
feel a bit too light, especially after I tested the Volkl Organix 10 with 325g un-strung weight.
Comments: After hitting with the Head Prestige MP, Prestige Pro, Radical Pro, and Radical MP (all Youtek),
I came to a conclusion the Radical MP was my favorite. It has a very crisp way of hitting and very rarely leaves me with a
bad miss-hit. Serving, I don't think I've ever hit better. Groundstrokes, great power with pinpoint accuracy. Just all
around a great racquet. One thing I noticed was that I started to prefer having a shock absorber on this racquet. Usually
I like being able to feel myself making contact, but for whatever reason, I now prefer it with a dampener. The Head
Youtek Radical MP is a must get!
Comments: For those of you Radical 18 x 20 owners who feel they are not getting enough spin, try an
18-gauge string. I just switched from Alu Power Rough (16) to Big Banger Timo (18) and it did wonders! I am now
spinning my shots like when I had my APD GT, but with heaps' more control.
Comments: I have been playing with Youtek Radical MP for a month, after having played with Youtek
Prestige MP and Youtek Prestige Pro for the past year. In my opinion, the Radical MP combines the best attributes of the
Prestige MP and Pro - excellent pace and control on groundstrokes, yet one can dial in topspin and wicked slice when
needed! Volleys are crisp and have weight, and serves come with a respectable amount of spin and control as well. The
Radical's spec weight is deceptive; the racquet is as stable as the restige and other heavier rackets I've tried like the
Volkl Powerbridge 10, yet at the same time more maneuverable.
Comments: I demo'ed it, but for some reason when comparing to the Microgel version, I really felt that it
couldn't produce enough spin. I liked it and I was more connected to the ball actually, but ultimately I felt that the lack
of spin was a problem, but maybe if you used a more spin friendly string, it would be better. The Microgel version was
overall better, but this racquet was more solid really and a little bit of a change from the Microgel. I'm staying with the
Comments: Awesome racquet! Great feeling as well as it matches feel with the Liquidmetal Radical, but
easier to play. There were no issues at all with elbow and shoulder compared with the Pure Drive GT. It's my new
racquet of choice.
Comments: I demoed this along with Youtek radical midplus. Both are good sticks both need full fast
and confidant swings. Prestige is a little stiffer and more controlled where as radical is lighter and more powerful. The
only disadvantage of prestige is that grip is not long enough for comfortable two handed backhand but you can add
new longer grip. Other than it is perfect. Better serve and volley than radical. I would say for 4.0 player radical is good
but for 4.5 and above prestige.
Comments: I demoed this racquet alongside several others, including the AeroPro Drive GT and the Pure
Drive GT. The control this frame possesses is phenomenal, but I found the spin to be lacking, at least in comparison to
a few of the others I've demoed. So, in short, great control-oriented maneuverable racquet, but a little low on spin for
Comments: Superb racket that can be beefed up nicely with a little extra weight to make it less wimpy, if
that's your preference.
Comments: Fantastic racquet - bought two of these; one was perfect however the other had an uncanny
vibration, especially on off-center hits or when holding the handle close to the throat of the racquet and hitting the
palm of my other hand. I use the same dampener on both racquets. This was caused by vibration of the holographic
butt cap in the handle.
Comments: I really like playing with this racquet. I previously played with the Microgel version of this
racquet, but this one gives me more feel. I get plenty of control and playing at net is easier. The maneuverability of this
racquet is good but I wish it were more head light. Overall it is a great stick.
Comments: I really liked this racket. I have used Dunlop 4D 500 Tour for the last couple of years. My
arm started hurting the more I played. I decided to try a more flexible racket to help my arm some. After using this
racket for a little over a month. I love it. I am an ex-college player with sound fundamentals. I was able to swing this
racket with confidence off both forehand and backhand side. My volleys were solid and really enjoyed the pop. My serve
took a little time to get used to but once you get the timing down, watch out. The only thing I could say was an issue
was off center hits. You lose power and the ball dies. On the positive side, the more I played with this racket, the less I
noticed the off center hits. Awesome stick and highly recommend the Youtek Radical MP.
Comments: I really like this racquet. It's a really good feeling, control, and it's great at the net. This
radical version is the best version, ever.
Comments: I liked this racquet a lot. I demoed it along with the Wilson Pro Open BLX, which I didn't like
much, and the Babolat AeroDrive Pro GT. First off, the grip Head puts on this racquet is atrocious; I highly recommend
re-gripping it right away if you decide to get it. It takes a lot of getting used to I found. It has a spectacular sweet spot
and is friendly for producing some great angles off of both sides. The serve, however, is difficult. Mind you, I was
using the demo and the grip was not of my choosing but I didn't like the feel off of the stringbed while serving. The
racquet is not as maneuverable as its competitors; it's well balanced though. It gets some spectacular power but I just
felt that if I didn't hit the sweetspot exactly I would not produce a decent stroke, so it was very unforgiving, and also,
the Radical MP is big and burly, too heavy. OVERALL RATING: 4.5/5
Comments: I demoed this racquet and I thought this racquet was good. But the only thing missing was
the serve return. I couldn't control the shots since this racquet was so light for my liking.
Comments: I finally found the right racquet! The Head YOUTEK Radical MP is my true soul mate on the
court. The shots went where I wanted them to go. Ball controlling is unsurpassed comparing to other brands' 98 square
inches. I had been using several racquets with 95, 98, 100, 105, and 110 square inches from different brands and had
come to the conclusion with this racquet. Once you had been on the courts with it, you will feel like you had been
driving a Lexus instead of a truck! That's just me. Others may feel otherwise.
Comments: I am really disappointed in this racquet. I thought it would be a good racquet, but it failed. I
couldn't hit deep enough, with mediocre results on groundstrokes. The old Babolat Aero Storm is amazing. I love that
Comments: This racquet is really great. I'm still trying different string setups and customizations. So far,
I have Prestige CAP grommets and a leather grip on this racquet, strung with Weiss Cannon Scorpions and it's just
great. In my opinion, it's better than the stock because of the added weight.
Comments: I just demoed the Head Radical MP (Liquidmetal, MicroGEL and the YOUTEK). Although the
Liquidmetal felt good and the MicroGEL felt better, the YOUTEK was just amazing! It has so much control and doesn't
sacrifice power at all. I am definitely switching from the YOUTEK Extreme Pro to this racquet.
Comments: Just got this racquet and I have good things to report. As I've played Head racquets in the
past, I decided to get them a try again and found my replacement racquet for my latest Wilson BLX racquet that ended
up being too fatiguing on my elbow & arm. This one is noticeably more comfortable on my arm. Due to its lightweight
along with its HL balance I can take a quick full swat on serves, return of serve in addition to groundstrokes without
fear of spraying balls long. Serving is also very good as I can take full swings the quick maneuverability proved to be a
big plus against my opponent's well paced kick serve. Also good power and control from this racquet that is well
suited to my game. Nice weapon of choice.
Comments: I must have tested over 20 frames and after choosing the YOUTEK Radical MP along with a
little more weight at 3 and 9 o'clock, I'm certain I've made the right choice. I also found a co-poly/multi hybrid works
great with this frame and adds a little more spin needed for the 18/20 string pattern. The flexible frame is arm-friendly
without sacrificing power or control. I did replace the grip as the stock grip came un-glued from the handle when I took
off an overgrip. I think the grip is something that HEAD should look at for a future improvement.
Comments: After jumping around with racquets over the last 2 years, I feel like I'm finally home. The
Head Youtek Radical MP is a fantastic frame. It reminds me of the soft racquets I grew up with, but it isn't as heavy or
sloppy. Very easy on the arm and shoulder, yet responsive.
Comments: An amazing racquet has great baseline feel, with a nice touch at the net
Comments: Very fast racquet! Nice feel, easy to use... but, I change replacement grip after first use. I'm
using Tourna original overgrip and with leather basic grip I got better feel. Try to string with thinner poly, it's perfect
(Polyfibre TCS 1.20 mm or MSV 1.10 mm)
Comments: Commenting for an 11 y/o Junior previously playing with Wilson FX Team Pro.
Elbow problems began recently and after demos and research some of the very light HL sticks can be concerning for
big hitting Juniors. The Radical MP is just the right weight and head weight to help the situation and the Youtek seems
to have even more dampening than others. Great for a junior one-handed backhand as this racquet allows more power
through the ball. More control on baseline and much improved volleys and serves with the tremendous weighting if
this stick. For serious big hitting junior level players this is a must demo. The slightly smaller head size is a big
advantage. Not overly powerful but much more feel and control.
Comments: I am now in my early 40s after 20 years of competitive tennis. I used to own a Babolat Pure
Drive Roddick GT, which is a very good racquet; however, no matter the material specs the rigidity of the frame was
proving too much for my elbow, no matter what strings I was using. I therefore decided to go for something more
flexible and played for a while with 3 main rackets, a Volkl Power Bridge 10 mid, a Youtek Prestige MP, a Youtek Radical
MP and a Dunlop 300 4D Tour.
The Prestige somehow wasn't for me, the Volkl was a monster (I am sure I won 12 matches in a row in the league
because of that), but I felt it was too heavy for me to swing, I and was using the racquet too much to provide what the
body should have had (therefore made me lazy). I therefore concentrated on the last 2 making the Radical my main
stick. 4 months in, I have decided to switch over to the Dunlop; I tried to love the Radical (which is fairly easy), but I was
over-hitting a lot, having a mildly sore shoulder (my technique is fairly clean) but wasn't giving in, so I changed strings
and tensions to suit. Still a great racket for me, but I was still over-hitting; I use a semi-western forehand and a double
handed backhand, the forehand was suffering more that the backhand, had a bit of maneuverability issues at the net
What I am trying to say is: The Radical is a nice frame but fairly powerful (even compared to the Roddick, with which I
was never over-hitting); it does not only throw the ball on the other side with pace, for me it was also easy to control.
Comments: Before I made my choice on this Radical Midplus, I had to try few sticks (Head YOUTEK
Prestige Pro, Wilson BLX Six.One 95 16x18, Wilson BLX Pro Open, Babolat AeroPro Drive GT, Prince EXO3 Ignite Team
95, Prince EXO3 Black and mores..) I always played with a standard pattern (16x19) and needed to see what suited me
the best (Weight, pattern, head size, frame stiffness..) I ended up with a close call, the Babolat sticks generate amazing
power but weren't really arm friendly so I went for this Head! After few hours of practice I started to add weight to get a
heavier feel and generate power with big hitters. After few tests I ended up by adding 15 grams in the handle and
about 2-3 grams of lead tape at 12. Now I play with a beast, perfect feeling never tired to play with, feels stable, lots of
power and control plus I'm sold on the 18x20 pattern.
Comments: If you are an intermediate to advanced player you do not need to add any leads but if you
are advanced or above you will want to add some because the racket feels quite light. Especially 6gr to handle and 6gr
to 2&10 o'clock will turn this racket into a scalpel. Overall I like this racket and would rate 9/10.
Comments: If you are an aggressive player, who likes control, maneuverability and does not want to be
intimidated with heavier shots, this is the racquet. From all racquets I demoed, Babolat Pure storm GT 295 was softer,
better returns, but vibrates when returning heavy shots and there is no pull through on the serve at all, the 320g
version is too heavy, as the balance is not right, the Babolat Pure Drive is too stiff and you might get arm problems, and
the bigger head does not make it as accurate as the Radical. The Wilson Pro Tour has no power, you really have to hit
the ball very hard all the time, the Head Instinct is too soft if you are up for a serious game, the 315g Youtek speed MP
is ok, but vibrates a lot when you hit off center, you really have to concentrate very much with it. The Radical solves all
your problems, feels a lot heavier than it is and gives you the pull through you need, the serves fall heavy and are
effortless, it is light enough to move it around the court but stiff enough to return heavy balls and serves. I played with
all versions, liquid metal, microgel and youtek, every generation gets better and better and there is a big difference
with the youtek, a 10/10 racquet, with a bit of lead you can probably add more pull through if you need that for your
game. Was never a head fan, but am very impressed with the Radical Youtek :-).
Comments: I am looking into purchasing some new frames, but I can't decide between this one and the
Babolat Pure Storm GT (Sam Stosur's racquet) Which one do you recommend and why? I wish to keep the same string
set up, but I might switch to Babolat RPM blast if I like it better. My current racquet is a Wilson K Blade 98.
Comments: This is an average racquet. It wasn't bad, but it didn't feel special or outperform in any way. I
felt the EXO3 Black w/hole grommets, Dunlop 4D 500, and Babolat Aeropro GT were all superior frames.
Comments: When I bought the Microgel Radical MP back in the winter, I made a huge mistake. The
Microgel version lacked plow through, spin, power, everything. I was so infuriated about it I snapped it in 2 and threw it
over the fence. Since then I've been using my K six.one 95 16x18 and it's incredible, but since that has been
discontinued, I need 2 new racquets (I only have 1 K six.one 95) and this is a for SURE re-demo. My serves were
unbelievable, I could absolutely crush a serve that even my professional tennis coach had a hard time returning my
serves to his backhand. I could aim my forehands to paint the lines, my backhands with even more power and
precision. If you want a precision/control racquet, pick this one up, you will NOT be disappointed. Forget the Microgel
version of this.
Comments: This racket it awesome! Maintains a good pace during rallies and is maneuverable at net.
Although you get pushed around a bit at the baseline if you are defending. Lead tape can fix that problem though
Comments: Incredible precision and plow through using Microgel Prestige midplus grommets. Wrap 1/2
width lead twice around just above the butt cap. Add a dampener and your golden. Every shot improved especially
serve and slice. Very stable.
Comments: This is just a great racquet - used to play with KSix One Tour, but a bit too heavy and led to
a sore arm - played with a few Radicals before that and this is the best of the lot. Able to play with precision and power
- great for groundies, volleys and serving - I can't see how if you are a good solid player you can end up being
disappointed with this racquet. The only other racquet I would consider is a prestige which is slightly less powerful and
probably a bit more precise, but you can't go wrong either way.
Comments: Beautiful racquet. Just switched to it from the Babolat Pure Drive Roddicks, and I love this
racquet. It is pretty unstable however, but I am going to put lead on mine to increase the stability, and I am also going
to make it more HL (probably 4pts). The control and feel of this racquet is wonderful, and I can actually take cuts at the
ball. This is a good racquet to demo for advanced
juniors, and maybe even advanced adults. You really have to tinker this racquet to get the best out of this racquet.
Putting the lead really increased the stability, and now I find it so much easier to play against big hitters who also have
big serves. Nice spin potential with this racquet. Although it has a 18X20 string pattern, lowering the tension just a tiny
bit and stringing it with a
soft poly will let you hit with some nice topspin. This racquet is pretty light and whippable also, which can allow you to
hit with more spin.
Comments: This racquet is amazing, one of my favorites, took a while to get used to it and had to adjust
tension but afterward, I played some of my best tennis. Amazing volleys, groundstrokes, and maneuverability. I had a
bit weaker serve compared to the Pure Drive. but really nice racquet. Try going all Poly.
Comments: I used to play with the Head Microgel Radical and then I decided to demo a few rackets. I
demoed the Babolat Aeropro Drive GT, Dunlop Aerogel 4D 300 Tour, and this racket. I liked the Babolat but it felt just
good in every segment. The Dunlop was just too heavy. Then I demoed this racket and thought it was just perfect. The
Youtek is a whole lot better than the Microgel.
Comments: After demo'ing about 12 racquets, I finally decided on the YOUTEK Radical MP. I never
thought I would decide on a racquet...there is just so much out there! It can also be the fact that I was still playing with
the Prince DB26 (yes...the Capriati racquet ala 1990s!) and the technology has significantly improved since then. I was
very close in deciding on the Prestige MP, but was advised against it due to it's weight (11.8oz strung) and my arm was
sore for about 3 days after playing 2 consecutive days with it. With the Prestige, I liked the solid feel of my
groundstrokes, volleys, and serves. I did notice the racquet was a little less maneuverable on hitting over the ball and
also less maneuverable at net. I was hoping the Radical would provide the same solid feel, but with less weight (11oz
strung). It certainly does. It only took me one demo of the racquet to know that this was THE racquet for me. It gives a
great feel on groundstrokes and also a nice feel at net, both put away and touch volleys are great. I am able to control
all my shots extremely well as I am more of a control player than power player. Although I only have had a few days
with this racquet, I am sure I made the right decision. If you are a all-court player and looking for an arm friendly
racquet, definitely give the Radical MP a try!
Comments: All I can say is that this racquet is a perfect blend of control, touch and power. I don't know
if it is the youtek claims of flex and firm properties, or if it the ole "radical" feel, but it has it. Tight string pattern allows
you to string loose and still have control. Awesome!
Comments: I tried this racquet looking for a smaller frame. I've always played with Head racquets. This
racquet is great on forehands, backhands, overheads, and even serves, but the only thing that turned me away is the
volleys. There is not room for error on a volley with this stick. It hits real crisp once you make contact with the
sweetspot, but if you don't you will start to feel the vibration. Also to me, it was hard to maneuver at the net on my
backhand volleys. Other than that this racquet is great.
Comments: What a great racquet & the perfect choice as a low power, control-orientated frame. I spent a
couple of months looking for a replacement for a Fischer Pro Impact and in the process demo'd the Wilson BLX95 & K
Blade 98, Babolat Pure Drive, Pure Storm & AeroPro Drive. While the K Blade & Pure Storm both worked pretty well for
me, the feel and control offered by the Radical was a level above. While noticeably lighter than I'm used to, the Radical
still delivers plenty of pop & has never left me feeling under gunned while really delivering at the net. This is a racquet
that rewards confidence, particularly if you're a player who likes to take big cuts at the ball & brings their own power.
Big one-handed backhands are an absolute dream with the Radical, but it also delivers finesse when you need to slice &
drop. So far so good on serve too, good pace & accessible spin & kick where needed. If you play with confidence &
bring your own power, look no further. This thing will make you smile.
Comments: I tried for 6 months to find a replacement for the nblade 98 as Wilson discontinued the
racquet. This one was it! It gave me more pop on my backhand but took some getting use to on the forehand and serve
as the radical has more pop (spraying balls). Now, I can say it is definitely the best racquet out there. You can string
this one around 60-63, while to get the same feel out of a Wilson it needs to be around 65-70. That is a big difference
on my arm. I can pop a serve over 120mph and this racquet gave some extra movement on the serve. Nothing will ever
be better than the nblade 98 but this does come close.
Comments: Definitely an intermediate players racquet. Fun to serve with, but it takes a little bit to get
used to. Very solid response if hit right. Fun to slice with.
Comments: I have been a long time user of the K Six one Tour 90. I
recently tried out the Youtek Radical MP, due to an arm injury.
This has got to be the smoothest and most comfortable racquet I have
ever played with. Very arm friendly. I find it terrific to generate
heavy topspin and the low power also allows me to take much larger
cuts at the ball. It offers great precision on serves, and lots of
control on volleys too and great for my 1-hand backhand.
I also think this racquet works best at lower tensions. The very low
power (compared to even Tour 90) allows you to string at much lower
tensions - I used to string my tour 90 at LUX ALU 53/Attraction 58. I
now string at 49/54.
Comments: Not sure about this one... Played this stick for 6 months now, decided to switch to Babolat
apd gt. This stick had a lot of control, especially on volleys. But if you hit a millimeter out of the small sweetspot this
racket vibrates as (well fill in any word of something that vibrates hell of a lot). The vibrations my arm have to endure
using this racket makes my arm sore and hurts my elbow (from the moment I switched to the apd gt no problems at all)
I hit a great 1hbh but my forehand doesn't have as much spin and power as I get with the apd. Serve again has great
control, but I have to use a lot of muscle to get a nice pace on the service (once again great relief on the arm once I
switched to apd gt)
So in conclusion: great control, great volleys, lack of power, and awful lot of vibration
Comments: I recently changed to the Radical coming from a Babolat Aero Pro Drive and had to adjust my
forehand to hit the ball a little bit flatter. I would say the Radical has improved my forehand a fair bit and I find decent
power and good depth to be quite easily obtained now. I am still developing better technique on my backhand but find
my single-handed backhand drive to be the most improved shot with the Radical which, in my case, is probably due to
the less headlight balance compared to the BAPD. I can really go through the ball with just the right effort to develop
decent power, topspin and accuracy. I also really enjoy volleying and find the Radical very mobile at the net and I
certainly cannot blame the stick when missing a sitter. On serve, it took me quite a while to really get used to it but, as
with the forehand and the slice backhand, the Radical almost forces me to relax and just happily swing through the ball
with plenty of wrist action.
Comments: This stick is insane. I would have never expected a radical to be better than the Microgel-
this is 100 times better. You could place the ball anywhere on the court, feel is incredible. Not to mention that this
thing is a topspin machine, but also works for flat hitting. This racquet is just crazy for all strokes all over the court. If
you are and aggressive player seeking more power, control, feel and spin, look into this. You'll be surprised.
Comments: I got a lot of control from this raquet! It has a lot lot of
power to thanks to the d3o technology. The best shot with this racquet was
the volley. The serve is kind of hard at first but it's worth getting use
to it. Groundies were ok .
Comments: One word. Needs more head weight. When playing with 3.5 level players I thought the
stability and power was ok. But when I started to hit with a 4.0 level player, every ball landed on the service line and felt
the racquet has no more power. The problem I noticed was I could not move the ball around easily on a heavily hit or
heavy topspin ball. Also on the high ball, all I can do was hit it back the same way and then it just landed short. I added
12g of lead (4 x 2 inches of 1/2" lead tape on 3, 9, and 6) and bam the racquet came alive and wow what a feel. I felt
1HBH got much more consistent and my fear of getting wrist or elbow pain from a lighter racquet was gone. Racquet
dedicates at the net and very solid. No doubt. Now with the weight added and got nicer feel, groundstrokes got more
consistent. Did I mention the amount of spin this racquet can generate? Wow. Also if you can slice, you get much
benefit from this racquet. Good racquet if you have developed swing pattern know how to use it. If you don't have a
developed swing and if you just put the ball-in-play type of player, this is not the frame for you.
Comments: I switched to this racquet from a Head Youtek Speed MP for greater control and stability and this racquet delivers exactly that. After several sets I found I was definitely hitting far fewer shots over the baseline, and placement accuracy was definitely improved, and will probably get even better with some more time with the racquet. Impact felt rock solid, and the vibration levels that some complain about were not immediately overly prominent to me. I use the standard head logo dampener, and string it with Luxilon alu power rough 57lbs. mains, Tecnifibre biphase one on the crosses, which probably helps with shock absorption. of course, with better control comes the inevitable trade off of lesser power, and this racquet is no different. I noticed I was hitting fewer winners against my usual competition off the ground, but then again, I might also have been tempering my swing speed that day in order to improve my consistency. My feeling is the power is there, but you have to work for it. Serving was a similar experience to groundstrokes, very solid and predictable on second serves, but first serves lacked usual pop. Will have to see if this improves with time and familiarity. As far as the 18x20 string pattern, there was still plenty of spin, both topspin and slice, to be had, so those used to 16x19 configurations should not fear. I think the lighter overall weight also helps with this respect because you can really whip this racquet around, especially if you are used to playing sticks closer to the 12 oz. range. The best and maybe most surprising attribute of the radical youtek mp is volleying. This racquet is EXTREMELY STABLE AND RESPONSIVE AT THE NET. Volleys, much like the groundstrokes, felt really solid with plenty of punch for put-aways. The lighter weight also contributes to maneuverability, which also helps at the net. You would think the headsize (98 sq in vs. the 100 sq in that I am used to) would be a detriment in this area, but I was volleying with this thing better than I ever have. A truly pleasant and unexpected plus. So overall,
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