Head’s new version of the already successful Graphene Radical Pro, the Graphene XT Radical Pro, expands on the popular model line with a vast number of improvements.
Head has said they have used the latest Graphene XT technology to make its racquet stronger, lighter and even more effective than any prior versions. This increase in quality is an exciting prospect in theory, but we need to see how the racquet measures up in practice. Theoretically, the improvements should provide a racquet with much better playability and versatility.
Head advertise the Graphene XT Radical Pro as a racquet with a ‘reactive feel, high range of maneuverability and strong hitting force’.
The sweet spot is designed for central shots mainly which, combined with the easy-to-access power and excellent playability, creates a rounded product. However, the increased potential of the racquet’s power comes at the cost of comfort.
The 98-square-inch head gives players a lot of shot potential; the sweet spot is wide-reaching and compensates for slightly off swings accidentally made by the player.
The quality of the head is superb; you can, quite literally, feel the sturdiness when you touch the outlines of the Radical Pro racquet. The opposing motion between the head and the handle make the racquet feel different to its peers, in a good way.
The excellent build quality extends to the rest of racquet, including the handle. The improvement in materials betters the grip, and the textured handle allows players to lock their hands in firmly, providing better control.
The steadiness of the entire frame is refreshing to see, as many market racquets buckle under fire, whereas the Radical Pro stays steady and robust. However, there can be some issues with moving the racquet precisely due to the nature of its design.
The Radical XT Pro continues to use the superb weight distribution system of past iterations to significant effect, which makes the racquet a compact yet effective tool.
The 326-gram total weight is minor compared to a lot of the other racquets on the market, especially ones with the same level of power. The power output of the racquet’s hit isn’t sacrificed in the process, so it’s a great result overall.
The XT Radical Pro is ideal for both beginners and experienced players. With its use of a dynamic 16×19 string pattern, the racquet excels in rebounding against hits in the middle of the sweet spot.
This adaptive string pattern comes in handy when changing head speeds and trying bold shots – few racquets support quick, momentary plays, but the XT Radical Pro is one.