The Head YouTek IG Radical Oversize is the latest version of Head's hugely successful Radical series made famous by Andre Agassi. One of the few player-oriented oversized frames still in production and adds lightweight Innegra fibers for improved stability and feel.
Keeping most specifications consistent with past generations of Head Radicals, the YouTek Radical OS offers a 107 square inch head, moderately thin 21.5mm beam, and 11.1 oz. strung weight, adding up to a control and feel oriented stick with more forgiveness than most players frames due to the oversized head. Dense 18x19 string pattern for enhanced control.
The YouTek IG Radical OS also uses a DuPont Teflon grommet system that reduces friction. Less friction means maintaining more of the strings energy, and a resulting slight increase in power.
Note: Head does not include a cover with this racquet.
In addition to the new Innegra fiber, Head maintains the use of d3o technology, a "smart" material in that it behaves differently under varying dynamic loading or impact. Integrated in the frame lay-up and positioned in the shaft area (where the racquet flexes the most), d3o seeks to help players maximize performance on all shots. High speed impacts lock d3o together within nanoseconds at the molecular level, stiffening the frame to provide maximum power. Conversely, on slower speed impacts, the d3o molecules absorb the impact providing softer touch for better feel.
Headsize: 107 sq. in. Length: 27.00 in. Weight (strung): 11.10 oz. Stiffness (Babolat RDC): 57 Balance: 13.00 in. Head Light Cross Section: 21.5mm Straight Beam Swingweight: 312 kg*sq. cm String Pattern: 18x19 Grip: Head HydroSorb Tour
Review Summary (Based on 4 Reviews)
I demoed this and three other rackets with my father and he liked this one the best. He's relatively new to playing, and he likes the comfortable weight, sweet spot, and flexibility of the racket. It gives him just the right balance of control and power.
We liked that there was a trap door at the buttcap of the racket. It was very easy to add weight to the handle.
Overall, this is a great racket that leaves ample room for customization. It's versatility makes it easy to recommend it to players of all skill levels.
I really like this racquet. I has more pop than the microgel version i have been using. I am a 3.0 player that has had pretty major shoulder repairs including full rotator cuff tear. I have this racquet strung at 55 lbs with Gosen comfort 17 string. I like the response, control and power without the shoulder strain i experienced with other racquet and sting combo's i have tried.
Flexible, E-Z on the arm & shoulder, big sweet spot, you can dial-in power vs control with different strings. It's a little crisper than the Microgel version.
I am a 4.0 player with a full swing. I am very familiar with the past versions of the Head Radical OS. I found this one to be even better. The racquet feels crisp and provides plenty of power from the baseline and on serve.