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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

Head Radical for 2019!

The new Head Graphene 360 Radical series continues the “less is more” graphic package that is so popular on the Head Speed series. While I really like the occasional “Limited Edition” racquets I am favoring the new “look” now.

Head Graphene 360 Radical Series

As you can see there are four (4) models in the series starting on the left with the “Pro”, “MidPlus”, “S”, and “Power” versions. The obvious concept here is the minimization of graphics, however, not so obvious is the subtle color changes inside the head of the racquet.

I have compiled unstrung specifications which are important but not as much fun as racquet to racquet comparison which I will do between this series and the series of last year.

Unstrung Specifications

If you are interested in “approximate” strung specifications add 17 grams to the “overall weight” and 30 grams to “swing weight”.

So, until then enjoy the new Radical look!

I will be posting full reviews of each model by the end of the week so check back…and you can stop by the World Headquarters to examine these racquets yourself!

Wilson Clash Tour

If you read the Wilson Clash 100 review there is not much to say about the Wilson Clash Tour in terms of graphics because it is exactly the same!

So we can go directly to the differences between the two models. The Tour does have the “word” tour on the racquet but little else in terms of racquet specifications and that is by design.

Wilson Clash Tour

Typically a racquet will have some little tiny descriptions such as weight, head size, string pattern, etc. but these racquets have none of that. Wilson, with this racquet, wants the player to make all the decisions based on “feel, control, and power” and not be influenced by descriptors. As you might expect this model is a little heavier overall and in swing weight thus the “Tour” designation.

Our Wilson Clash and Clash Tour demo racquets are strung with Luxilon Natural Gut as the main string and Wilson Sensation Plus as the cross string. This combination should maximize the performance of the racquet.

Before we get to the specifications of the Tour model there is another slightly unusual design feature. The grip pallet is not molded onto the frame but is formed by the carbon fiber. This manufacturing technique does not allow for easy (seriously not easy) grip size and shape customization so be certain you get the grip size you need.

Take a look at the following data to see if you think this new concept is worth a try. Based on the feedback we are getting I would say yes, definatley!

ManufacturerWilson
Racquet ModelClash Tour
Reference Tension58 lbs - 26.3 kg
String
Luxilon 125 Gut =M
Wilson Sensation Plus =X
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC51
ASPS, FlexFour63
Racquet Flex, RDC47 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour25
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness317 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams328
Weight, Ounces11.57


Balance, mm318
Balance, Inch12.52
Length, Cm68.5
Length, Inch27.0
Head Width9.91
Head Length12.89
Head Area, cm2647.3
Head Area, Sq. Inch100.3
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.647
Main String Grid7.68
Cross String Grid10.44
Density (% of head filled with string).799
Average Cross String Space.549
Average Main String Space.480
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in195.76
First Moment, Nm.822
Polar Moment348
Torsional Stability15
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2329
Swing Weight, Ounces11.6
Swing Weight Calculated341.8
Power, RDC39
Control, RDC64
Manueverability, RDC65
Power, Calculated 1586.1
Head Points7.87
Head Weight, %46.4
Center of Percussion21.7
Dwell Time, ms8.91
Efective Stiffness - lbs24.5
K, Lb/In163.46
Recoil Weight174.7
Twist Weight247.8
End Weight 141.6
Tip Weight 195.0
9 O'Clock99.1
3 O'Clock96.9
Butt Cap140.2

Wilson Clash 100

Once in a while words “fit”! Clash fits this new Wilson racquet because it disrupts the trend of “everything stiff”. Luckily this trend is dying and Wilson has, in my view, done a masterful job of expediting that demise with this concept.

Wilson Clash 100

Not only does this racquet look good it just feels good in the hand. It is light, maybe too light, but the brain detects something different about this racquet. We all know racquets are all about “the brain”!

In this review you may notice the addition of a couple of specifications. One is “Racquet – In Plane Stiffness”. This is the racquets resistance to”squeezing the sides together. The higher the number the more resistant (stiffer) the racquet is. Another addition to the review is the three (3) weights taken at the sides of the head and at the very bottom (butt cap) of the racquet. This very helpful when matching or customizing a racquet. so I thought we would include it.

Before this racquet is strung it has a noticeable “softness” which is expected given the 52 stiffness (Wilson is not using the defacto device, RDC, for their stiffness rating). However, after stringing, the racquet takes on a different “feel”. It is like the string is pulling all the material components together! I intend to hit with this racquet tomorrow so as right now I have no idea how it will feel.

To get the maximum from this racquet our demo is strung with Luxilon Natural Gut, 125 and the new Wilson Sensation Plus multi-filament with a “wear” wrap. This should be a great setup, so if you want to hit with the latest technology this is it!

For each racquet we do an “Accuracy Index”. This tells us how accurately the ball will come off the string bed when hit at different locations on the string bed. This racquet has an index of 97, which is very good, in the areas of the string bed that show the most failure (breakage). The overall string bed index of 94 is quite good and tells us that the string bed should produce as much accuracy as the players skill allows!

Take look at the following specifications to see if you agree with the player evaluations you may have read.

ManufacturerWilson
Racquet ModelClash 100
Reference Tension58 lbs - 26.3 kg
String
Luxilon 125 Gut =M
Wilson Sensation Plus =X
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC56
ASPS, FlexFour61.5
Racquet Flex, RDC51 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour27
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness317 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams309
Weight, Ounces10.90
Balance, mm322
Balance, Inch12.68
Length, Cm68.5
Length, Inch27.0
Head Width9.92
Head Length12.85
Head Area, cm2646.0
Head Area, Sq. Inch100.1
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.650
Main String Grid7.50
Cross String Grid10.37
Density (% of head filled with string).779
Average Cross String Space.547
Average Main String Space.469
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT37
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in206.94
First Moment, Nm.764
Polar Moment321
Torsional Stability15
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2306
Swing Weight, Ounces10.79
Swing Weight Calculated320.4
Power, RDC34
Control, RDC70
Manueverability, RDC83
Power, Calculated 1562.7
Head Points6.46
Head Weight, %47.0%
Center of Percussion21.5
Dwell Time, ms8.50
Efective Stiffness - lbs26.7
K, Lb/In179.49
Recoil Weight155.9
Twist Weight227.1
End Weight 126.8
Tip Weight 181.9
9 O'Clock94.0
3 O'Clock93.9
Butt Cap119.9

Brittany Tagliareni…a Winner!

In all the years I have been involved in tennis racquets I have worked with players of all levels, from top-ranked to no ranking at all!  The one thing that remains constant is that every player received the same attention to a goal.

Typically that goal is to win!

As I reflect on the high points of this journey there are a few players that really stand out. One of those players is Brittany Tagliareni.

  • Brittany is one of the best tennis players in the world.
  • Brittany has won many awards and accolades from the tennis community and press.
  • Brittany is Autistic.

Here is the deal. Every day I talk to players about the most minuscule of performance specifications…one (1) gram here, one gram there, one (1) pound here, and so on.

Brittany is different.

Brittany is very busy and wants to get to her next function whether it is taking care of dogs or tennis!  She really doens’t want to talk to me about tennis racquets!

So, to really understand what needs to be done her mother, Catherine, communicates for Brittany.

Brittany plays with a Yonex SV100 racquet strung with Ashaway Monogut ZX at 46 pounds.

She travels with three (3) matched racquets. This is where it gets interesting and one of the reasons I wanted to write this post.

Brittany needed some extra encouragement to hold the racquet with the proper grip (she is left-handed) to generate the amount of spin her coach wanted her to have. Just telling Brittany how to hold the racquet was not consistently working so we re-shaped the grip to offer some tactile “encouragement”.

The grip has been changed to have different “feelings” for each bevel of the grip shape. So one side is exaggerated for a certain length on the grip and other sides were accentuated shape wise.

The grip re-shaping had to be done in a laminated way because it works, is expedient, and minimizes costs associated with major grip modifications.

Now when Brittany holds the racquet she can feel exactly where it needs to be.

Brittany goes to Washington, and beyond!

See what Brittany has accomplished.

Brittany is incredibly busy so it is difficult to keep up with all of her travels.  Most recently she was in Dubai!

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