Category Archives: Custom Racquets
Grip size, in this case, does matter! However, for several years the largest grip size available has been a 4 ⅝, or just 5 for short.
This is simply the circumference of the finished grip forward of the butt cap. Of course the butt cap is of a size that will capture the butt of your hand for comfort and control.
But what happens if you need a grip size larger than 4 ⅝? In years gone by a shrink tube was applied to the current grip pallet and the size was increased accordingly. Typically only two (2) shrink tubes could be used and even then the grip facets became “rounded”.
Lucky for us, and you of course, we can now print grip pallets in any size required! The largest one so far is a 5 1/4 for a player in New York using a Babolat Pure Aero.
Each printed pallet is made specifically for a racquet, not just a “one size fits all” approach due to very subtle variations in size, especially the inner shaft.
In this case the pallets were longer to accommodate large hands so the length of the racquet was increased through the use of these pallets and a printed extender.
The printed pallet must fit securely and the best way to assure the fit is to have the racquet.
The very popular Head Graphene 360+ Extreme MP is back in stock! This racquet is one of the best all-around racquets that we have seen in a while! They are hard to keep in stock!
In addition to the stock models, we also have Extreme MP for full custom racquet set up, so whatever you want! Stock or custom!
The new, for 2021, Head Graphene 360+ Radical series is a radical step into colors that have always been the “mark” of the Radical Series but now it has gone even further into radicalism!
We think that is a good thing! Why mess around with just a little orange when you can go all out!
It is impossible to see the vibrancy of this orange without holding it in your hand! We invite to to hold one in your hand and even hit with it!
The Radical MP has been the most popular model over the years. This model has all the attributes of the Pro without the added weight, (which can be added later if needed)!
The thin beam carries over to the MP and Pro while the S has a slightly wider beam.
The S model fits the very necessary range of 102 square inch racquets because Head has, correctly, reduced the number of head sizes per model. The Speed series has the 100 square inch head size very well covered.
You will see all the specifications on each individual review that will be posted shortly.
As you would expect the Radical Pro is the heaviest of the Radical Series, but only by a few grams! What! When we talk about grams to some players it might as well be angstroms or something like that. What the heck is a gram? For many in the US market is still “Talk to me in ounces, please!”
OK, there are 454 grams in a pound and 16 ounces in a pound. If I said a racquet weighs 285 grams what would you think? Or, if I said the racquet weighs 10 ounces which sounds better if you are weight averse?
OK, the Radical Pro weighs 13 grams more than the Radical MP so how many ounces is that?
Enough of this stuff! However, it is important to know what weight is and how it can be a significant factor in your playing. Weight is your friend!
As you will see in the following specifications a lot depends on how the weight is distributed throughout the racquet.
Here is a little hint; take a look at the swing weight of the MP and the Pro and tell me what you see.
The Radical Pro has the “sound grommets’ and the “control pattern” for those concerned with string spacing, and that should be many of you. String spacing can have a profound affect on durability and playability.
The enlarged circle was intended to show the elongated grommets which allow the string to move and effectively be a little longer meaning more energy return.
|Racquet Model||Head Graphene 360+ Radical Pro v21|
|Reference Tension||55 lbs - 24.9 k|
|String: Main/Cross||Victrex 7718|
|Machine Used||TT Professional|
|Racquet Flex, RDC||63 - After stringing|
|Racquet Flex, FlexFour||53|
|Head Area, cm2||624.3|
|Head Area, Sq. Inch||96.8|
|Beam Width, mm, Shaft, Center, Tip||20, 23, 21|
|In Plane Stiffness, Pounds/In||400.0 Lbs/In.|
|In Plane Stiffness, Kg/cm||71.5 Kg/cm
|Number of Main Strings||16|
|Number of Cross Strings||19|
|Main String Grid||7.25|
|Cross String Grid||9.40|
|Density (% of head filled with string)||.688|
|Average Cross String Space||.490|
|Average Main String Space||.445|
|Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT||35|
|Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in||195.8|
|First Moment, Nm||.808|
|Swing Weight, Kg/cm2||310|
|Swing Weight, Ounces||10.93|
|Swing Weight Calculated||338|
|Head Points||6.77 (negative = head heavy)|
|Head Weight, %||46.9%|
|Center of Percussion||20.8|
|Dwell Time, ms, No Swing||8.66|
|Effective Stiffness - lbs||29.1|
|K, Lb/In (SBS) RDC||173.06|
Of course, we are all anxious for the new year to get here and erase 2020 from our memory!
We are designating 2021 as the You Year! So, Happy You Year!
For the last few years Racquet Quest, LLC has put more emphasis on “custom racquets” and 2021 will see this emphasis extended to “you racquets”!
What exactly does “you racquets” mean? It simply means that every racquet that leaves Racquet Quest, LLC is set up for your style of play and personal specifications. Yes, even if the racquet is Off-the-Shelf and not a full custom!
Many really good things are happening next year and we are glad you are going to be with us!