Head Graphene Radical Pro Tennis Racquet Review
The Graphene Radical Pro is used by Andy Murray, and it’s not hard to see why. The addition of graphene has allowed Head to add swingweight without making the frame difficult to maneuver. The Radical Pro combines those properties with spin potential and a comfortable feel.
Initially, I didn’t enjoy the feel of the Radical Pro in my hand, with its 11.4-ounce, head-light frame. It had the potential to be a very “whippy” frame, and I was worried it would not have good control. But once I started hitting groundstrokes, my worries quickly diminished. The racquet drove through the ball well, and I was able to produce ample power and spin.
The racquet is only 1-point head light, but the frame felt extremely maneuverable. Plus it had the mass necessary to take big swings on balls I would normally approach more defensively. The maneuverability was especially noticeable on returns of serve, where I felt confident stepping in and being aggressive.
The string pattern is 16x19, but it is dense in the center. This, combined with the weight distribution, gives incredible feel when hitting the sweet spot, but it can feel quite unstable on off center shots. With that being said, the sweet spot felt larger than I would have thought for a 98 square inch head size. Players around 4.0 and up should have no problem getting the feel of the racquet.
I had lots of confidence hitting volleys with the Radical Pro. Again, the maneuverability and drive through the ball were evident. I felt very quick at the net and could place the volleys deep in the court with ease.
I was able to place my serve accurately with plenty of spin. My favorite part about serving with this model was its power. I was surprised with how much racquet head speed I could produce with the head light frame. I was able to get some extra pop on my flat serves.
I was pleasantly surprised with the Head Graphene Radical Pro. I could control the groundstrokes well, while hitting with plenty of power and spin. The maneuverability and mass of the frame was my favorite part of the racquet, allowing me to play very aggressively. If you are a 4.0+ player who is looking for an all-around racquet with great control and a lively feel, then you definitely should add this to your demo list. I found it very comparable to the Wilson Blade 98.
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.