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HEAD Liquidmetal Radical Tour Review

by Tennisnerd

I’ve been playing with the HEAD Liquidmetal Tour for a while and I thought I’d give you an update on the racquet. The LM Radical Tour is from 2003 so not available in the store sadly…

The HEAD Liquidmetal Radical Tour (abbreviated LM Radical Tour) is first and foremost a stable racquet. It sits at around 335 grams unstrung and a decently head light balance of 32 cm (5-6 pts) strung. It is labelled to be 98 sq inches because older HEAD racquets are measured from the outside and not the inside like most other brands. This means the actual real estate in the racquet face is 95 sq inches. Similar to most player frames on the market.

What is liquidmetal? Liquidmetal is a technology that doesn’t only appear inside the frame, but also outside in a easy-to-identify ridges on the racquet placed at 8, 10, 2 and 4 o’clock on the frame. Liquidmetal is a strong substance and helps to add stability. The LM Radical Tour feels comfortable to me even strung with poly, but I’ve heard that some people call it a little firm. It has a stiffness rating of 63 however so it is by no means a harsh racquet. The LM Radical Tour also includes previous Head technologies such as TwinTube frame construction and Intellifibres.

If you want to know more about liquidmetal, here’s a part copied from Wikipedia:

Liquidmetal alloys combine a number of desirable material features, including high tensile strength, excellent corrosion resistance, very high coefficient of restitution and excellent anti-wearing characteristics, while also being able to be heat-formed in processes similar to thermoplastics. Liquidmetal was introduced for commercial applications in 2003. It is used for, among other things, golf clubs, watches and covers of cell phones.

I’ve been enjoying my LM Radical Tours ever since I got a hold of them. They have a dense 18×20 string pattern that gives you utmost precision, but thanks to their high static weight (and swing weight) they still pack a punch. With its weight I wouldn’t call it a “fast”, spin-friendly frame, but if you have flatter, aggressive shots or play serve-volley tennis, the LM Radical Tour could be wonderful for your game. I particularly enjoy it on my serve and forehand.

In short, the LM Radical Tour has been working out nicely for me and plays very similar to my beloved Six One 95. The racquet gives a heavy ball that penetrates the court. Since it’s control-oriented, I wouldn’t call it particularly string-sensitive and although I rarely use multifilaments or synthetic gut strings, I think the LM Radical Tour responds well to pretty much whatever string you put in it. I would say this is good news for you who try to avoid harsh polyester strings.

If you’re a player who likes to stay back and roll back heavy top-spin shots that bounce up to the shoulders of your opponent, I think there are more suitable racquets out there, but if you play with flatter shots and like to attack your opponent from the baseline or at the net, the LM Radical Tour can potentially be your next best friend.

Please remember however that it is a little heavy to swing if you’re used to more modern, lighter racquets and it does require solid technique.

This is a quote from the TW Playtester that I agree with: 

A heavy solid racquet that can be demanding, the LM Radical Tour can take massive flat swings and really punish the ball. The ball had lots of weight behind it. My opponents commented on how the ball I was hitting felt like they were returning a steal ball. Angle shots were very easy to hit. Again there was “substance” behind every shot I was hitting. The weight distribution felt like you were swinging a sledgehammer. Groundies were penetrating deep and had massive kick. If my shots were landing on the service line they would kick to well behind the baseline. This racquet was a bit on the stiff side and even though I fancy flexible racquets, I really liked this one very much. Volleys were awesome and solid. Serves were very big with amazing kick. Only gripe with this racquet is touch and comfort. If you can handle the weight and do not care much about touch/feel, then this is the best racquet on the market.

The LM Radical Tour is really hard to get a hold of these days, but if you’re lucky you might find one or two at eBay or why not buy my racquets? Comment with your e-mail if you’re interested or send an e-mail to helloATtennisnerd.net and I’ll send you some more pics and price. I currently own three racquets in good to great condition.

LM Radical Tour specs:
Headsize: 98
Length: 27
Strung Weight: 12.3 oz (350 grams)
Balance: 6 pts hl
Stiffness: 63
Swing-weight: 332
Beam width: 21mm
Pattern: 18X20

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38 comments

AP October 21, 2017 - 9:18 pm

Johnny on the spot with the review of a 14 year old racket.
Yes it was a good one with a huge sweet spot.

If you want a new one just like try the Yonex EZONE (310). Really nice and plays about the same but updated materials.

That was then this is now 2017.

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Tennisnerd October 23, 2017 - 9:10 am

Thanks for your comment. I don’t really agree that the Yonex Ezone 310 g plays close to the HEAD LM Radical Tour. I would say the Wilson Six One 95 is closer. Cheers / Jonas

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Adam Dixon October 23, 2017 - 11:57 am

Hi Tennis Nerd,

I have recently purchased 2 Wilson Six One 95 rackets. One 16×18 and the other the new 2017 Six one 95 18×20 (which is aesthetically beautiful and very classy). I much prefer the older 16×18. But looking at your web, most pro players that use this stick use the 18×20.

My question is what are the benefits of an 18×20 compared to an Open String pattern and why do you believe this is far more popular on the tour?

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Branko Andrews October 24, 2017 - 5:44 am

Is this the same or similar to Djokovic’s pro stock racket?

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Tennisnerd October 24, 2017 - 9:04 am

Yes, very similar to the Djokovic mold! Not sure if it exactly the same, but I’ve heard it is close and that he’s played with the LM mold in the past.

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Luis November 1, 2017 - 5:22 am

is this the only kind of the Radical Line? a Prestige spec wise in the old radical mold? or was the mold different from the regular radicals back then?

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Alex November 29, 2017 - 10:30 am

Djokovic can’t be using this. The ridges would be so obvious under a pj. Maybe he uses the mould but without the ridges on the side?

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Tennisnerd November 29, 2017 - 1:17 pm

Yes, I think that sounds like the reasonable solution. The ridges would definitely be easy to spot. T1000 style racquet! 🙂 Cheers / J

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Danny December 11, 2017 - 11:16 pm

Could you compare it to the tc 97 18×20 ? You also had it with A style grip?

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Tennisnerd December 12, 2017 - 11:14 am

Hi Danny,
My Angell TC 97 Custom 18×20 had B-style grip but I’ve played with all grip shapes so that doesn’t matter. I really love the Angell racquet, it offers better feel on the ball and more spin, but somehow these HEAD LM Radical Tours just fit me like a glove. I do prefer 95 sq from 97 sq inch racquets which can have something to do with it. The Angell is a more all-round racquet while the slightly stiffer LM Tour suits an aggressive flatter hitting style where you take the ball on the rise and move towards the net. That’s at least my observation.

Wouldn’t hesitate to buy an Angell racquet again…but for my game to settle in between play-tests and reviews, I have committed to the Racial Tours and I’m playing much better now that I don’t change racquets every other session or so.

Cheers / Jonas

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Mark Easley January 20, 2018 - 1:27 pm

Tennisnerd,

I THOUROUGHLY agree with you on this racquet! Do you still have any of the ones you were selling left? If so, will you please email pictures and prices please?

Thanks!

Mark Easley
Tennessee

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Tennisnerd January 20, 2018 - 5:17 pm

Hi Mark,
You have a good taste in racquets! This has become my racquet of choice, but since I have seven I might be able to sell a couple to make space for other racquets in the collection, will have to think about it. Meanwhile, I’ll send you some pics via e-mail.

Cheers / Jonas

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Tan March 7, 2018 - 6:11 am

Hey Jonas,
I recently picked one up at a garage sale here in the bay area. Did you have any recommend setups in terms of string/tension/lead?

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Tennisnerd March 7, 2018 - 8:05 am

Hi Tan,
Depending a little on the weight and balance of your copy, I don’t like to add lead. My Radical Tours usually end up 350 grams with overgrip and 32 cm balance. It plays amazing with natural gut/poly hybrid and when it comes to polys only I like Solinco Hyper-G 1.25.

Enjoy the stick! Cheers / J

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Rodrigo October 7, 2018 - 6:31 pm

Does the Head Prestige XT MP racquet have similar stability to the Radical Liquidmetal Tour?
Would you like to know the difference between both rackets?

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Rodrigo October 7, 2018 - 8:06 pm

I would like to know the difference between the two rackets?

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Anton Vilinskiy November 3, 2018 - 4:01 pm

Do you think LM Radical Tour are just weighted up LM Radicals or is there a different layup in play here?

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Tennisnerd November 5, 2018 - 8:29 am

Hi Anton,
The Radical MP should be slightly stiffer than the Tour. But not by much so with some weight they will play very similar. Cheers / Jonas

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Marcelo November 9, 2018 - 10:16 pm

Hi, TennisNerd!

What is the twistweight for the Liquidmetal Radical Tour?

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Tennisnerd November 10, 2018 - 4:34 pm

Hi Marcelo,
Not sure! Pretty high with all the weight at 8, 10, 2 and 4. Cheers / Jonas

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Henrik December 6, 2018 - 12:29 am

Hi tennisnerd,

Very late question on this topic but I can’t help asking. I’m 41 years old, Swede playing once every second week but is planning to step up my game now. Used to be rather good back in the days (won district and regionals in Florida once upon a time).

Profile:
Very, very flat forehand, flat killer backhand, terrible serve compared to my height (6-4) and good volley.

I’ve been playing with the HEAD Liquidmetal Radical MP since it arrived and I would love to get some new racquets and I would appreciate if you could give me some tips of racquets that could suit me. I’ve been testing the new radical as well as the babolat strike for a few weeks and they are ok but just not better than my old spades.
Thanks for a great site!

Kind regards
Henrik

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Tennisnerd December 6, 2018 - 7:25 am

Hi Henrik,
Nice to hear from another LM Radical fan!

I am a flat hitter too and I am most comfortable playing with 18×20 (or 16×20) string pattern racquets like the LM RAD MP. I have played a few nice ones recently that I can recommend:

HEAD Graphene 360 Speed Pro. Bigger sweet spot, a bit more spin, but still a controllable launch angle. Will be more forgiving compared to what you currently use.
Yonex VCORE 95. The 16×20 pattern opens up for more spin but is still controlled. Good power for a 95 sq inch racquet and solid comfort too.
Prince Phantom 93P. This racquet is a dream to serve with. Great on volleys and slice shots too. About the same when it comes to forgiveness with the Rad MP.
Srixon Dunlop CX 200 Tour. A racquet I currently play it. Slightly heavier than what you are used to unless you had lead tape, but great for precision and easy on the arm.

I think either one of these sticks could work well for your game.

Good luck! / Jonas

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Carlos Suarez December 11, 2018 - 2:57 pm

Hi, Tennisnerd

Love the reviews, very interesting and insightful as always. I’m currently playing for my university team and was thinking about upgrading my sticks. I notice you have the head flexpoint radical mp’s but no review. I’m curious to know how you feel about those and how they compare to the LM radical tours.

I consider myself a ‘aggressive baseline’ type of player, liking to dictate the point from the baseline rarely coming into the net, slapping winners from the back as much as possible haha.

I have demo’d my coach’s flexpoint radical mp and have really taken well to it. Just want to hear your thoughts on it. If you have any recommendations for anything similar i’m all ears.

Love the site and the channel!!

Kind Regards
Carlos

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Tennisnerd December 11, 2018 - 3:02 pm

Hi Carlos,
Thanks for your nice comment.

I really like the Flexpoint Radical MPs. They feel a bit more lively/soft than the LM Radical Tours, but still offer great control.

Just very competent racquet if you are looking for control. Works well from the baseline if you can create your own power.

Have three for sale if you’re interested. Too many racquets…

Cheers / Jonas

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Fred February 4, 2019 - 9:05 pm

Hi,tennisnerd

Can you recommend me a heavy racquet for baseliner and heavy topspin like you mentioned in the post? Actually play with a Blade 2015 16×19 but feels light

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Tennisnerd February 6, 2019 - 5:37 pm

Hi,
You should check out one of the following:
Babolat Pure Aero Tour
HEAD Graphene 360 Extreme Pro
Prince Beast 100

All killer racquets with power and spin.

Good luck / Jonas

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Michel February 10, 2019 - 11:53 pm

Hi Jonas
I tried many racquets including pro stock, and for me, i have never ever found something approaching the LM radical tour . Even the h22 is behind because of the perfect weight distribution of the LM . It is very very difficult to customize an h22 like the unique weight distribution of the LM . It is not a question of lead tape, balance or total weight but a question of mass distribution inside the frame and it’s almost impossible to reach . The h22 is superb, but different . It depends a lof of the customization.
I string them with luxilon 4g soft at 21 kg . Unique control, stability and strangely a lot of spin with my game ! This 95 sq inch racquet is more stable outside of the sweet spot than a “modern” 100 sq inch racquet !!!!? I nerver saw that !
This racquet is a dream . I cannot believe it !
But i have an ultimate dream ? To find a pt113b 16×19 ( verdaco \ m.zverev) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A kind of pro stock LM radical tour with an open string pattern ! Probably impossible to find !!!!?
Another thing : i live in Marbella, and one day you told me that you come here. So if you want, we can play ! You have my Email .

Michel

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Tennisnerd February 11, 2019 - 10:41 am

Hi Michel,
Good taste in racquets! Yes, the LM Radical is a fine racquet! Agree that it would have been really nice to test a PT113B in an open pattern. But the PT113B has a more noticeable flex in the string bed than the LM Radical so I think the H22 is the closest you will get to it. Not sure if there is an LM Radical Tour in an open pattern, would love to try it in that case!

Next time I am in Marbella, I will let you know! Regards / Jonas

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Josh February 11, 2019 - 3:49 am

Hi,

I have recently purchased one of these racquets and was wondering if you added any led tape to your racquet.

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Tennisnerd February 11, 2019 - 10:41 am

Hi,
No, the beauty of the LM Radical Tour is that it doesn’t require any lead tape 🙂 Enjoy it! Regards / Jonas

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Johannes March 31, 2019 - 12:41 pm

Hello Jonas,

First of all, thanks for your great reviews,really enjoy it and feel vindicated in my thought at the most playtests.

How would you weight up the lm radical to make similar/to ge a similar feel to the lm radical tour?

I would lovely try the tour version but currently cannot find some.

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Tennisnerd April 5, 2019 - 1:19 pm

Hi Johannes,

Thanks a lot! I would put lead tape on all the silver/Liquidmetal parts, just enough to cover them so short strips. Then I would counter with the same weight on the handle. The Tour version is a top notch frame! But nothing wrong with the MP one.

Cheers / Jonas

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Johannes April 5, 2019 - 6:50 pm

Hello Jonas,

thank you very much for recommendations, really appreciate it.

Maybe i will give the Radical a try. I have seen the non tour radical does have a lower stiffness rating than the tour version. Do you think this will be a noticeable difference in how the racket feels compared the radical tour?

Or do you can recommend any other frame which plays similar to the radical LM tour?

I have tested a few rackets but didn´t really felt home with them:

Pure strike PO7: really didn´t like the muted feel

Pure drive 2015: simple too stiff, didn´t feel the ball comming into the string bed.

Aeropro drive 2013: a little stiff, backhand was way to sluggish cause of instability, also didn´t like the hollowing sound when hitting the ball

AI98: to much vibrations, unstable as well and not as maneuverable for it´s light weight.

Prostaff 97 (315g): hard to control

Maybe you have a tip for me which racket could suit? 😉

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Tennisnerd April 9, 2019 - 6:02 am

Hi Johannes,
No, the feel of the Radical Tour and the MP won’t be that different, especially if you add weight to the MP.

If you are open to adding lead tape, you can check out Srixon Dunlop CX 200 Tour, which did not play exactly like the Radical Tour but close enough and you can customize the weight to your liking.

Another stable but low weight racquet I like is the Tecnifibre Tfight 305 XTC. You can play that in stock form and the racquet does most things well. I would also put the Diadem Elevate Tour into consideration.

Cheers / Jonas

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Johannes April 10, 2019 - 5:32 pm

Thanks Jonas for your recommendations.

I may give the radical a try and tune it up to 320g unstrung and will see.

Do you have a kind of forum were we can discuss with you about general topics around tennis rackets? (racket tuning, how to balance a racket and stuff like that)

I´m also wondering if you ever tried adding blu tack in the handle to weight a racket up and make more headlight and what do you think about it?

Many thanks in advance!

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Johannes April 22, 2019 - 7:22 am

*edit. I have bought an Radical LM but i’d like to add a little bit of weight to the handle. It looks like the butt cap can’t be removed. How did you add weight to the handle of this stick?

Cheers Jo

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Tennisnerd April 23, 2019 - 8:16 pm

You can remove the grip and just add lead tape underneath it and then put the grip back on. Cheers / J

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Ivi June 28, 2019 - 2:47 pm

Hi,

I found your videos on Youtube and really enjoyed them. The last one where you have shown this racket caught my eye and maybe you can help me a bit.
I start playing the Agassi Head Radical OS back in ’95 as a Junior. A stopped playing in my 20is and started back again in ’05 and got myself this Radical Liquid Metal rackets, but the OS Model, 690cm2 (107in?) As I never was good in watching the ball, I preferred a bigger racket and stayed with the OS Models now for over 25 years.
Since last year I started playing again a lot more and the passion for the sport came back. Now I wanted to change the rackets as I think would be a good time, to get myself some new ones. I was thinking about getting the Bumblebee original as last year was the 25 years Edition that came out. But as I asked Head they told me they are using the old technology in that one and maybe for my level and with getting older the new technology might help me a bit more in the future too.
Now I was looking around but I can’t find any big rackets that are having a good weight on them too. All the OS Models are under 300gr. Mine is 310gr. now. And I don’t want to tune it too much around. So would prefer a stock Model with bigger size and weight if possible.
I am testing now the Speed Pro Model and I like it on the forehand. I bought the sensor to check the sweet spot and forehand is good. But on my backhand it’s a mess. And there is where I most like the OS racket and were it helped me a lot. As my backhand is much weaker too.
Now do you maybe have some recommendation on something closer to the original radical OS? I really prefer Head and would like to stay with it if possible.
I am also waiting for the next week as you tested the new Head proto typ model and said that there should come some new ones too.
I would really much appreciate your help if possible as I am really stuck at the moment.
Or should I stay with mine, have 5 of them, or maybe check the old Bumblebee?

Thank you very much!

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