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Play Like a Girl!

Yes, I mean it!

Keep reading to see why I suggest you “play like a girl.”

About a year ago, a little girl, Meera, about 12 years old, came into the World Headquarters to demo a few racquets.  She was committed to getting better and wanted a racquet that would help her.

After a few demos, she selected the Head Graphene Touch Radical Pro.  During the discussion of how we were going to set up these new racquets, I mentioned the Head Pro Cap System that is compatible with this model.

If you are not familiar with the “cap” system, it is the plastic parts that fit over the head of the racquet to protect the string.  All racquets have a grommet set, but the “cap” system encloses the string as it is installed therefore is more substantial than the standard grommet set.  The racquet on the left has the “cap” system.

Head Pro Cap System

She purchased two (2) Head Graphene Touch Radical Pro, one with and one without the cap system.

So, other than doing a great job of protecting string it also provides additional inertia, or momentum, that blasts the racquet through the incoming tennis ball!

This momentum creates stability, and a stable racquet will be more powerful and controllable!

But wait, what about all that additional weight?  That is the question we hear anytime we suggest adding weight to a racquet.

Weight is your friend!  Every player is different so matching the racquet to the physical capabilities is critical!

It was so much of a friend to Meera that she quickly came in to have the second Head Graphene Touch Radical Pro fitted with the “cap” system and both racquets fitted with a Head Leather grip!  The leather grip adds about 10 grams to the rear end of the racquet.

So, what are the specifications of this racquet that is being used successfully by a 12-year-old girl?

Take a look at these then tell me you can’t use a “heavier” racquet:

Weight:                               360 grams   (12.7 ounces)

SwingWeight:                    344 Kg/cm² (12.1 ounces)

Points Head Light:            8.03…yes, still very much headlight!

Torsional Stability:            22…very good!

Power:                                2216.6

Recoil Weight:                   176.9

Twist Weight:                    246.9

*Ereca End Weight:          153.0

*Ereca Tip Weight:           207.0

*Ereca is a French company that designs and manufactures racquet diagnostic equipment.

Do yourself a favor and Play Lkie a Girl!

There is more to this story so keep checking back, and, if you have questions please click on “Ask John” above or respond to this post and I will try to answer them.

Head Graphene 360 Radical PWR

Head Graphene 360 Radical Series

As you would expect “PWR” means power! With a calculated power factor of 2294.7 that is true! You can see by the picture above that the PWR has a slightly larger head size (109.9 square inch) and a reasonable beam of 26/25/23 which contributes to a racquet stiffness of 65.

Head Graphene 360 Radical PWR

Head PWR 14 x 19 String Pattern

Unique to the PWR series of Head racquets this racquet can be either a 16 x 19 or 14 x 19 string pattern by replacing the top grommets with the included grommet set.

This format creates a “fan pattern” that makes the upper portion of the string bed very “open”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a picture of last yesrs model. Whichever pattern you choose you will be presented with plenty of power…PWR!

 

 

 

 

ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelGraphene 360 Radical PWR
Reference Tension60 lbs - 30.6 kg
String
Head Velocity MLT 17 Pink
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC52
ASPS, FlexFour59
Racquet Flex, RDC65 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour42
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness310.9 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams284
Weight, Ounces10.02
Balance, mm350
Balance, Inch13.78
Length, Cm69.5
Length, Inch27.362
Head Width9.99
Head Length14.00
Head Area, cm2708.8
Head Area, Sq. Inch109.9
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.601
Main String Grid8.20
Cross String Grid10.90
Density (% of head filled with string).814
Average Cross String Space.574
Average Main String Space.513
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT34
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in190.16
First Moment, Nm.780
Polar Moment328
Torsional Stability16
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2312
Swing Weight, Ounces11.01
Swing Weight Calculated347.9
Power, RDC51
Control, RDC51
Manueverability, RDC79
Power, Calculated 2294.7
Head Points-0.79 (negative is head heavy)

Head Weight, %50.4%
Center of Percussion21.2
Dwell Time, ms8.82 Ms - No Swing
Efective Stiffness - lbs28.9
K, Lb/In166.67
Recoil Weight136.76
Twist Weight211.39
End Weight 96.7
Tip Weight 187.8
9 O'Clock93.6
3 O'Clock98.1
Butt Cap92.5

Head Graphene 360 Radical S

Head Graphene 360 Radical Series

As you can see by the picture above the Graphene 360 Radical S looks a lot like the others in this series, however, the “S” stands for “special”. Why? Because the “S” combines the most popular specifications from full blown players racquets and brings them to the masses! In fact, according to Head, this is the best selling Radical!

Head Graphene 360 Radical S

The 102 square inch head and stiffness of 59 are fitted into a thinner beam (22/25/23) to create a very user friendly combination.

Take a look at the specs below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelGraphene 360 Radical S
Reference Tension58 lbs - 26.3 kg
String
Head Velocity MLT 17 Yellow
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC55
ASPS, FlexFour61
Racquet Flex, RDC59 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour40
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness361.4 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams302
Weight, Ounces10.65
Balance, mm329
Balance, Inch12.95
Length, Cm68.5
Length, Inch26.968
Head Width9.79
Head Length13.28
Head Area, cm2658.6
Head Area, Sq. Inch102.1
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.621
Main String Grid7.50
Cross String Grid10.00
Density (% of head filled with string).735
Average Cross String Space.526
Average Main String Space.469
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in195.76
First Moment, Nm.767
Polar Moment319
Torsional Stability15
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2304
Swing Weight, Ounces10.72
Swing Weight Calculated326.9
Power, RDC41
Control, RDC61
Manueverability, RDC84
Power, Calculated 1831.1
Head Points4.09
Head Weight, %48.1%
Center of Percussion21.2
Dwell Time, ms8.58 Ms - No Swing
Efective Stiffness - lbs28.5
K, Lb/In176.28
Recoil Weight147.83
Twist Weight216.37
End Weight 119.9
Tip Weight 182.2
9 O'Clock94.0
3 O'Clock91.8
Butt Cap115.8

Head Graphene 360 Radical Pro

Head Graphene 360 Radical Series

Don’t let the word “Pro” scare you away from trying this racquet! You can see all the specs below but this 98 square inch head and thin beam (20/23/21) add up to a definitive “players” racquet just slightly heavier than the MP but having the same swing weight.

The Graphene material has been re-arranged a little and is now “360” as oppossed to “Touch”. It seems the word “touch” diminished the famous feed-back of the racquet…so goodbye!

Like the “MP” the “Pro” has a slightly more “round” grip shape on a pallet that accepts the Head Sensor, as do all the recent Head racquets.

Head Graphene 360 Radical Pro

ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelGraphene 360 Radical Pro
Reference Tension56 lbs - 25 k.4g
String
Head Velocity MLT 16 Black
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC55
ASPS, FlexFour64.5
Racquet Flex, RDC66 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour46
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness526.3 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams333
Weight, Ounces11.74
Balance, mm322
Balance, Inch12.68
Length, Cm68.6
Length, Inch27.008
Head Width9.51
Head Length12.94
Head Area, cm2623.7
Head Area, Sq. Inch96.7
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.619
Main String Grid7.50
Cross String Grid9.40
Density (% of head filled with string).729
Average Cross String Space.495
Average Main String Space.469
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT36
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in201.35
First Moment, Nm.826
Polar Moment333
Torsional Stability14
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2319
Swing Weight, Ounces11.25
Swing Weight Calculated346.3
Power, RDC50
Control, RDC50
Manueverability, RDC74
Power, Calculated 2055.6
Head Points6.61
Head Weight, %46.9%
Center of Percussion20.9
Dwell Time, ms8.58 - No Swing
Efective Stiffness - lbs30.0
K, Lb/In176.28
Recoil Weight156.7
Twist Weight226.9
End Weight 137.1
Tip Weight 196.9
9 O'Clock100.5
3 O'Clock100.9
Butt Cap131.3

What is Pointy?

Briefly, Pointy is a program that allows shoppers to enter a barcode, or Google product search online, to see if that product is available locally.

As a long time user of Square as the POS in the shop, we engaged with Pointy as a service through Square so our clients can quickly see what we have in stock.   A link to our Pointy shop is below so you can take a look around and let me know what it needs to be a valuable resource for you.

Every product you see on the page was input by Racquet Quest so it is in stock at the time the shop was opened, however, the images are supplied by the software so some may not be exactly updated packaging.

Just click here and browse the store!

If you have any questions or would like to hear about any “special offers” please call or text!

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