U.S. Open Champion Andy Murray used his Head YOUTEK IG Radical Pro to propel him to the elite tier of men’s tennis. But this racquet is a popular choice among many players on tour so let’s take a closer look at it.
The Radical Pro comes with a 98 inch head frame and in cap grommets. The smaller headsize allows for pinpoint accuracy on every shot. At 11.4 ounces, the racquet feels lighter than it actually is and its weight is great for those with fast swing speeds on shots at the baseline. Moving into the net to hit putaway volleys is made easier with this maneuverable racquet.
This racquet falls in the middle of the stiffness range at 62 making it ideal for those who like a bit more flexibility. This mid-range stiffness allows for easy power on every shot and players won’t have to worry about trying to add extra depth especially on groundstrokes. Some big hitters though might have to reign in their shots a bit until they get used to it. The extra flexibility and open 16×19 string pattern will allow players to position the ball wherever they want especially for drop shots, mid-court angled shots and volleys.
Head Size: 98 sq. in. / 632.26 sq. cm.
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight: 11.4oz / 323.18g
Balance: 3 pts HL
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Serving is a breeze with this racquet as it provides extra power and spin when you need it. Even players who don’t have big serves will like hitting second serves with more accuracy than they might expect.
The Radical Pro comes included with Head’s Innegra technology that increases stability and D30 foam that serves as a smart material on each shot. This racquet is recommended to be strung at around 48-57 pounds.
Though the extra flexibility and enhanced power make it worth a test hit for any player, this frame is best suited for advanced hitters who may need some extra zip on their shots, but not too much, and who are able to place the ball just where they want it on the court. Aggressive baselines and crafty counterpunchers who like to toss in a few drop shots form the baseline will find this racquet a perfect fit for their game.
Players who need more stability or even more power should select a frame with a larger head size than the Radical Pro.
The Head Youtek IG Radical Pro may take getting used to, especially for those who like to hit big on the court. But in the right hands, this racquet will make you feel like you have Andy Murray’s hands, if only for a few hours on court.
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