HEAD Graphene Radical MP Tennis Racquet Review
The HEAD Graphene Radical MP falls into the “player” category of tennis racquets. Now made with Graphene, the world’s strongest and lightest material, which gives HEAD the opportunity to redistribute the weight from its predecessor, the Youtek IG Radical MP. This redistribution helps to optimize the handling and power of the racquet.
At 10.4 ounces and 4 points head light, the Radical Midplus felt extremely light compared to what I’m used to. I was still able to create lots of spin and a surprising amount of power with the racquet. It’s not a particularly powerful frame, but it hit heavier than I expected.
My favorite parts of the racquet were the maneuverability and the soft feel. I felt very quick with the racquet, and once I was able to get my timing down, the strokes felt solid. If struck cleanly in the sweet spot, even hard, aggressive strokes felt soft and controlled. However, when striking the ball off-center, the racquet felt quite unstable. The weight threw me off a little bit, so I did not feel as comfortable being aggressive as I did with the other radicals.
I loved hitting volleys with the Radical Midplus. The maneuverability and soft feel of the racquet that I enjoyed with the groundstrokes were also my favorite aspect of the volleys. I felt extremely quick at the net and had time to make solid contact on even the toughest balls. I was able to hit short angles and drop shots confidently with the soft feel. Overall, I enjoyed the net game more than anything with the Radical Midplus.
The light frame of the Midplus felt snappy on the serves, and I was able to create lots of spin. Even with the quick swing speed of the racquet, I did feel a slight decrease in power simply from the lack of weight. I had no issues placing my serve or hitting any type of spin.
The Radical Midplus has some great attributes that I know players will love. The racquet is extremely maneuverable, has solid control and a soft feel. Players who enjoy a light racquet and a soft feel will love this racquet. The racquet was more powerful than expected, but not as powerful as many of the heavier player racquets. My favorite part of hitting with the Radical Midplus was its net play, which accentuated its great maneuverability and soft, yet crisp feel. More advanced players may enjoy customizing the weight of this racquet to combine its great feel with a little more stability and power.
About the Reviewer:Jake Ledger is currently a student in the Professional Tennis Management Program at Ferris State University in Michigan. He is also a certified Instructor through the PTR for 10 & Under and Adults.