Category Archives: Juniors
You have seen the pretty pictures; now see the specs of this new Radical series!
We are starting our property review with the Head Radical MP 2023. The MP version will probably be the most popular due to the very lovely weight and “player” style head size of 98 inches!
As you look at the following specifications you may notice the addition of some “numbers”, specifically “beam width”.
We have been taking this number for many years but now believe it is time to expose it to you, the readers.
Briefly, the beam height-to-width ratio contributes to in-plane stiffness which is important for consistent string bed stiffness (SBS).
|Racquet Model||Head Radical MP 2023|
|String||MonoGut ZX Pro|
|Machine Used||True Tension Professional|
|String Bed Stiffness - RDC||53.0 Units|
|String Bed Stiffness -FlexFour||64.9 pounds|
|String Bed Stiffness - SBS||51.8 pounds|
|String Bed Stiffness - ERT||35 Kg/Cm|
|Racquet Flex, RDC||65 - After stringing|
|Racquet Flex, FlexFour||44.5|
|Racquet - In Plane Stiffness||379.7 lbs/Inch|
|Head Area, cm2||623.0|
|Head Area, Sq. Inch||96.7|
|Beam Height @ Grip, mm||21.0|
|Beam Height @ Mid, mm||22.5|
|Beam Height @ Tip||20.5|
|Beam Width @ Grip, mm||12.5|
|Beam Width @ Throat, mm||11.5|
|Beam Width @ Mid, mm||12.8|
|Beam Width @ Tip, mm||12.8|
|Number of Main Strings||16|
|Number of Cross Strings||19|
|Main String Grid||7.18|
|Cross String Grid||9.44|
|Density (% of head filled with string)||69.6%|
|Average Cross String Space||.494|
|Average Main String Space||.449
|Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT||35|
|Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in||195.76|
|First Moment, Nm||.841|
|Swing Weight, Kg/cm2||331|
|Swing Weight, Ounces||11.68|
|Swing Weight Calculated||361.5|
|Head Weight, %||48.5%|
|Center of Percussion||21.1|
|Dwell Time, ms||8.74|
|Efective Stiffness - lbs||29.2|
The Head Radical has always been one of the best performance racquets available and doesn’t require much in the way of annual changes!
We think this new group is right on target! Adding Auxetic in the throat brings this series into the overall success of the Auxetic component!
We will be doing full reviews very soon, but in the meantime, take a look at these new Radicals!
The Team is the new “S” in the Radical Series! Based on our initial testing, we think this model has a trick up its sleeve!
How can two totally different things be the same in so many ways?
Here is a good example:
Wilson Sensation 16, natural v Wilson Sensation Plus 17, black.
Looking a the stress/strain portion of the graph, it is nearly impossible to see any difference!
Both strings exhibit good elongation and elasticity.
Finally, when it comes to UTS the Sensation is a little stronger, as you would expect, for a 1.33mm string.
The Sensation Plus measures 1.26mm! So, the UTS is pretty good!
If you have been using Sensation but would like a black, thin string from Wilson simply use Sensation Plus!
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Don’t be without a beanie for your chilly early morning tennis that is coming soon! Yes, even in Florida!
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The Racquet Quest podcast recently aired a session on comparing racquets, so, to be fair I wanted to post that same data here. If you listened to the podcast this will sound familiar.
These racquets are not random. These racquets are owned by a client that is seeking an upgrade without going overboard!
Here is what Jess has to say:
“Hey, John –
Jess definitely likes the VS more than the Rafa. She said that she gets more easy power and stability with the Rafa but she’s able to accelerate faster on the forehand side with the VS.
She also felt like the VS was more maneuverable at the net. She said that if she’s in control of the point that she can really whip her forehand for a winner. She definitely noticed the lighter swing weight and liked that.
However, she also said that sometimes it feels a little unstable – like the VS is getting pushed around a bit. For example, she noticed that the head of the racquet can twist sometimes if her opponent nails a hard ball at her.
She has more control for sure with the VS – felt like she blasted more balls out with the Rafa. Overall, she likes the racquet- just would like a little more stability.”
By the way, Jess had not seen the racquet data prior to her hitting. So, there you have it. I believe you can see how much numbers help us find the right performance characteristics for a racquet.