It’s time for the HEAD Radical to get the Graphene Touch update. A few pics have been leaked on the tennis forums and I’m curious to hear what you think about them.
I’m a fan of the HEAD Radical series, all the way from the first editions (PT57B) that most racquetholics calls the “Bumblebee”, to the famous “Zebra”, the “Candycane”, the Liquidmetal Tour I use now, all the way to the IG Radical Pro, which for many was the last great Radical racquet. Others would argue that the first Graphene edition, the HEAD Graphene Radical Pro, was a worthy and highly playable (and much stiffer) successor, and I can agree to some extent myself, but the Graphene XT version hasn’t gotten a lot of love among tennis aficionados.
Will HEAD go softer again with the “Touch” line? The idea with the HEAD Graphene Touch Speed was similar to Wilson’s addition of Countervail – it was to dampen shock. This is the new edition of the “war on tennis elbows”, with the racquet companies bending over backwards to reduce the potentially negative effect of stiff racquets on player health.
But it makes sense to work on dampening and it’s definitely nothing new. The older HEAD Radicals with “TwinTube” technology was also about dampening shock to the arm, but they were also heavier and more flexible, which is in stark contrast to the firm and light racquets of today. The game has gone from “feel” to “speed” and “power”, so here is HEAD, trying to introduce a little more “Touch” back into the game.
Judging by the racquetholics on the various forums, HEAD hasn’t had a successful launch of a racquet in a while. Many are still hunting down and trying the older versions online and giving the new line-up a pass. I have a big bag of HEAD test racquets at home and I’m trying to identify if there is something great in there. Among the racquets I’m testing right now is the HEAD Graphene Touch Speed MP and Pro, the HEAD Graphene Touch MP (click here for the review), the HEAD MxG racquets (already reviewed them here) which Nadal was testing a year back and the HEAD Graphene Touch Instinct line which was also released as an “Adaptive” version.
This is my pic from my Instagram account:
So…quite a lot of racquets to test (the old-school HEAD Liquidmetal Radical Tour is what I’m currently playing with so I just put it there for laughs) and more in-depth information about the models coming soon. If I forget to write about something, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments field.
But back to the HEAD Graphene Touch Radical Pro, which looks like this:
Andy Murray (read more about his racquet here) actually posed an update on Instagram where he had cleaned out his racquet closed and among all the beautiful PT57A 16×19 pro stocks that he’s playing in various paint jobs. Among the racquets were the paint job of the new HEAD Graphene Touch Radical Pro that he’s endorsing. Can you spot them in the picture?
What will the specs for the new HEAD Graphene Touch Radical Pro and MP be? Right now I don’t know the stiffness ratings, but these are the unstrung specs for the HEAD Graphene Touch Radical Pro: 98 sq inches, 315 mm balance, 310 grams weight, standard length, beam 20/23/21 mm, string pattern 16/19. Definitely nothing shocking there!
Release date for the HEAD Graphene Touch racquets will be in November 2017.
What do you guys think about the Spider-Man inspired paint job? Is it Radical enough?