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Head Radical MP 2023

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!

Head Radical MP 2023

The Auxetic component should contribute to a comfortable but aggressive racquet.

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).

ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelHead Radical MP 2023
Reference Tension55
String
MonoGut ZX Pro
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
String Bed Stiffness - RDC53.0 Units
String Bed Stiffness -FlexFour64.9 pounds
String Bed Stiffness - SBS51.8 pounds
String Bed Stiffness - ERT35 Kg/Cm
Racquet Flex, RDC65 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour44.5
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness379.7 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams326
Weight, Ounces11.50
Balance, mm333
Balance, Inch13.11
Length, Cm68.57
Length, Inch27.00
Head Width9.63
Head Length12.79
Head Area, cm2623.0
Head Area, Sq. Inch96.7
Beam Height @ Grip, mm21.0
Beam Height @ Mid, mm22.5
Beam Height @ Tip20.5
Beam Width @ Grip, mm12.5
Beam Width @ Throat, mm11.5
Beam Width @ Mid, mm12.8
Beam Width @ Tip, mm12.8
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.634
Main String Grid7.18
Cross String Grid9.44
Density (% of head filled with string)69.6%
Average Cross String Space.494
Average Main String Space.449
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in195.76
First Moment, Nm.841
Polar Moment347
Torsional Stability16
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2331
Swing Weight, Ounces11.68
Swing Weight Calculated361.5
Power, RDC52
Control, RDC49
Manueverability, RDC66
Power, Calculated 2101.4
Head Points3.15
Head Weight, %48.5%
Center of Percussion21.1
Dwell Time, ms8.74
Efective Stiffness - lbs29.2
K, Lb/In169.87
Recoil Weight156.44
Twist Weight226.48
End Weight 126.0
Tip Weight 197.7
9 O'Clock105.1
3 O'Clock104.7
Butt Cap115.6
COF, Main.416
COF, Cross.388

Head…just when you thought it couldn’t get any better

Well, we think it just got better!

The Head Radical has always been one of the best performance racquets available and doesn’t require much in the way of annual changes!

You can order yours now for the release date of February 9, 2023

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!

ZUS Tennis

Never heard of them?  I hadn’t either until yesterday!

ZUS is a Chicago-based company that offers several racquets with various specifications available.

A ZUS Custom Sven Goth Design came in for work, so we had a great opportunity to get all of the specifications and include them in a “racquet review”!

First, the racquet seems to be a well-made version of the Wilson Pro Staff RF, with an ever so slightly thinner modified box section beam.  the geometry is very much like the Wilson Pro Staff RF, as is the weight.

Who wouldn’t want to be modeled after the Pro Staff RF?

This racquet has a bunch of weight at the rear end, plus a shrink sleeve to increase the grip size, so it is loaded up with weight down there, which is OK!

Rear Weight

 

 

The racquet is foamed, probably the entire tube, which may contribute a more muted feel than a non-foamed racquet.  The Pro Staff RF is also foam filled.

The small oval piece is a lead or steel, weight sandwiched between the two halves of the shaft.  This construction makes it impossible to remove that weight if you want to, but it is good to have it there!

 

 

ManufacturerZUS
Racquet ModelZUS Custom Sven Goth Design
Reference Tension50
String
Prince Tour XR 16
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
String Bed Stiffness - RDC53.0 Units
String Bed Stiffness -FlexFour59.1 pounds
String Bed Stiffness - SBS50.6 pounds
String Bed Stiffness - ERT35 Kg/Cm
Racquet Flex, RDC63 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour41.0
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness438.0 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams354
Weight, Ounces12.49
Balance, mm316
Balance, Inch12.44
Length, Cm68.57
Length, Inch27.00
Head Width9.41
Head Length12.80
Head Area, cm2610.1
Head Area, Sq. Inch94.6
Beam Height @ Grip, mm20.5
Beam Height @ Mid, mm20.2
Beam Height @ Tip20.6
Beam Width @ Grip, mm10.8
Beam Width @ Throat, mm10.8
Beam Width @ Mid, mm11.6
Beam Width @ Tip, mm12.4
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.619
Main String Grid7.25
Cross String Grid9.68
Density (% of head filled with string).742
Average Cross String Space.509
Average Main String Space.453
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in195.76
First Moment, Nm.854
Polar Moment348
Torsional Stability18
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2330
Swing Weight, Ounces11.64
Swing Weight Calculated353.5
Power, RDC51
Control, RDC49
Manueverability, RDC67
Power, Calculated 1965.9
Head Points8.46
Head Weight, %46.1%
Center of Percussion20.9
Dwell Time, ms8.74
Efective Stiffness - lbs28.8
K, Lb/In169.87
Recoil Weight167.26
Twist Weight235.57
End Weight 151.7
Tip Weight 197.9
9 O'Clock105.5
3 O'Clock108.1
Butt Cap137.1
COF, Main.382
COF, Cross.306

 

Let’s Compare

We publish many racquet reviews that include comprehensive data to be used to speed up the selection process for players looking to review racquets and possibly demo them.

We thought it might be fun to do a little comparison of racquets in a simple format and we are starting with this one!

When considering racquets there is one “weight” that outweighs them all and that is swing weight!  Swing weight is also described as inertia which is, in our discussions,  the term used to describe the momentum of a tennis racquet.  Once it gets going it does not want to stop which equals power (sort of F=MA)

compare

We will be adding groups of three (3) racquets whenever possible and when new racquets are introduced.

Weight is your friend!

 

 

Our Questron in Action!

As you know, Racquet Quest is a data-driven business, and data requires numbers. To generate those numbers, we have designed and built several devices.

One device is the Questron!

The Questron is used to test every string we receive, and the data is compiled to understand where that particular string fits.

So, instead of talking about it we have included a short video!

Thank you for watching our Questron in Action!  If you have a question, or a particular string of interest, please let us know.  We may have already taken the data!  On GASP.network there are many graphs of previous tests.  GASP.network is a membership ($40.00 one time) site.