To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the HEAD Radical tennis racquet, HEAD has a few releases for the die hard tennis fan and collectors. Andre Agassi carried the banner for the Radical series from 1993 to his retirement in 2006, and no iteration of the racquet is more iconic than the “Bumble Bee” from 1993. Don’t forget about the Sprint SF!!!!!!
The HEAD Radical OS LTD has simplistic yellow and black color scheme that is tame by today’s standards. The frame’s oversize 107 head is also a call back to an era when manufacturers made heavy players racquets in the OS category. You still see oversize racquets today, but mostly of the ultra light and powerful variety for players with more compact swings. At around 12 ounces strung, I dare say the Radical OS LTD is on the short list of the most stable frames ever made. The 18×19 string pattern plays pretty open on the oversize head, so spin is fairly easy to generate.
In today’s game, string patterns are the most changed part on a tennis racquet. Racquet manufacturers have always studied string patterns to see how they affect a racquet during play. Check out this guide to learn more about which string pattern can fit your game.
Tennis racquet vibration dampeners have been an accessory that many players think about. The real question is “should I use one?” I will take a further look at vibration stoppers so you can answer the above question and determine if it’s right for you.
It’s hard to imagine, but Tecnifibre’s T-Fight line has been around for a decade now. This year, the line features brand new styling courtesy of Tecnifibre’s new partner: Lacoste. The updated series looks stellar and sophisticated with its French flag color pallet, while innovative Xtreme Touch Construction (XTC), a mix of graphite, alloy, and polyester fibers, increases frame stability, yet allows better flexibility and ball feel. Tour players Jeremy Chardy, Daniil Medvedev, and Aljaz Bedene upgraded to the new T-Fight XTC 305 this summer, and are racking up the wins.
Volkl has once again updated their bread and butter frame, the V1 Classic! When this racquet was released 20 years ago, its combination of forgiving sweet spot, mobility and dampened response was an immediate hit. Check out our full review of this redesigned classic frame.