Category Archives: Weight

A Rarity …Continued

It is fun to have these fairly rare racquets to work on and get back into playing condition!  We will report on each of them as we go through the setup procedure, and note any differences that we find.

We will try to compare some of the specifications to current or “recently current” racquets to see how far we have come…or not!

A few things stand out right away:

  • The racquet is nearly 28 inches long (71.1cm)
  • The racquet is very flexible in (RDC48) and out (285.7) of plane
  • The racquet has a straight thin (21mm) beam
  • The racquet is (was) made in Austria
Head Radical Tour OS - Austria 
ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelHead Radical Tour OS - Austria
Reference Tension58 lbs - 26.3 k
String: Main/Cross
Polyester
Machine UsedTT Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC64
ASPS, FlexFour63
Racquet Flex, RDC48 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour44
Weight, Grams352
Weight, Ounces12.42
Balance, mm329
Balance, Inch12.95
Length, Cm71.1
Length, Inch27.992
Head Width10.23
Head Length13.43
Head Area, cm2695.9
Head Area, Sq. Inch107.9
Beam Width, mm, Shaft, Center, Tip21, 21, 21
In Plane Stiffness, Pounds/In285.7 Lbs/In.
In Plane Stiffness, Kg/cm51.1 Kg/cm
Number of Main Strings18
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.721
Main String Grid7.81
Cross String Grid10.12
Density (% of head filled with string).733
Average Cross String Space.533
Average Main String Space.434
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT37
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in206.94
First Moment, Nm.894
Polar Moment389
Torsional Stability20
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2369
Swing Weight, Ounces13.03
Swing Weight Calculated381
Power, RDC36
Control, RDC66
Manueverability, RDC41
Power, Calculated 2063.3
Head Points8.35 (negative = head heavy)
Head Weight, %46.3%
Center of Percussion22.0
Dwell Time, ms, No Swing7.96
Effective Stiffness - lbs27.4
K, Lb/In (SBS) RDC205.13
Recoil Weight186.9
Twist Weight273.6
End Weight139.3
Tip Weight213.3
Total Weight352.6
9 O'Clock106.3
3 O'Clock106.0
Butt Cap140.7
Total Weight353

 

 

A Rarity!

Just like an animal that is near extinction you hardly ever see one, but three at the same time is unheard of!

Of course, we are not talking about animals here but the rarity still applies to these racquets!

Head Twin Tube Radical

Most players have heard of this racquet but many probably have never seen one!  

Three (3) of them came into the World Headquarters today for some TLC.  

The bottom one is brand new with the protective sleeve still intact!  So intact that it was nearly impossible to get it off, except in little tiny pieces.

However, the top one was well used, including the overgrip!

All of these racquets are getting new grip pallets so it is not an issue!

I will add more pictures as the work progresses on these rare racquets!

 

 

 

Full Custom Racquets!

Head Extreme Tour

Head is, I believe, going to expose and promote the Extreme Series to a greater extent than before.

Why do I think that?  Because I am holding in my very own hands a Head Extreme Tour!  This 98 square inch racquet continues the Graphene 360+ technology which has become popular in the last several releases of Head Racquets!

The new Extreme series will be shipping in July so we can’t show many pictures except the all-black version I am holding.

Head Extreme Tour

The other Extreme models will be:

Extreme MP – 100 square inch head size, 300 gram

Extreme S – 105 square inch head size, 275 gram

Extreme Lite – 105 square inch head, 265 gram

Extreme PWR – 115 square inch head, 230 gram

Extreme Jr – 100 square inch head, 240 gram

All of this series continues the “extreme” optic yellow colorway but it is now complemented by a really nice grey upper shaft and hoop!  The optic yellow grip may be over the top but that is easily changed.

The Extreme Tour is fitted with a TK82S grip pallet for a comfortable rounder feeling.

Take a look at the specs here:

ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelHead Extreme Tour
Reference Tension55 lbs - 24.9 kg
String
Victrex PEEK fiber Experimental 7718
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC52
ASPS, FlexFour63.5
Racquet Flex, RDC62 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour40
Weight, Grams320
Weight, Ounces11.29
Balance, mm323
Balance, Inch12.72
Length, Cm68.6
Length, Inch27.008
Head Width9.59
Head Length12.87
Head Area, cm2625.1
Head Area, Sq. Inch96.9
Beam Width, mm, Shaft, Center, Tip22, 23, 21
In Plane Stiffness, Pounds/In359.5 Lbs/In.
In Plane Stiffness, Kg/cm 163.0 Kg/cm
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.627
Main String Grid7.12
Cross String Grid9.63
Density (% of head filled with string).708
Average Cross String Space.507
Average Main String Space.445
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in195.76
First Moment, Nm.794
Polar Moment322
Torsional Stability16
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2306
Swing Weight, Ounces10.79
Swing Weight Calculated333.9
Power, RDC47
Control, RDC55
Manueverability, RDC83
Power, Calculated 1856.5
Head Points6.30 (negative = head heavy)
Head Weight, %47.1%
Center of Percussion20.8
Dwell Time, ms, No Swing8.62
Effective Stiffness - lbs28.3
K, Lb/In (SBS) RDC166.67
Recoil Weight149.14
Twist Weight220.52
End Weight 132.8
Tip Weight 190.4
9 O'Clock Position96.6
3 O'Clock Position98.3
Butt Cap Position126.3

 

Weight is Your Friend!

If you have been following the Racquet Quest Podcast you know how much we rely on weight to mitigate some poor shot execution or physical issues!

So, don’t be surprised if that position continues for a while!  It is majorly important now that we are beginning to play (openly) again!

It is not clear to me why some players object to even discussing weight let alone add it to their racquet!

The latest podcast episode, The String Holder – Part Two, focuses on three (3) players of about the same age and skill and looks at the differences in racquet setup including weight.

If weight is so scary why do most racquets have a bunch of it hidden away from us?

This is a Tecnifibre racquet however most performance racquets will have a similar setup.  Game Improvement (ultralight) racquets, typically, will not!

What you see in that groove is lead!  If you flip the racquet over you will find the same thing on the other side!  Lot’s of lead means lots of weight, relatively speaking!

If we wanted to reduce the weight of this racquet we could remove some or all of the weight without affecting the swing weight very much.  The static balance, however, would be very different.  That is why we don’t rely on “balance” as a performance metric.

In the case of this racquet, we are printing a grip pallet that will replace the original pallet but be heavier so we can remove some of the lead weight to make the new version the same weight if we wanted to.  We don’t want to!